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At Alan David Custom, we don't only fit our customers perfectly, we also provide them with tips and ideas in choosing a fitted custom tailored suits. You can find these tips and ideas from our articles in this blog section. We post on our blog regularly. So stay stuned.

Why Bespoke Tailoring is the Best Option

Why Bespoke Tailoring is the Best Option When It Comes to Buying a Suit

Well-crafted clothing is fundamental when you want to look your best. In fact, dressing up also changes our own psychology, according to a recent study. The research, conducted at California State University, Northridge, found that formal attire goes beyond making us feel more powerful to even allowing to us to think more broadly and holistically. Surely those sophisticated thought mechanisms make it easier to strategize, prioritize, and manage within business, as well as in personal settings. Formal attire comes in a range of qualities, though, the highest quality of which is bespoke or custom. Perhaps the easiest way to understand why custom suits are the right choice is by looking at them in comparison to the two other options: off-the-rack (OTR) and made-to-measure (MTM). Bespoke vs. off-the-rack: More efficient Having custom clothes made is more focused and less unwieldy than shopping for mass-produced garments. When you shop off-the-rack, it can […]

How Your Suit's Color Impacts First Impressions

How Your Suit’s Color Impacts First Impressions

Many people look for custom suits and shirts when they are preparing for job interviews, have a similar career advancement meeting, or want to stand out in networking circles. For these scenarios, it helps to know what you might be unintentionally conveying about yourself through the color of your suit. The same basic ideas hold true in any scenario, helping you visually convey a certain message at an important milestone, in a romantic setting, or at any other key event.   Why should you care about first impressions? They are tremendously powerful, according to scientific research. A 2011 study on first impressions by Bertram Gawronski et al. found that without a change in context, a first impression would persist despite contradictory information attained thereafter. In other words, first impressions are strong to the point that they are almost rigid. Since those initial readings of you are so difficult to change, […]

Style Advice for Men’s Color Choice

A Suit for Every Season: Style Advice for Men’s Color Choice

“A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life,” said Oscar Wilde. “Looking good isn’t self-importance; it’s self-respect,” said Charles Hix. These two acclaimed writers agreed that style is anything but superficial. On the contrary, a carefully designed and constructed suit can make an incredible difference in the way you impact those around you. A finely tailored custom suit is not style over substance but style introducing your substance.   How is that style defined, though? One of the primary elements of style that can be exhibited in a suit or other garment is seasonal color. It helps to look at color through two different standardized approaches.   Seasonal color approach #1: personal   Many men do not want to hear about the particular color that might fit a season, since the discussion of seasonal clothing is often framed in terms of women’s fashion. All clothing can be said […]

How to De-Wrinkle Your Suite at Home

How to De-Wrinkle Your Suit at Home, in 3 Steps

You want your suit to look its best every time you wear it. It all starts with making sure your jacket is on an appropriately sized hanger. If the hanger is too big, it will push the shoulders out, and they will get more wrinkled. If the hanger is too small, then the shoulders will droop over the edges of the hanger and get wrinkled in that way. If the hanger is “just right,” then it provides protection to the shoulders and prevents wrinkling.   What else can you do to spruce up your suit? Let’s first talk about why drycleaners are problematic. Then we will describe a simple 3-step process to de-wrinkle your suit using steam at home, followed by scenarios in which a dry cleaner does make sense.   Dry Cleaning: not to be overused   It’s easy to get into a cycle that involves the significant use […]

Considerations for a Shorter Man When Buying a Suit

Considerations for a Shorter Man When Buying a Suit

If you are a shorter gentleman, of 5’7” or below, it helps to know that there are some particular concerns related to height when you buy a custom suit. Let’s review advice that can help you when working with a tailor. First, though, let’s briefly look at why this is so important through research on height bias – which you can minimize by getting perfect-fitting clothing that makes you look taller.   Study shows the reality of height bias   It may sound bizarre to suggest that you could assign a value to every additional inch of a person’s height. However, that is exactly what can be done using the data from research published in the Journal of Applied Psychology in 2004. The landmark study found that every inch over average height corresponded to an additional $789 of annual income.   Psychologist Timothy A. Judge, Ph.D. (University of Florida) and […]

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