Blazer - Suit Alterations London - Exclusive Alterations


The velvet blazer is the embodiment of luxury formal wedding apparel. The smooth texture of the cloth shimmers through any ceremony, whether held in the day time with the sun or at night with twinkling fairy lights. When choosing this cloth, the groom must be open to use of various textures. The majority of blazers will be worn with a contrasting black suit lapel, cuffs and buttons ok the sleeves, with a waistcoat made out of satin and dark wool trousers to complete the look.


The question still remains – what is the best colour for classic wedding attire?


There are a number of options at play here that all feed into the theme of the wedding and the groom’s personality.


There are three classic choices when it comes to the velvet jacket.

1. The Classic Black Velvet Jacket


For the sleek and distinguished finish, this jacket is your best option. This jacket is subtle, for the traditional groom that wants to be sleek and chic on his big day. This jacket should be paired with high gloss accessories and patent shoes to create a good impression.


2. The Forrest Green Velvet Jacket


A traditional British green velvet jacket is not only a dapper and elegant choice, but it is also the most flattering options for all body shapes and complexions. This colour works the best for a garden wedding, adding a luxurious touch to the celebration.

To add an extra touch, you can opt to finish off the jacket with contrast black satin lapels, a black waistcoat and trousers, an ivory pocket square and metallic lapel pin. This wil surely create a lasting effect.

3. The Maroon Velvet Jacket


If you are a groom that wishes to make an outstanding statement on your wedding day, your choice should be a maroon velvet jacket. This colour is the most versatile – you can wear it in both formal and informal settings, such as the traditional church or the more contemporary garden wedding.


The choice of maroon also compliments more colours than its green and black counterparts, seeing as you can go for dark maroon or navy satin trimmings on the lapels, waistcoat and trousers.


Whatever the style of your wedding may be, there is a velvet jacket for every occasion. What you choose is ultimately your choice as the groom. Choose the experts at Exclusive Alterations to help you choose the best outfit for your wedding day.

Fashion Rules - London Tailoring - Exclusive Alterations


Work


Suits with cropped trousers, such as the signature Hemingway, are the ideal concession for summer office wear. The tapered leg paired with tailoring of the trousers will combine to deliver a an elegant aesthetic. Especially so when it is joined with the Hemingway jacket or waistcoat.

The cropped length also aids to better ventilation. So, when you are wearing loafers and no socks, you will feel cooler and more comfortable during the hot summer months, without ignoring your work dress code.

Play

How you dress in your private time is ultimately your choice, as there are no rules. A cropped trousers like the Chinin orange, however, can be a fun way to spruce up your time off from work. Wear it with a T-shirt and braces to ensure a punk look. You can also wear a plain shirt.


As for your feet, loafers, flip flops or casual pumps are the way to go. Avoid socks entirely.


These trousers can also be worn in the winter, simply pair it with a pair of good dress boots. The look is yours to make with what you want.


Formal

Cropped trousers should not deter at a formal occasion. With ankle-grazers, such a the Hamilton skinny-fit cropped tapered black trouser, you are easily able to elevate the outfit to black-tie standards.

Match it with a jacket, waistcoat, formal white shirt and loafers, and you will look the part for any occasion.

It’s important to remember that rules apply regardless: dress smart for the office, waistcoats and jackets for formal occasions, with matching footwear.

Like anything else, if you are going to wear something, you need to wear it well . Trust the team at Exclusive Alterations to ensure that you get the look that you want.

Suit - Fashion Alterations - Exclusive Alterations

The idea of “business casual” came along with the choice of JP Morgan, an American Bank, not forcing their bankers to wear formal suits when in their building and place of work anymore.

The choice was an odd one at the start, with many questioning it and whether it would be seen as professional; now more and more companies are embracing the concept to make business wear not only more comfortable but also more affordable.

The basic ingredients for business casual are a navy-blue blazer, a pale blue shirt, a pair of khaki chinos, finished off with leather shoes.

How can one man stand out from the rest of it seems like everyone is going for the same look?

As is the rule with formal suits, you first need to ensure that the outfit fits you perfectly. No matter the price, a pair of trousers needs to be altered so that they have turn-ups that hug the top of your shoes.

You want to make sure you leave a good first impression whether you are sporting a formal suit or business casual attire.

Shirts also need to fit your body very well, especially if it is hardly going to be worn underneath a jacket. You should show off your body here – there is no need to be shy!

Shoes should be leather-solder loafers or derbies in brown suede or leather to keep the chic look intact. Stick to brown, though, as black shoes will look as though they do not belong.


In the spirit of the “casual” part of business casual, you can play with the idea of brown buttons and patch pockets for your jacket. It does not necessarily need to look like a suit jacket, but it does need to be double-breasted. Or upgrade your navy-blue jacket with brown horn buttons and patch pockets for your hips.

You can also opt to get some thirties-style trousers in tobacco-brown Irish linen, or khaki cotton.

You can then complete the look with a knitted tie if you are feeling rebellious.

All of the above items will look and feel better if they are bespoke. Trust the team at Exclusive Alterations to help you get the right business casual look.

One of the elements from a wedding that you can use more than once is the suit that the gentlemen wear. You can wear a suit more for more than one occasion, from weddings to formal gatherings at your place of work.


An item in any man’s wardrobe that breathes new life into it, is the suit.


On any wedding day, the bride is the star of the show, with the groom being her co-star. As a part of the bridal party, it is the job of the groomsmen to make the groom shine.
Here are a few tips for the groomsmen to compliment the groom.


1) Keep the outfits clean


Keep all the outfits impeccable by ensuring that they are clean, by having the suits dry-cleaned before the big day. All stains, dust, and other unsightly issues need to be taken care of.


2) The bridal party’s look should complement the wedding theme


Outfits, such as suits and bridesmaids’ dresses, are normally chosen months in advance of the big day. However, should you have to choose your outfit, you need to ensure that it gives a nod to the overall theme of the wedding.


For example, if the groom has chosen the classic black suit for his wedding, then the groomsmen need to salute this in black suits that look similar but are not identical. The groom still needs to stand out.


3) Keep the designs simple


As previously said, the groom is one of the stars of the show, and the groomsmen should not distract from his big day. Keep the designs for the groomsmen simple, classic yet modern, along with being styled in the same type of suit as the groom, to create a sense of unity. Don’t opt for contrast satin lapels or quirky design elements that will distract from the groom.


If you are the groom that has opted for a vibrant check pattern with different colours in your suit cloth, choose one of the colours for your groomsmen’s outfits that will be the key for their look.


If you do decide to go for a subtle contrast colour, you can be assured that it will give your wedding party a stylish appeal.

4) Have the outfits fitted


A suit that fits your body like a glove is one way to be assured of yourself – you will not only look good, but you will also feel good. An off-the-rack suit could look very nice, but then you should have it fitted to commend your body type. You will look great, and your groom will look better because of it as well.


Whatever styling choices you have chosen, whether you are the groom or the groomsmen, ensure that the look of the groomsmen elevates the look of the groom. All attention needs to be on the groom for his big day, and as part of the bridal party, you have to ensure that the happy couple looks and feels amazing.


Contact the team at Exclusive Alterations if you need advice for your big day.

Carlon - London Tailoring - Exclusive Alterations

A suit that is well-made and off-the-rack is a good piece of clothing, we do not deny this, but when it comes to the very best fit for your body, opting for a tailor-made suit is the best option.  This will make sure that the suit has the best cut and style that is possible, and it is the only way to ensure that you get the best fit possible.

To make sure that you make an informed decision, we have created a short guide for you follow when you purchase a tailor-made suit.  You are guaranteed to make the best choice by following this guide.

  1. Set a budget

The first thing that you need to keep in mind is your budget.  This will be the deciding factor for what features of your suit you can keep.  It also determines what cut or style you can choose, as some styles of suits are more expensive than others.  However, this does not mean that you cannot get a great suit with a lower budget, it only means that you need to be more selective about what you choose to feature in your suit.

  1. Simplicity is vital

When you purchase a tailor-made suit, especially if it is your first time, you should stick with the most flexible and easy choices.  Choose from the fundamentals, like the classic navy wool or charcoal grey suits.  These suits are a great choice for nearly any occasion.

  1. Choose a flattering fit

Each individual’s body is different, and you need to opt for a suit that showcases your best features whilst also hiding any flaws.  For an individual who is lean and tall, a slim fit would be best as long as it doesn’t inhibit your mobility. For an individual with a wider build, you would want to give yourself some extra room in your torso area. This is something that your tailor can easily do for you, as long as you make your preferences known.

  1. Your choice of fabric

Choose a fabric that will the best fit for your intended use.  If you are looking for a suit for a summer event, choose a fabric that is light and porous, so you can stay cool.  For a winter even, opt for wool or flannel to keep you warm.

  1. Choose your buttons

A two-buttoned suit jacket is easy enough to pull off, and suited to informal events.  A single-buttoned jacket is reserved for more formal events.  The classic three-button styled is seen to be outdated, but still a good choice for taller gentlemen.

  1. Your choice of lapel

There are three types of lapels: the peak, the slim lapels and the notch.  The latter is the most common type, whilst peak lapels will give you a sharper look, and slim lapels are for a more modernised look.

  1. Remember your shoulders

Lightly padded or non-padded shoulders are generally seen as a casual style, and it works well to keep your cool during the summer months.  Thick-padded shoulders are more professional, and usually what executives wear to board meetings.

The team at Exclusive Alterations specialise in creating the perfect suit for you, your style and your body.  If you are looking for a tailor in London, get in touch with us today.

Suit - Fashion Alterations - Exclusive Alterations

When going to an employment interview for a new position or attending a formal event, a suit is the vital attire that you need to own to further both your career and how you are perceived.

Even if a suit costs thousands, an outfit that is ill-fitted or ill-tailored can ruin your chances at making the best first impression.

Here are ways to tell if your suit is ill-fitting:

  1. Trousers are too long or too short

Trousers that are either too short or too long is a common problem amongst suit owners. Pants that are too long will make you look short, and if they are too short, an image of disorganisation will be created.

When your pants hit your shoes or the ground, they are too long and will become wrinkled.  If your ankles are exposed, they are too short.  If you already own a pair of long trousers, you can easily take them to a tailor and have them altered.  The best advice, however, is to purchase a pair of pants that fit you from the very beginning.  Your height is not likely to change, so your pants should always fit you like a glove.

  • Jacket shoulders are too loose or too tights

When you are perusing the jackets t your local store, ensure that the pads line up with the end of your shoulder.  The coat should be giving you a hug, and not too snugly or uncomfortably.  An extra extension or extreme tightness means that your suit jacket does not fit you properly.

You do have the option of tailoring a suit to fit you, although tailors are generally hesitant to do so. Rather than buying a cheap suit that has an improper fit, rather think of a suit as a lifetime investment, and opt for a suit of high quality that fits your body perfectly.

  • Sleeves that are too short or too long

Whether your jacket sleeves are too long or too short, neither leaves a good impression of you.  The perfect fit for sleeves is around a quarter-inch to half-an-inch shorter than your inner shirt sleeve.  If your jacket reaches your knuckles, then it will be best for you to get your jacket tailored.

Some sleeve cuffs have ornamental buttons, which are admittedly easier to customise.  Functional buttons are a bit harder to tailor, but it is still within the realm of possibility. 

In conclusion, think of your wardrobe and outfits as an investment. Don’t make the choice of purchasing a cheaper or bargain suit because it will save you money.  Save yourself the hassle of repairing your suits by investing in a high-quality suit that fits you, will ensure you create the best first impression and leaves you looking stylish at all times.  As the old saying goes – buying cheap is buying expensive.

If you are in search of a custom tailor in London, get in touch with us today to see how we can assist you.  The team at Exclusive Alterations have years of experience in creating high-quality, luxury suits.

A suit looks its best when the clothing items that it consists of are worn together.  You can’t wear a suit jacket with pants that it didn’t come with or without the suitable dress shirt.

Likewise, a suit is not complete without a tie, because the collars and lapels of the dress shirt are frames for the tie.  Furthermore, wearing a tie adds a stylish layer to the visual appeal of your outfit, as well as adding a raised sense of authority.  This is why it is always advised to wear a tie to formal events.

If you want to portray more a rebellious or unconventional individual, you can leave out the tie and still look chic in your suit.  This is perfect for events such as cocktail parties, summer weddings, art exhibit openings, fieldwork or emergency meeting.  Politicians use this trick to ensure that they look more approachable to the public.

Here are 5 tips on how to look stylish without a tie:

  • Wear a casual suit

Classic, dark-coloured suits are the right choice when it comes to business engagements, and not wearing a tie here will make the look seem incomplete.  However, donning suits with more pulsating colours when attending casual events without a tie, makes the act forgivable.  These types of suits also have slimmer lapels and lighter options for fabrics.

  • Wear a more informal shirt

Not wearing a tie with your suit draws the attention of onlookers.  Wearing an Oxford, buttoned-down chambray or even a denim shirt ensure that the omission of a tie appears to be an intentional choice.  Choosing patterned fabrics also ensures that you outfit looks more casual.

  • Pay attention to your collar

Collars that are floppy underneath your suit jacket make your suit look messy.  That is why we do not advise wearing a shirt with collars that stretch if you are not opting for a tie.  You can keep the vertical orientation of your shirt by starching it before ironing it.  Furthermore, using collar stays or a button-down will also help preserve the shape of the collar.

  • Undo two of the buttons

Seeing as a look without a tie is not a buttoned-up look, you have to unbutton one or two buttons at the top of your shirt to project a carefree look and attitude.  In the same breath, donning a V-neck shirt is better than a crewneck, due to the fact that you can hide the V-neck underneath the suit jacket.  Don’t undo more than two button, though, as this will then cause the shirt to lose its purpose.

  • Add more accessories

Using other accessories that distract people from the fact that a tie is absent.  You can add a stylish watch or attach a lapel pin to catch the eye.  You can even opt for a pocket square, but here you should use one that is patterned rather than one that is the formal white, as long as a puff hold is used to keep it tucked in.

If you want to opt for a more casual look, ensure it fits the occasion.  Contact the team at Exclusive Alterations for advice on a bespoke tailor suit.

Rebeccase Mina - Affordable bridal alterations

Bridal lace can transform every wedding dress into a stunning work of art.

Here is all you need to know about the top five types of wedding lace.

  1. Chantilly Lace

Chantilly lace, named after the city in France, is produced by manually twisting and braiding fine silk threads strung on a number of bobbins. It is distinguished by the fine intricacy of its designs, as well as its lightness, and elegant look. Chantilly lace is an all-time fashion infatuation, adored by many premium wedding fashion designers worldwide. Choose a classy design with a silky finish, such as sequined and beaded Chantilly lace with flower appliques.

  • Corded Lace

Corded lace is created by outlining lace elements with a heavier or shinier cording. Originally called Alencon lace, it is created by highlighting features in a pattern with a cord, giving these laces a somewhat rough appearance. The cording itself can be quite thin and delicate, emphasising the patterns in the lace design. Alternatively, the cording might be thicker and more voluminous.

  • Embroidered Lace

In the couture sector, richly adorned embroidered lace reflects the sparkle and glamour of wedding dress materials. Your fantasy gown may be embellished with sequins, beads, and glittering Swarovski crystals. Choose delicate and silky satin stitch embroidery with a stunning 3-dimensional flower motif to add a romantic flair to your wedding gown.

  • Guipure Lace

Guipure lace is one of the most beautiful fabrics for bridal gowns, also known as Venetian Lace. Beautiful guipure flowers may appear to be appliques, yet they are all part of needlework. Continuous motifs are interconnected, resulting in a more elevated design that often includes floral or geometric elements.

The pattern is created with a sequence of densely packed embroidered threads applied to a delicate fabric. As with our other varieties of lace, the background fabric is not visible in the finished item.

This type of lace can be attached to the bodice, skirt, or fringe of a dress.

  • Lyon Lace

Lyon lace is a type of lace made of pure light-weight cotton woven on a lightweight tulle and highlighted with a cord thread.

This classic historical lace looks best when paired with lightweight netting and is usually applied in parts to any clothing in need of a sophisticated finish. Lyon lace has a blossoming floral pattern on a beautifully embroidered netting with elegant frills on both edges. 

Whatever bridal lace design you select, bear in mind that it should attract attention to your best features without being excessive.

Experts at Exclusive Alterations will help you with embellishments, designs, fabrics, and colors to make your wedding dress elegant and unique.

Your suit pants create an image, no matter what jacket you decide to wear.  It’s vital to look sharp for job interviews, social events and more.  Don’t forget that creating an excellent first impression is vital, and wrinkled pants will ensure that there is no chance of that.

Here are a few tips to ensure that your pants remain wrinkle free, to save yourself any embarrassment in any situation.

  1. Wear pants that are the right size

Something that most people do not realise, is that pants that are too big are prone to wrinkling.  The reason for this is that the extra lengths of the pants, even if it is just one size bigger, rests on your shoes, causing it to fold.  The solution to this, is to buy a pair of pants that fits your body perfectly.  If you are unsure of which size is best for you, ask your tailor to get your measurements.

  • Wash your pants properly

The manner in which you wash your pants will determine whether or not your pants will become wrinkled later during the day.  Whilst no pants are ever really safe from the possibility of becoming wrinkled, it is safe to follow the care lable found on your pants to wash them.  By following these rules, you extend the durability of your pants. 

  • Dry your pants appropriately

While most individuals may take special care when they wash their pants, not everyone realise that drying is not simply hanging the clothes on a line or placing them in a dryer.  This is where you should also check your care lable, it will also contain information and instructions on how it should be dried.  Not following these instructions can lead to your pants wrinkling in a way that will create a nightmare for whoever has to iron them later.

  • Have your pants dry-cleaned

This is a good choice to keep your pants from wrinkling in the first place, as well as the most effective solution to pants that already have developed plenty of wrinkling.  However, if there is not an available service near you, you can also hang the pants in the bathroom with the shower turned on at the highest heat setting.  The hot steam can be created inside the bathroom, smoothing out the wrinkles in our pants.  Another alternative is to use the steam setting to get the same results, but a lot faster.  Spraying the fabric with a de-wrinkling solution can also decrease the number of wrinkles in your pants.

By following the above guide, you can make sure that your pants are wrinkle-free, and remain that way for as long as possible.

At Exclusive Alterations, we talk a lot about suits, how they should fit and what the best fit for your body is.  And – while this is important for looking stylish and chic – you should not neglect your accessories.  This elevates your look from simply ‘good enough’ to ‘perfect’.

Here are some hints for choosing the best shoes to go with each colour suit.

With a black suit

With a black suit, the answer is always black shoes.  Wearing brown or navy shoes will look mismatched, akin to wearing black shoes and white socks.  It stands out, but not for any of the right reasons.  There are celebrities that opt for coloured shoes, but we do not recommend that.  There is elegance to wearing a black suit and black shoes.

It’s a classic choice that you can never go wrong with.

With a navy suit

When you have opted for a navy suit, you have freedom with choosing a shoe colour, just like with choosing a shirt colour.  Although the three best options are: black, burgundy or brown.  Since black has already been discussed, we will focus on the other two colours.

The suit-shoe combination that you choose, is influenced by the event that you plan to attend.  Brown shoes work better in warmer month, whilst burgundy works better for the fall and winter months.

You should keep the colour of your shirt and tie in mind when you choose your shoe colour, and be sure to avoid all-over colour.  That means if you have chosen a brown shirt, choose another colour for your shoes, so that you do not look monotone.

Otherwise, you are free to choose.  White trainers also look well with a navy suit.  It’s a versatile suit to look stylish in.

With a grey suit

Giving guidance on grey suits is a bit of a tricky one, seeing as there are so many shades of grey, making the suit ideal for mixing and matching.  Brown, tan and, for the daring few, oxblood or burgundy are also good choices for shoes.

Pro Tip: the lighter that the shade of grey is, the lighter the shade of brown your shoes should be. 

With a cream or tan suit

When wearing a cream or tan suit, it’s most likely made of linen – meaning that you’re wearing it in warmer weather.  You should also take this into account when choosing your shoe colour.

This is one of those instances where black shoes don’t fit.  Instead, opt for light brown or even white shoes.  Or, if you want to catch the eye, go with two-tone shoes.

If you are still unsure, trust the team at Exclusive Alterations to guide you in the right look.