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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  The classic three-button styled is seen to be outdated, but still a good choice for taller gentlemen.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.

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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.

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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.

We have already discussed how your suit jacket should fit, now we take a look at the perfect trouser fit for your suits.  Gentlemen often ignore how their trousers fit, and do not realise that this is just as important for your look.

On the rack options often ignore wide leg trousers that some gentlemen need, leaving little other options but to have it tailor-made.

Here are some tips on getting the perfect trouser fit for your body:

  1. The Waistband

The waistband should, ideally, sit only slightly higher than your casual pants.  It is a personal preference for each person, but having it sit between your hips and navel is the best for a sleek look.  Those individuals who prefer trousers that sit higher, should consider pleated trousers to make your hips feel more comfortable.  Your waistband should sit snugly on your body, but not so tight that it pulls and creates horisontal creases.  On another note – if the trousers fit too loosely, your waistband will sag.

  • Seat

The seat of your trousers should fit flat and nicely against your posterior.  If it is too tight – horisontal lines will appear across the material and increase the likeliness of an embarrassing split trouser.  If it is too loose – excess material will be baggy at the bottom of the posterior and behind your thighs.

  • The Trouser Leg

The cut of your trouser leg should generally be in accordance with that of your jacket.  A slimmer cut on your jacket should match with tapered trousers.  A more traditional cut jacket should be matched with wider, straighter trousers.  Whatever you choose, your trouser leg should frape smoothly with minimal creasing of the fabric.  If it is too tight, the material will pull against your body and there is a risk of tearing or splitting.  If it fits too loosely, the excess material will be untidy and baggy.

  • Length

Trousers should fit neatly with no more than one singly soft break at the front of the bottom of the leg.  How can this be achieved?  Through different lengths, only depending on the cut of the trousers.  A traditional cut can, under normal circumstances, be taken down longer.  A tapered cut is more likely to be shortened, so they normally just cover the top of the shoe.

Trust the team at Exclusive Alterations to guide you into a perfectly fit suit for your body.

There are a few things to check on your list to ensure that your suit looks elegant.  Many people assume that simply because they know their size, and as long as they use those measurements, the suit will fit.  If it were only that simple.  Suits have various cuts, style and construction, and the “one size fits all” rule doesn’t account for body shapes.  This makes finding a suit a bit tricky.

Here are things to look at when you fit your suit.

  1. Shoulder line

Suit finishes on suits come in a variety of options, from soft, to padded to La Spalla Camicia.  Which option you ultimately choose, should take how it will fit your body.  Your shoulder pad’s edge should end neatly in line with end of your shoulder.  This means that your arm will fill out the top of the sleeve, creating a smooth line.  If it too tight – your arm will stretch out the sleeve; too big – your shoulders will hang unnaturally.

2. Lapels

 Gap between the chest and the lapels, shows that the jacket is too large.  If the chest panels on your jacket are small, the lapels will bow.  Many think that going for a tight suit is the way to go, but as experienced tailors, we can say that tight is not always right.

3. Sleeve Length

As a general rule for sleeves, you should always at least an inch of your shirt cuff when you are in a neutral and relaxed position.  A dash of colour peaking from beneath the end of the jacket cuff will always help you look more stylish.

4. Jacket Length

On the topic of jacket length, we look towards the British traditionalists and the Italians.  The British traditionalists prefer a longer finish – clenching your fist and lining up the jacket with your knuckles gives an ideal length.  This looks nicely with a traditionally fitted and style suit.

The Italians, on the other hand, prefer a shorter length with a slimmer suit to give a more elegant line to your legs. 

As a general rule for the modern suit is to look to choose a length that only cover your trouser seat – with this rule, your style is guaranteed.

5. Buttoning your jacket

You should always have the ability to fasten the buttons on your jacket.  A gap of an inch to and inch and half from your stomach to closure.  If it is too tight, the button will pull and create an awkward x-shaped crease in to front of your jacket.  If it is too loose, your jacket will lose its fit and shape.  The button should sit around the part of your body that is widest, which will allow your jacket to fit your body naturally

Every gentleman has to have at least one suit in their wardrobe that fits properly and adds confidence to thei persona in any setting. Here is a list of the three suits that are vital for every man to own.

The most important thing when you are purchasing a suit, is fit. An expensive suit can be a waste if the shoulder pads extend past your shoulders and your sleeves are touching your knuckles, while an inexpensive suit can appear expensive if it fits your body well.

The Wool Navy Suit

If you only have a single suit in your wardrobe, ensure that is a single breasted navy wool suit. The colour navy implies professionalism and respectfulness, both for yourself and your audience. Not to mention that the colour compliments everyone’s complexion. In this regard, labels are not as important as the quality of the materual used.

The Wool Charcoal Suit

Much like navy, charcoal is also a very versatile option, and it looks good with brown, tan, and black shoes and accessories, and can be dressed either up or down, depending on the occasion. When you are wearing a two-button suit, you should only button the top button, and never both buttons. If you decide to also purchase a waistcoat, never fasten the bottom button. Dry cleaning can damage your suit, so do this only once in a while. This type of suit also require a proper wooden hanger, not a wire hanger.

The Black Suit

A classic black suit is something that every gentleman should have in their wardrobe. The benefit of this classic choice, is that it can be worn to black tie weddings, cocktail parties, and even sober gatherings, such as a funeral. For the latter, choose a white shirt and a black tie. Save the patterns, colours and flashy accessories for a more appropriate occasion.

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Choosing and fitting your wedding dress is one of the many things that a bride looks forward to when a marriage proposal has been done.  It can be stressful and tiring, but it should not be.  It’s a reason to celebrate and have fun!

Here are a few tips when it comes to fitting your dress to make sure you get what you want for your big day.

  • Don’t be in a rush

Whenever a bride arrives at her fitting with too much stress, either due to another appointment or having to get back to work in less that 30 minutes, the result is not always as it should have been or how the bride wanted it to be.  If you want your wedding gown to fit you like a glove, find the time to book an appointment on a day that is convenient to both yourself and your tailor or seamstress.

  • Don’t do your fitting after a workout

If you go for a fitting after a workout, your gown will need to be cleaned before your big day – which is always a big no.  Not only this, but your body will be sweaty and might smell sweaty, the smell can linger on your dress, and the fitting might be difficult to do.

  • Wear your foundation garments on all your fittings

Before your first fitting, it is advised that you buy all of your foundation garments and wear to your fittings.  Your foundation garments are your underwear that you intend to wear on the big day – a bra or corset.  You may not notice and major changes in the way your body looks whenever you wear your foundation garments, but they do play a role in the way that the wedding dress fits your body.  From experience, our team can assure you that wearing the wrong bra or corset can affect the way that hem of the dress hangs.

If you have decided to wear a crinoline or petticoat, take that to your fitting as well – you want to have a good idea of the complete look for your big day.

  • Take your wedding shoes to your fitting

If you have not found your perfect wedding shoes yet, then take a pair of shoes with the same heel height of your ideal shoes.  The height of the heels will affect your posture, and your tailor or seamstress needs to take this into account to make sure that your dress fits you perfectly.  The hem is adjusted to fit your shoes, which is why this part is important in any wedding gown fitting.