Customizing Your Own Suit

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Customizing your own suit is a great way to really put your own unique stamp on your wardrobe. Learn about customizing your own suit with help from a professional image consultant in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Brian Lipstein, President of Henry Davidson, and we're here today to talk about customizing your own suit. When we talk about all the options available of customizing your own suit, most men are not aware of everything they get to choose. It's one of the most fun things to do, is sit with a client and explain to them all of the options available. When we start, we start with the choice of a one button, two button, three button or four button suit. Generally we're gonna stick to a two or three button, would be my recommendation to keep it professional. A two button is a little bit more up with modern fashion, where is a three button is a little bit more of a business focus to it. The next option on the suit you get to choose is the lapel. You can either go a notched lapel or a peak lapel, and you can actually choose where that lapel sits, either higher up on the shoulder, or lower down on the chest. That positioning will change with fashion. It is one of the tells of how old a suit might be. From there we get to look at the vents of the jacket, which would be the slits in the back. So you can have no vent, which would be no break in the back of the jacket, a center vent, or a side vent, which would be two slits on the side. My choice for most people is gonna be a side vent, as it has a little bit more of a slimming appeal to it. After you pick that option, you get to move on to the pockets. Choose either a straight pocket with a flap, straight pocket without a flap, slanted pocket with or without a flap as well, or patch pockets. Patch pockets would be more casual, straight pockets a little bit more toward a conservative business look, and slanted pockets would be a little bit more of an artistic look to it. From there you get to choose ins, you know, linings of the jacket. You get to choose a name label, if you're working with a custom provider, and you get to have the choice of working button holes, imitation button holes, or regular buttons on the sleeve of the jacket. When we move to the pants we're gonna look at different options on the pants as well. When we talk about the options available on pants, we're looking generally first at whether you wanna do plain front, or pleated front on the pant. Plain front is a little bit more modern in terms of style, pleated front is a little bit more traditional in terms of a business look. Most men these days are gonna prefer a plain front pant, because it's going to make them look a little bit thinner, without have the additional fabric of the pleats. Pleats will be a little bit more comfortable for a little bit larger man as well. From there you get to choose the pocket options, both on the side pockets, or the hip pockets. You can do anything from a on seam pocket to a quarter top, or an offset pocket, which would move the pocket off the seam, into the front of the pant a little bit more. The back pockets, generally your're gonna be able to choose a button or no button closure. If it's a little bit more of a casual pant, you could choose a flap or a welted pocket as well, or a tab on the back pocket to close it with a button there. Coming down through the leg of the pant, you wanna make sure that you explain to your bespoke maker how you want the leg fit, a little bit thinner or a little bit wider, and then at the bottom whether or not to finish it with a cuff or a plain bottom. Generally the plain bottom will be seen with a plain front. You'll also see it sometimes if you choose a single pleat on the pant, and you'll see a cuff when you have pleats, generally. Mixing anything outside of that, just says a little bit more about your personal style, and is certainly acceptable in any situation. The last piece to the suit that's often overlooked is the vest. There are many options to choose on the vest, from a single-breasted with five or six buttons, to a double-breasted, and you can put lapels on vests as well, and choose different pocket styles there. You can choose fun linings for the back of the vest, and whether or not to have a strap that's gonna shape it up a little bit more to the body, or just leave it without the strap and have your tailor tailor it very well. Again, I'm Brian Lipstein, here at Henry Davidson, giving you a couple tips on how to customize a suit, and what options are available.

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