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How to Introduce Knitwear Into Your Wardrobe

Knitwear is one of those easy pieces so simple that you can forget their style impact. Sportcoats, blazers, and suits can be paired with something other than dress shirts. Start wearing them as true sportswear with sweaters and cardigans. Once you start to wear your blazer more often you’ll understand the versatility of the piece rather than saving them for special occasions.


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Quick tip: This merino wool blend turtleneck is lightweight AND machine washable.

Outfit details: Gotstyle Launch – Merino Wool Blend Turtleneck $125, Gotstyle Launch – Basic Plaid Blazer w Elbow Patches $495

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Quick tip: Since there’s no tie, use accessories like lapel pins and pocket squares to dress up the outfit for special events.

Outfit details: Hardy Amies – Wool/Cashmere Knit Turtleneck Sweater $685, Oliver Grey – Wool Contrast Check Suit $1295

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Quick tip: To avoid too much bulk, go for thinner lightweight fabrics.

Outfit details: Selected Homme – Prince of Wales Check Blazer $250, Tiger of Sweden – Merino Wool Turtleneck Sweater $179

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Quick tip: Blazers that have a bolder print might not be suitable for work so dress it down with a sweater so it works for social settings.

Outfit details: Oscar of Sweden – Birds Print Cotton Shirt $245, Sand – Merino Wool Cardigan $250, NYFS – Glen Check Peak Lapel Blazer $700

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Quick tip: Another way to keep warm without the bulk is by layering a wool scarf.

Outfit details: +39 Masq – Multi Color Block Crew Neck Sweater $215, Circle of Gentlemen – Check Blazer w Wide Lapel $1000

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Quick tip: We liked polo shirts during the summer and knit polo shirts continue the trend into the fall/winter season.

Outfit details: Circolo 1901 – Melange LS Polo $298, Olliver Grey – Super 110s Windowpane Check Suit $1095

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Quick tip: You can go wrong with the classic crew neck sweater over a dress shirt.

Outfit details: Sand – Micro Jacquard Heart Cotton Shirt $225, Hardy Amies – Crew Neck Merino Wool Sweater $340, NYFS – Mini Plaid Peak Lapel Wool Blazer $700

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Quick tip: Funky prints can either be toned down or enhanced with a solid colour sweater.

Outfit details: Circolo 1901 – Knit Turtleneck $365, Circle of Gentlemen – Velvet Floral Bird Print Blazer $900

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Everything You Need to Know About Men’s Alternations, Suit Tailoring, Pant breaks, and how it all fits.

As the saying goes, behind every well-dressed man is a skilled tailor. We may be a little off on the quote but the words ring true; when shopping for clothes the most important thing is fit!

Having a skilled tailor in your contact list and being able to ask the right questions can take you from zero to hero, and since most of us shop off the rack, knowing your body type is the first step to mastering your personal style.

We currently have a made to measure trunk show happening! Check it out here.

First, find the brand that fits you best.

At Gotstyle, we carry a range of different brands with their own fits. Don’t be afraid of asking our stylists which brands would fit your body type best. Some are great for bigger guys with short arms or slim guys with long arms and everything in between.

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The world of sewing and tailoring is understandably a bit overwhelming for some. We’ve outlined the areas of your suit jackets, blazers, pants, and dress shirts that you should and shouldn’t alter. Some alterations just aren’t worth the price!

Tailoring Suit Jackets & Blazers

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The first thing you should focus on when it comes to the fit of a blazer or suit jacket is the shoulder. It is one of the most difficult and costly alterations so we recommend that you avoid it.

How it should fit: The shoulder of the jacket should end where your shoulders naturally end.
What you can alter: Sleeve length, Jacket waist, Jacket length, Button placement

The Suit & Jacket Sleeves

The skinny on sleeves is this, ideally, you should allow 1/4″ to 1/2″ of your shirt cuff to show when you put your hands by your side. If your blazer features working buttons at the cuff talk to your tailor about having the sleeves shortened from the shoulder. You’ll end up with the desired length without losing the function.

There are times when blazer sleeves need to be lengthened; how much longer depends on the make and brand of the blazer. There also times when this can’t be done so make sure you check with the stylist.

The Suit & Jacket body

When looking at the body of a blazer it should outline your natural shape but remember, it is not a t-shirt and should not be skin-tight. A formal jacket should narrow slightly at the waist creating that desired “v” shape whereas a casual jacket can remain slightly less fitted.

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Look for a suit or jacket with a “modern fit” which is a big step away from the old-fashioned boxy looking fit. If the fit is right in the shoulders but not the waist OR you have an older jacket that you want to modernize. You can ask your tailor to cinch the jacket’s waist. It should be fitted, not tight. If you notice any pulling around the button, it’s too tight.

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The Suit & Jacket Length

How it should fit: It should just cover your seat and not any longer.

The length of your blazer is another area that can be tricky to alter. Manufacturers don’t leave extra fabric for lengthening so if you feel like the body is a little short, opt for a tall.

Blazers can be shortened so long that it doesn’t through off the balance of the body of the jacket and maintains a good distance from the end of the pocket to the end of the jacket.

It can be a bit pricey but sometimes worth it if you’re short, or if you’re updating an older jacket.

Tailoring Suit & Dress Pants

The first thing you should focus on when it comes to the fit of your dress or suit pants is that you can sit and the hem is right for the shoe you’ll be wearing.

How it should fit: How your pants fit is entirely up to you. Although we don’t recommend doing more than 1 break in the pant leg.
What you can alter: Pant length, Pant Waist, Seat, Tapering of the leg, Button placement

The Suit & Pant Length (Breaks)

A break is how many times the pant leg “breaks” or creases before your foot.

Normally, suit pants are unfinished and run about 38” long – too long for anyone to wear. You must have these hemmed.

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The best hem length for everyday wear is getting a half-break or slight break.

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The bottom of the pants should hit about 1/2 to 2/3 of the way down the shoe, allowing a slight fold where the cuff hits the shoe.

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A trouser with no break is usually referred to as a “flood.” The pant neatly ends at the top of the shoe. Perfect for showing off those fancy socks!

The Waist and Seat

This is an area where you have a little wiggle room. Manufacturers will often leave a seam allowance in both the waist and seat so that you can have them let out for more room. Having them taken in is no issue as well.

Just make sure that they are sitting on your waist and not low riding…these are not jeans guys, don’t wear them the same way.

Extras:

If you wear through the crotch of your pants quickly, have a crotch guard added to decrease friction and lengthen the life of your pants.

Muscular thighs showing pocketing lines? Have the pockets cut in half or removed completely for a seamless pant leg. And if your pants are billowing in the wind consider having them tapered.

This is a purely cosmetic alteration but can streamline the look of your suit. Just remember DO NOT go too skinny. Not only will you have trouble getting your foot through but leggings are never a good look on guys.

You can even update older pairs by asking your tailor to add a cuff to your trousers.

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Tailoring Dress Shirts

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The first thing you should focus on when it comes to the fit of your dress shirts is that it fits well in the chest and shoulders as well as the neck.

How it should fit: Your dress shirt sleeves should be hitting where your wrist natural breaks and hang ¼ – ½ inch out of your blazer or suit jacket. 

What you can alter: Sleeve length, Shirt Body.

The Dress Shirt Body

If a shirt feels full through the midsection, don’t worry; it can be darted to create a modern silhouette. This will ensure you can buy the correct neck size without having extra fabric hanging around.

Darting can also be done on your casual shirts (oxfords and button downs).

The Dress Shirt Sleeves

Shortening the sleeve on a shirt is a very simple alteration to speak to your tailor about. It won’t cost much and can clean up your look instantly.

While you can’t lengthen shirt sleeves you can look for shirts with longer cut sleeves like our Gotstyle dress shirts.

If the sleeves are feeling full or bulky on an older shirt talk to your tailor about tapering the sleeve it may cost you but, you’ll certainly avoid looking like Jerry Seinfeld’s puffy shirt!

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When it comes down to it, talk with your tailor. Ask questions and understand that certain alterations or adjustments just cannot be done. Suiting should be structured and streamlined but not skinny. Take advantage of modifications that lengthen the life of your suit and don’t forget, you can always call us when you have any questions!

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We currently have a made to measure trunk show happening! Check it out here.

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Tuxedos are great. They’re elegant and you can’t go wrong wearing one. But don’t get bored of the same old, same old. If you’re a regular tux wearer or need something new and different, look to DALLA suits and tuxedos.

DALLA is a Canadian brand founded by Designer Hussein Shiraz and he’s changing the way men think about fashion. He pushes the mould of modern evening wear and provides a label that exudes class, luxury, and elegance. Specializing in tailored fits and the finest European sourced materials and craftsmanship, DALLA is a flawless blend of classic and contemporary design.

Make a statement like our own Canadian superstar The Weeknd. He wore a DALLA suit for Diddy’s 2015 NYE bash.

New DALLA Suits & Tuxedos

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Summer Suits

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Summer suits are characterized by their lightweight fabrics or bold patterns and bright colours.

Seasonally speaking, this is your chance to break away from the dark winter tweeds, heavy wools, and flannels into something with a little more personality. We like to say that if you’re wearing a suit every day you need at least five in your wardrobe. This prevents your suits from literally, busting at the seams and other general wear and tear.

  1. Charcoal Grey
  2. Classic Solid Navy Suit
  3. Blue Pattern (Windowpane or Check)
  4. Lighter Weight Grey Solid Suit or Heavier Weight Darker Grey Charcoal
  5. Charcoal Grey Pattern (pinstripe or windowpane)

Once you’ve got those down, and summer suit season hits, you can add in at least one bright AF suit to assert your style dominance.

Disclaimer: If your summer suit is bold it has to fit properly.
No worries, when you shop with a Gotstyle Stylist, all full priced suits include basic alterations.

Here are some of our newest Summer Suits to keep you high style and low in heat.

New Suit Arrivals

 

With over 20 different suit brands we’re sure to have one to fit you. Drop in at one of our two locations to find a suit that fits your body type.

Want more suiting style tips? Check out our YouTube style channel for more advice on dressing better to do better.

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Earlier this year we introduced you to the Gotstyle Thigh Guide for pants which gave you a quick road map through some of our brands and their varying fits. The goal, to educate and empower you to find the perfect fit to match your body. After an overwhelming positive response to the guide we are back with a version dedicated to suits.

Much like pants, finding the right suit can be a daunting task especially for those who dislike shopping to begin with. In an effort to easy your pain and anguish we’ve put together the Gotstyle Thigh Guide for suits. Below you’ll see a quick over view of the various body types and the respective brands we’d recommend to match them. Granted the guide isn’t perfect but we definitely hope it helps in pointing you in the right direction. Give it a try and let us know how it worked for you.

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Knowing the difference between a Made-to-measure and bespoke suit is only the tipping point. Understanding the complex relationship between a client and his tailor, well that’s where the true meat and potatoes lie. To better explain this relationship and to give you glimpse into the world of custom suiting journalist Sara Graham of the Huffington Post sat down with our master tailor and MTM specialist Konstantine Malishevski for an exclusive interview.

Aside from discussing his pedigree as a tailor and his love for fabrics and suiting the article focuses on the current state of custom suiting in the Canadian market and more importantly it’s frauds. Click here to read the full article and to see Konstantines 8 tips on finding a great tailor.

“Trust your instinct and don’t get sold on labels and fancy linings.”