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🤵🏿IT’S WEDDING SEASON🤵🏿

Introduction:

Hi! Welcome to Suits Avenue’s Blog! Today we are going to go over the in’s and out’s of being a best man at a wedding! It’s one of the greatest honors in life to be asked to be a friend or relative’s best man at their wedding. It’s a role that comes with some key responsibilities as well, so it’s not something to be taken lightly. When you accept the offer, you’ll be feeling proud and pleased, but this can soon give way to anxiety and stress if you don’t get your tasks sorted out as efficiently and promptly as possible. Therefore, you should have a plan of what you need to do and when each task needs to be completed to keep you on track and up to the mark. In this blog hopefully we will help you get on the right track to help the bride and groom enjoy one of the best moments of their lives! Check out the table of contents below to see everything we cover!

TABLE OF CONTENTS:

  1. All Clothes
  2. Don’t forget Accessories
  3. Caring and Storing the clothes
  4. Best Man responsibilities
  5. Bachelor Party
  6. Conclusion

Clothes:

The best man is normally in charge of organizing suit fittings and hiring apparel that isn’t going to be bought. What the wedding party wears will be crucial to the success of the event, so you need to be clear about what the groom wants to wear and how his groomsmen should be dressed.

Organizing a trip to a tailor for selection and fitting of your outfits should be done well in advance to avoid running out of time if there are any delays. Often grooms (or their future wives!) have clear ideas about the type of suit they should wear for the big day, but it’s still a good idea to be thorough in your research and look at all the alternatives.

You’ll also need to manage the distribution of buttonholes and flowers for the wedding party, and liaise with the chief bridesmaid or matron of honor to ensure everyone’s outfits are the way they should be.

In addition, you should arrange collection and distribution of the suits when they are ready, and the return of the clothing after the wedding.

Basics:

You will need a matching shirt, pants, jacket and belt to start your suits out right. You can click here to read about making sure they match! 

Accessories:

VEST:

The vest is optional, but if the wedding is more traditional, they will probably request all of the groomsmen wearing them. The vest can be one of the more bold accent colors. It will really stand out if you have a light shirt and dark vest or dark shirt and light vest.

Belt:

This is where the decision to get your suit custom made or tailored comes in. If you have made-to-measure trousers there is no need for a belt as the pants will be suited to fit you perfectly, at that point a belt would detract from your perfectly polished image you are projecting on the wedding day.

CUFF LINKS:

These are necessary not only to make a fashion statement but also to help keep your jacket sleeves nice and tight against your wrist. 

TIE AND POCKET SQUARE:

Your tie and pocket square don’t necessarily need to match, but for a wedding… it is usually best. They can match the vest if you are wearing one, or they can be the accent in your outfit!

Blazers

Now that we have gone over the basic needs for your outfit, we are going to share some caring and storing tips for your precious outfit! Following these tips are going to help your outfit stay in its best shape for the big day!

Caring for & Storing your suits:

  1. Rotate your suits!

If you wear the same suit every day, all day long it will never give the fibers time to relax or air out. It will always stay loose and never have the great “first fit” like it did when you first bought it. By rotating through your suits and giving each of them a few days to rest in the closet will make sure your suit is nice and crisp for your next formal adventure!

2. Wood hangers:

Using round, wood hangers will give the suit enough space for air to flow through and getting the smells of your every day out. It also helps keep the suit fitting nice and tight. The rounded edges mock the shoulder make so it won’t stretch the suit out, only create enough space for it to relax in the natural form.

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3. Keep very little in your pockets.

Do not overfill any of your pockets, inside or outside of the suit. Only carry your essentials, cash, business cards, or debit/credit cards. If you overload your pockets it will eventually change the shape of the suit and it will become more lose and unnatural.

4. Brush your suit with a clothing brush:

This will extend the natural fibers in the suit, allowing it to last longer. It also helps keep the fibers up allowing it to breathe more and not hold in strong odors from the day. Be careful not to over brush your suit though, this will cause the fibers to become too loose and eventually fall apart quicker.

5. Roll your suit:

Do this after brushing your suit. Rolling your suit will grab any loose fabric pieces or hair stuck on it. It is a little extra step that takes your look a long way!

6. Steam your suit regularly:

Steaming your suit opens up the fibers, removes stains and marks, as well as the smells from throughout the day. Dry ironing your suit will push the fibers down trapping all stains and stenches, so try to avoid ironing your suits!

7. Avoid the dry cleaners:

Dry cleaners shorten the lifespan of suits. They use strong chemicals to treat the suits so they are clean. It is only necessary to take your suit to the dry cleaners if you absolutely cannot get the stain or smell out of your suit by brushing it, airing it, or steaming it.

8. Cover it up:

When you aren’t wearing the suit, it should be on the wood hanger as discussed earlier, as well as in an appropriate suit bag. This will keep any bugs or dust from getting into the bag or onto your suit. It also protects it from any unfortunate events that may happen, and makes it easier to travel with.

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How to: to travel-

Step one:

Lay the suit face down on a flat surface with the front up.

STEP 2

Flip the jacket over and fold the left shoulder back. towards the right.

STEP 3:

Turn the right shoulder inside out, then tuck left shoulder into the right.

STEP 4: 


Fold it in half lengthwise,  then fold it horizontally.

STEP 5: 


Place the folded jacket in the center of the outstretched trousers.

STEP 6:


Fold the trouser bottoms over the jacket and repeat with the top of the trousers.

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Best Man Responsibilities:

Besides the clothing responsibilities, the best man is in charge of the bachelor party. 

Bachelor party

The best man is responsible for throwing a suitable bachelor party for the groom and all his friends before the wedding. The best bachelor parties aren’t necessarily those where everyone drinks far too much, and the groom ends up chained to a lamp post wearing ladies’ underwear! That kind of night might be right up the groom’s street, but if not, then there are plenty of alternative ways to make this a special day. Escape Rooms are becoming more commonplace, and provide an ideal mix of action and distraction, as well as being highly entertaining. Many experiences only take an hour or so to complete – if you can unravel the mystery! After completing the escape room challenge, you could then head into town for a meal, and follow this up with a club or bar. If drinking isn’t your party’s thing, then games night, movie night, a sports event, or an outdoor challenge like a camping trip to the forest might be a better way of spending the day.

Couples generally hope that their wedding day will be a once in a lifetime experience, and that being the case it’s important that you take your role as best man seriously and make every effort to ensure the bride and groom enjoy the day as much as possible.

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Conclusion:

Today we went over a few of the major events that are involved with upcoming wedding! Hopefully we were able to help you solve a few worries! Stop in the store today so the ladies can help you and your wedding party pick out their new outfits! Fill out the form below if you have any questions! Check out our Facebook to see our newly imported cloths!

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🤔Help with matching!🤔

Introduction:

Hi, welcome to Suits Avenue’s blog! Today we are going to go over a couple of different ways to match your casual clothes! Of course there’s always pressure when you have to dress up for a special event, but why doesn’t anyone talk about the pressure of every day to day getting dressed? Check out the table of contents below!

Table of contents:

  • What are casual clothes?
  • Matching your clothes
  • Tips not to forget

What are casual clothes?

Casual clothes are exactly what they sound like, the are the clothes you wear to casual events. Casual events are anything that doesn’t say professional/business attire, it could be a cookout, going to the movies or regular dinner, a sporting event and many more.  Below are different types of clothes that are categorized as casual.

  • Jeans (clean, no holes)
  • Jean shorts
  • Khakis (clean, no holes)
  • Khaki shorts
  • Long sleeve shirts
  • Polo shirt
  • Bermuda shorts
  • Plain T-shirt (no slogans)
  • Turtleneck (If cold outside)
  • Casual button-down shirt
  • Sweater
  • Loafers
  • Sneakers
  • Sandals
  • Hoodie

The great thing about casual wear, is you can wear pretty much any of these in any combination and still look amazing! Just to make sure you are okay, we have some helpful tips below!

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Matching your clothes:

SOLID SAME COLOR

A great under-used style option. This combo elongates the body making you appear taller and thinner by not cutting the body in half visually. Because it is a clean casual look, it is a great way to highlight favorite accessories like shoes or a great belt.

TONE-ON-TONE

Tone-on-tone casual outfits are a great version of solid color outfits. The slight amount of difference in the color between a top and bottom can make a huge difference in the feeling of the outfit. Navy pants with a light blue shirt is a classic example of a tone-on-tone outfit. The options are endless, but shades of grey make for a very modern look.

NEUTRAL BOTTOM, COLOR TOP

The easiest way to add color into your casual style. And by “color” we advise blue, olive, and burgundy. No neons or other colors you may be questioning.

COLOR BOTTOM, NEUTRAL TOP

The opposite of above, best done with jeans or classic colors. Olive green pants make a great option for this outfit, olive can be treated as a neutral.

BACK TO WHITE

Similar to neutral combos, white is so versatile and classic it deserves its own category. This should be a staple look in every guys casual wardrobe. Be careful of white with black bottoms as the service industry has adopted this as their uniform. That is not to say you can not pull it off for more formal occasions or with a very casual look.

BACK TO BLACK

Black goes with everything – or so they say. Often under-used is the black on top casual outfit. This is a must for every man, skin tone, and body type, you really can’t go wrong.

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Tips not to forget:

  • FORGET graphic tees. These will make you seem more like a boy than like a man.
  • Make sure your pants actually fit you. This means make sure the butt doesn’t hang too low and the bottoms don’t drag under your shoes. 
  • Pay attention to your shoes and belt as well.
  • Your shirt can be untucked or tucked in.
  • Add a watch, this will make you look a little more sharp and could be the extra thing to make your big impression.
  • Most importantly, DON’T over think it! It is casual

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Conclusion:

Today we talked about the different ways you can match your casual clothes for any event! If you need help picking out a new outfit stop in the store today! Thank you for readin our blog! Check out our Facebook!

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🤵🏾40 ways to tie your tie!🤵🏾

Introduction:

Welcome to Suits Avenue blog!!! Today we are going to share the top 20 different ways to tie your tie! There will be pictures and videos to help you learn! If you still struggle with tieing your tie even after reading this blog you can stop in the store today and the girls can help you or tie it yourself!Check out the table of contents below to see all of the different ways we will tie the ties. 

Table of contents:

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  • Eldridge Knot
  • Trinity Knot
  • Van Wijk Knot
  • Fishbone Knot
  • Rose Knot
  • Ellie Knot
  • Tuelove Knot
  • Boutonniere Knot
  • Merovingian Knot
  • Atlantic Knot
  • Cape Knot
  • Grantchester Knot
  • Windsor Knot
  • Half-Windsor Knot
  • Nicky Knot
  • Plattsburgh Knot
  • Balthus Knot
  • Onassis Knot
  • Piatt Knot
  • Four in Hand Knot
  • Kransy Hourglass Knot
  • Linwood Taurus Knot
  • Diagonal Knot
  • 10 second tie Knot
  • The perfect Bow Tie
  • Cavendish Knot
  • Christensen Knot
  • Cross Knot
  • Hanover Knot
  • Kelvin Knot
  • Murrell Knot
  • Pratt Knot
  • St. Andrew Knot
  • Victoria Knot
  • Oriental Knot
  • Prince Albert Knot
  • Bow tie knot
  • Care Knot
  • Boston Knot
  • Rabinak Knot

The Eldridge Knot:

There is no doubt that this knot is one of a kind. As opposed to the vast majority of tie knots, this one is produced by using the small end as the active end, creating a tapered fishtail braid-like effect. It’s a very fancy knot that will leave a great impression on your boss.

The trinity knot:

This beautiful knot has a three-way symmetry and resembles the Celtic Triquetra. The pattern converges at a center point, producing a very eye-catching effect. It might seem a bit intimidating at first glance, but the moves are actually fairly simple.

THE VAN WIJK KNOT

An augmentation of the Prince Albert, adding a third turning of the active end. When tied correctly, this long and slender knot creates a striking and unmistakable layered cylindrical effect. A very cool knot that works best with light colors. It’s best suited for narrow collared shirts and paired with a vest.

THE FISHBONE KNOT

This awesome work of tie artistry is shaped in the form of a fishbone, hence the name. It’s a remarkable formal knot that is increasingly gaining respect. While somewhat challenging to tie, it’s definitely worth the effort, because it never fails to make the ultimate impression.

THE ROSE KNOT

Looking to get in touch with your romantic side? Check out this amorous necktie knot crafted in the shape of a rose. It shares similarities with the Trinity Knot, but is tied with an extra loop. This knot is sure to be a hit on V-Day.

THE ELLIE KNOT

It’s a simplified variant of the Eldredge Knot, but easier to tie and consumes less fabric, leaving a tail that allows it to be tightened or loosened like a normal windsor. It works best with semi-wide collar openings.

THE TRUELOVE KNOT

A sophisticated complex knot that is divided into four quadrants. This is a very difficult knot to tie that will take considerable practice. Consider a striped tie for a pinwheel effect. This knot isn’t for little boys, it’s for lady killers.

THE BOUTONNIERE KNOT

This knot is characterized by its long loops, making it good for wide collar openings. The moves are very similar to that of the Fishbone Knot, but it has a somewhat cleaner finish when tucked under the collar. Use it semi-formally.

THE MEROVINGIAN KNOT

Originally known as the Ediety Knot, if you’re a big fan of The Matrix, you’ll recognize this knot sported by the merovingian. This knot is very special. It looks like your tie is actually wearing a little miniature tie.

THE ATLANTIC KNOT

This is quite an unusual knot. It’s a reversed version of the Pratt Knot, resulting in an inside-out knot that shows the intricate tie knot structure that’s usually hidden on the back. It’s recommended for festivities or informal social events.

THE CAPE KNOT

The Cape Knot is a fundamental improvement on the quick and easy Atlantic Knot, which has greatly improved its symmetry and aesthetic value. This loosened-up knot works best with mono-colored ties and never passes unnoticed.

THE GRANTCHESTER KNOT

The Grantchester Knot is a large, thick, slightly asymmetrical tie knot. It’s basically a larger version of the St. Andrew Knot, by an additional turning of the narrow end. The key to wearing this knot is to stick with silk or other lightweight materials, since wool or knits tend to look uncomfortably bulky.

THE WINDSOR KNOT

A fabulous necktie knot that is ideal for business scenarios. The Windsor Knot is a thick, wide and triangular tie knot that projects confidence. It is especially suited for the spread or cutaway collar.

THE HALF-WINDSOR KNOT

This is a modest version of the Full Windsor Knot. When tied correctly, it produces a neat symmetrical triangular knot that you can use with any dress shirt. It’s extremely versatile: appropriate for work or play.

THE NICKY KNOT

A great alternative to the Pratt Knot that requires fewer moves, producing a symmetrical knot that will fill the semi-spread collar, if tied properly. It looks great with wool ties, without causing too much bulk.

THE PLATTSBURGH KNOT

In contrast to the St. Andrew Knot, it produces a symmetric knot characterized by a broad cone with a narrow opening. A very sophisticated knot that’s perfect for business or work. For best results, we very much recommend wearing it with a knitted or woven ties.

THE BALTHUS KNOT

A terrific knot that should be worn at weddings or formal events. It works best with a paisley tie, a wide collar shirt, and a nice-looking vest. It’s also recommended that you use a long necktie, because this knot consumes a lot of fabric.

THE ONASSIS KNOT

The Onassis Knot is deceptively simple: at the end of a standard Windsor Knot, you simply loop the wide end of the tie behind and over the existing knot. Use with semi-wide or wide collar openings and long ties.

THE PRATT KNOT

The Pratt Knot is versatile, elegant, and of a medium size. It’s indeed well suited for any dress shirt and somewhat wider neckties made from light to medium fabrics. You can’t go wrong with this elegant knot for formal meetings, as it looks very neat.

THE FOUR-IN-HAND KNOT

This is an easy to tie, slender, tapered, asymmetrical, self-releasing knot. It’s best suited for the standard button-down dress shirt and works best with wide neckties made from heavy fabrics. Use for semi-formal events, when you want to be discreet.

Kransy Hourglass Knot-

The Linwood Taurus Knot-

Diagonal Knot-

10 second knot-

Perfect Bow Tie-

Cavendish Knot-

Christensen Knot-

The Cross Knot-

The Hanover Knot-

The Kelvin Knot-

The Murrell Knot-

The Pratt Knot-

The St. Andrew Knot-

The Victoria Knot-

Oriental Knot-

The Prince Albert Knot-

The Prince Albert Knot-

Bow Tie-

Cafe Knot-

The Boston Knot-

The Rabinak Knot-

Conclusion-

Thank you for reading our blog today! We shared 40 different ways to tie your ties! Hopefully, we were able to help you find a little festive way to help spruce up your outfit! If you are still having trouble tieing your tie you can stop in the store and the girls will help you! We can also help pick out new outfits for the men in the family! 

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🧥How to take care of your clothes!🧥

Introduction:

Welcome to Suits Avenue’s blog! Today we are going to give you many tips on how to take care of your clothes! Suits are a big investment and don’t stereo-typically last a very long time. If you follow these simple steps, we promise it will help add years to your suits life! Check out our table of contents below to see everything we cover! Stop in the store today and the girls will help you pick out a new outfit for your upcoming event!

Table of contents:

  • Rotating your suits
  • Use a round wood hanger
  • Use a regulated closet
  • Don’t overload your pockets
  • Use a clothing brush
  • Steam your suit
  • Clothe cleaning tips
  • Leather shoe cleaning tips
  • Removing stains from leather shoes
  • Suede shoe cleaning tips
  • How to fold a suit
  • Conclusion

Rotating your suits:

If you wear a suit regularly, or more than three times a week, you should own more than 1 suit. Owning more than one suit will allow you to rotate your suits. This gives your suit time to relax and go back to its natural form and allow the fibers time to breathe. During the day your suit takes in the smells it is around. 

Use a round, wood hanger:

Using a round, wood hanger as pictured below, will also help your suit breathe and give it time to rest and get back to it’s natural form.

Use a regulated closet:

Having a regulated closet isn’t only good for your suits, it’s good for all of your clothes. It keeps the temperature the same making sure it doesn’t get too hot or col and ruin or stiffen your clothing. It will also help deture any insects or creepy crawlys.

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Don’t overload your pockets:

Make sure you only keep the essentials in your pockets when wearing a suit. Your I.D., credit/debit card, cash, or anything else you may need! If you keep too much in your pockets, not only will it buldge and look goofy, but it will also cause wear and tear on your pocket, and quickly. Once the fabric is stretched there is no turning back. 

Use a clothing brush:

Using a clothing brush at the end of the day will help the fibers in your suit freshen back up and relax. Your suit takes in the smells of your evenings adventures, the clothing brush will open those fibers allowing it to open back up. 

Steam your suit:

Steaming your suit is a gentle way to clean your suit and remove the wrinkles. Don’t take your suit to the dry cleaners. They use harsh chemicals that will damage your suit, especially if you take it regularly. Steam is only heated water that will open the fibers and not cause any damage. Make sure to check your tags before doing anything and see whats safe to use.

suit care

Cleaning Tips:

  • Pre-Treat your stains before washing, steaming, or sending your suit to the dry cleaners. This will help ensure your stain doesn’t set and comes out. 
  • Put cedar blocks in your closet near your suits. This will help keep moths and other insects away so they don’t eat or damage your clothes.  This will also help prevent mold from growing if any moisture gets into the area.

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Leather Shoe Cleaning:

Step 1: Remove the laces.
If they’re dirty, run them through the washing machine or replace them.

Step 2: Clean loose dirt and debris.
Use a soft cloth or a brush to remove any grime that may be stuck to the shoe’s leather surfaces.  

Step 3: Apply soap.
Mix a solution of warm water and dish soap, dip a soft cloth into it, wring it out and wipe the exterior surfaces of the shoe.

Step 4: Wipe off soap.
Use a second clean, damp cloth to wipe off the soap. Dry with a towel. Warm, soapy water will also remove water stains and scuffs.  

Step 5: Condition leather.
Apply leather conditioner to protect from stains and to add shine. You can buy a commercial leather conditioner or make your own by mixing 1 part vinegar to 2 parts linseed oil. Apply to leather, let sit for about 15 minutes and buff with a soft cloth till the leather shines.

Step 6: Dry
Let your shoes and boots dry in the open air. Don’t put them in the sun or by a heater, as this may cause the leather to fade or crack.

Help removing stains:

Grease or Oil 

Sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on the spot. Rub it in gently, with a damp cloth. Let sit for a few hours or overnight. The soda or starch will absorb the oil. Wipe off the powder with a soft cloth.  

Ink

Dip a cotton swab in nail polish remover or rubbing alcohol and lightly blot the stain. Don’t rub, or you could make the ink spread. Blot gently until the stain is gone. Wipe with a clean, damp cloth and dry with a towel.

Scuffs

You can use toothpaste to clean leather. Squirt a dab of the non-gel sort on the scuffed area. Rub with a soft cloth.

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Cleaning your suede shoes:

You will need a shoe brush, shoe cleaner, rubber stone, and a rag.

1. Clean

Apply cleanser with a rag, covering the entire shoe evenly (don’t oversaturate). Avoid spot cleaning, as this may cause staining. Let dry completely before moving onto the next step.

2. Restore

Gently rub the rubber stone (moving in the same direction) all over the shoe to remove any remaining dirt. Use the suede brush to gently fluff up and restore the nap to your suede. Remember: suede is sensitive.

3. Protect

Protect your newly cleaned shoes from the elements by misting a light, even coat of protective spray all over the shoe.

Pro tip:
 Try to brush off any dirt on your shoes every day; that simple step makes a huge difference in the look of your suede.

 

How to fold a suit:

How to Pack a Suit
  1. Lay the suit face down on a flat surface.
  2. Fold the left shoulder back.
  3. Turn the right shoulder inside out, then tuck the left shoulder into the right.
  4. Fold the jacked in half lengthwise and then fold horizontally.
  5. Place the folded jacket in the center of the outstretched trousers.
  6. Fold the trouser bottoms over jacket and repeat with the top of the trousers.

Conclusion:

Thank you for reading our blog today! We hope we were able to give you some new information to help continue the life of your suits! If you don’t follow any of these steps, we promise by doing so it will  add years onto your suit life! Stop into the store today and we can help dress all the men in your home for your upcoming event!

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👟When to wear our shoes!👟

Introduction:

Thank you for reading Suits Avenue’s blog! Today we are going to feature the shoes we offer and help you match them with your outfits! We have some videos below with different shoes we offer here in the store and plenty of pictures as well! Everything in our stores, clothes, shoes, and accessories are imported from the USA, Turkey, and Istanbul. Take a look at our blog and stop in today to get all the men in your family new clothes!

Shoes:

Pictured above are newly imported, all leather shoes from Italy and Turkey. These stylish all leather shoes are available in all sizes. We have snake skin, coffee brown, black and much more! While you are here take a look at our matching belts and watches to tie the entire outfit together!

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Black Shoes:

Black is such a great choice for shoes because it matches with everything! 

The only main road block with black shoes are if you are wearing a bright outfit, you wouldn’t want to wear black shoes.

Black shoes are great for not only business occasions, but also weddings, funerals, dances, and any other formal occasion! 

Black shoes are also great for every day wear! They can make you look classy, professional, and smart!

Brown Shoes:

Brown shoes are another great classic! They also go with almost anything!

If you are wearing an outfit made out of a solid color, such as all white or all black, you wouldn’t want to wear brown shoes! If you have white shorts and any colored shirt, you can wear brown shoes!

They go great for formal occasions such as weddings, funerals, dances, or every day wear!

Sandles:

Sandles are great for every day wear! They aren’t something you would wear to work or a special/formal occasion though. They are great for beaches, safaris, walks in the park, and even the mall! They are perfect for letting your air breath during the day! 

Loafers:

These are great for business and business casual events! They are also great for weddings, funerals, or even regular parties. These can also been worn every day if you would like!

Boating shoes:

These shoes are good for regular every day events or even business casual events! They are not something you would want to wear to a regular business event though.

Casual Shoes

Conclusion:

Thank you for reading our blog today! We hope we were able to help you pick out the best shoes to wear with your outfit or to your event today! Stop in the store and we can help you pick out a great outfit for your upcoming occasions! 

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🕴All of your suit answers!🕴

Introduction:

Hello everyone, thank you for joining Suits Avenue and reading our blog! Today we are going to go over the complete guide to suits! We will have the answers to your suit questions! The table of contents is below, feel free to scroll around or just read the whole thing!!

Table of Content:

  • The fit
    • Shoulders
    • Pant bottoms
    • Jacket Collar
  • Button Rules
  • Types of Suits
    • Single breasted
    • Double breasted
  • Seeing the quality
    • 100% wool
    • The lining
    • The stitching
    • Details
    • Colors
  • The pinch test
  • Properly storing your suit
  • Cleaning & maintaining your suits
  • Folding your suits
  • Making sure your suit matches
  • 20 ways to tie a tie
  • Conclusion

The Fit:

When you try on a suit, try to stand in your “Natural stance” this would be how you stand the most often, just let your body stand natural, your muscle memory will help you with this. 

You don’t want the suit to be too loose or too tight, pay extra attention to where your major joints are (Elbows, Shoulders, Hips, Knees, Etc.) If the clothes are too tight you won’t be able to use your full range of motion. If the clothes are too loose, they will be baggy and bunch up in those main key places. You also don’t want the sleeves to pass your wrist too far or the pants to be so long the fabric goes underneath your shoes.

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Shoulders-

A well-fitted shoulder lies flat. The seam on top of the shoulder should be the same length as the bone under it, and should meet the sleeve of the suit right where your arm meets your shoulder.

If the seam that connects the sleeve to the jacket is hiked up along your shoulder bone, or dangling down on your upper bicep, the jacket is never going to sit properly. In these instances, you’ll see “ripple effects” that create lumps or wrinkles on the sleeve and the top of the jacket. If you can’t move your arms well, or if you cannot pinch just the jacket, it is too small. If the shoulder seam of the jacket is below your shoulder, or the sleeves run farther than 1/2 an inch past your wrist than the jacket is too big.

Pant Bottoms-

The trouser break is the bottom of your pants, below the pants cuff. Pants have a couple signs of them being too big or too small. Sometimes the most obvious one is the trouser break, they should rest slightly on the top of your shoes.  If it doesn’t go to the top of your shoes it is too small, and if it goes below the middle of your heel it is too big. You don’t want your pant bottoms to drag on the ground, you will step on them, they will rip and tear and it looks tacky. Looking Tacky isn’t ideal when wearing a suit!

Click here for help deciding between a suit and a tuxedo!

Jacket Collar-

The jacket collar should rest easily on the back on your neck and shoulders. If it hangs farther back, or is bunched up causing “ripples” behind your neck, the jacket is too big. If it is tight and has little scrunches the jacket is too small. 

When your jacket is buttoned make sure it isn’t making an “x” as shown above. This means the jacket is too tight! It is pulling all the extra fabric it can find to make the button fit.

Button Rules-

  • The one-button single-breasted suit jacket: Generally used on a tuxedo. These jackets are suited to lean men and worn for black tie events. They are not versatile.
  • The two-button single-breasted suit jacket: Is one of the most classic looks in men’s fashion. This style of suit looks good on all body types.
    The cut of the suit makes just about every man’s frame look longer. Two-button suits are great for both social and business events.
  • The three-button single-breasted suit jacket: Because of the arrangement of the buttons – three button suit jackets suit taller men.

A word on the rules of buttoning a single breasted jacket:

  • One button: Always closed except when sitting.
  • Two buttons: Use the top one and leave the second button undone.
  • Three buttons: Button the center and top ones and leave the third button undone.

Never button the bottom button of a suit jacket.

Types of Suits:

Imported Boys Blazers

Single Breasted:

singlebreasted shirt or jacket has a narrow overlap and only one column of buttons. Single-breasted suit jackets and blazers typically have two or three buttons (jackets with one or four buttons are less common), and a notch lapel.

Double Breasted:

doublebreasted garment is a coat, jacket, or vest with wide, overlapping front flaps which has on its front two symmetrical columns of buttons. Double-breasted suits have a more sophisticated look.

Seeing the quality in your suit:

100% Wool:

The first sign to look for regardless of where you buy your suit from is the fabric quality.  The only words you want to see are “100% Wool.” If you do not recognize the name of the fabric it is being made of or if it is a concoction of multiple different fabrics, RUN! If you buy something with multiple different fabrics together the chances are it is going to fall apart quickly and last you about 1 nice event… maybe 2.

Click here to read all about wool!

The Lining:

Look at the lining- A fused lining that’s held together with glue is about as bad as going for a $99 polyester suit. The cheapest quality suits will have a fused lining. The highest quality suits will have a full canvas or at least a half canvas.

Stitching:

Check out the stitching- The ability for mass-manufacturers to replicate what used to be hallmarks of a custom suit has never been greater. With that said, you still want to examine the quality of the craftsmanship and look to see how the suit comes together.

You do not want a suit with jagged, loose, crooked stitching. If the stiching is messy and loose it was probably made quickly and it will not last very long. If you are in a tight spot and can’t afford a high quality suit, just make sure to be careful. Cheaper suits will not last going to the dry cleaners.

PAY ATTENTION TO THE DETAILS:

 From the way the pockets come together, to the drape, the buttonholes, and the boutonniere loop. Each of these small details often have the biggest impact when it comes to how you look. Machine-sewn pockets aren’t as sturdy and will wear quickly when utilized. Stiff lapels without a slight roll are a hallmark of a cheap suit. Plastic buttons can break, and even horn buttons that use plastic anchors can fall off in the middle of your board meeting.

PAY ATTENTION TO HOW IT WAS COLORED:

The last thing you want is to leave the store with a great navy suit and have it look four shades of blue by next summer. Look at the design. How is it dyed? Is it even and are the colors vivid? Will they fade? Is the pattern perfectly done across the suit, or are they misaligned where the fabric was cut?

Bottom line: look closely and pay attention.

HOW TO TELL A CANVASSED VS. FUSED JACKET – THE “PINCH TEST”

It’s easy to check whether the suit jacket you’re looking at is fused or canvassed. Simply pinch the chest fabric and lining between the fingers of each hand and pull them apart slightly. If it’s canvassed, you should be able to feel three distinct layers: the outside fabric, the canvas, and the lining. If it’s fused, you’ll only feel two layers. To distinguish between Full and Half Canvassing, perform the same pinch test down by the buttons.

 

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How to Store your suits:

Rotate:

If you wear the same suit every day, all day long it will never give the fibers time to relax or air out. It will always stay loose and never have the great “first fit” like it did when you first bought it.

Round, wood hanger:

Using round, wood hangers will give the suit enough space for air to flow through and getting the smells of your every day out. It also helps keep the suit fitting nice and tight. The rounded edges mock the shoulder make so it won’t stretch the suit out, only create enough space for it to relax in the natural form.

Cover it up:

When you aren’t wearing the usit, it should be on the wood hanger as discussed earlier, as well as in an appropriate suit bag. This will keep any bugs or dust from getting into the bag or onto your suit. It also protects it from any unfortunate events that may happen, and makes it easier to travel with. 

How to Clean/Maintaine your suits:

Brush your suit with a clothing brush:

This will extend the natural fibers in the suit, allowing it to last longer. It also helps keep the fibers up allowing it to breathe more and not hold in strong odors from the day.

Roll your suit:

Do this after brushing it. Rolling your suit will grab any loose fabric pieces or hair stuck on your suit. It is a little extra step that takes your look a long way!

Steam your suit regularly:

Steaming your suit opens up the fibers, removes stains and marks, as well as the smells from throughout the day. Dry ironing your suit will push the fibers down trapping all stains and stenches, so try to avoid ironing your suits!

Avoid the dry cleaners:

Dry cleaners shorten the lifespan of suits. They use strong chemicals to treat the suits so they are clean. It is only necessary to take your suit to the dry cleaners if you absolutely cannot get the stain or smell out of your suit by brushing it, airing it, or steaming it.

How to fold your suit:

Step one:

Lay the suit face down on a flat surface with the front up.

STEP 2

Flip the jacket over and fold the left shoulder back. towards the right.

STEP 3:

Turn the right shoulder inside out, then tuck left shoulder into the right.

STEP 4: 


Fold it in half lengthwise,  then fold it horizontally.

STEP 5: 


Place the folded jacket in the center of the outstretched trousers.

STEP 6:


Fold the trouser bottoms over the jacket and repeat with the top of the trousers.

General Tips:

  • Don’t go crazy with color. If you haven’t experimented with color before then stick with less intense colors like your Blues, Blacks, and Greens before expanding into bolder, brighter colors.
  • Understand color scheme. A simple way to keep track of color to pair lighter and darker versions of the same color. This is a monochromatic color scheme and its a simple way to add some flair to your look. Another color scheme involves pairing colors that fall next to each other on the color wheel, such as wearing a dark purple shirt with a blue tie. On the other end you could also pair colors that fall completely opposite each other on the color wheel, such as a blue shirt and a red tie, a classic look that provides great visual contrast.
  • Be careful with patterns. You don’t need to be scared of patterns and now that you have a better understanding of color, adding a pattern to your wardrobe is the next logical step. There are many different options – shirt and tie with a pattern, solid tie and patterned shirt, etc. – but the one rule of thumb to have when using multiple patterns is to vary the proportions of each design.

     

    If you decide you want patterns you need to keep these things in mind:

    1. Pattern- The pattern shouldn’t be too distracting. The pattern on your shirt should not be the same pattern on your tie.
    2. Size- The size of your patterns should not be the same. Go with a bigger pattern on your shirt and a smaller pattern on your tie, or vice-versa.

    If you decide to go with patterns keep in mind they should ALWAYS vary in size and design.

Jacket & Bottoms:

First, we are going to start with the basics! Every suit needs a jacket and bottoms! Of course, you can always play it safe by having them be the same color, or you can venture out of your bubble! We will give some great examples and help give you confidence as you pick out your outfit for the day! You can have a dark version of a color jacket and a light version of the same color as your pants, or vice-versa! Dark neutrals (first picture) scream confidence. As long as you follow those few rules and don’t use extreme colors, you really can’t go wrong.

Once you have your pants and jacket, we can move onto your shirt!

Shirt:

A classic white shirt will never fail and it sits with all suit colors and tones. Lilac and purple are just two tones that work well with grey or navy suits, while soft greys and periwinkle are great choices with black or charcoal. You can always play it safe by keeping things neutral!

Now that you have a matching jacket, bottoms, and shirt…we move onto the tie!

Click here to learn how to see the quality in your suit before you buy it!

Tie:

There are so many colors, fabrications, patterns and textures, but it doesn’t have to be this way. Once you’ve confirmed the general dress code of the event, identify the overall  color: your tie should, ultimately, complement the dominate shade with an overall color or patter. Try matching a rich blue tie with a sky-blue shirt and dark navy suit for a tonal look, or a red tie for some color-pop and contrast. If you’re wearing grey, stick with muted tones such as brown or burgundy, or choose a black tie for a sharp salt-and-pepper effect. 

Try to avoid any pairings that invoke thoughts of a specific holiday; while it is possible to pull off such combos, it’s a delicate balancing act that can come across as costumey as opposed to polished and sophisticated. 

If your occasion is more than business casual, than you should also have a pocket square in your jacket pocket.

Pocket Square:

For most cases, your pocket square should match your tie. You don’t want to have too many colors and patterns going on or you will just look like a hot mess instead of hot. If you choose to venture out, it is important that the color should complement either the shirt or tie. The safest option is to pair a white shirt with a white pocket square. For a more advanced approach, look for a patterned pocket square where the secondary color matches the tie, or go tonal with a subtle change of shade between the shirt, tie and square.

Socks:

Classic dressers should opt for black, burgundy, or dark grey socks. Of course, you can always play it safe and have your socks match your jacket and bottoms, shirt, or your tie and pocket square!

Shoes:

Always wear black shoes with a black suit and recycle them for deep navy business suits when you have a day in the boardroom. Chocolate brown shoes will work with your staple navy and grey tailoring. Our advice, keep it simple. Stick to the neutral colors, black, white, brown, and grey.

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Cuff Links:

Once you’ve got the main show sorted, it’s onto the supportting acts. Some  accessories, like cufflinks, can lift a look from standard to headliner – providing you pick the right ones. When wearing a white shirt, you can experiment with any color, pattern or shape cufflinks, unless you’re in a strict formal environment. Gold designs really stand out against a light blue or navy shirt, while black onyx is better suited to black tie

20 Ways to tie a tie!:

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  • Eldridge Knot
  • Trinity Knot
  • Van Wijk Knot
  • Fishbone Knot
  • Rose Knot
  • Elli eKnot
  • Tuelove Knot
  • Boutonniere Knot
  • Merovingian Knot
  • Atlantic Knot
  • Cape Knot
  • Grantchester Knot
  • Windsor Knot
  • Half-Windsor Knot
  • Nicky Knot
  • Plattsburgh Knot
  • Balthus Knot
  • Onassis Knot
  • Piatt Knot
  • Four in Hand Knot

The Eldridge Knot:

There is no doubt that this knot is one of a kind. As opposed to the vast majority of tie knots, this one is produced by using the small end as the active end, creating a tapered fishtail braid-like effect. It’s a very fancy knot that will leave a great impression on your boss.

The trinity knot:

This beautiful knot has a three-way symmetry and resembles the Celtic Triquetra. The pattern converges at a center point, producing a very eye-catching effect. It might seem a bit intimidating at first glance, but the moves are actually fairly simple.

THE VAN WIJK KNOT

An augmentation of the Prince Albert, adding a third turning of the active end. When tied correctly, this long and slender knot creates a striking and unmistakable layered cylindrical effect. A very cool knot that works best with light colors. It’s best suited for narrow collared shirts and paired with a vest.

THE FISHBONE KNOT

This awesome work of tie artistry is shaped in the form of a fishbone, hence the name. It’s a remarkable formal knot that is increasingly gaining respect. While somewhat challenging to tie, it’s definitely worth the effort, because it never fails to make the ultimate impression.

THE ROSE KNOT

Looking to get in touch with your romantic side? Check out this amorous necktie knot crafted in the shape of a rose. It shares similarities with the Trinity Knot, but is tied with an extra loop. This knot is sure to be a hit on V-Day.

THE ELLIE KNOT

It’s a simplified variant of the Eldredge Knot, but easier to tie and consumes less fabric, leaving a tail that allows it to be tightened or loosened like a normal windsor. It works best with semi-wide collar openings.

THE TRUELOVE KNOT

A sophisticated complex knot that is divided into four quadrants. This is a very difficult knot to tie that will take considerable practice. Consider a striped tie for a pinwheel effect. This knot isn’t for little boys, it’s for lady killers.

THE BOUTONNIERE KNOT

This knot is characterized by its long loops, making it good for wide collar openings. The moves are very similar to that of the Fishbone Knot, but it has a somewhat cleaner finish when tucked under the collar. Use it semi-formally.

THE MEROVINGIAN KNOT

Originally known as the Ediety Knot, if you’re a big fan of The Matrix, you’ll recognize this knot sported by the merovingian. This knot is very special. It looks like your tie is actually wearing a little miniature tie.

THE ATLANTIC KNOT

This is quite an unusual knot. It’s a reversed version of the Pratt Knot, resulting in an inside-out knot that shows the intricate tie knot structure that’s usually hidden on the back. It’s recommended for festivities or informal social events.

THE CAPE KNOT

The Cape Knot is a fundamental improvement on the quick and easy Atlantic Knot, which has greatly improved its symmetry and aesthetic value. This loosened-up knot works best with mono-colored ties and never passes unnoticed.

THE GRANTCHESTER KNOT

The Grantchester Knot is a large, thick, slightly asymmetrical tie knot. It’s basically a larger version of the St. Andrew Knot, by an additional turning of the narrow end. The key to wearing this knot is to stick with silk or other lightweight materials, since wool or knits tend to look uncomfortably bulky.

THE WINDSOR KNOT

A fabulous necktie knot that is ideal for business scenarios. The Windsor Knot is a thick, wide and triangular tie knot that projects confidence. It is especially suited for the spread or cutaway collar.

THE HALF-WINDSOR KNOT

This is a modest version of the Full Windsor Knot. When tied correctly, it produces a neat symmetrical triangular knot that you can use with any dress shirt. It’s extremely versatile: appropriate for work or play.

THE NICKY KNOT

A great alternative to the Pratt Knot that requires fewer moves, producing a symmetrical knot that will fill the semi-spread collar, if tied properly. It looks great with wool ties, without causing too much bulk.

THE PLATTSBURGH KNOT

In contrast to the St. Andrew Knot, it produces a symmetric knot characterized by a broad cone with a narrow opening. A very sophisticated knot that’s perfect for business or work. For best results, we very much recommend wearing it with a knitted or woven ties.

THE BALTHUS KNOT

A terrific knot that should be worn at weddings or formal events. It works best with a paisley tie, a wide collar shirt, and a nice-looking vest. It’s also recommended that you use a long necktie, because this knot consumes a lot of fabric.

THE ONASSIS KNOT

The Onassis Knot is deceptively simple: at the end of a standard Windsor Knot, you simply loop the wide end of the tie behind and over the existing knot. Use with semi-wide or wide collar openings and long ties.

THE PRATT KNOT

The Pratt Knot is versatile, elegant, and of a medium size. It’s indeed well suited for any dress shirt and somewhat wider neckties made from light to medium fabrics. You can’t go wrong with this elegant knot for formal meetings, as it looks very neat.

THE FOUR-IN-HAND KNOT

This is an easy to tie, slender, tapered, asymmetrical, self-releasing knot. It’s best suited for the standard button-down dress shirt and works best with wide neckties made from heavy fabrics. Use for semi-formal events, when you want to be discreet.

Conclusion:

Thank you for reading our whole blog! Today we wen’t over the in’s and out’s of owning a suit. We talked about the different types, how they should feel if they fit correctly and how to clean, store, and fold the suits! We also shared 20 different ways to tie a tie! If you have any other questions or have a request for what type of blog you;d like to read next, please leave us a message below and we will get it taken care of for you! 🙂 Hopefully, after reading this blog you feel more confident going out dressed up! Make sure to click the links within the blog! If you take good care of your suit, keeping it clean, you can add YEARS onto your suits life! Fill out the form below or come into the store if you have any questions!

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🥳New Inventory🥳

Introduction:

Welcome to Suits Avenue‘s blog! In this blog we are going to talk about the new airport in Istanbul and share what we brought back for you! As always we import all of our clothes and bring you nothing but the greatest quality!  Stop in the store today to get help picking out your new favorite outfit! Our table of contents are below! We are also going to go over everything we have and how to see the quality! 

Table of contents:

  • Airport in Istanbul
  • What we have *PHOTO GALLERIES* New products featured
  • How to see the quality in your clothes
    • The label
    • The lining
    • The stitching
    • Details
    • Coloring
    • THE FIT
    • Construction
    • The “Pinch Test”
    • The lapels
    • The cuff links
    • Conclusion

Istanbul Airport:

This is the worlds largest roofed airport! It took them a grand total of 42 months to build and is now open to the public! The video above gives you a tour of the new gorgeous airport! They will fly out about 200 million people a year! It features 6 runways and takes up  1.4 mil square meters. 

There are plenty of signs explaining where to go and even telling you how many minutes it will take you to get to your next destination!

*This video was released before phase 1 opened. It is now open*

They are still making plans to add on to the airport! It isn’t supposed to be complete until 2028!

As of right now the airport can sort through 30,000 pieces of luggage an hour!

🤵Everything about suits🤵

What we have (PHOTOS & VIDEOS) 

Let’s check out all the smart new imports we have, coming from the USA, Italy and Turkey! We offer all shapes and sizes for men and boys!

The first thing we are going to show you is our wool blue stripped suit!

Suits:

Another stripped suit demo!

Our suits are available in many other colors and all sizes!