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An even more comprehensive suit/shoe color combo chart

Mark Kwak

A while back, I posted up a fairly in-depth infographic around what shoes you should wear with what suits. You can check out that post here. That original infographic was posted up by a fashion enthusiast redditor named r00tbeer on the subreddit MFA (male fashion advice). However, recently, it looks like he was bested by one of his peers on the same subreddit.

Below is an even more comprehensive infographic going over what type of suits go with what type of shoes. It's quite detailed, with information on what suit colors should be your first, which styles are more fashion forward than others, and even the different types of dress shoes out there. Take a gander, print it out, and paste it on your wall so you can remember not to wear your champagne suit with black shoes. Happy Friday folks.

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J.Crew Ludlow Traveler

Mark Kwak

I think J.Crew has been stepping it up in the menswear game for some time now. When I first became interested in menswear, I wasn't too much a fan of J.Crew, but their partnerships, strategy, and designs have been changing my perception more and more.

Recently they put out this cool little video about the "Ludlow Traveler." Just a quick short about a dude traveling around while in his J.Crew Ludlow suit (a decent looking suit if you're a newcomer to menswear). Yeah, it's marketing, but check it out, perhaps it'll make you want to wear a suit more often.

 

 

Sorry. And also Indochino in SF

Mark Kwak

A couple things of note in today's post. 1. My site has been down for the last 3 days. So, so sorry about that. Some weird things went on with the webhosting. If you're still with me, thank you big time.

2. Spring is almost already here. Unbelievable how time flies by huh? My slacking in putting out content about winter coats and trends needs to come to an end.

3. Indochino, a men's made to measure suit, shirt, and accessories company, will be coming to town in San Francisco this coming week and a half.

For those of you guys who aren't familiar with Indochino, let me try to fill you in as best as I can. A couple years ago, online made-to-measure suit companies started to pop up like flies, coming in all directions. Some preached the value of being able to measure yourself without paying for it, others offered to pay for any afterward alterations that you made to any suit of theirs.

Either way, this concept became pretty trendy, and a couple companies stood out as frontrunners of this movement. I would argue the top two known brands were Suit Supply (located in NYC) and Indochino.

To be frank, I've never tried on an Indochino suits before, but the word of mouth has been nothing short of awesome. Some of my friends have worn Indochino suits to their own weddings, so I trust that the product is pretty decent. I'll certainly have to try one in order to make any of my own judgements though.

So onto the details. Indochino is going to be at Union Square in SF from March 13th (yesterday) to the 23rd. They'll bring their "traveling tailor" pop-up and will give you a free fitting in the case that you're looking to try one of their suits. Check it:

March 13 - 23 117 Post St. San Francisco

Mon - Fri 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. Saturday 9 a.m. – 8 p.m. Sunday 10 a.m. – 7 p.m

Here to book an appointment.So sorry for those outside of the Bay Area, but hopefully they'll be visiting your city soon. Go get 'em guys!

Buzzfeed article: 27 suit rules

Mark Kwak

I've been so MIA these days, I owe you all an apology. Thanks for continuing to show support though. The good news is that one of my 2014 New Year's resolutions is to make sure I post more often, which should help shape my ass back up.

Anyhow, today's topic is about a Buzzfeed article I recently read. Normally, Buzzfeed is a giant time waste for me. I can't tell you the number of times I've clicked through to a Buzzfeed article, and spent the next 15 minutes scrolling down ridiculous GIFs for no apparent reason at all.

Well the good news is that they sometimes have some really good tricks and tips, and in this particular article, it's all about the men's suit.

Don't necessarily agree with points #3, #16, and #22, but the list is pretty solid overall.

Click on the above picture or this link to check it out.

Suit fit diagram

Mark Kwak

I've been pretty MIA this week, sorry about that guys. Dreamforce took all of my time this week. One thing I wanted to put up here though is something that I saw online the other day. It's from Real Men Real Style, a blog I follow from time to time, and it visually shows you the difference between a good and bad suit fit. Print this thing out and take it with you when you go suit shopping:

rmrs suit fit

Pretty good huh? Keep these details in mind when you look for your next suit, it'll make a world of a difference.

Suits: Audio part 2

Mark Kwak

Today I continue to talk about suits, going over fit, cost, and brands. One thing that my friend mentioned was that I didn't (and unfortunately will not in this episode) cover is the different cuts of suits, whether they be British, Italian, or American. I think it's a topic that's pretty important to cover, so I'll make sure to write about that in a future post.

So here you go, the second part of the suit audio piece:

Simplerman Suit Part 2