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One of the main and obvious benefits of getting bespoke clothing is that you can customise everything to your liking. With trousers, this advantage, however, also comes with a big responsibility – selecting the right trouser length! It can literally make or break your look. But how long should they be, really?

The length of men’s trousers is determined by the so-called break – a point at the bottom of your leg where your trousers meet the shoe. Its position, and effectively the length of your trousers, will affect your overall appearance, so it’s worth paying attention to.

Crop your pants too short and your body may seem out of proportions. Make them too long and the fabric will start building up and may result in an untidy look.

What’s the proper trouser length?

Defining the proper length isn’t a matter of singling out the perfect length that works for everyone and on every occasion. Like most things in fashion, it’s subject to personal preference, style and body type.

You can, however, make an educated decision based on knowing the different pant breaks and choose one that’s right for you.

Five types of trouser break

Here are the five most common ways for the trouser to break:

The cropped pant

As the name suggests, the trousers are cropped short well above ankles, resulting in a schoolboy aesthetic appealing to mostly younger demographic.

It’s a prominent fashion-forward style that conveys youth, creativity and certain rebelliousness.

If you were to pull this style off, it’s best to wear slim or skinny trousers made of relatively lightweight fabric.

No break

No break is the type of break where your trousers are barely touching the top of the shoe. It’s a clean and modern look, but it doesn’t sit well with every man. It can help especially shorter men appear visually taller.

No break looks best on well-tailored tapered trousers. You want to make sure you are wearing good socks beneath as sitting down or raising your legs will certainly put them into the spotlight.

Quarter/slight break

If there was such a thing as a perfect break, slight or quarter break would come the closest. It’s not as fashion-forward as no break, but it’s still contemporary. It’s a great choice for almost everyone and works well for businessmen who want to appear neat and up-to-date.

For best results, make sure the back of the pant leg is slightly longer than the front.

Half/medium break

If a slight break is contemporary, the half break is traditional. It lightly folds over your shoes whilst covering its highest point at the back. It’s perfect for anyone who wants to choose the middle ground and play it safe.

It’s mostly worn by older conservative men who don’t like slim or tapered trousers who may or may not carry a little extra weight. It doesn’t attract attention but it also doesn’t offend. You may often see half break trousers with a cuff.

Full break

Full break means there’s a significant amount of fabric folding over your shoe. In other words, your trousers are a little too long for your legs. It gives out a sloppy, casual look, so it needs to be approached with caution. Besides dress pants, it’s common to see this break on blue denim jeans, which doesn’t crease as easily as light suit fabric.

Who it’s for? A full break is best for tall men but can be often seen on the older and heavier gentleman.

Final thoughts

We hope the above explanation provided you with enough information to make a smart decision when you are getting your new tailored trousers. Even if you buy them off the rack, many stores, such as Zara, offer alteration service, often for a small additional fee that’s well worth it.

Overall, for suit trousers, at Patrick & Co we recommend opting for a quarter or half break to most men. If you are wearing chinos, those are best worn shorter, with ideally no break at all. It helps to accentuate the shape of the trousers and your style. In any case, be sure to always try them on with your shoes.

What’s the right trouser break for you? Be sure to let us know by commenting down below.

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About Patrick & Co

Patrick & Co is world-renowned bespoke tailoring company and formal wear consultancy providing classy options for classy customers. Need help with looking your best at your next business or social occasion? Get in touch with us or visit our store in Thonglor, Bangkok. We are ready to serve you.

Have you ever bought a dress shirt only to find out later that it doesn’t go with almost anything or simply don’t have enough use for it? Maybe the colour doesn’t match well or it’s the pattern of the shirt that’s causing troubles. This can be very frustrating and costly in the long run, resulting in owning many items you won’t likely ever wear.

Fortunately, buying a dress shirt doesn’t have to be difficult. In this article, we will show you how to go about choosing your first five dress shirts and building a versatile and interchangeable wardrobe.

Dress shirt as a staple of a man’s wardrobe

Dress shirts are worth fussing about. As a cornerstone of the man’s outfit, they take us through our daily lives, regardless of whether you are a busy salesperson or a social butterfly.

And unless you have unlimited funds and space in your wardrobe, you want to be conscious about what pieces you are adding to your collection. Select poorly and, as illustrated, you will end up with a cluttered wardrobe full of items you don’t have an opportunity to wear. On the other hand, select wisely, and you will only need a few shirts in your arsenal that will cover your bases, fit most occasions and match with other items (as long as you select the right colours and patterns).

First five dress shirts you should own

The following are the five dress shirts we believe every man needs to have in his wardrobe. This list will be useful to both those who are just starting to build their wardrobe as well as those simply revamping it.

1. The white shirt

A white shirt is the absolute must-have item in every man’s arsenal. Not only it matches every colour, but it’s also suitable to wear on almost any occasion. It creates a nice contrast if worn with darker trousers or jacket and accentuates the colours of your tie. For best versatility, make sure the collar doesn’t button down and looks substantial. Because white shirts can be easy to stain, you might want to even own two.

2. The light blue shirt

The light blue shirt deserves the second spot due to its strong colour versatility (almost everything goes with it). It’s slightly less formal less than the white shirt, but it gives its wearer a classic look. Just make sure to keep the colour pale, light blue, not royal or navy blue.It goes especially well with khakis, blue suits, and even brown suits.

3. The striped shirt

Contrary to the previous two shirts, the striped shirt introduces a simple pattern that will optically make you look slimmer. It’s a classic shirt the stripes of which come in variety colours and width (from pencil through hairline to thick Bengal). As a general rule, the wider the stripe, the less formal the shirt becomes.

Because the overall shirt colour is leaning towards the colour of the stripe instead of the shirt’s base (at least when the base is white), you should opt for simple colours that will make it wearable with most outfits.

We recommend starting with thin blue stripes on a white base.

4. The checked shirt

Not all checks were created equal. There’s plenty of patterns to choose from (windowpane, gingham, Tattersall, tartan etc.). As a rule of thumb, the more colours are involved and the large the check, the less formal the shirt becomes.

As you can see, patterns introduce complexity into mixing items with the rest of the outfit. Whereas plain colours easily go with everything, patterned shirts have certain pairing restrictions. If you are combing checks with stripes, make sure the stripes are similar in size. On the other hand, if you are mixing checks with checks, the size of the checks should be substantially different.

For best versatility, we recommend starting with 1-2 colours and smaller checks.

5. The Oxford shirt

The Oxford shirt crosses the line between being formal and casual. Its characteristic feature is the buttoned-down collar and slightly thicker fabric. As a shirt, it’s very versatile and can be worn with or without a suit. For best colour coordination, it’s best to start with white, light blue or a very light and small patterns.

Colours for best versatility

When you are just starting out, your essential colour palette will revolve predominantly around different variations of light blues and whites. This is because they are the most versatile colours (and coincidentally, they are some of the highest converting colours in business).

When it comes to patterned shirts, stick to our recommendations and you will be safe. Patterns are a great way to spice up your look, but can be hard to match if selected incorrectly. Therefore, make sure you go for the versatile colours first.

Once you have successfully built your interchangeable wardrobe and mastered the foundations, now you can work on expanding it. For example, you can get the solid-coloured shirts in different colours, such as pink, yellow or more daring black or grey. Likewise different fabrics can also alter the look and feel of a shirt, even if it has the same colour.

How about you – do you have all five essential shirts in your wardrobe? Feel free to share your shirt collection with us in the comment section below.

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About Patrick & Co

Patrick & Co is world-renowned bespoke tailoring company and formal wear consultancy providing classy options for classy customers. Need help with looking your best at your next business or social occasion? Get in touch with us or visit our store in Thonglor, Bangkok. We are ready to serve you.

What Patrick & Co’s new hip neighbourhood and has to offer for classy men

As you may know, Patrick & Co, a bespoke tailor in Bangkok, has recently moved from Sukhumvit Soi 11 a few streets down to Thonglor, a trendy neighbourhood. Thonglor is particularly popular among those pursuing a bohemian lifestyle as this hip district has no shortage of fine eateries, shopping options, hotels and classy bars and night clubs.

In this article, we will tell you more about what drove us to move our tailor shop to this booming neighbourhood and why we like it. And because Thonglor has a lot to offer for classy men beyond just visiting our new bespoke tailor shop, we will give you a quick gentleman’s guide to this exciting area.

Why did we choose Thonglor as Patrick & Co’s new base?

Sukhumvit Soi 11 was our home for long 40 years and for a good reason. It was a fairly central location that was popular among foreigners. But the same conditions also attracted many other tailor shops to the area and the place soon became crowded. Concerns didn’t take long to develop, some of which were the always-rushing customers, fierce and pushy competition and the overall not-so-great reputation of the area.

We knew that if we wanted to differentiate ourselves and upscale our tailoring and fashion consulting services, we had to move out. After spending some time researching various locations, Thonglor seemed like a perfect location for our new home. Here’s why.

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Even though it’s not as central as Sukhumvit 11 was, it’s still located very conveniently and is only a short BTS ride from the city centre.

Most importantly, though, it aligns with our values. As a trendy neighbourhood that attracts a more upscale audience, it allows us to provide a better customer experience where we can focus on quality over quantity. It gives us space and time to perfect our craft and meet or even exceed the high standards that we expected from ourselves so that you can look your best.

What does Thonglor have to offer for modern men?

Short answer – a lot! Thonglor is home to many hot spots catering to classy men. Besides taking care of your outfit at our tailor shop, you can spend the rest of your day grooming your hair and/or beard, relaxing your body at one of the many spas, hanging out in sophisticated eateries and continue well into the night in classy bars and nightclubs.

Because the options are truly countless, we hand-picked subjectively some of the best spots for classy men to try:

Grooming and hair

  • Black Amber Barber Shop – a classy barbershop with a gentleman’s club vibe. View on Google Maps
  • Tew’s Barber Shop – a traditional babershop for men with style (also located in Siam). View on Google Maps
  • Barberford Reserve – barbershop that offers gentlemen an indulgent barbering and grooming experience in a luxurious atmosphere. View on Google Maps

Restaurants

  • theCommons – a lifestyle shopping area with many restaurants of different cuisines within. View on Google Maps
  • Uomasa – a traditional Japanese restaurant with some of the freshest fish in Bangkok. View on Google Maps
  • Bo.lan – a new breed of Thai restaurant preaching hyper-regional cuisine and pledging allegiance to all things sustainable. View on Google Maps

Spas

  • Let’s Relax Onsen and Spa – a traditional Japanese onsen spa featuring wide varieties of mineral bath tubs, sauna, steam, warm and cold room, and an extended menu of massage and spa treatments. View on Google Maps
  • Health Land – the land of health and wellness where art and science of traditional Thai wellness harmoniously combine. View on Google Maps

Hotels

  • Marriot Hotel – a five-star hotel sitting overlooking Sukhumvit Road, right at the entrance of Thonglor. View on Google Maps
  • Grande Centre Point Point Sukhumvit 55 – a five-star hotel designed for both business and leisure travel. View on Google Maps
  • Playhaus Thonglor – a 3-star hotel offering impeccable service and all the essential amenities to invigorate travelers. View on Google Maps
  • Akyra Thonglor – a luxury boutique five-star hotel capturing Bangkok’s urban style and creative flair. View on Google Maps

Nightlife

  • Octave Rooftop Lounge – a stunning rooftop bar and lounge with an unrivalled 360-degree panoramic view of the city. View on Google Maps
  • J. Boroski Mixology – a cocktail bar where the staff will prepare your cocktail based on your wish. View on Google Maps
  • AINU Bar – offers daily live music, an extensive list of Japanese fusion food, a broad selection of Japanese sake and plum wine, spirits, wines and champagne, local and imported beers, and six creative signature cocktails . View on Google Maps
  • Seenspace – lifestyle mall full of lively bars. View on Google Maps
  • Bottoms Up – wine & beer bar featuring the largest wine collection in Thonglor. View on Google Maps

Have we missed something? Let us know in the comment section below.

Thonglor has a lot going for it

Thonglor came a long way since its beginning. Once a Bangkok’s suburb named after a naval officer, it later housed car dealerships and tacky wedding showrooms. The changes didn’t stop and nowadays Thonglor has become a trendy area with a large Japanese expat community and countless spots to visit.

Even though we have been here for only two years, we have already witnessed drastic changes. New places, such as restaurants, bars, beauty clinics, hotels and even luxury residential buildings, popped up out of nowhere. Big developers are rushing into the area as well, suggesting that the growth is not going to stop anytime soon.

All in all, we are happy with our decision and are excited to call Thonglor our new home. We see it as a good place for Patrick & Co as well as for our customers. We personally think it has a bright future ahead and we look forward to seeing what it will bring next.

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About Patrick & Co

Patrick & Co is world-renowned bespoke tailoring company and formal wear consultancy providing classy options for classy customers. Need help with looking your best at your next business or social occasion? Get in touch with us or visit our store in Thonglor, Bangkok. We are ready to serve you.

Songkran, Thai New Year, is synonymous with splashing water on strangers and getting wet for three consecutive days in mid-April. This can be fun when you are willingly participating, but what if you are on the way to somewhere important and would like to stay dry?

Fortunately, there’s a solution for you. It turns out that you don’t need to be an Aquaman or Iron Man in order to have access to a suit with special properties. They are commercially available here and now, including our bespoke tailor shop Patrick & Co.

We are talking about waterproof fabrics for your suit and shirts. These fabrics repel water and let it safely glide down your outfit without leaving a trace. As such they are ideal for sneaking out of the hotel into your car without getting wet!

Stay dry during this year's Songran wearing a waterproof suit

Cerruti iTravel – waterproof fabric that will keep you and your suit dry

At Patrick & Co, we make waterproof suits from an Italian fabric called Cerruti iTravel. It’s made out of a blend of Queensland wool, mohair and silk and as its name suggests, it’s a perfect fabric for a travelling suit.

Apart from being waterproof, Cerruti iTravel is also crease-proof and stain resistant. This means that a suit made from this fabric will withstand the stresses of travelling much better than a suit made from regular fabrics.

What makes Cerruti iTravel special?

To understand Cerrito iTravel’s properties, we need to look within. Resistance to creasing can be attributed to the high twisted yarns in the fabric, whereas the waterproof properties come from the coating of the wool-mohair and wool-mohair-silk blend. This means that you don’t have to stress about being caught in a water fight on the way to a meeting or dinner or even about a spilt drink.

Given Thailand’s high temperatures during Songkran, you will appreciate that a suit made from Cerruti iTravel fabric doesn’t sacrifice breathability, meaning it will help you stay cool (as much as that’s possible in hot Thailand).

Stay dry during this year’s Songkran wearing a waterproof suit

Overall, we are big fans of this Italian fabric. If you don’t want to sacrifice style but would like to stay dry and cool whilst wearing it, it’s a great option.

Stay dry during this year's Songran wearing a waterproof suit

Waterproofing your shirt with nanotechnology

Having a waterproof suit is a battle half-won. To be completely safe from getting soaked during Songkran water fights, you must also wear a waterproof shirt. But don’t worry, Patrick & Co has you covered.

Our special waterproof shirt fabric is made from polyester fibres coated with millions of tiny silicone filaments. It’s so waterproof that it won’t get wet even if you soaked it in water for two months! The water droplets automatically form a spherical shape and will roll off the shirt surface at even a minuscule angle of 2 degrees.

The only drawback of this high tech fabric is its breathability. Polyester is known for trapping heat and makes it rather a suitable option for those living in the Northern Hemisphere. It’s still possible to wear in Thailand, it will be just warmer than it’s woollen counterpart.

Luxurious alternative to Cerruti iTravel

There’s an obvious alternative to the Cerruti iTravel fabric. As we mentioned in one of our earlier articles, there’s an another Italian mill – Ermenegildo Zegna – that produces a luxury fabric with similar properties (waterproof, crease resistant, breathable)

It’s lighter than Cerruti iTravel, but at the same time it comes with a much steeper price tag. If money’s no object, go with Zegna, otherwise Cerruti iTravel will be the better option for most.

Final thoughts

If you want to be able to dress in style this Songkran without having to worry about getting your outfit wet, consider getting a waterproof suit. Any accidental splashes that may go your way won’t leave a trace on your suit and shirt and you will arrive spotless and dry.

Would you like you know more about our waterproof fabrics? Visit our in our shop or send us a message using the contact form. We will be happy to tell you more and waterproof your new suit.

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About Patrick & Co

Patrick & Co is world-renowned bespoke tailoring company and formal wear consultancy providing classy options for classy customers. Need help with looking your best at your next business or social occasion? Get in touch with us or visit our store in Thonglor, Bangkok. We are ready to serve you.

Most of us are familiar with this scenario – you need to travel abroad for business or to attend an event, but at the same time, you have to look spotless in your suit. So, how do you actually do it? In this article, we will share with you our three tips for travelling with a suit (that we personally use) and show you how to arrive at your destination looking fresh and wrinkle-free.

Travel with a suit

Tip #1: Choose the right fabric for your suit and shirts

The best time to start thinking about how to travel with your suit is at the tailor shop when you are buying one. Each suit fabric comes with its unique properties, such as proneness to wrinkling or breathability, and it will determine how the suit will behave during your travels.

Out of the four basic suit fabrics – wool, microfibre, cotton and linen – only two are really considered travel-friendly. These are wool and microfibre.

Microfibre – the least creasing fabric for a travel suit

Strictly speaking about proneness to wrinkling, microfibre suit (and shirts) are the easiest to travel with because of their crease resistance. However, they aren’t perfect. For one, they don’t look as good as their premium counterparts (wool for suits and cotton for shirts) and they also trap heat. If you are travelling to a hot country, you may have to choose other more breathable fabrics to stay comfortable for longer for the price of more creases. If you want to know more about dressing for hot weather, we recommend reading our previous post.

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Special wool blend

If you insist on wool as a material for your travel suit despite its slight inclination to crease, there’s a solution for you. Wool lycra is a special blend that merges the best properties of each fabric. Wool lycra makes your suit less restrictive and is optimal for men who travel or have to jump in and out of cars often.

Zegna – the ultimate fabric for a travel suit

If money is not an object when getting your travel suit, there is one special fabric manufacturer that can save your day – Zegna. Ermenegildo Zegna is an Italian mill that produces luxury, high performance, water-proof and wrinkle-free fabric (a blend of wool and silk) that is ideal for a travel suit and shirts. It’s also very light and breathable, meaning it will keep you cool in hot weather and comfortable in winter, too.

Their fabric collections cater to the needs of even the most demanding travellers and feature lines optimal for any season and weather conditions.

Fabric colour – darker colours are more forgiving

The colour of your suit will likewise play a big role in how visible the imperfections are. The darker colours are naturally more forgiving than the lighter tones, which makes them our preferred option when travelling.

Regardless of the fabric you choose, it’s important to hang up your suit and shirts as soon as possible after reaching your destination. They need time to breathe and settle to look good.

Tip #2: Carry your suit in a suit bag

Now when you have your suit made from the right fabric for your occasion, you want to make sure it survives the journey without getting crumpled, or worse, damaged. We recommend carrying your suit in a suit/garment bag. Depending on your mode of transport and further circumstances, you ideally want to hang the bag where it’s free from other elements putting pressure on your suit, such as overhead lockers.

Plan B – Store your suit safely in a suitcase

If that’s not feasible or practical, such as on an airplane, you may need to transport your suit in a suitcase. The best way of doing so is by halving the suit bag and placing it on top of everything else in your suitcase.

Alternatively, you can also store your travel suit in the suitcase without the suit bag. There’s a simple folding technique illustrated in the video below. However, we don’t recommend travelling with your suit in a duffel bag.

In the worst scenario you can also wear the suit on you.

Tip #3: Fix accidental wrinkles with the following methods

If the unexpected happens despite your best efforts and you have collected a few wrinkles on your way to your destination, there is still hope for you. Here’s what you can do:

  • Carry a portable steamer – if you travel often, investing a little money in a portable steamer goes a long way toward getting rid of any accidental creases or imperfections without the hassle of rushing for help.
  • Take a hot shower – you have probably heard about this. Hang your suit and shirts in the bathroom and take a hot shower. The hot steam that builds up during the process will melt the creases away in a short time.
  • Use a dry cleaning service – you can have your suit straightened up at a dry cleaner. This can, however, take time and should be resorted to no more than twice a year.
  • Iron your suit – if your residence has an iron, you can also get rid of the stubborn creases by ironing it out gently. Bear in mind that not all fabrics can be ironed. There’s also a risk of creating additional accidental creases and is, therefore, best left alone as the last resort.

Conclusion

To summarise, special wool blends will be your best option for a wrinkle resistant travel suit that doesn’t feel restrictive. For budget-minded travellers, microfibre will serve just as well as long as you aren’t travelling to a hot country because it traps heat. Regardless of the fabric, darker colours or patterned fabrics will help hide any imperfections that may come up whilst on the road.

If you follow our tips, you are maximising your chances of arriving at your destination with a fresh looking suit that is ready to be worn. You will have less to worry about, be confident about your looks and be able to enjoy your stay more. Taking good care of your suit will also maximise its lifespan.

Have you found our tips helpful? If you know more or better ways of travelling with a suit, be sure to share your tips with us and other readers in the comments section below.

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About Patrick & Co

Patrick & Co is world-renowned bespoke tailoring company and formal wear consultancy providing classy options for classy customers. Need help with looking your best at your next business or social occasion? Get in touch with us or visit our store in Thong Lor, Bangkok. We are ready to serve you.

Those who live in countries with a hot climate, such as Thailand, know how hard it is to dress sharp and stay looking fresh throughout the day. You start sweating almost immediately and wearing multiple layers doesn’t help with staying cool either. Even though we can’t influence the outside temperature, there’s something everyone can do to mitigate its impact on how you look and feel. It starts with selecting the right fabric for your outfit.

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Because not all fabrics are made equal, their properties and ability to keep you cool vary. In this article, we will look into different types of fabrics, their properties (such as breathability and colour) and how they behave in hot weather.

Reading this guide should help you choose the right fabric for your next summer outfit when you need to dress up for hot weather, all without compromising your style or comfort.

Contents:

1: Choose the right fabrics that will keep you cool in hot weather

A: Suit fabrics

As a general rule, you want your summer suit to be made out of a light and breathable fabric. For a man’s suit, there are two types of fabric to keep in mind – one that everyone can see on the outside and the inner lining fabric.

(Outer) suit fabric

Fortunately, there are only a handful of fabrics designed for suiting. The essential ones are:

Wool

Wool is the most popular choice for men due to its premium look and high quality. It’s light, offers great breathability (because it is natural) and is, therefore, a great choice for wearing in hot weather, particularly lightweight 100% wool – it will keep air flowing freely and prevents from trapping sweat. On the other hand, a suit made from wool is more prone to wrinkling than the other options and ever so slightly easier to tear.

Dressing in hot weather - Patrick & Co
Dressing in hot weather - Patrick & Co

Cotton

Another great alternative for use in hot wear is cotton. Cotton suits are generally stiff and cool but are considered casual. They are therefore not suitable for conducting business or other formal occasions.

Linen

Just like cotton, linen is likewise a perfect material for your casual/informal summer suit. It is very light, breathable, but wrinkles easily. One way of avoiding excessive creasing is opting for linen blended with cotton or wool. If you sweat a lot, this may be the perfect option for you.

Dressing in hot weather - Patrick & Co
Dressing in hot weather - Patrick & Co

Microfibre

Microfibre, the higher form of polyester, is a synthetic fabric commonly used in less expensive suits. While microfibre suits may be good enough to wear in cold climate, they are not suitable for wearing in hot countries because the material lacks breathability and traps heat. Microfibre is often blended with more premium materials, such as wool, to help boost its breathability and decrease the shiny microfibre look.

(Inner) lining fabric

Choosing the lining fabric will be the second most important decision when getting your perfect summer suit. Even though others can’t see it, it’s in closer contact with your body and has a massive bearing on how the suit feels. Making the wrong choice here can turn your outfit into a sweat suit. Generally, your lining fabric options are twofold:

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Silk

Silk is a natural fiber that has great cooling properties in hot weather. It comes with its drawbacks, however. It’s fairly expensive to make and doesn’t age well.

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Cupro and Bemberg

Cupro is the better alternative to silk that maintains many of its benefits while eliminating the drawbacks. It’s more affordable, yet extremely durable and offers great breathability. This material is interchangeable with the brand name that manufactures it, Bemberg.

Bonus tip: Get a lighter jacket to stay cooler in the heat

You can further improve the hot weather performance of your summer suit jacket by having an unlined or half-lined construction. Why does this matter? Having a partially-lined jacket means there is one less layer trapping the heat in, and less sweating for you. On top of that, it’s also more comfortable to wear.

B: Dress shirt fabrics

Just as important as choosing the right fabric for your suit is selecting the shirt material. A formal dress shirt is typically made of the following two materials:

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Cotton

Cotton is a breathable material that both looks attractive and dissipates heat away from your body. On the downside, it’s prone to wrinkling and costs more.

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Poly-cotton blend

Acheaper alternative to cotton is a polyester cotton blend. While a shirt made from this material is more wrinkle resistant, it also traps heat and is thus not suitable for use in the hot climate. The blended shirt fabrics can still look attractive while keeping the price for the shirt lower than pure cotton.

Bonus tip: Skip under tees

Skipping wearing undershirts will definitely make your summer outfit cooler although this strategy has a drawback. Sweat otherwise absorbed by the undershirt can result in staining your shirt and thus shorten its lifespan. One way of combating sweat stains is using a deodorant without aluminium.

2: Lighter colours are best for hot weather

Debate about the best fabrics for hot weather isn’t complete without mentioning colours.

In short, wearing lighter colours will make you cooler and make surviving hot weather in style easier. This isn’t just a current fashion trend but is backed by science – darker colours absorb more light and thus trap heat. Examples of light colours are shades of white, beige, pink, yellow, baby blue, greys, creams and tan.

This, however, doesn’t mean your next suit should be all white. You will still need to consider both the formality of the occasion and the intended use.

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3. How weather fabric cheat sheet

To further help you with processing the information and selecting the right fabric, we have created a cheat sheet that ranks the above-mentioned fabrics on a number of factors. You can consider these based on your intended use and other variables:

Suit fabric Breathability Formality Proneness to wrinkling Durability Price
Wool 4 4-5 3 3 5
Microfibre 2 2-5 2 3 5
Cotton 4 3 4 3 3
Linen 5 2 5 4 4
Silk (lining) 5 DNA DNA 2 4
Silk (lining) 4 DNA DNA 4 3
Suit fabric Breathability Formality Proneness to wrinkling Durability Price
Cotton (Long fibre) 5 1-5 5 3 4-5
Poly-cotton (blend) 1 1-5 2 5 1-2

Legend: 1 – least true, 5 most true. for example 5 is extremely breathable whereas 1 would be be a barely unbreathable fabric

4. Our verdict and recommendation

As you can see, selecting the right fabric for hot weather dressing isn’t as straightforward as it may seem. We recommend you to consider a couple of factors that are important to you, such as the formality of the occasion, your budget, the fabric’s proneness to wrinkling and more. This will ultimately lead you to making the best decision.

Do you have any questions in regard to choosing the best fabric for your summer suit? Feel free to ask us by filling out the contact form. We are happy to help.

If you have found this guide useful, please share it with your friends or colleagues who live in a hot country or are moving to one soon.

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One of the best ways to ensure you won’t be overshadowed by any of the guests at your wedding is to be the best-dressed men in the room. Navin, the head of Patrick & Co, certainly walked his talk and set the bar high at his pre-wedding photoshoot in Dubai, where he decided to commemorate this special occasion by wearing a double-breasted tuxedo.

Although not very typical at weddings, a tuxedo is a good choice for any gentleman wanting to make a statement about themselves. Its association with glamorous events coupled with details, such as the shape of the lapel or enhanced presence of satin, provide further space for expressing one’s personality and what they stand for.

This photoshoot prompted us to make a proper introduction to tuxedo and explain to you, our readers, a bit more about how it came about and how it differs from your traditional suit. Let’s dive into it.

What is a tuxedo?

Tuxedo is a formal attire expected to be worn at black tie events, such as dinner parties or even weddings. It’s considered to be an evening dress and is, therefore, supposed to be worn only in the evening after 6 pm.

Tuxedo usually comes in black, midnight blue or white colour and is made out of 2 or 3 pieces – jacket, trousers and an optional waist coast. Its defining feature is the satin jacket lapel and similar stripes along the outseam of the trousers (or sometimes even sleeves). Those who would like to go for a muted, less glossy look, can also opt for an alternative fabric called grosgrain. Men would wear a white tuxedo-specific dress shirt, a black bow tie and black glossy leather dress shoes with a tuxedo.

Tuxedo shirt

A shirt that comes with a tuxedo is just as elaborative, if not more, than the tuxedo itself. It comes in many variations and the style you might want to choose largely depends on your endgame. Typically, the customisation includes selecting the collar style (such as a wingtip collar), bibs, pleats, plackets and studs.

Why does a tuxedo exist?

A short look into history reveals that tuxedo was born in the 19th century in the UK when the social elite wanted to differentiate their dress at the evening outdoor activities from the usual daily formal wear. Men started to experiment with a dinner jacket that evolved from a tailless coat and a smoking jacket and turned it into high-profile dress we know it today. The actual word tuxedo is derived from the name of the town in New York, Tuxedo Park, where dinner jacket was first introduced on the American soil.

How is tuxedo different from a suit?

Now when you know what it is and how it came about, you may be wondering how a tuxedo differs from a suit. We will explore both physical and psychological differences.

The biggest physical difference is the presence of satin. While you won’t find any on your suit, tuxedo, as previously mentioned, is fitted with satin on a number of places, such as lapel, sides of the trousers, buttons or pocket trims. However, there are exceptions to this rule as you can find a few formal options that come satin-free.

Another telling sign is accessories you would wear with a tuxedo. Originally, it was worn with cummerbunds or waistcoats (although increasingly less so nowadays) and a black bow tie. On the other hand, a suit is traditionally accompanied by a necktie or is worn open-collared.

Physical differences aside, there’s more to tuxedo than meets the eyes. Wearing a tuxedo is predominantly about sending a message that is different from wearing a suit or any other garment for that matter. The main point of wearing a tuxedo is to commemorate a special occasion by wearing something special that you wouldn’t wear anywhere else. It is about standing out and being somewhere or with someone special.

We could also conclude that tuxedo comes with a certain glamour that you may be familiar with, for example, from the movie screens. Have you seen ever James Bond? Daniel Craig, the main actor in the installations, such as Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace or Skyfall pulled his tuxedo off to the point of becoming nothing short of a style icon.

Even though suits are slowly losing their significance in everyday life as the workforce is dressing down, they are still prevalent and more common than tuxedos. That’s why wearing a tuxedo will outdo wearing a suit even though if you look killer in it.

Final thoughts

We hope now you have a better understanding of what a tuxedo is about, how it differs from a suit and how you can introduce it into your own arsenal as a special dress for special occasions (just leave the gun at home if you are going for the James Bond style). If you want to see more photographs from Navin’s (pre)wedding photoshoot, be sure to follow us on Facebook and Instagram.

Once a staple of man’s outfit, men’s ties have been seemingly going out of style as more and more men are opting to go tie-less. Why is this happening and are ties really approaching their end?

To understand this decline, we must first know a bit about the history of ties and why men decided to wear them in the first place. A necktie as such originated in the 17th century in France, where the French king Louis XIII got inspired by the look of Croatian mercenaries in Paris. They were neatly tying their jackets around their necks as a way of keeping them safely stored on their back while they weren’t wearing them. Apart from their obvious practical application, the king found them quite decorative and introduced them as a mandatory piece of clothing for royal gatherings. The era of neckties officially began.

While the shape of the necktie kept evolving over the years, its function largely remained the same – a decorative feature of a man’s outfit. The tie as we know it today got its shape in the 1920s when a NY tie maker Jessie Langsdorf invented a new way of cutting the fabric when constructing a tie.

Tie as a victim to the always-changing fashion trends

Despite its 300-year reign and development, a necktie seems to have become a victim of the latest fashion trends. As those keep changing, they are slowly putting neckties to rest and replacing them with the ever-more-popular open-collared shirt look. This look is being driven predominantly by TV and cinema screens and looser dress code for employees at work.

The workforce is dressing down and getting more casual, but is it good?

In the recent years, more and more businesses have been adopting a more relaxed dress code for their offices (especially in companies such as Google and Facebook) where workers are allowed to dress in comfortable, casual clothes. It’s not uncommon to see even company CEO’s dressed in casual clothing, for example, Mark Zuckerberg or late Steve Jobs who was famous for his casual style of wearing a black turtleneck, blue jeans and sneakers.

The decline of men in wearing a tie in the workforce is further aided by the rise of casual Fridays. If this trend continues, we might witness the disappearance of ties from our wardrobes in the next couple of decades.

You may be tempted to ask, whether this trend of dressing down is actually good for men. Some psychologists claim that it may have a negative effect on our productivity and performance. They argue that this is because we often adopt the characteristics associated with the clothes we wear. When we put our clothes on, we prime our brain to behave in ways consistent with their symboling meaning.

This, however, doesn’t mean that companies need to switch back to the old corporate culture. As of right now, none of the studies provides an absolute scientific proof that your attire impacts productivity. Much of it depends on many variables, such as gender, age or your job title.

Patrick & Co’s opinion – what we think about the “dressing down” trend

While we don’t think men should wear ties all the time, we believe they make men look polished and go a long way towards creating his image as a complete gentleman.

When we look at the success stories of tech startups in the Silicon Valley, it is easy to forget that those successful people weren’t always in a position where they could get away with wearing jeans and T-shirt to work. For example, even the aforementioned Steve Jobs used to wear suits in his early days of building Apple.

Whether we like it or not, other people judge us by what we wear before they hear us speak. That’s why it is essential to make this your advantage and project a favourable impression by dressing sharply and appropriately for the occasion. Unless you have made it to the top where you don’t care about what other people think about you, it may be okay to dress more relaxed, but for others, it’s still worth paying attention to your attire. A well-tied, designed and colour-matched necktie can be a reflection for men of their attention to little details and how much they value perfection.

When is it still acceptable to wear a tie?

Even today, ties may still be essential to wear on certain occasions, such as weddings, job interviews or networking events, where you need to make a good impression. This will, however, largely depend on your profession (such as law, business consultancy etc.). In case of job interviews, we recommend you dress for the job you want to get, not for the job you already have.

Apart from the occasions that demand a tie, you may find yourself in a situation where wearing a tie can make you appear respectable in a subtle way, for example, the first date.

Conclusion

To answer the original question of whether men’s ties are going out of fashion – yes, they are going out of style. For better or worse, less and fewer men wearing a tie as part of their outfit and even though they aren’t dead yet, their importance is slowly diminishing. Only time will tell, however, whether we will see a necktie completely disappear or not.

Dressing sharp for us men can be sometimes challenging as there are a lot of things to consider, such as matching different items, colours and patterns together – you get the idea. Since there’s more than one type of shirts, in this article, we will try to make your life easier by explaining the proper way of wearing a particular type and when and how to properly tuck it in.

In most situations, you will want to keep keep your shirt tucked in as that’s the society’s general image of a well-dressed man. Luckily, there are exceptions to this rule that allow a space for wearing a shirt untucked as long as you do it right and with the right type of shirt.

When to tuck your shirt

If you aren’t sure whether you should tuck your shirt in or not, there are a few telling signs, which can be determined from the the shirt’s design:

1. The shape of your shirt’s hem

Look at the hem of your shirt. Is it even all around its perimeter or does it come with a pronounced tail at the front and back?

Even hem – if the hem is even (same as you would find on t-shirts or polo-shirts), then this type of shirt is made to be worn untucked.

Uneven/curved hem – in case of uneven hem, this type of shirt is meant to be worn tucked.

A: Uneven/curved hem – made to be worn tucked (although lately there’s trend to wear it also untucked). B: Even hem – made to be worn untucked.

2. The length of your shirt

Another important factor is the shirt’s length. If the shirt is short (but not too short to wear without showing off your belly) and gets untucked every time you move or sit, it’s probably meant to stay untucked. The longer shirts with curved hem are prolonged at the back a front for a reason – to help you with staying tucked.

If your shirt is on the longer side, it might be better to tuck it in as the extra fabric can you look sloppy and unprofessional. If you intend to tuck it in, make sure the hem extends at least 7-10cm below your belt. The longer the shirt is, the better chance is has to stay tucked.

Here’s a quick run-down on how the most common types of men’s shirt are usually worn:

Shirts traditionally worn untucked Shirts traditionally worn tucked
T-shirts, polo shirts, casual shirts, short-sleeved button-fronted shirts, Hawaiian shirtsDress shirts, long-sleeved button-fronted shirts, flannel shirts

How to properly tuck in your shirt and keep it tucked

When you know you need to tuck your shirt, there are four ways of achieving it.

Regardless of the method, however, having a perfectly fitted shirt will make it much easier for you. For example, too much excess fabric around your waist or its short length won’t prevent you from tucking your shirt in, but it will be much more difficult to stay tucked.

1. The basic trouser tuck

The basic, and most common, trouser tuck is tucking your shirt below your trousers (and above your underwear). The way you go about it is putting your shirt on and buttoning it up. Once done, pull your pants up and button them closed over the shirttails. That’s it.

This method is offers a very simple although not bulletproof solution and it works best with fitted shirts. If you wear anything looser, you will want to look into the following methods.

2. The military tuck

Military tuck got its name from, well, military. It’s how armed forces used to tuck in their uniform shirts.

With you pants pulled up but unbuttoned, pinch any loose fabric hanging on your sides and fold it into a sharp diagonal crease. Then you tuck the creases in at the hips, belting your trousers on above them.

This method is quite simple and more effective for looser shirts with excess fabric around the waist.

3. The underwear tuck

As the name implies, this method involves your underwear and only works if you are wearing an undershirt. In practice, it would require you to tuck your undershirt into your underwear. Believe it or not, this makes a difference for how well the shirt can then stay tucked. Once your undershirt is in place, put on your shirt and pull your pants over it.

This technique will obviously not work in countries with hot climate, like here in Thailand, where wearing an undershirt is impractical. For men in colder countries, however, this is viable alternative, which can be further improved by wearing a special underwear with grippy waist.

4. Shirt stays

Lastly, the most effective and laborious method of securing your shirt’s tuck is wearing shirt stays. They resemble braces you would put over your shirt. The way you wear these is by clipping each end to your socks and the other to your shirt.

Because the bands are elastic, wearing shirt stays won’t restrict your movement and will keep the shirt firmly tucked in, no matter what. If you are new to this, it initially requires some time to learn how to properly put it on and be comfortable with it.

The feasibility of sporting this tuck will also depend on the trousers you are wearing, as shirt stays worn under tight or thin pants will be visible to the outside world.

Conclusion

Hopefully now you have a better idea how to wear your shirt and how to tuck it in properly, when the occasion requires it. As a rule of thumb, dress shirts are always meant to be dressed tucked in, while casual and short-sleeved shirts are okay to stay untucked. If unsure, remember to check your hem.

If you are looking for a the perfect dress shirt for your business or any special occasion, you are welcome to visit our store in Thonglor, where we craft bespoke clothing for men as well as provide style advice.

It’s been well established that certain elements, such as colours, can affect and even influence conversion rates in business (= your ability to turn a prospect into a customer). More often than not, however, you will see this discussion revolve around brands and websites. What can you as a man with a sense for fashion take out of this debate and apply to your business?

The importance of personal branding

Let’s diverge with quick a fact – humans bond to humans. The reason people do business with you is not that they like your brand (even though it can have human qualities as well), but because they like you.

This means that you and your personal brand are just as important as your business brand. And since you are the one who stands behind it, how you carry yourself and project your prescribed image onto others is going to directly affect your business success.

Much like the standard marketing mix and its P’s, personal branding has its own model of five M’s, the first of which is your physical makeup. This includes your pictures/portraits, name, label you give yourself and, yes, how you dress!

This is where the knowledge about improving conversion rates and psychology of colours intersects with branding (namely your style) and your success in closing new businesses.

Dress for business success – patterns & colours

Whether we like it or not, people are always evaluating. When you meet your prospective client (this can be face to face or through an online video), their eyes will automatically fall on your clothes. What they see will help them create an impression.

Since you want to make a good impression, you need to make sure your clothes aren’t a distraction for the prospect’s absorption of your message. If you dress too flashy, you risk removing focus from your face and words to your clothes. This is a problem as it reduces the effectiveness of your message and ultimately negatively impacts your sale.

Just to clarify, when we say sale, this doesn’t necessarily have to involve a monetary transaction – you can be also selling an idea or yourself at an interview.

What should you wear then? Let’s start off with colours.

Psychology of colours

From the psychology of colours and theory on sales conversion, we know that colours influence how your prospects will perceive and respond to your (marketing) message.

In business branding, this is a hard task because you must adopt a colour that will also resonate with your voice and brand personality. For our purpose, however, it’s fairly straightforward and simple.

In this article, we will consider the colours of your two most important pieces of your wardrobe – your suit and shirts.

High converting shirt colours

If you want the colours of your clothes to have the best positive impact on your conversion are, you should wear – pink, white, baby blue and yellow.

Low converting shirt colours

Conversely, you should avoid wearing the following colours on your shirt – black/grey, brown and green. Even though these colours might not be the ultimate deal breaker, their psychological properties are proven to lessen your ability to convert prospects.

As for the best colour of your suit – the safe choices are navy blue, charcoal grey and black. These will be easy to colour match with any of the high converting colours.

Avoid patterns on your shirt and suit

Once you have selected the right colour for your shirt, here’s the next piece of advice – avoid patterns. While they might be desirable in certain settings, business, sales and marketing is, for the most part, not one of them. They create a distraction for your prospect and defer from absorbing your message. The best practice is to stick with solid colours on your garments.

Where can you apply this?

Our business advice is best suited for dressing for marketing materials (pictures or videos) and attending business and sales meetings, but it could be applied even beyond this frame, such as interviews or presentations.

Naturally, there will be situations where the opposite may be required. For example, an eccentric, bold style making a statement might be desirable in the fashion industry. It’s therefore essential that you are familiar with your industry as well as your prospective customers.

Has it ever happened that wearing some garments ruined your sale? We would love to hear about your experience. Similarly, feel free to share also the opposite experience where certain clothes you were wearing improved your chance for business success.