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What’s with the Pig? – Pink Pig Apparel by Shelton ClothiersBlog
What’s with the Pig? That is a question I hear more than once a day here at Shelton Clothiers. You see, I don’t know anyone who has played polo, or even seen a match for that matter, so we put a little pink pig on a polo shirt 5 years ago and the response was tremendous. Now, Pink Pig Apparel is its own brand in our men’s clothing store store here in Downtown Memphis.
In Memphis, we like to BBQ and we like to BBQ pork so it only made sense to create an icon of a pig and put it on a polo shirt. Today you can find it on button-down sport shirts, caps, visors, outerwear and T-shirts. We offer a wide selection in the store and online at www.pinkpigapparel.com.
So, if you don’t want to be like all the others, tired of playing polo, and you love BBQ then check out Pink Pig Apparel.
[Infographic] What your clothes’ colors say about you.Blog
What do your favorite colors say about your personality? Each time you wear a color, you’re might be signaling certain personality traits without even realizing it.
For men, a great way to show off a favorite color is through a tie. Tie colors can reflect your mood. Putting the right tie with your suit can set the tone for the day depending on your audience and/or how you want to be perceived that day. If you have an important meeting with clients, try something less aggressive such as green and yellow. For that important meeting with the boss, go bold with red or purple.
Making a Comeback – Men’s Vests in MemphisBlog
Men’s Vests are a fashion item that has seen a bit of a comeback lately. The trend has been to make it a more hip, casual clothing item rather than a stuffy old man’s suit accessory.
Vests Have Always Been Popular
The vest has a long history in men’s and women’s fashion. These wardrobe stables date back to the early 14th century when neither a respectable man nor woman was seen in public without one. Slowly it began to lose favor in the mid-20th century and was considered a relic by the early 1980’s.
Back in the Limelight
It seems vests have lost their relic status as today you see it on younger men in jeans and even a hat. Another clothing item making a comeback, vests come in a variety of colors and styles.
Of course, It’s very common for vests to be worn with suits. Some suits off the rack offer vest and any custom suit can be ordered with a vest. Next time you’re buying a new suit, see how it pairs with a vest.
Men’s Vests in Memphis
Here at Shelton Clothiers in downtown Memphis we seek out unique, trendy items like that for our customers. We see the vest becoming a fun clothing item for the foreseeable future not only for a casual fun look but moving back into the suit wardrobe. There has been some interest by manufacturers to bring it back into the fold.
What is Business Casual?Blog
We’re often asked in our men’s clothing store in downtown Memphis: what is business casual? Business casual is a term that popped up almost 30 years ago. It describes a trend in business wear that moves away from the traditional suit and tie and introduces to the work place, casual clothing. At the time, most business men wore suits and ties and women wore dresses, skirts with a jacket or a pant suit.
Business Casual Trends are Always Changing
Like anything, fashion tends to change over time. 100 years ago a dress shirt was considered to be underwear never to be worn without a vest and jacket over it. Today some business people work in a tee shirt. Literally, that is underwear!
What is Business Casual in Your Industry?
Business casual is interpreted differently depending on your industry. In some cases, a tee shirt is just fine. In some cases it is not. I prefer to play it safe because someone once told me “there is nothing casual about business”. Before deciding for yourself, take a close look at what line of work you are in. The more exposure to customers and executives, the better your wardrobe should be. Golf shirts and beat up khakis are not going to go over well if you’re selling financial services or insurance. If you’re in a creative environment like advertising or software development, that might be the right look.
Get Professional Advice First
Do your homework and ask your local, hometown clothier. He or she deals with all kinds of business people. At Shelton Clothiers in downtown Memphis, we coach people every day on what to wear. It is what we do, it’s our profession. Be careful about getting advice from that part time employee at the major chain. They may have been there two weeks and barely knows where the dress shirts are in the store!
What makes some suits cost more than others?Blog
I’m asked all the time why some suits cost more than others. The answer is the same as any product on the market, whether it’s a suit, a washing machine, or a lawn mower. Time and materials dictate the price of anything. The amount of time put into the product and the quality of materials will determine what it can be made for and what it can be sold for. Like anything else, you will get what you pay for and because of the stiff competition in the industry, you will rarely overpay.
Let’s take a look at the three types of suits available on the market. Off the rack, made-to-measure and full custom or bespoke. Off the rack suits are constructed in about 30 min to 2 ½ hours with materials costing anywhere from $15 to $150. The construction is all done on machine. The low end suits retail for $99 and the high end retail up to $1000 with the average price being about $495. The chest piece and lapels are fused with epoxy or glue to adhere the fabric and lining.
Shelton Clothiers sells off the rack suits from $395 to $650.
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Made-to measure suits naturally take more time. They are constructed in about 8-12 hours with materials costing from $200-$400. Made-to-measure suits are made by a combination of hand work and machine. The inner construction could be full canvas or half canvas. The canvas is a horse hair material that conforms to your body shape much better than a fused garment. The customer will pick the fabric and lining of his or her choice and then be measured for the garment that will then be made from a pattern with some alterations done in the factory and a few minor adjustments in the store. The cost of these garments can reach $2000.
Shelton Clothiers offers made-to-measure garments from $695-$795.
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Full custom suits (also known as bespoke suits) are all hand tailored garments that are made just for you. After the customer’s measurements are taken, a special pattern is cut just for them. The garment is constructed in up to 75 hours of materials that cost anywhere from $600 to $800. Bespoke suits can cost up to $8000 but most stores offer a good selection in the $900-$1300 range.
Shelton Clothiers offers a selection of bespoke suits in the $895-$1295 range.
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So, as you can see from this quick tutorial that it is indeed time and materials that dictate the price of a suit. When shopping for a suit, it is important to be armed with this information before making a purchase. Unfortunately, there are dishonest retailers who do not disclose what type of suit they are providing and play games with pricing in order to draw customers. When you are offered 4 suits for the price of one, rest assured, you are paying for all of them and maybe more. Legitimate retailers far outnumber these dishonest ones. At Shelton Clothiers in downtown Memphis, we provide honest pricing on our clothing with monthly specials posted on our web site. www.sheltonclothiers.com.
I hope this helps you find just the right suit for you.
Men’s Fashion for the Fall in MemphisBlog
Dressing for fall in Memphis is not unlike most of the country.