Dressing Up for a Conference: When In Doubt, Add a Suit Jacket

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Whether you’re invited to an industry conference or go on your own, dressing appropriately can make or break your networking experience. With major events, the way you dress speaks to who you are. Here are some tips to help you stand out:

1. Dress to the Conference

Keep in mind that different industries have different dress codes. A gathering of health insurers is going to have a very different dress code than a teachers conference, and a techie’s conference will have a very different atmosphere than a banker’s. This is one of the few times where overdressing can be a detriment, making you stand out like a sore thumb if an entire convention is keeping things business casual. Know your audience.

2. You Don’t Need To Go Full Suit

This is really two tips–the first being you can look great without a suit, particularly with more casual conferences. Consider accentuating your suit if you do have to wear one. Two different examples: If the dress code is more casual, a blue sweater vest, gray slacks, and a smart tie can make you stand out from the crowd while still looking appropriate. If you’re wearing a suit, a bow tie can make you stand out from the regular businessman crowd.

3. Don’t Wear Too Much

This may sound like an odd comment, but make sure what you’re wearing is comfortable, and you’re not using too many layers. Making this mistake means sweating up a storm during the many meet-and-greets you’ll face, so you’ll want to make sure that whatever outfit you have on is light and airy to deal with the day ahead.

4. When In Doubt, Add a Suit Jacket

No matter if the code is casual, business casual, or full suit, having a jacket handy can let you easily increase or decrease the level of professionalism. Our advice is to keep a suit jacket on you at all times that you can easily slip into if you find your underdressed, or leave in the bag if you’re blending right in.

If you’re in need of a suit jacket for an upcoming conference, or any other men’s apparel, visit Karako Suits today!

 


Originally published at www.karakosuits.com on July 16, 2017.

Dressing for a Wedding as the Groom

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Thanks for joining us on the conclusion of this series. This week, we’re going to talk about ways to make you stand out as a groom getting married, rather than a guest of a groomsmen. You want your outfit to be stylish (after all, you’ll see the pictures you’re in forever and ever after this) so here are our tips for getting a customized suit that kills.

1. The Importance of Tailoring

More than anything else, this will make or break your wedding outfit. You want to be tailored to perfection, with your suit fitting like a glove. Just look at a man who spends a thousand dollars on a suit but doesn’t get it taken in — the bagginess immediately makes it look cheap. It’s THAT important!

2. Pay Special Attention To Your Shoes

Sure, many men like a classic black dress shoe at their wedding, but this is as good a time as any to wear some kinds that stand out. Depending on the color of your suit, red shoes can be particularly good at popping out and making this look like a suit for the unbelievably special occasion that it is. If you’re not quite that adventurous, blue and white shoes can also be great depending on the color of the rest of your outfit at making a statement.

3. Go All-In with Your Shirt/Tie Combos

If there’s any day to really wear a vibrant pattern or color, we can’t think of a better time than your wedding day. Definitely use a salesperson or close friend to have you pick the final combination, but a patterned shirt, a complimentary solid tie, and a pocket square that adds just a bit of pop can do wonders for giving you stand-out style at the alter.

4. Splurge on a Suit that’s Handcrafted to Fit You

This is an option many men overlook for their wedding, but it’s probably the best way for you to go. Rather than buying a suit then tailoring it for your body, splurge on a suit that’s been handcrafted to fit you, with a design that’s a standout for your body. Working with the actual people who will choose the fabric, cut it, size it, and craft your suit from scratch can be a much better experience than going with a typical suit. And since Karako includes custom monogramming in multiple places already included in the price, do something special and embroider your wedding date and names in concealed places on the suit for a special surprise for your bride.

If you’re in need of a custom suit for your wedding, Karako Custom can lead you through the entire process and ensure you get a suit that’s a magical as the day you’re wearing it for.

 

Originally published at www.karakosuits.com on July 9, 2017.

Creating a More Casual Suit Outfit

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So much of our advice is centered around being dressed to the nine’s that sometimes we forget people don’t need to look like a million bucks ALL the time. What if you need to look more casual in your suit? What are ways to turn your work outfit to a party look? Here are a couple simple tricks to take your outfit to the next level.

1. Sweaters

A great look for the winter months. While you can always wear a dress shirt and a tie underneath the sweater, for a more laid back look, leave those two at home. If you’re working at a more casual environment this can make you look very fashion forward, and is a great look for going out on the town. Bonus if the sweater is striped.

2. No Tie, Open Collar

A simple fix that immediately says you’re out on the town, not out for a job interview. This style is used by plenty of male celebrities when they want to add a little fun and sexy look to their outfit. And if it’s good enough for them, it can definitely work for you.

3. Wear Sneakers instead of dress shoes

This riskier look takes the right kind of man with the right kind of style. It’s a fun and simple way of creating a more laid-back look. Keep in mind the style of your sneakers should keep up with the style of your suit. Check back soon for more helpful sneaker advice.

4. Swap the slacks for jeans

The favorite outfit of office creatives everywhere, a solid pair of jeans with a tucked in shirt, and either a jacket or a vest is the perfect look for staying stylish and casual out on the town.

If you’re looking for something to add casual flair to your outfit, take a look at our selection at Karako Suits today.

 


Originally published at www.karakosuits.com on June 9, 2017.

Using Patterns Effectively

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While we’ve touched on patterns in your suit before, for the next two weeks we want to take a deeper look at the do’s-and-don’ts of pattern pairing, and how you can use clashing patterns to make your suit look that much more stylish. Here are a few points to keep in mind:

1. Do you have carryover between patterns?

Let’s use a simple example: You have a solid colored shirt, but a striped tie. How do you ensure these will go together? Well, a simple way is to ensure that the smaller stripe on the tie matches the color of your shirt, that way the rest of the stripes act as a “pop” of color, while the matching color in the tie pairs them both together.

However, we can go a little further with this example: You could also have a tie with complimentary stripes to the shirt. For example, if your shirt is blue, a great choice may be to have have a pink/white striped tie, as they each pop off each other well.

2. What if the shirt is patterned?

You have many options from here, but let’s start simple: If you have patterned shirt and can’t tell if you could get away with another pattern, then you should make sure to have a solid-colored tie. It’s the simplest way to avoid accidentally mis-matching patterns.

Alternatively, if you have a subtle shirt pattern a tie with a bolder pattern will play off each other nicely. The key is balance. If one aspect is bold and brash, the other can’t be as well, or you’ll wind up looking like a clown.

3. Striped vs. checkered?

So, let’s get this out of the way: Very rarely will it be okay to combine a striped and checkered piece of your outfit. Oftentimes the contrasting lines wind up looking like a mess, and coordinating an outfit with those two requires some great dress skills which take some time to acquire.

If you’re leaning on a type of pattern to try out, go with checkered. A checkered pattern can pair easily with solids to give your outfit some texture without the interesting effects stripes can sometimes have on your body.

Of course, these are just the simple tips–next week we dive into some of the bigger nuances of style. If you need a great outfit to impress, don’t forget to check out our selection at Karako Suits.

 


Originally published at www.karakosuits.com on May 21, 2017.

Getting a Suit For Your Little Guy

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We dedicate a lot of time talking about how to pick the perfect suit for yourself. And while most of the time that’s who you’ll be looking for, some of you who are a bit older may be interested in getting suits for your little guys. Maybe they have to go to a wedding or another special occasion. What do you do when your little guy needs a suit?

1. You’re Looking for an Off-The-Rack Fit

While you want your little guy to look good, at the end of the day, this is a suit that will (most likely) be grown out of pretty quickly. You’re likely to only get a year of use out of it depending on the age of your kid, so it’s best to find something that fits well off the rack with only the minorest of alterations. This isn’t the easiest solution, but it saves you money and the aggravation of buying a suit that will immediately go out.

2. Alternatively, Go for a Vest

A vest paired with a great set of slacks can look just as good as a full suit, and depending on the age of the boy you’re buying for, they may be able to get more use out of it. Vests can just as easily be worn to churches and upscale functions like a wedding, with the added benefit of being a smaller expense if you’re worried about him growing out of the suit too quickly.

3. Make Sure to Get Several Shirts

We say this all the time for adult men, but this applies to the soon-to-be-adult men as well. Several nice dress shirts can go further that many other accessories, particularly when you’re young and not really expected to have a fitted suit yet. These are one of the better “formal” buys you can make for someone still growing, as minus the possibility of extreme weight gain, a large dress shirt should be wearable for at least a year or two before it needs to be replaced.

All that said, if you come to Karako Suits, you’ll easily be able to find a suit that fits your little boy. We have sizes ranging from slim to husky and 8–20. We carry big designer names found in all department stores, but it’s our tailoring can help make the difference in a suit that looks great on your child. And lastly, we also rent tuxedos for that really special occasion for boys too.

Bottom Line: If you need a suit for the little guy in your life, come to Karako Suits.


Originally published at www.karakosuits.com on March 25, 2017.

Get Rid of the Backpack: Bags That Work With Your Suit

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If you’re wearing a suit to work, you know what you shouldn’t be wearing? A backpack. But every day you’ll see men who went through the trouble of getting a great suit, walking into work with a backpack that’s barely fit for a middle schooler.

If you’re upgrading your work outfit, you can’t just stop with the clothes. You need to make sure what you’re bringing to work looks just as professional. It’s time to ditch the backpack, and pick up one of these accessories to carry your workload in:

1. A Briefcase

The classic. Nothing says a man with things to do like a sleek black briefcase that you bring to work. Most are highly durable (just try to bust one up,) and you can get ones that are rain resistant so the old problem of the leather curling up won’t be an issue for you. The only catch is that while they’re sleek and efficient, you generally can’t carry very much inside of one except for papers and a notebook or two. If you’re carting more back and forth from the office, you might want to try….

2. A Messenger Bag

Slightly more modern, and with far more room to store supplies. At Karako Suits, we have a pretty large variety of these to choose from, and more and more men are picking this over a briefcase to bring what they need to the office. The added benefit of a messenger bag is that you can also use it when you’re not dressed up, whereas a briefcase is simply not as versatile.

3. A Leather Pack

If you’re really into using a backpack, you can at least upgrade the quality so it doesn’t look like the same one you brought with you to grade school. There are leather and cloth backpacks that can look stunningly grown up, and an entire market has been created for packs that look upscale enough to go with a suit, but are rugged enough to last. While we don’t heavily recommend these, they can be a great option if you truly need the space.

If you’re in need to upgrade your accessories and possibly pick-up a messenger bag, visit our store either in person or online today.


Originally published at www.karakosuits.com on March 11, 2017.

Taking Care of Your Dress Shoes

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Last week we discussed some tips on how to keep your suit in prime condition over a long period of time. However, we didn’t take the time to talk about dress shoes, which are an important part of your wardrobe, and can wear away quickly without proper upkeep (particularly if you wear them to work a lot).

Here are some tips for keeping your shoes classy:

1. Always Keep Them Polished

Always have some shoe polish on hand. Nothing immediately ruins the look of your dress shoes like not having them properly shined. This is part of the magic of dress shoes, and it’s one of the easiest ways to take an oft-worn pair and make them look brand new again. There are several online tutorials for how to properly shine your shoes, and it’s a quick process that helps preserve the look for a much longer period of time.

2. Learn How to Properly Dry Them

At some point, you will be caught out in the rain wearing expensive shoes–it happens. But what you do after they’ve gotten wet will greatly impact how much longer they last. Take them home, stuff them with newspaper (to soak up the water), and keep them away from direct heat, which can crack the leather and wrinkle portions of your shoe. In the future, you can also get your shoes rain-proofed, which lasts for around 6 months.

3. Maintain Their Shape

First things first–don’t keep them stored in the shoebox they came in. Overtime, the humidity can wear down the leather much faster than if they were kept on a shoe rack. To really maintain the shoes however, you should look at buying cedar shoe trees. We know, you may have seen your father using these (and they may seem old-fashioned) but they work. They help your shoe keep its natural shape, and the wood helps absorb moisture and odors (perfect for men with sweaty feet). It’s a simple step that can add months to all of your dress shoes, even if you wear them every day.

Those are some simple tips for keeping your dress shoes in top condition. If you need a new pair, check out the selection at Karako Suits and use these tips to maintain them longer.


Originally published at www.karakosuits.com on February 14, 2017.