Yearly Archives: 2012

Newsletter – December 2012

Ironing Basics

Ironing-a-shirtMore than likely, you send your dress shirts to the dry cleaners to be laundered and pressed, but every now and then, you may need to touch up a shirt while on the road. Here are a few points to remember:

  • Iron Mistakes-Most people get the iron too hot and put the iron directly on the shirt, thus scorching or burning the shirt fabric. Always test the heat of the iron on the ironing board before placing directly on shirt.  Also, make sure there is no residual rust on the bottom of the iron by pushing the steam button to clean out the steam holes on the bottom of the iron.
  • Steam Settings-Adding hot water to your ironing helps smooth out wrinkles at a lower temperature than using a dry iron. Make sure the iron is hot enough that the water turns to steam rather than coming out as droplets.
  • Starch Options-While you want to avoid the unnatural look of a stiffly starched shirt, a little spray starch can do wonders for thick, easily wrinkled cottons.
  • Heat Range-The hotter the iron, the faster it removes wrinkles. But heat is also a source of stress for the fabric, especially at the collar and wrist where the fabric is doubled back over itself. Set your iron at the lowest temperature that gives good results.

Carrying Your Work

Whether you’re transporting a pile of papers, packing a laptop, or just carrying a few odds and ends that don’t fit in a pocket, you’ll want to find the style of carrying case that fits your needs.

Briefcases: Nothing says enduring, traditional quality like a fine leather briefcase. Look for well-built hardware and a perfect fit between the case and lid.  The abrasiveness of the nylon briefcases really damage your clothes.

Portfolios: If you need to bring only a few papers or a thin computer, a thin portfolio-type case may work well. Choose one with a sturdy zipper or strap

Satchels: For hands-free convenience, consider a satchel bag. Make sure it’s rigid enough to hold its shape, or it may end up looking awkward and bulky.

Ask Jesse

Question: How do I create a perfect dimple in my tie?

It takes only a bit of dexterity and practice to create an elegant tie dimple. Create your knot as usual, but before you tighten it, place one finger into the fabric right below the knot. With your other hand, gently tighten the knot until there’s a dimple in the center approximately half an inch deep and an inch long.

Practice your technique a few times until the dimple is squarely in the middle of the fabric, and even on both sides. A dimple works best with wider ties, so if you’re wearing a skinny tie, leave the dimple out.

Newsletter – November 2012

All About Trousers

Tell people about your slacks, and they’ll figure you’re fairly casual. Tell them about your pants, and they’ll figure you’re indifferent. Tell people about your trousers, and they’ll know you’ve got style.

Your trousers should rest comfortably on the hips, neither rising so high that they cover the abdomen nor sitting so low that they need to be cinched tight to stay on.

Secure them either with the aid of a belt or suspenders (you can call them braces). Braces ensure your trousers stay in place when you switch between sitting and standing. If you opt for braces, choose a set that attaches to the trousers with buttons rather than metal clips.

Using a belt offers a clean, crisp look. The belt may need to occasionally be lifted when your trousers have settled too low, but keeps a lower visual profile than braces.

Your individual style should determine whether your custom trousers use a pleated front or a flat front. Pleats allow for easier movement, while a flat front creates a more streamlined look. While the swings of fashion vary, neither is ever a right or wrong choice-you create the look that works best for you.

Customize your trouser length to ensure adequate coverage of the socks without extra fabric sagging at the ankles. Many gentlemen prefer a half or full break over their shoes, so that the sock doesn’t show when walking.

Whether you opt for braces or a belt, pleated or flat fronts, customize your trousers for a fantastic look.

“Only great minds can afford a simple style.”