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Sport Coats & Blazers

Taking Clothing Measurements for Custom Clothing

Aaron Marino of alpha m. talks about men's custom clothing and Modern Tailor which results in questions about how to take measurements.

Alpha suggests ways to take measurements and ensure the purchase of perfect fitting shirts or suits.

  1. First, start with a flexible tape measurement (not a rigid, metal one). The more accurate, the better your clothing will turn out.
  2. Second, you can take the measurements with the assistance of someone you trust -or- you can take measurements from existing clothing you have (preferred method).


Taking Measurements from Clothing

What you need is a shirt or jacket & pair of pants-- does this have to be a suit to take the measurements? No, any jacket and any pant can work. And if you have current clothing is not exactly the perfect fit, make the adjustments in the measurements.

Lay out your shirt, measure, record measurements, and adjust accordingly. With a suit, take measurements from a jacket that you love the fit. Use the jacket as the template. If you don't have anything that fits that great, either get a current jacket tailored -or- go out and buy a cheap sport coat and take it to the tailor. In regard to the suit pant, use a pant (any pant) that you love the fit and use them as the template. Taking measurements is not that complicated, and you can get help from these online retailers.


Past Topics

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Summer Sport Coats | Linen and Lightweight Cotton -
April 5, 2012
Spring is the time to retire winter sport coats until next fall season. Aaron Marino of alpha m. emphasizes the fact that there are seasonal sport coats. Spring and summer options are available for the sport coat: linen or lightweight cotton. The structure is deconstructed. They look great but area lot lighter and flowing. You will still need to get them tailored. Aaron shows some examples. Go outRead More»
How to Shop for a Men's Suit | Shopping for Suit Separates -
March 30, 2012
Get 10% OFF at MODERN TAILOR with code ALPHAM10 Aaron Marino of alpha m. wants you to check out this important topic. It's all about how to buy a suit. As a side note, a medium gray suit is a great investment. Macy's having a great sale on suit separates. Always keep your eye out for sales like this. Suit separates are a polyester and aren't as expensive. You get a benefit of buying them separatelRead More»
How Many Suits Should I Own?  -
March 16, 2012
I get this question all the time, especially from younger guys just out of college about to enter the working world. It's a tough call, because the answer depends entirely on what you're planning on using them for. For most men, I suggest two suits: one black, and one grey. This will cover 90% of your needs—the other 10% will probably need a tuxedo rental (OK, I'm making those numbers up; but reRead More»
Removing Men's Coat Pocket and Vent Stitches -
March 8, 2012
What is up with all the pockets and vent(s) being sewn shut in a man's sport coat or suit jacket? Aaron Marino of alpha m. says you can leave them stitched but you need the chest pocket undone to use a pocket square. Leaving the pockets stitched prohibits using the pockets and causing bulkiness. Aaron demonstrates how easy it is to remove the stitching. Read More»

The Pocket Square | The Missing Link?  -
February 20, 2012
I made a New Year's resolution to take my personal style to the next level. I just didn't know how that was going to happen at the time. Over the past few years I took several definitive steps to sharpen my skills in putting great outfits together such as: Learning about the proper use of color matching and coordinating and patterns to put an ensemble together Going through my closet and eliminatRead More»
Custom Suits for Large Men | Big Boy Style -
February 16, 2012
Dressing Tips for Large Men Aaron Marino of alpha m. along with his friend, Matt, demonstrate the value of custom suits versus off-the-rack suits for the heavy guy.  Matt is 5 ft 9 in and weighs 245 pounds. He muscular but carries a lot of weight in his midsection. BEFORE: The shirt is big and baggy shirt making Matt look bigger. The jacket has a lot of extra room in order to accommodate his midsRead More»
Being an Alpha Male | How to Sew on a Button -
January 18, 2012
Alpha men should have self sufficiency with small tasks, which include being able to sew a button back on your clothing. Do not pawn off small tasks on your grandmother, mother, wife, or girlfriend. Aaron Marino of alpha m. demonstrates how to sew a button. To start, get a mini emergency sewing kit for about 3 bucks. You will also need your item of clothing and button. If you don't know where yourRead More»
How To Buy A Men’s Suit -
December 16, 2011
Nothing makes us feel quite as attractive and confident as a well fitting suit. Wearing it has a way of making us feel powerful, and tends to bring out the best in us. As a main player in everyman’s wardrobe arsenal, I recommend owning at least one suit; preferably more to include a variety of colors and fabrics. Time and time again, I hear men express concerns about buying a suit, so I’ve wriRead More»
Casual Sport Coats and Jackets -
December 10, 2011
The casual sport coat is made to rock! Aaron Marino of alpha m. explains that these modern day sport coats are not your father's. They have some distinguishing characteristics, namely the fabric: cotton, canvas, and the occasional corduroy. Also the structure of the jacket is notable. The jacket is not prim and proper like standard sport coat. Read More»

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