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Suit, Blazer, or Sports Coat

Everyone knows what a suit is. It’s a staple of classic menswear that remains a cornerstone of modern fashion. We’ve all seen it on tv and in movies. We’ve worn them to funerals, weddings, and business meetings. It is timeless and elegant. The blazer and the sports coat, though not as famous as the suit, are also major contributions to any man’s wardrobe. Sometimes, however, the differences start to get confused and some men end up making some serious fashion mistakes because they don’t know how to distinguish between the three.


  • Suits

A suit consists of a formal coat, a pant, and occasionally a vest, all cut of the same fabric. The best suits are crafted from high quality wool while others are made of polyester and occasionally cotton. If you are going to invest in one, be sure it’s wool. It will breath well and sit more comfortably on your frame. The matching fabrics of all the pieces of a suit are important. Because a suit is cut all from the same fabric it gives it a uniform and elegant look. A lot of men will try to match a coat and trousers that are the same color but different fabrics. This breaks up the uniformity and appears to be mismatched and sloppy. Even though it may be the same color, the differences in the fabric will show.


  • Blazer

The blazer is a timeless garment with military roots. It is a coat only, similar in style to a suit coat with a few distinctions. The classic blazer is made of a fine wool fabric, usually in navy, and is noted for its brass buttons. There are a few exceptions but generally this is what you will see. Over the years it has become popular with different kinds of clubs and details or logos on the buttons often identify to which one it belongs. A blazer is arguably one of the most versatile pieces in any mans wardrobe. A solid navy blazer can be dressed up seamlessly with dress slacks or dressed down with a nice pair of jeans or chinos.


  • Sports coat

A sports coat is a coat similar in style to the before mentioned coats, but can be made of many patterns, colors, and fabrics. The sports coat, like the blazer, does not have a matching trouser. It is a coat that, depending on the style, can be formal, casual, or somewhere in between. The fabric is preferably wool, ranging from fine luxury wool to thicker tweeds, but also can be cotton or linen. A sports coat will sometimes be solid, but it is usual to see patterns such as checks, herringbone and windowpanes. Like the blazer, a sports coat can be dressed up with slacks or dressed down with jeans, chinos, or khakis. Incorporating a sports coat to a casual outfit is a great way to set it apart and add depth. The creative options for adding a sports coat to your wardrobe are essentially limitless.

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Why Every Man Should Have a Great Tailor

When a man goes to create, or update his wardrobe, the first thing he should do is make sure he knows a tailor. Tailors take the old and new clothes that don’t fit and turn them into some of the most loved and integrated pieces of any man’s wardrobe.

Tailors are vital to the success of every fashionable wardrobe for several reasons, the first of which is that the options of what you can wear skyrocket once you know a great tailor. You don’t have to pass up on great clothing pieces because they don’t fit quite like they should, or worse, buying it just to have it sit in your closet till it’s thrown out years later. Clothes bought at retail stores, online, or even thrift stores can all be tweaked and adjusted by a tailor to make them fit like they were made especially for you.

Not every man has the time to dedicate to understanding the world of fashion or what looks best for them. This is another reason getting to know a great tailor, and letting them get to know you, is helpful on the journey to looking your best. A good tailor will be able to tell you what kind of fit will work best for you and help you feel comfortable and confident in the way you dress, leaving you more time to do the thing you love and looking great doing it.

Tailoring has been an art form for centuries, and for good reason. It allows men of all shapes and sizes to look their best effortlessly. So, take a couple of pieces, old or new, and go visit your local tailor. You will find that those pieces will end up being the part of your wardrobe that you wear more often and with more confidence.

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Johnston’s Clothiers releases new website

Johnston’s Clothiers’ website, JohnstonsOnline.com, just released a new website in September of 2018. While the previous website has served the Johnston’s well over the years, the new website will allow Johnston’s Clothiers to better reflect the Johnston’s brand while providing an enhanced mobile and desktop user experience.

One of the greatest features of the new website is the introduction of a Johnston’s VIP Newsletter. While most of the newsletter articles will be published on the JohnstonsOnline.com website, only VIP subscribers receive exclusive coupons towards their next visit. The newsletter is expected to be published every 30 days. The newsletter will also feature valuable and engaging content from fashion tips to upcoming events.

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How To Choose Your First Suit

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Every man needs a suit he can rely on for all occasions. For the guy who hasn’t added a suit to his wardrobe yet, it can be challenging to know what to look for. There are hundreds of colors, different fits, and several styles that can make the process complicated. Here is what to look for when buying your first suit.

The first thing to think about when buying your first suit is the fit. When wearing a suit that doesn’t fit properly it is uncomfortable, looks sloppy, and doesn’t provide confidence to the wearer like it should. Sometimes it is possible to find a suit off the rack that fits well, but more likely than not you will need to have access to a tailor who can make adjustments. The key to the perfect fit is finding a suit that fits the shoulders and is proportionate in length. Sleeve length, the drop (how it’s tapered in the torso), and trouser adjustments in the waist, seat, and length can all be adjusted by a tailor.

People have differing opinions as to the color of a first suit. Generally, it’s best to keep it simple. The key to the first suit is versatility, something you can wear often for a broad range of occasions. Black, navy, and charcoal are all relatively versatile, however charcoal tends to be the most versatile. It can be formal or more casual and the dark grey is a color that will fit most of what is already in an existing wardrobe.

Once you’ve decided on the color and fit of your first suit, you will need to be on the lookout for the quality of the fabric and construction of the suit. When just starting out, it’s tempting to get a cheap suit to save some money. The issue there is that most cheap suits are made of polyester or similar fabrics that trap heat and are constructed in a way that restricts movement making them uncomfortable and easier to wear out. The best first suits are constructed to last and are comfortable to wear years after they are purchased. A quality suit is always well worth the investment.

The first time you try on a suit that has been tailored to you is a special occasion! It shouldn’t cost you an arm and a leg, but it is worth saving up for a suit that will keep you looking your best and building your confidence years into the future.