Monthly Archives: May 2016

  • Cufflinks, why do we need them

    A History of Cufflinks

    Before the Middle Ages, clothing had wide openings around the sleeves and collar. With a need to tie these openings closed or down, people began to decorate these open areas with embroidery. The wrist or cuffs were usually tied together with ribbons. Later on, the ribbons were replaced with buttons. By the 19th century, many aristocrats wore these buttons with heavily decorated jewels and intricate designs. The buttons were replaced by links because the shirt material at the time was too stiff for buttons. This is how the modern cufflink was born. When the Industrial Revolution swung into high gear, the designs on the links became more simple due to the materials becoming cheaper. Continue reading

  • Looking fabulous in a 56L Suits

    56L is a size not every warehouse carries, especially in formal wear like suits and dress shirts. Many times, it belongs to the “Big and Tall” Collection or it is not even part of the size range. At Hundred Dollar Suits, we strive to provide the perfect suit for everybody, no matter your size or style. This is why 56L Suits naturally belong to our collection. So if you are a ‘Big and Tall’ man, don't worry, brother, we've got you covered. Continue reading

  • WWE Wrestler John Cena’s body is incredible. He is ripped. There is no other way to put this. However, because he is a man who wears a size 52L, his 52L Suits are probably all bespoke. Not all of us have the time and money to go out and get themselves a bespoke suit by a skilled tailor. This is where Hundred Dollar Suits steps in. We carry sizes ranging from 34S up to a 56L. You will find 52L Suits easily when browsing our website.

    Online Shopping isn’t always easy. Many times, colors look vastly different online than they do in real life. Finding the right fit without being able to try anything on can be tedious as well. Despite these challenges, the online shopping industry has been one of the fastest growing ones during the last couple of years. Shopping can be addicting, we all know that. But other obstacles come up quickly.

    “Plus Size” - 42R?!

    In men’s fashion, the term plus size refers to XL and up, translating to a 42 inch chest. It seems like designers aren’t factoring in how many men are above that size. It’s funny how a size that anyone would consider ‘average’, is represented by XL in the fashion industry.

    Moving in the right direction

    To me personally, it’s really hard to understand why the fashion industry is still so restrictive when it comes to ‘odd sizes’. Even so recently, more voluptuous models have received more attention. Sports Illustrated put the first plus size model on their cover and Target launched a new line in 2015 that focuses on bigger sizes. Zach Miko is a name that has been popping up over the last few months, he is the first male plus size model to sign a contract with a big US retailer like Target. These movements are great, but there is still a long way to go until all sizes are going to be taken into account by designers.

    52L Suits in stock

    Here at Hundred Dollar Suits, we don’t like to label people. We strongly believe that the only thing that matters is the right fit. The worst thing you can do is putting on a suit that is either too small or too large, scrunches up at the shoulders or makes you feel uncomfortable when wearing it at the office. Therefore, we would like to take the stigma off sizes in the high 40s and 50s. 52L Suits should be worn by confident, self-assured men.

  • Have you ever wondered about cashmere? It is a more high end product people have heard of. However, whatever cashmere is, it seems to be cloaked in mystery. Luckily, I have written this article explaining many of the important aspects of the fabric. What is it? Plus, why is it so expensive?  Continue reading

  • Buttons might not be the first thing on your mind when you buy your new suit. Not all men go nuts about the minutia of their wardrobe. However, buttons are the key visual indicator of a suit’s quality.  Indeed, the button question seems nitpicky. You might not care about the buttons, but your fashion savvy coworkers might read more into your choice of button than you could imagine in your wildest dreams.

    BUTTON QUALITY

    Counter intuitively, buttons on a quality suit never match. If buttons do match perfectly, those buttons are plastic. Plastic buttons look solid and feel tacky, deteriorating in the wash. Prefer imitation horn buttons for your business suit--save the real buffalo horn buttons for your hunting attire, Hemingway, and be ready to pay a 50,000 dollar fine if you brag about your ivory buttons to the office snitch.

    Just like the real horn buttons, the imitations vary in hue, with classy marbled veins running through them. Lastly, test your buttonholes by buttoning and unbuttoning your suit repeatedly as you try it on--the more irritated your tailor gets, the more likely his slipshod stitching will fray sooner than later. Of course, straggly threads are a red flag.

    MADE TO BUTTON

    Just like your suit’s pockets, buttons must be functional. Also like suit pockets, you should rarely actually use your buttons, especially along the suit cuffs. These buttons make up the surgeon sleeve--yes, back in the day surgeons were expected to wear their suits at the operating table. Just because industrial era surgeons got to roll up their jacket sleeves, that does not mean that if you try rolling up your jacket cuffs at dinner your waiter will not ask you to leave, no matter how nice your buttons are. Today, the surgeon sleeve serves exclusively as a mark of craftsmanship.

    Button down shirt collars have been somewhat phased out in the United States, although they remain popular in Europe. In our casual dress we Americans prefer crisp, modern collars. Unfortunately, a shirt with no buttons on the collar just does not fly without French Cuffs, which is what those soccer cleat cuff links your uncle gave you for Christmas are for.

    While the cuff link has its place in your wardrobe, the young professional should not risk flashiness. Cuff tend to be distracting. Buttons keep the focus on you, instead of your jewelry. You are not a gangster. You are not a debutante. Do not be cute. Be wary of men's jewelry. Quite simply, match button cuffs with a button collar.

    CONCLUSION

    Like a team, your suit will be judged by its weakest link. And the buttons are literally and figuratively your suits weakest link. When your boss complements your buttons, your judgement has been affirmed by a direct superior. Congratulations. When your boss compliments your man jewelry, he might be hitting on you. Maybe avoid him at the company picnic. Never wear bling where a button will do. Of course, after you have climbed the corporate ladder to the executive summit, wear as many chains as you like without fear of being weighed down.

  • Grey Wolf - National Geographic

    There’s a reason wolves wear grey. For them, it helps break up their outline in the forest and camouflages them against snow and rock. I doubt you’re going to wear a grey suit hunting, but none the less a fine grey suit is often times overlooked. Maybe you can’t see it right now eiter.

     

    For you, this suit exudes power. A sharp grey suit is an eye-catcher because most people don’t wear one. They stick to what they know, blue and black. But if you want to conquer Manhattan, and maybe even evoke the spirit of those primal hunters we all know and love, it’s time to buy a grey suit.

    Color

    Grey is often not an actual color in suiting. Most of the time it’s a very fine pattern of white and black that from a distance gives the suit a grey look. This is not what you want. You want a nice grey wool thread suit. Now there are two types of grey as well, dark and light. This part is really up to you, and I often recommend that people buy whichever is closer to their skin tone, light grey for lighter skinned men and dark for darker skinned men. This way the contrast between your face and the suit is not so stark. In either case, keep it solid and stick to two pieces.

    Psychology

    Now, what makes a grey suit stand out is that it actually blends in. If you watched every business man on Wall Street or in the Garment District or even way up town you’ll notice a trend of navy and grey and maybe some tan. Now this is because no one wants to be the outsider and I agree, I’m not urging you to buy a red suit, well not yet. If you blend in to your environment, the grey buildings and boardrooms of Manhattan, you’ll have an easier time setting up your strike. And by strike I mean your power play. Whether that’s recommending something to your board of directors or asking out the cute girl in accounting. It’s unassuming because of its simplicity and edge. A grey suit hides you until you’re ready to strike.

    Pairing a grey suit

    The grey suit has become a staple because it pairs well with almost anything. You can pick almost any shirt at the department store and your grey suit will look great over it. The same goes for ties. Buy a few, one that matches your eyes, one that pops, and one that’s more “business-y” and rotate. As for shoes, you really can’t go wrong. Both brown and black will go nicely with a grey suit. If you’re going to get both: wear black in the winter and brown in the summer. But if you’re only getting one, I’d recommend black. It’s more versatile. And as always, a belt to match.

  •  Building Your Wardrobe on a Budget

    Don’t be afraid, I know your wallet is empty and so are your pockets, but have no fear, the suit man is here! Ok, not really, but I am going to help your build your wardrobe on a budget. Trust me, I’ve done it, it’s not that bad.

    Suits

    First things first, you’ll need two suits to begin your wardrobe. I know, two sounds expensive, but remember you don’t need a Dolce and Gabbana suit; you’re not going to the Oscars. Shop around for the best value and hop on a sale if you can. Those two suits shouldn’t cost you more than $300. Don’t go for black, I know black is a staple in almost every piece of clothing, but for a suit that you’re going to be wearing everyday it is hot and too formal for the office. I always recommend a nice grey, dark or light, up to you and a nice rich navy. These two suits proudly exclaim, “Business!” And, that’s exactly what you want them to say. They also frame you, so before you buy get measured. A great suit will look terrible if it’s too big or too small.

    Shirts

    This is a little harder because you have to dress to your skin tone and I can’t see you. But, no matter, you can’t go wrong with a rotation of three button-down shirts and two polos. I usually suggest pale blues, greens, and classic checker patterns, because they’ll coordinate with your suit pants if you don’t want to wear the full suit. Same advice here, shop around for a good deal and grab a sale.

    Shoes

    Finding shoes on a budget doesn’t have to be hard. You’ll want black and a matching belt. Go to a department store and browse the sale rack. You don’t need the latest alligator leather moccasins; you’re riding the subway in them, just no. See if you can find last year’s styles, trust me a black oxford never goes out of style and your wallet will thank you.

    From here on your on your own, but don’t worry with your newly built wardrobe you’ll be conquering the business sector, or the courtroom in no time.

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