Friday, February 22, 2013

Michael Andrews Bespoke {Men's Formalwear Tips}

Are you a groom (or are you engaged to a groom) who loves looking sharp and wants to do more than just rent a tux for your wedding?  Then look no further than Michael Andrews Bespoke!

A self-proclaimed “recovering corporate attorney,” Michael Andrews donned a suit and tie to a law firm every day for nearly eight years. When he could not find off-the-rack suits cut to his liking, he began having his clothes custom made. After trying over a dozen tailors without finding exactly what he wanted, he decided to open his own tailor shop.

In 2006, Michael Andrews Bespoke was launched with the vision of crafting high-end yet approachable menswear with a modern flare. Since then, Michael Andrews has become New York’s premier custom clothier and has been named to “Best of” lists by New York Magazine, Time Out New York, Bloomberg Markets, AM New York and JW Marriott Magazine

Now Washington is home to Michael's second location. The Michael Andrews Bespoke showroom is located at 1604 17th Street, NW.   Appointments can be scheduled by calling 202-350-9001 or emailing

Some helpful tips for grooms from Michael Andrews:

·         A classic tuxedo jacket should have either a peak lapel or a shawl collar, and either a one-button front closure or a double-breasted closure. While tuxedos designed like business suits with notch lapels and two button closures are quite common today, they lack refinement traditionally demanded of formal occasions.

·         The Duke of Windsor popularized the midnight blue tuxedo in the 1930s. As the tuxedo trim is always black, a midnight blue fabric has the added benefit of enhancing the contrast between the body of the garment and the trimming, creating a more dramatic look. For grooms who want to stand out from their groomsmen, the choice of a midnight blue fabric is even more compelling, assuming the groomsmen are wearing black tuxedos.

·         Most tuxedo shirts feature either a pleated front or a bib made in a pique fabric. Either choice is appropriate provided the shirt does not look like it came from a ‘70s tuxedo rental shop. A tuxedo shirt should always be French cuff.

·         Tuxedo shirts are traditionally fasted in the front using four studs, but a hidden placket front is also an appropriate choice and offers a more modern look.

·         One’s choice of cufflinks to accompany the shirt is a great opportunity to interject personality into the ensemble without being garish. Classic silver and onyx links are always a safe choice, however, more ornate options are always also acceptable.

·         In cooler months, velvet slippers are an elegant footwear choice.