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Thursday, January 9, 2020

Men's Professional Attire

With the ushering in of the new decade and the heavy focus on fitness and health, don't forget to update your wardrobe to stay fresh and current at work and for fun


This post is sponsored by Nelson's Bespoke. All opinions are my own.

It's January and we all know what that means; the gym is full of newbies, the diet industry is spending millions in attempts to lure you into the next big "life-changing" fad and the focus is on having "your best year yet" in terms of personal growth. All that is great, and I truly think the intentions behind it all are good, but that messaging can get a little... tiresome. This year, I've tried to concentrate on other ways to live a better, healthier and happier life in 2020. We all know we should exercise, eat better and sleep more but what about our clothes? One of my good friends, Charles of Nelson's Bespoke, who also happens to be a regular at the taco spot I eat lunch at several times a week, we chatting about business and marketing and all that fun stuff when we realized - HELLO! The January fitness narrative gets told every year, but what about ensuring you feel good in your clothes? What about, in addition to having a "new year, new you" in terms of physical health, you also evaluated your wardrobe to make sure it's current, fits not only your physical body but also your lifestyle, and makes you feel good? Shout out to my husband for being the model for Charles' and my's joint creative venture; some new, fresh takes on men's professional attire.


One of the many things I think my husband and I appreciate about each other is that we're built similarly: tall and slender. Which is great and everything - except when you're buying clothes. If we want the length, we usually have to go up to a size that's far too large for us in the waist or trunk. If we want that fitted, it's like we're wearing high-waters or unintentionally buying 3/4 sleeves. Therefore, we both understand that if we want clothes that fit, the best bet is to order them specifically for our body types. For me, that means I have to search out (mostly) designer jeans that are sold in the waist-per-inch by inseam-per inch sizing; for him, he needs to order his suits, shirts, and sports coats via a bespoke model.

Nelson's Bespoke is and experience, not just an opportunity to purchase clothes that make you look great and fit your lifestyle. Charles comes to your home or workplace to learn more about you and what your interests are; then he measures you to get a custom fit. After that's done, you can check out all the different options of fabrics, lining, buttons and whatever else might be an option for whatever you're getting made. What you end up with is not only a one-of-a-kind shirt, suit, pant or sports coat - you also get style advice and consulting, and you have a blast doing it because Charles is such a fun guy to talk to and work with!


Back in my dating days, I was with a guy who made a career change that required his attire to go from "business casual" to "business professional." The difference? Business casual means you can wear button-downs without a tie, polo shirts in the summer and khakis. Business professional means you've got to wear a tie with your button down, or a jacket, or both - especially if bosses or "higher ups" are going to be present. I remember we went to Bloomingdales and he spent a small fortune on off-the-rack suits. Which is fine - but all of them needed alterations, and he also needed the business professional clothes he did have altered to a more modern fit, too. After all was said and done, I believe he spent more in alterations than he did on the clothes themselves!

When we lived in Minneapolis, my husband wore a suit to work everyday. Every single one. He was always dressed up, because that's what people in his industry did in that part of the country. Upon moving to Texas, the range of dress varies FAR more. If he goes to a smaller town in west Texas, he'd get laughed out of a room wearing a suit. And we're talking about people with large amounts of oil money, so it's not a matter of economic status. It's a culture difference. It's also a climate difference - it's obviously far hotter here in the summer, so a year round wool suit just isn't practical. Which is unfortunate, because he has all custom-made suits that look fantastic on him... Many in a warm wool that will never be climate-appropriate here!

That meant he had to do some wardrobe restructuring upon our transfer to Texas. The wool suits got moved to the back of his closet. Lighter weight shirts, thinner pants and sports coats got bumped to the front. And in the summer, it's a lot of khakis and polo shirts. Since we've now been here for seven or eight years (my mind can't keep track after having four kids), it was time for another re-fresh, so this year I got him a custom sports coat to keep his wardrobe on track for the new decade.


First, Charles came to our home and discussed what kind of fit he preferred. He listened to my husband and also offered up some tips on where trends were heading so that he could get something current but classic. They picked out his fabric based on Texas weather, and then Charles got to measuring. Not just shoulders, arm length and girth, but some real custom measurements! Then they talked about what kind of a lining would look good given the pattern of the jacket selected, and Charles recommended a bold button to tie it all together. After about 5 to 6 weeks, he dropped the jacket off at our home and I must say, the end result was rather dashing. My husband is always attractive, but he really shines when he's professionally dressed - it's when his outward appearance matches his personality and the whole package makes sense together.



To kick start your new year, new you, Nelson's Bespoke is offering a deal on shirts! Buy 3, get one free. He's also offering a deal on suits - any suit bought in January or February is marked down to $815 (down from $1100)! Visit nelsonsbespoke.com and schedule your consultation! You can also find Charles on Instagram and Facebook.



We've completed the first year of the new decade. While you're busy making goals and resolutions, make sure you don't forget your wardrobe! Men's professional attire can be a tricky thing to get just right, because while the classics stay the same, the tailoring and details (like buttons and patterns) change. Some of the best advice I've gotten when I worked in corporate America was "Dress for the job you want, not the job you have." Well, I was a director level by the time I was barely 28, and I ALWAYS dressed up! Make sure you're ready to land all your professional goals. Give Nelson's Bespoke a call.

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