4 Reasons Why Suspenders Have Staying Power

An example of a don't for wearing suspenders in weddingsThere are a lot of do’s and don’ts for suspender use, and some reasons they have staying power, literally.  First suspenders should not be worn with a belt because it just looks bad and is a fashion faux pas.  Second suspenders should be worn with fitted pants, they shouldn’t be too loose in order to keep a crisp look.  Third it is important to adjust the suspenders so the pants are not too high or too low.  Keep your pants between your hips and navel.

Reasons why suspenders have staying power include:shows wedding with Bohemian style and suspenders

1.  Suspenders add a unique style, whether you are going for a rustic, bohemian or woodsy look, suspenders can help you achieve that. Also adding a bow-tie which is trending right now adds a lot of interest to the style.

2.  Suspenders are one size and can be easily adjusted.  Belts get worn out and warped and only fit one size.  Suspenders offer value in they’re durability and versatility.

3.  Suspenders add comfort and support for your back.  They support your posture by causing you to stand more erect.  I have found that I am more aware of how I am standing and sitting while wearing suspenders.

picture features tweed suspenders for wedding4.  The patterns, styles and materials for suspenders are endless.  Whether it be leather, or tweed, canvass or elastic.  Suspenders offer a great need in fashion.

If you are ready to stand out, then suspenders are definitely for you.  Wearing them properly can help you make the right statement.

1 tip for perfect wedding photos

1 TRICK TO ACHIEVE PERFECT WEDDING PHOTOS, IN EVERY SHOT!

Most brides and groom spend a great deal of time, energy and sometimes their own money to find a great wedding photographer.  Everyone wants fantastic pictures.  But it’s not all up to the wedding photographer!  Even if you have a talented wedding photographer, if you don’t know how to pose for your portraits, it can make your pictures turn out less than optimal.

Nice tweed suit, but deer in headlights look

Yes, handsome groom. But also says ‘deer in headlights’!

Now let’s take a moment and think– what is the first thing that people look at on another person’s face?  If you instantly thought EYES, that’s right.  The eyes really are the windows to the soul, and they are the most important representation of you. You can control the way your eyes represent you, and this is important because many times in pictures, people have a deer in the headlights look, which is not a representation of their true self, but there it is anyway, etched in posterity. Or women will often try to make their eyes look bigger for the photo (men too) by widening them.  This does not help to turn out a natural and beautiful shot!  We’ll show you what to do instead with the help of a genius YouTube video, and you can see our results below.

We discovered this YouTube trick from a man who takes photos of models for a living. This video is a little long, but it’s worth watching at least for the first few examples to truly understand why better pictures involve his technique.  He coined the term “squinching”.  And we’ve been using it ever since we heard it for our modeled photography.  It works!  Every good sqinch makes a great picture.  When we forget to squinch…not so great.

This is different than squinting, as Peter Hurley will explain.  This is really a pro tip, that’s why we’re passing it on to brides and grooms.

So, now that you’ve watched at least the first few minutes of the video to get some examples, we’ll show you our after squinch shot.  Doesn’t it have a lot more interest?

Squinching makes better groom shots

Subtle but much more interesting shot, don’t you think?

10 Commandments For Starting a Business with Your Spouse

The following post was written for the readers we have who are starting a new life in a married relationship or are already married.  Starting a business with your spouse can be a very rewarding and amazing experience, but there are some rules to follow if you want to be a successful entrepreneur with your significant other.

1.  If you are already in a tense and stressful relationship – Don’t Do It!

  •      Working together is not therapeutic and is intensely stressful.

2.  Know who will be in charge.

  •      Someone will ultimately need to make final decisions.  So having this clarified at the beginning will help eliminate confusion later.

3.  Write down your responsibilities.

  •      Make sure they are clear and separate.

4.  Set a schedule and stick to it.

  •      Keep each other accountable for the time at work each day.

5.  Separate your personal life and feelings during business hours.

  •      Keeping boundaries will help erase any gray areas between the business and the home.

6.  Communicate with each other.

  •      Let each other know what your goals are for each day.

7.  Make sure your goals and visions for the business line up.

  •      Like in marriage, before starting the business know where you want to go and that you have the same goals.

8.  Get away with each other.

  •      Plan time out not talking about the business, but enjoying each other.

9.  Get away from each other.

  •      Plan alone time, being together 24 hours a day can create tension.

10.  Encourage each other and enjoy the journey.

  •      Nothing is more important than your spouse and your family, including your business.
Wedding suit alterations for groom

A series of don’ts for groom and wedding party #2

One of our website sliders states- THE GROOM MATTERS!  It’s amazing that this even had to be stated, but it does, because many people forget the groom in all the hustle and bustle of the wedding planning.  One of the most important things to do after you buy your suit is to get it altered. (And I’m assuming your buying a suit.  If not, that is an entirely different post…) If you completely ignore the fit of your suit, you run the risk of being bathed in way too much fabric and having it recorded for posterity in print and video.  Hanging or playing on your living room wall.  #2 Don’t: Don’t skip getting inexpensive alterations done for the groom!

3 piece suit modern fit

Famous dude at Noah movie premiere. The movie….can’t say anything nice. But this look is awesome!

You can find wonderful people in any city or town who will happily and beautifully perform simple adjustments to your suit that will make you look like a million bucks.

And it will cost you very little.

You can also make new friends.  I love the seamstresses and tailors I have worked with in the past.  Expect to pay $15-75 for alterations, and we recommend considering the following:

Pants length.  Your inseam should be altered unless you were extremely lucky.  Make sure you bring a recent picture (even on your phone is better than nothing!) of a guy wearing a suit that fits well in case your idea of ideal length is different from your tailors.  The more experienced (read ‘older’ tailors) will have amazing skills but they may not realize your not looking for a mid-90s fit. Read the first article in this series regarding yards around the ankle.  Hole in the wall places are often the best.

Sleeve length.  This is another big one.  You want the sleeve to fall right where your wrist moves.

A lot of other alterations can be done, or skipped, depending on what shape you are and what size and shape your suit is (and what sizes were available when you bought the suit).  If you bought a classic business suit for your wedding (I don’t recommend this, but it can work depending on what you choose), consider getting the wrist and arm, leg and ankle tapered slightly to be more modern and fitting.  Also business suits tend to be more business like– longer jacket length and loose legs.

I hope this quick overview of alterations gives you a place to start.  Would love to see your comments on what you’ve experienced or are wondering about!

Ask-me-about-it Luxe Cuff Links! Best Men’s Gift Ever.

steampunk vintage cuff links

These cuff links are absolutely amazing.  After being featured in Italian Vogue Bridal Edition, we knew we had to offer them to our customers.

These genuine vintage watch movement cuff links have stunning intricacy and are posted on Sterling silver plated base.  We also offer them on tie bars or tie pins for a great matching choice.

These are a fantastic gift even for the most hard-to-buy-for, and make a great groom or groomsmen gift.

These beauties come in a lovely velvet hardshell case for safekeeping.