As the festive season packed with lots of weddings you have to attend approaches, looking your best will keep you in good stead at these events which usually turn out to be re-unions and networking opportunities. What better season than this to have a tailor you can trust in your arsenal.
A shacket also known as overshirt is basically a mash-up of a shirt and a jacket but without the weight, rigidity and warmth you get from a tailored jacket. Living in the tropics is hot enough for the average Nigerian man hence the need to own a piece of this versatile overshirt in your wardrobe for casual or semi-business casual occasions.
Over the years, as far as fabrics go, not too many fabrics can boast of the popularity and wide use of denim. It’s a material that has earned it’s place among the classic fabrics – transcending time, region and social status. It’s restrictions lie in its roots as a casual off-duty wear plus the weight of the fabric. This is were chambray gets the heads up.
The top 10 style misconceptions of 2015 post raised a few questions from readers via email; especially number 6, which was about the unconstructed jacket. What is it? What does it look and feel like? Well, this type of jacket also known as a deconstructed or soft jacket is a typical Neapolitan jacket designed with little or no interfacing, padding or lining to produce a loose, soft shape for hot climate wear – which is excellent for tropical regions wear the sun shines like no other.
In comparison to a suit, there isn’t as much to say about identifying a quality shirt, however, you should be as discriminating about the construction of a shirt as you are of a suit. You’ll find below a couple of things that you should look out for – things that don’t make much of a difference to quality and those that do make a difference to the quality of a shirt. Let’s start with the insignificant stuff.
Tweed jackets were the first clothing items to have the elbow patch; it served a functional purpose when it was introduced. This was to reduce the amount of dirt, wear and tear the jacket endured while the hunter placed his elbow on a surface to make steady his arm and take aim.
The menswear business has exposed me to technicalities of clothing and how they are made. I used to have shirts I really liked that didn’t fit properly around the waist. Usually, I’d find that the neck, shoulders and sleeves were okay but the cut was just a bit too full from the chest southwards.