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Incorporating Seasonal Trends (without overdoing it)

Change in season  – you either love it or hate it. For those that love it, it’s a new and welcomed opportunity to start wearing new gear (without worrying about staving off the Sydney heat). And for the haters, it means making decisions around an inevitable wardrobe update and possibly even, (*dare I say it*) shopping.

It also begs the question “How can I incorporate seasonal style trends without looking like I’m fresh off the runway?”

To help you get ahead of the curve, we’ve picked our top six seasonal trends for autumn to upgrade your suit and keep you looking fashion forward without overdoing it.

Colour

Beige.  Once considered bland and boring, beige is set to take off this autumn and hold it’s own in the sartorial colour wheel. All you need to do is find the right tone for you and you’re off and running.

Our top tip: Beige is great for layering, separates, suiting and outerwear.

Green.  Deep green for autumn is a polished top seller for us. It provides something a little different and sets you apart from the norm.

Our top tip: We have a great deep green wool and mohair by Dormeuil which is an excellent option for the office.

Plums and Burgundy. I may not be a high-fashion icon, but plums and burgundy are predicted to be the colours of the season for suiting. At Zink & Sons, we take pride in our heritage and plum tailoring looks great with traditional heritage prints like tweed or houndstooth.

Our top tip: If wearing it head-to-toe is not your thing, try layering, shirting or even a statement blazer or jacket. A pop of it in your tie or pocket square is always a safe bet.

Trends

Stripes. For years now, we’ve been doing small textures and checks but stripes are becoming very popular in Europe and we’ll start seeing that here soon.

Our top tip: Go conservative or go bold – but don’t do both. Wear the classic check or pinstripe for a traditional look, or opt for a bright colour or bold print for a more modern touch.

Oversized. While we don’t encourage choosing an oversized suit, outerwear is a different story. To balance out slim fitting pieces, try an overcoat.

Our top tip: Think a wool and cashmere overcoat to wear over your suit. This keeps you warm all the way through to winter.

Layers. Autumn in Sydney can still feel like summer, but it’s the season for layering. With the rise of crisper mornings and cooler evenings, you can start introducing different textures (and even drag out the vest or suit jacket) to update the summer wardrobe.

Our top tip: Contrast is key. Experiment with new fabrics and textures to create clean and minimal silhouettes.

Not sure how to incorporate any of these into your current business wardrobe? Come in for a chat  and we can collaborate on some solutions together.

 

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Dress for interview success

The essential business suit for a lasting first impression

In business, as in life, first impressions count for a lot. We have only seven quick seconds to make a good first impression, and we might not even get to say a word in that time. What you wear to an interview, or to a first important meeting, becomes an essential part of the language that you use to communicate who you are, to convey trust and confidence in our abilities.

The rest of the interview is usually spent trying to confirm that initial impression, and it can be very difficult to change it. That can feel like a lot of pressure, but it doesn’t have to be. We have put together some useful guidelines to help you make that first interview impression the best it can be.

What does your suit colour say about you?

You might think that the colour of your suit is secondary, something that won’t even be noticed. But you’d be wrong. Colour is up there with cut and fit in the importance chart. So we’re just going to come out and say it: navy is your power colour. If you want to build trust, look professional, credible, look no further than a navy suit.

We can go into what each suit colour evokes in people another time, but really, when it comes to interviews and making positive first impressions, navy blue is your colour.

Just in case you had doubts, definitely go for the matching suit rather than a mix and match option. It shows you are professional and are taking the interview process seriously.

Choose your fabric wisely

Wool is no doubt the first choice when it comes to business suits. The natural fibres mean that your suit won’t get stubborn crinkles. A wool suit regains its shape when stretched, so you don’t have to worry about it looking crumpled after a long drive. Secondly, it’s very important to feel as comfortable as possible. And wool is comfortable in every season – breathable and light in summer and insulating in winter. And of course, it looks great.

The best style for an essential business suit

Go with a classic design, rather than one with too many fashionable details. Most often that means a two-piece suit with two buttons, single breasted, with regular flap pockets, and a single or double back vent.

Accessorise carefully

 It’s true that the devil is in the detail – the accessories you choose can make or break your suit choice.

Cuffs – go with one or two-button cuffs rather than cufflinks. They lend a clean professional look, without any distractions.

Shirt collar – choose a collar that best frames your face. A spread collar works best for an elongated face, while a point collar is better for a round face. Make sure that the collar fits well and there is just enough room to wedge two fingers between it and your neck.

Ties – Whatever colour tie you choose (whether classic burgundy or blue, or even confident pink), make sure your tie compliments the rest of the suit and is of the best quality, preferably silk.

Shoes – Complete your interview look with a pair of round-toed Oxfords, with either closed or open lacing.

Don’t forget about the fit

It turns out no two men are built the same, which means finding a suit that fits you perfectly is almost impossible. Unless you have one made for you shape, that is. A bespoke suit is made entirely from scratch to fit your shape perfectly. If you must wear a store bought suit, then make sure you alter it to fit you perfectly.

In business image is everything. Don’t be afraid to ask for help when choosing a suit. Tell us what you want your suit to say about you, and we’ll guide you towards your best options for you, so you can look and feel the best you can.

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Make your bespoke suits last longer

Here’s what you can do to extend the life of your suit

A bespoke suit is a real investment in your success and your confidence. It is created completely from scratch to fit exactly your shape. It’s only natural for you to want your investment to last you a long time. And it can, if you look after it the right way. We have put together a round-up of tips and tricks to help you extend the life of your suit and keep it looking fresh for as long as possible.

Choose your suit wisely

The good news is, if you chose a bespoke suit, you’re already ahead of the game. Clothes that fit well last longer. There is no unnecessary tension in the seams or the fabric because this suit is made to fit your shape exactly and comfortably. Chances are the fabric you chose is also high quality, and it wears better. Remember that your suit’s longevity starts before you buy it – the choices you make about fit and fabric will make a big difference in how well the suit will stand the test of time.

Buy a second pair of trousers

 It’s no secret that trousers wear through quicker than jackets. So do yourself a favour and order two pairs of trousers. You’ll basically get two suits for the price of slightly more than one. And don’t keep the extra pair in the back of your wardrobe waiting for its turn. Rotate them so they both wear at the same rate as the jacket. Both pairs will last you longer if they get a good break in between wears.

 Store your suit the right way

 How you store your suit has a huge impact on its lifespan. Here are a few key storage tips that will make a big difference to the longevity of your bespoke suit.

  • Make sure your suit has enough room in the wardrobe so the fibres can breathe easily
  • Invest in a cloth garment bag to protect your suit from dust and moths
  • Hang it as soon as you take it off – preferably on wooden rounded edges hangers (they absorb moisture better and they help restore the drape of the fabric). If you take your jacket off at work, make sure you have a hanger ready for it.

 When you travel, make sure you use a travel suit bag, and take your suit out of it to let it breathe as soon as you reach your destination. If you must fit everything into one suitcase, rolling is your friend. Don’t forget to turn the jacket inside out, so you protect the fabric from pulls and stains. Wearing your jacket when you travel is also a great option.

 The proper way to clean a suit

Keeping your suit clean means more than taking it to the dry-cleaners once in a while. It starts with you brushing it gently at the end of every wear. Use a soft brush and a downward motion to remove any dust particles, hair or dirt.

Approach dry-cleaning with care. If you clean your suit with your suit brush, and don’t wear it more than once a week, then you don’t need to dry clean it more than a couple of times a year. When you do need to dry clean it, make sure you choose a service that has a good understanding of bespoke suits. Zink & Sons offers a cleaning service for Zink & Sons suits, and we can also recommend dry-cleaners that offer a high quality, tailored service for your other suits.

Don’t go crazy with pressing

You don’t need to press your suit every time you wear it. The natural fibres will losen and de-wrinkle if you hang it properly after each wear. If you need to press it, use a steamer rather than an iron (which will make your fabric shiny) or choose a specialised service that will do it with care.

 Rotate rotate rotate

If you have the luxury of being able to buy several bespoke suits, rotating them evenly is the best way to ensure your suits get enough breathing time in between wears, and last you longer.

A few little tricks that will make a big difference

  •  Leave your jacket pockets stitched
  • Don’t store your keys, wallet, phone, in your trouser pockets
  • Unbutton your suit jacket
  • Don’t keep pens in the lining of your suit; use a pencil case
  • Let your suit take regular holidays: give it good regular breaks for the fibres to breathe and relax.

If you need help looking after your bespoke suits so they last you longer, check out the Zink & Sons cleaning and pressing services.

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Tuxedos

Are you thinking about adding or updating the Tuxedo. Here is everything you need to know about choosing the right tux for you.

COLOUR

When people think tux they tend to think Black but you may be surprised to hear that our most popular choice for tuxedos is the midnight navy, which is a very dark navy shade. This is paired with the usual black satin lapels and buttons. Traditionally tuxedos have always been made using a very dark navy colour and it is still the way today. Black of course is still common, we recommend a matt finish black, if the black cloth has too much of a sheen then this can come across as a grey look in photos. White or more commonly off-white/cream is great for a jacket only combination with a black trouser, this attire can be worn for any black ties events but is perfect for grooms suit at a formal wedding.

STYLE

There are many tuxedo styles however, my recommendation is single breasted one-button. This is a style that will never date and always be perfect for any formal event. With the single-breasted style you will have the choice between two lapels, peaked or shawl (round) lapel. These are only two I would recommend with the other types of lapels being too casual for a formal tuxedo. The width of the peak and shawl lapels can be tweaked to your liking, I like wide which is no secret but we can cut your lapel to the width you feel most comfortable with.

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Alterations

Revive some of your old suits – even if its not one of ours!

We offer an alteration service to any suit.

Four Alteration suggestions that can revive your older suits

SHORTEN SLEEVES

Having the correct sleeve length is very important. We usually prefer to aim around the wrist area, that way the shirt sleeve can extend out approx. 1cm or more from the jacket sleeve cuffs. We can either shorten the sleeves from the cuff end, moving the buttons or we can shorten the sleeves from the shoulder by removing the sleeves and re-attaching them. The alteration from the shoulder is needed if the sleeves have open or working buttonholes.

WAIST SUPPRESSION

Whether your suit was originally cut too wide through the waist or you have dropped down a kilo or two, taking in the side seams of the jacket to give a slimmer line through the jacket body is very important. We can alter the jacket waist from the back seams or the front seam, depending on where the extra fabric lies.

SHORTEN LEGS

When your trouser legs are too long it can be quite noticeable because above the shoe your trousers will bunch quite a lot. It’s not a good look as this will make the trouser bottoms look wider and untidy. Modern narrow cut trouser legs make it even more important to have the length just right.

TAPER LEGS

Baggy legs or flared bottoms just don’t cut it anymore. Tapering the trouser legs can give a much slimmer and modern line down the trouser legs.

I’m sure many of you have trousers and suits sitting in the back of the wardrobe that you just wouldn’t dare wear these days due to the wider cut of the trouser, we can slim them in to make them look like the cut everyone is wearing today.

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Gift Vouchers

If you are struggling to find the perfect gift for a relative, friend or work colleague this Christmas, we offer gift vouchers for any bespoke item. We can make the voucher out to a bespoke suit, shirt, jacket or trousers; the voucher can also be made out to a value of money.

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Christmas hours

Our last day will be Saturday 22nd December and reopen on Monday 7th January.

Thank you for your continued support this year. We wish you all a very merry Christmas and happy New Year and look forward to working with you on your next garment in 2019.

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Dormeuil ties make the perfect Christmas gift

The new range of Dormeuil ties have just hit our shelves and these would make a perfect Christmas gift for a work colleague or family member. All the Dormeuil Ties are hand made in France using the finest pure silks.

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The Zink story

This video highlights the story of Zink & Sons.  We hope you enjoy learning about our history.

 

 

 

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Women’s Bespoke suits

We offer a bespoke tailoring service for women.

With a great selection on fabrics including fabrics with natural stretch this allows us the get the best fit possible for any women looking for something to have made for them.

We can make the suits with either a trouser or skirt option and can make the jacket in any style you wish.

If you have a female work colleague interested in having a bespoke suit made please recommend our services.

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New Amadeus Action by Dormeuil

Great new bunch out by Dormeuil. The Amadeus Action is the latest addition to the popular Amadeus range

The new range is a great example of Dormeuil’s advanced technology and represents a thoroughly modern twist to the original model.

With intelligent innovations in the fabric’s weave construction and finishing processes, Amadeus Action gives a distinctive soft stretch that smoothy complements the energy and style of those who wear it.

This cloth is also a great option for our women’s bespoke suit range, with the cloths natural stretch helping the cloth drape the body perfectly.

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