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How to wear suit separates

There is no denying: the suit remains the ultimate business wardrobe staple for any gentleman.

But there are times and situations where a different approach to a traditional suit may be a better choice. Perhaps you want to stand out at a cocktail party, play with mismatching on casual Fridays, or simply take a less conventional approach when the situation is asking for it. 

Enter suit separates, aka mismatching blazers and trousers for a relaxed, style-adventurous effect. We tried and tested separates for you, so you can mix and match your separates with confidence.

Contrasting colours

The easiest way to start combining your suit separates is by aiming for a colour contrast. Think colours on opposite sides of the colour wheel. There is something safe and comforting about contrast. There will be no confusion about your intention, and done well, it will look sharp.

Zink & Sons bespoke cream and jacket and navy trousers

Navy blazer and grey trousers is an almost classic mismatch combination. Or take contrast a bit further in summer with a cream jacket with navy or black trousers, or vice versa, a dark navy jacket with cream trousers. Your outfit will have an edge, so you’re sure to make an impression. 

But don’t stop at navy and cream. Look at what other colours you have in your wardrobe and start experimenting. Maroon jacket and charcoal grey trousers is another tried and tested Zink & Sons favourite.

Wear similar tones

A modern way to take mismatching experimentation up a notch is to choose colours that are close in tone and warmth. Terracotta and oatmeal is one of our favourite summer combinations. Add a light blue shirt and it becomes a fresh, stylish combination that will please any eye. This is a style pro move, so no one will confuse you for an amateur.

Zink & Sons linen oatmeal jacket with terracotta line trousers

Combine checks with plain fabric

This is another perfect and easy way to dip your toes into suit separates combinations. Checks can often look even better when given the canvas of a plain jacket or trousers to bounce off. Make sure there is enough contrast in the base colour of the check and the plain fabric. A grey check matched with plain grey may not bring the contrast harmony you’re after. Trust your instincts and don’t forget to accessorise. 

A well matched (or mismatched) shirt or a pocket square can complete a combination you didn’t feel so sure about. 

Zink & Sons red check jacket with a cream shirt and trousers.

Match the formality

There’s something to be said about matching the level of formality of your separates. It works. That goes for fabric weights too. Linen and cotton work well, so do flannel and herringbone. Keeping things consistent on another level when you’re mismatching is a good rule to keep in mind.

Zink & Sons white tuxedo with navy striped trousers.

Interrupt the pattern

We’ve just told you to match the formality of your separates, and we meant it. Our next experimenting tip is to…mismatch the formality. Formal blazer and jeans is probably one of the most popular combinations when mismatching formality, but don’t stop there. Experiment with a safari (or a chore) jacket and suit trousers. The safari jacket was originally workwear, it’s functional and comfortable, but who said that you can’t add style to those qualities? And what better way to interrupt the pattern?

Zink & Sons bespoke safari jacket and denim trousers

Another way to shift the matching formality is to add a pair of immaculate sports shoes to a blazer and trousers combination, so your outfit tells the story that you’re not trying to fit in.

So what do you think? Have we inspired you to try some separates combinations on your next casual Friday at work? What is your favourite tried and tested mismatched combination? 

Make a booking to talk bespoke suits and separates combinations. 

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Dress up and experience Sydney this summer

If you, like us, appreciate how good dressing up feels, then you might be on lookout for opportunities to don your elegant, bespoke ensembles this summer in Sydney. After the year that was, I think we could all do with some time spend in elegant places and excellent company.

Research shows the clothes we wear can be the source of a dopamine (aka the feel-good neurotransmitter) hit. There’s only so much dopamine we can get from casual dressing. We’re thinking bright linings, luxurious textures, elegant combinations. Dressing well feels good and can impact on your happiness levels. 

If you’re back in the office, don’t think twice about bringing the elegant suits back. But if you’re still working from home, or if you simply want some places that encourage elegance, especially after a few rounds of movement restrictions, we got your back.

It’s summertime in Sydney, a season to get out and about, to explore, to enjoy what our city has to offer. We’ve shortlisted this summer’s best places to get dressed up for. Spoiler alert, most of them include fine dining, so your dopamine reward is bound to be multifold.

Mimi’s at Coogee Pavilion

You can be sure that Mimi’s is going to be a perfect match for your elegant attire. Three years in the making, the space is as handsome as you can get, designed by the award-winning team at ACME&Co. You could go to Mimi’s just to immerse yourself in a beautiful, sophisticated space. But you’ll find the food and drinks menus more than rewarding as well. The cuisine is an ode to Australian coastline, focusing on seafood, meat and farm-fresh vegetables. And served with an accent on your experience. Think black caviar wheeled to your table on a cart. The views you’ll enjoy here are not to be discounted either. 

The only question is: which suit or suit combination to choose for the occasion? 

Catalina at Rose Bay

If you want panoramic views with your indulgent dinner and elegant attire (we’re partial to all of that), then this is the place that has it all. Catalina’s been around for a little while (26 years to be exact), and there’s a reason it maintains its position at the top of Sydney fine dining. The service is as you would expect: attentive, polite, bespoke. And the food matches the views, in that it serves exquisite dishes, with an emphasis on seafood. 

A quarter of a century in its existence, this place still sparkles with elegance: the perfect place to get dressed up for an afternoon or evening this summer? We think so.



View of Sydney dining. Photo by Brandon Hoogenboom on Unsplash

Sydney Opera House via Benelong

Benelong is another veteran on the Sydney fine dining scene, but really, if you’ve been meaning to go and are putting it off, or if you’ve already been and consider it done, do yourself a treat and book a table. Benelong is conveniently housed within the Opera House’s shells – another reason you might want to visit. It’s one thing to wonder at Jørn Utzon’s craftsmanship from the distance, and another to dine inside its folds. Of course, the breathtaking views of the harbour and bridge, as well as the multi-award winning food, are a given. Another sumptuous (if not iconic) experience to indulge in this summer.

We love this city and all it has to offer. Maybe this summer we’re all even more appreciative that we can have unique experiences centered around food, views, elegance, and great company. What about you? Do you have any favourite places you’ve discovered or reacquainted yourself this summer? Places where elegance is at home? Where you can dress up and experience Sydney?

And of course, we are, after all, masters of bespoke tailoring. If you have the places in mind, but need a hand with the wardrobe, or simply need a wardrobe refresh, we’re right here, ready to help you get that dopamine hit going. 

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A summer wardrobe staple: the unstructured jacket

Warm weather can throw a spanner in your plans if you like to look sharp. But there is a way to look elegant and feel at ease in warm weather: the unstructured jacket.

By now you know about our bespoke and semi bespoke jackets. You may even have a few, in which case, great choice. But if you live in a warm climate, where summer lingers for half of the year, then you’re going to need this other staple in your wardrobe too.

Just to refresh your memory, the bespoke jackets are supported by an inner canvas structure, which is key to how a jacket drapes on your body. There’s nothing that can rival the craftsmanship of bespoke suits. So think of the unstructured jacket as a complement, rather than competition. 

What’s an unstructured jacket?

An unstructured jacket is a very clever piece of tailoring. It uses minimal canvas, very thin lining, and a thin shoulder, so they feel light and flexible. Think more Pitti Uomo in hot summer days rather than Brad Pitt at the Oscars.

How is it different from the structured tailoring of bespoke suits? The word ‘unstructured’ can almost sound like it’s lacking something, but in this case, it’s deliberate, and it serves a clear purpose. There is no chest canvas piece, nor shoulder pads (or very thin ones), and the lining is either thin or minimal. That may sound almost like a shirt, but in the hands of a skilled tailor, you’ll get a perfect fit and shape, so you can move with ease

Does it look just as good? You be the judge.

Zink & Sons unstructured jacket
Zink & Sons unstructured linen jacket

Pretty sharp, right?

It clearly has a softer appearance, but it’s no less elegant. You also get a very modern look with the unstructured jacket. The minimalist canvas and lining lend it a slightly more sporty feel.

When and how to wear it?

In short, anytime. You can rock up for drinks at the pub in it and you’ll look sharp, but likely forget that you’re wearing a jacket. Perhaps it’s more suited for a summer dinner on a yacht than your own wedding (though that could work too, if you’re getting married on the beach).

It’s also great for travel (now that we can leave our state). It folds easily and you can pair it with a tie and shirt for a more formal look, or with a t-shirt and jeans for a beach-side dinner. Your fashion call.

If you go for a wool cloth, you’re getting a breathable, comfortable jacket. Not to mention the creases easily drop when you wear it.

The unstructured jacket effectively reinvents tailoring for warm weather and ease of movement. So if you ask us, the unstructured jacket is clearly a 21st century wardrobe staple. Especially if you live in Sydney and you like to look sharp, yet feel like you could throw a lawn ball at short notice. 

Get in touch to make an appointment and start planning your unstructured jacket.

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Full bespoke or semi bespoke: what’s the difference?

Whether you choose a full bespoke or a semi bespoke suit made for you by Zink & Sons, you’re going to get a great-fitting suit. But it doesn’t hurt to understand the difference between the two, so you can make an informed choice.

We get this question often: what is the difference between the two?

So let’s unpack it.

What is full bespoke tailoring?

Here’s how it all comes together: your tailor will take a full set of measurements, between 30 and 40, depending on your posture and gait. Then your pattern is cut, and based on that, the first iteration of the suit comes to live—the fabric is loosely hand stitched together with white thread.

This is when you come in for a baste fitting.

Full bespoke jacket at the basted fitting - Zink & Sons tailors
What a jacket looks like at the baste fitting

After that first baste fitting, the fabric panels are pulled apart and re-cut based on the fitting. Your pattern is also re-cut and further adjusted. Then everything comes together again, this time with even more precision. Your next fitting takes care of finishing touches and adjustments.

This is the full bespoke tailoring process, but there are other elements that set it apart.

There’s the full canvas construction for one. This is the part sewn between the lining and the jacket cloth. It is made of horsehair, it gives the jacket structure, and it allows the cloth to drape better on your body.

A full bespoke garment is also stitched entirely by hand. Even the button holes all finished by hand—the kind of luxury craftmanship that made history on Savile Row.

Full bespoke suit buttonholes finished by Zink & Sons bespoke Sydney tailors
Hand-finished buttonholes on a bespoke suit

The fit of a full bespoke garment is second to none—the extra fitting, the full canvas, and the hand finishing, all ensure the ultimate fit. It’s a true luxury experience. And the hand finish means that the more you wear it, the better it fits—ultimate fit indeed.

What is semi bespoke tailoring?

For the semi bespoke suit, there’s an extra set of measurements in the mix. They ensure the fit is still as close to perfect as possible, even without the baste fitting. So your tailor will try to get as much detail as possible from the get go.

The semi-bespoke suit has a half canvas construction, which means that the canvas piece extends from the shoulder to about half way down the body of the jacket. This ensures the jacket still drapes like a dream, but it’s also a lighter weight than the full canvas of the bespoke. 

The semi bespoke suit is finished off by machine, rather than fully by hand.

What about the fit? You needn’t worry about the fit. All those measurements, and the pattern cut especially for you ensure a semi bespoke suit will also fit like a dream.

Made-to-measure tailoring

It’s also worth understanding how made-to-measure tailoring differs from bespoke tailoring. Garments that are made to measure use an existing standard pattern, rather than cut a new one especially for your body shape. It’s usually a more mass produced form of tailoring, in a bigger facility, and the stitching and finishing are all done my machine.

Which one is right for you: full bespoke or semi bespoke?

Now that you know a little bit more about each, the question still remains: how do you decide which one is best for you?

Here are a few things to consider:

  • Budget: there is a cost difference that comes with the extra craftsmanship and extra fitting of the bespoke, so that might be part of your decision making.
  • Time: for the full bespoke suit, you’ll need to come in for at least one extra fitting, and your suit will take a few extra weeks to make. It’s worth keeping that in mind if you need your suit rather quickly. You’ll still get an excellent quality fitting suit with a semi bespoke, but skipping the baste-fitting stage will save you a few weeks.
  • Craftsmanship and luxury: if you’re keen to support centuries-old craftmanship, than the full bespoke is a luxury experience worth investing in.
  • Body shape: certain postures or body shapes benefit from the basted fitting to get that ultimate fit. Your tailor will advise if that’s the case for you at your appointment.
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The full canvas horsehair piece is completely hand stitched

One thing to remember is that whichever one you go for, full bespoke or semi bespoke, the fit is going to be perfect with a Zink & Sons suit.

Go with the full bespoke luxury upgrade, or with the perfectly tailored semi-bespoke if you need to save time and money. Book your appointment now.

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The return of the pinstripe suit

Why you should own one and how to wear it

Only a decade ago, pinstripe might have still called memories of Hollywood gangsters or of 90s Wall Street wolves. But thanks to contemporary stylish men, these days pinstripes are getting a new fame – as a go-to style for the modern man.

The origin story

The origins of the pinstripes are disputed. Some say that it was British bankers who gave birth to it in the 19th century. Back then each bank had their own stripe, varying in shade and weight, so you could easily identify which bank a banker worked for. Others say it stems from adapting sporting attire into everyday wear, starting with the boating uniforms in the 1800s.


Whoever started it, it was gangsters who took it to the next level, going for the full stripe suits. From there, it wasn’t long until movie stars like Clark Gable or Cary Grant, keen to project an outlaw aesthetic, embraced the pinstripe.


From these glamour early days, the pinstripe came to be a kind of uniform for certain professions, particularly men working in the financial sector.
It’s fair to say that this association didn’t bring them many fans outside that world.


Until now, that is…

Who brought the pinstripes back?

Zink&Sons bespoke pinstripe suitNow that we’ve had a break from pinstripe suits and its associations, we may be ready to give them a new meaning. This has been in the making over the past few years. Icons of modern style, like David Beckham and Ryan Gossling, have had a hand in clearing the slate for the pinstripe’s suit next coming.

The modern pinstripe suit has a slimmer fit, a shorter jacket – none of that exaggerated chest, narrow waist that bankers sported. Even better, try the unstructured, Italian style jacket with a soft shoulder, for a radical departure from traditional pinstripe.

Wear your stripes like it’s 2020

You can never go wrong with getting your direction from the likes of Savile Row tailors, and adding some extra modern-day flair borrowed from red carpet royalties, like Beckham.

Avoid contrast-collar shirts, and you’ll find pinstriped suits pretty easy to wear.

Here’s how to wear your pinstripe suit to look sharp:

Think differently – The pinstriped navy suit is a classic, and a classic stands the test of history’s caprices. Play with the fit, and try a different shade of stripe, or add an unexpected linen tie. If you’re one for clashing stripes and shirt prints, go for it, but make sure there is music in that clash.

Make your own rules – Originally, only the trousers were pinstriped. But since then, the pinstripe suit has not seen many separate days. If you’re game for it, break the rule with the rest of your outfit, so it feels consistent and intentional. Skip the classic shoes, maybe even swa the shirt for a knit or a polo.

Think like a minimalist – Pinstripes spoke the language of power, specifically the in-your-face powerful. Every single accessory worked hard to make you stand out, and maybe not in a good way. Go the subtle direction. A plan shirt or T-shirt, a tonal pinstripe of grey tailoring will spell out minimalist elegance.

If you’re ready to add some pinstripe style to your wardrobe, book an appointment, and we can give you a helping hand.

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Men’s style after the pandemic – what will it look like?

With the pandemic, the runways and the fashion seasons have been cancelled. So does that mean that men’s style after the pandemic is…over? Not at all.

History teaches us that dramatic world events tend to impact fashion a great deal. Some of the most memorable designs came out of times of struggle. The 1918 Spanish flu pandemic, the Great Depression, the Second World War. All of these dramatic events had great impact on fashion trends. They led to an explosion in creativity and elegance. Think Make Mend Do during WWII, when parachute silk made it into wedding gowns.

Challenging times can provide a thriving ground for creativity. And for bringing our values into clear focus. So what will this mean for how men dress?

How will men’s style change post-pandemic?

When the pandemic led to closures across all industries, to working from home, to no outings in sight for months, some said it was maybe the slowdown we needed. The sustainable fashion world has been preoccupied with slowing down consumption for a while now. So, is this going to be the moment we turn away from mass production, and towards finally walking the slow fashion talk? 

There is hope.

The pandemic has meant hardship for the fashion industry, no doubt. Stores and factories have shut down. And fashion sales in 2020 are predicted to drop by a quarter or more compared to 2019. We’ve never seen anything like this in our lifetime, but it certainly isn’t … ahem … unprecedented. So let’s look back at what history teaches us about fashion in times of strife?

Fashion trends slow down

A pandemic or economic depression is not the time to experiment in impractical ways. Classic elegance is what we tend to turn to in times like these. Less income can also mean that we might spend less money on clothing each season. So investing in long-lasting, timeless pieces is likely to be everyone’s strategy.

At the same time, luxury for the sake of luxury is out. After every single dramatic financial collapse, ostentatious luxury has become distasteful.

All this is to say that you can’t go wrong if you focus on quality, craftsmanship, functionality and classic elegance. 

Movie stars bygone instead of influencers

We’re likely spending a lot of time at home on social media, but so do the people we follow, so our contemporaries are not necessarily inspiring our wardrobe aesthetic right now. At the same time, there is a desire to escape the present, and movies, and in particular period movies, are fantastic inspiration for classical fashion. 

But slowing down doesn’t mean men’s style after the pandemic will take a back sit in our minds. Quite the opposite. We’re likely to end up more thoughtful about our choices.

When you look sharp, you feel sharp

There is a clear sense in the fashion world, that once this is over, we’ll all want to dress up again. And who can blame us? Yes, we will hopefully interrogate our buying and consumption habits, but we will want to look sharp, smart, good. Loungewear, as comfortable as it may be, could never stand the boardroom test.

Maybe initially we were all glad to take a break from suits and jackets. But we’ll likely be just as glad to limit loungewear to weekend afternoons as soon as possible.

It’s no news that the clothes we wear impact us psychologically in many ways. Dopamine dressing refers to intentionally lifting our mood by choosing to wear bright, fun clothes. It’s fair to say that 2020 has been quite bothersome and has ignited feelings of many kinds, none so great. Choosing clothes that enhance our mood, our confidence, seems like a very wise move.

And even if working from home continues to be the norm for the next little while, you might choose to wear that elegant suit in your home office. Will it make a difference to how you show up in meetings? To how well you do your work? It’s worth the try finding out, isn’t it?

What we needed…

Perhaps the pandemic, as undesirable as it is, can mean some much awaited change for fashion trends. Men’s style after the pandemic is likely to welcome timelessness, practicality, comfort. What’s there not to like?

If you feel like you’re ready to invest in a timeless, crafted piece of clothing, we know just the tailors. Gives us a call or send an enquiry to get started.

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Anatomy of a suit

A suit, the two-piece ensemble that you either wear in your day-to-day work, or only on special occasions like weddings and interviews, is much more than regular clothing. The anatomy of a suit is a piece of engineering that, if constructed well, has the ability to transform the body.

  • The suit is meant to look slim, but not feel in the least tight
  • To move with the body but not lose shape
  • It needs to feel like a second skin even after wearing it for 12 hours straight.

The secrets to making all this happen are hidden on the inside.

When you buy a suit, you may be aware of a couple of the construction pieces: the lapel, the waistline, the pockets. We’re going to give you a closer glimpse into its mastery, so you can appreciate it as you’re wearing your suits, and approach your next buy with more confidence and curiosity.

Let’s dissect it…

The suit jacket

The shoulder

The shoulder of the jacket straightens and broadens the natural shape of the wearer. Not just that, but it also creates a shell in which the shoulder and the top of the arm are allowed to move freely without distorting the jacket. The shoulder pad is made of cotton, wool and horse hair layers.

The floating chest piece

The canvas chest piece is a key piece of the jacket, and where a lot of the craftmanship and handsewing goes into. This piece is meant to give the jacket structure and shape, while still move with the body and maintain both comfort and shape. A good suit should only mould to your shape and posture in time.

The collar and lapels

The collar and lapel are handsewn in bespoke suits

The collar and lapels frame the tie, the neck and the face. In high quality bespoke suits, handsewn diagonal stitches keep the line of collar crisp throughout the life of a suit.

The lapel also features a buttonhole, with an interesting origin story: in winter men wore dress hats they strapped to the buttonhole with an elastic band. This way a gust of wind couldn’t blow their hat away. Another story says that the buttonhole had a matching button on the underside of the other lapel, to button the top of the jacket up in cold weather. Nowadays you will mostly use your lapel for flowers and lapel pins.

Outer breast pocket

The breast pocket started as a handkerchief pocket. Now it’s ornamental and is used to display a well-coordinated, outfit enhancing pocket square.

Buttons

Buttons are both a fashion vehicle, as well as an important part of the geometry of silhouette construction. A jacket can have one, two or three buttons (or one, two or three rows of buttons for double breasted jackets). When and where you should wear your jacket buttoned or unbottoned is a topic for another time, but if in doubt, take Tom Ford’s advice.

Always keep your jacket buttoned. If I had one rule for men, it’s this. It instantly makes your silhouette.

Tom Ford

Sleeve vent and buttons

The cuff of a jacket usually has a sleeve vent. This portion will either be an actual vent where the buttons can be unfastened, or sewn together to maintain a more buttoned-up appearance. Top quality suits have true sleeve vent.

The sleeve vent with the top button unfastened

Back vents

The back vents’ origins are said to go back to equestrian fashion, where their role was to allow the jacket to maintain structure. They can be double, which is considered traditionally British, single or American style, and even no back vent, which had its prime time during Hollywood’s golden era. These days we give the back vents their due credit for helping shape your silhouette.

The suit trousers

Waistband

The waistband should sit between the hips and belly button

The waistband’s role is to create a flattering appearance, with no compromise to comfort. To get that effect, the waistband should sit between the hips and belly button. There are certain tricks to enhance your proportions: for example, a higher waistline gives the illusion of a longer leg, but this should be handled carefully by an experienced tailor.


Belt loops

The belt loops’ role is to keep your trousers sitting at the perfect height. To be clear, belts are not a necessity, but an alternative to braces. They can be a convenient option to have.


Trouser seat and rise

No two body shapes are identical. A well tailored seat and rise in your trousers will ensure a better, more comfortable fit, and n this way, a longer life for your trousers. Anatomically, the rise is essentially the length from the crotch to the waistband, and the sit is the width.


Trouser crease

The trouser adds a crisp look to your ensemble, and is a prerequisite for a formal look. It should be down the front of the leg, not on the side.


Trouser hem

The trouser hem is a part of the suit where we can express style preference. Traditional hems for trousers are cuffed, but modern style favours uncuffed hems for more of a cleaner look.

Having a better knowledge of what the anatomy of a suit and of what role each part plays, puts you in a better position to choose a suit that suits you, and looking and feeling best in it. Are you ready for the truly bespoke experience a suit offers? Make a booking now.


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Style choices for the bold gentleman

Oscar’s men’s fashion is still hot of the press, and it features, as always, the traditional, the daring, and the outrageous celebrities.

Nothing wrong with stepping a little out of the accepted fashion norms and emerging trends. In fact, GQ declares this year ‘the biggest red carpet statement is being absolutely yourself’. That’s where we want to start. There is nothing better than feeling like yourself in your clothes.

And sometimes our best selves crave some boldness, some non-conformist style moments that announce what we’re about to the world, and to ourselves.

In men’s style, there are different ways to go beyond the classic. You can opt for a style shift, a different texture, a cut that stands out, or even a mix of prints. But try to keep it to one statement at a time, especially if it’s new territory for you.

And remember, daring may not be the best choice for every occasion – interviews may not be the place to announce your style aplomb. Or it may be just the occasion, depending on your profession. Trust your instincts.

Yes to pleats

Before you scroll past this and decide pleats are not for you, wait a second. Yes, pleated trousers may bring back flashbacks of Cary Grant or Fred Astaire (not too bad, right?), or even their less-fortunate 80s incarnation. But, tradition works best when it’s modern, so don’t head to bygones eras for inspiration. In fact, forget about them. Pleats in trousers have been reinvented for our times.

The slim-line low-waist trouser may have received all the love of late, but there are better options. The waist is where you start showing great style. If tailored well, pleated pants can be comfortable, stylish, and flattering. Not only that, but they announce that you know how to dress yourself and you’re not afraid to do it.

Fun fact: did you know that flat-fronted trousers were first created by necessity during wartime fabric rationing? I bet the transition took some adjusting of comfort levels.

The velvet jacket

Maybe you already have known the luxurious feel of real velvet in a lapel for a tuxedo, or a bow tie. In that case, how come you haven’t acquired your own velvet jacket yet?

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Stand apart from the rest of the cocktail-suited men

If texture is how you want to experiment, you can’t go past velvet. You’ll stand apart from the rest of the cocktail-suited men. If you want that one piece that feels luxurious and looks James Bond-like, velvet has your back.

You could go for a full suit, yes, but mix and matching a velvet jacket is our advice. You will look nonchalant – the perfect mix of elegant and effortless.

Corduroy

Another bold move in textures is corduroy. Its reputation may take you back to retired academics, poets or librarians. But daring is all about ignoring previous stereotypes.

In its new life, corduroy is the informal alternative to velvet. And while this post is not about trends, there is no denying that a few famous men brought corduroy to its well-deserved style status. That’s about all Wes Anderson ever wears, but also men like Bradley Cooper and Timothee Chalamet have given it a heads up.

Cord suits are very versatile, they can take you from the office to a more casual occasion seamlessly. Corduroy is another nod to the fact that menswear these days aims to be as relaxed and comfortable as possible. Whether a full suit or just a jacket, give it a try.

Mix your patterns

Not clashing your patterns may seem like good advice to abide by, but you’d be missing out on some truly stylish combinations. The trick here is to do it deliberately, and in ways that clash harmoniously and enhance each other.

If you feel like you have an eye for it, just go with your instinct. If not, there are a few simple rules: play with proportion, match small and large patterns, and different types of patterns, like stripes and dots. If you only want to deep your toes into it, then start with a an accessory like a tie or pocket square, or the contrast lining.

Double-breasted jacket

Another blast from the past, the double-breasted jacket is another statement piece that will announce your brand of daring. First of all, it’s undoubtedly flattering, as many a Hollywood men can attest. It’s nostalgic and elegant. And it shows you’re interested in style and you know what you’re doing.

Bold it with a double-breasted jacket

But if there was one way to describe the DB, that would be bold. No, not Bond, although the association is justified.

As tailors, we love nothing more that bringing your vision of how clothes can best express who you are, so book a time, and let’s get you started on being dressed at your best.

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Look sharp in 2020 – upgrade your style with these suits

A new year is a chance to start fresh, to pivot, to review what doesn’t work for you anymore, and what you want more of. Clothes are top of the list when it comes to projecting the change you want to see.

Whether you work in an office where suits are part of the dress code, or you only wear suits for occasions like dinner dates, every man should have at least one suit in his wardrobe.

A good suit can make a world of difference to how you feel in your skin, how you show up in your life and your career. Basically, the suit you wear speaks to you and for you. So choosing one (or several) is a big decision, but we’re going to give you a helping hand.

There’s never a better time to turn a should into a must than the start of the year, so without further ado, here are the suits you should have in your wardrobe this year.

Two-button single breasted suit

If you only have one suit in your wardrobe, consider the classic two button. Its versatility will see you fit in at any occasion, from a day at the office, to an interview, meetings, dinner dates or a night at the theatre, if that’s more your thing.

A mid-weight navy fabric is a very sensible option. Navy is the colour you absolutely must have in your wardrobe if you want to ooze confidence and trust. And if you’re going for more than one suits in this style, pick grey next. Easy to mix and match and just as versatile.

The double-breasted suit

Tom Ford swears by it. James Bond dons it. It says confidence, style, statement.

What’s so special about the double-breasted blazer? It’s the most flattering of all the styles, slimming your middle, and emphasizing your chest and shoulders. Traditionally, the double-breasted suits have eight buttons, but you can choose your own adventure and go for four or six if you prefer. At its best when worn buttoned up, though you can easily wear it undone too.

You will no doubt be making a sartorial declaration with a double-breasted suit, while still looking like you mean business. Just look at Daniel Craig on the red carpet. This is not to say you should save the double-breasted blazer only for special occasions. It’s perfectly suitable for a day at the office, running a board meeting, or, yes, dining and wining too.

The most important thing to consider here is to find one that fits you to absolute perfection, and feels like a second skin. Go bespoke if you want the real deal.

Choose a darker colour, or perhaps a check or stripe, if you’d like to push the style boundaries a little further yet.

The patterned suit

There’s more than one way to make a sartorial statement with your suit – the fabric pattern is another one of them. A bold pattern is a great way to infuse your personality in your suits, a sure way to upgrade your style.

Double breasted suit worn by a Zink and Sons client

The number one rule when choosing a pattern is this: choose one you love. That will show in how confident and comfortable you are wearing it. It could be subtle or it could be bold, just make sure it’s to your liking, and not just making it to the top of the trends.

Made-for-you suits are the best place to choose a pattern that is uniquely you. Ready-made pattern choices can be limited and uninspiring.

As for options, you have a few: herringbone, pinstripe, windowpane, or tartans. Getting a patterned suit in your wardrobe says to the world you know your suits and you are not afraid to stand out. For an extra bit of bold, clash the pattern with a pasley pocket square or some contrast lining.

The summer suit

If you missed our summer suits post, go back to it and give your wardrobe a warm weather revamp. Celebrate (and breeze through) the hotter, sunnier days and occasions that have you outdoors, bracing the heat.

The sharkskin suit

No sharks are injured during the making of sharkskin suits. The analogy is rather used to describe the smooth supple texture of the fabric. It’s a classic wool fibre, woven in such a way that two tones become apparent. The weave also gives the fabric a slight sheen and a smoothness that feels great on.

One extra benefit: wrinkle free.

Wear this one as you would any other suit, and definitely take it out for those special occasions, and picture yourself as a MadMen executive closing big sales.

Ready to upgrade your suit wardrobe for the year? Give us a call and let’s schedule a time to get you on track to wearing the best suits.

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Give the gift of style this holiday season

Christmas presents can get a bit of rap, for all the indecision and choice fatigue they can induce, not to mention choosing forgettable presents. We want better for you, which is why we put together three great presents for the special people in your life, or even for your own wishlist.

The bespoke shirt experience

This is not just a present in a box. The bespoke shirt an experience. Gifting this will welcome the lucky present recipient into the world of bespoke tailoring, of having something made just for you, with your exact body fit in mind throughout the process. We have ten luxurious cottons to choose from and they come beautifully wrapped in a shirt box. The box is just the beginning.

The Albert Thurston braces

Albert Thurston have been making braces since 1820, so it’s fair to say they not only know what they’re doing, but they have perfect the art of the brace. Having one in your wardrobe is not just another item, it’s a piece of luxury, of craftmanship, of ultimate style. And if that’s enough to convicne of how special these braces are, the black Moire braces even made it into James Bond’s wardrobe, and yes, we have them in the shop.

The Zink & Sons bespoke gift

A bespoke tailoring experience is one of life’s unique experiences. You have to live it to understand it and appreciate it. For many it has been on their wishlist for a while, others are converts and are already planning their next bespoke garment. Either way, a bespoke gift voucher from Zink & Sons is a winner.

So there you have it, three presents to help you avoid decision fatigue, or worse, the curse of the forgettable present. We look forward to helping you choose in the shop. We are open until the 23 December and we re-open on Monday 6 January.

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5 Must-have men’s shirts

Choosing the perfect shirt for every occasion is a fine art. There are many things to consider with men’s shirts: colour, style, cut, collar, buttons, but we’re going to start with the fabric. Because if you think that’s less important, well, you’re not right. The cloth, as always, can make a big difference to how a shirt feels and looks when paired with the rest of your suit.

We’ve done the research, and we’ve rounded up five must-have shirts for your wardrobe.

A warning about the names: most shirt fabrics are cotton, so the fabric names often come from the weaving method.

The Oxford

You can’t go past the white Oxford. It can be great for both casual shirts and for a more formal environment. Oxford cloth is soft and comfortable to touch, so it is ideal for button-down collared shirts. A white Oxford shirt works for everyone in most occasions (hence why it’s a must have!) but it’s particularly well suited for a smart casual look. Think a bit like Don Draper in his Madison Avenue skyscraper office – likely his everyday go-to shirt.

When an oxford white shirt is interwoven with a finer yarn, it’s called a pinpoint – great for everyday work shirts but not so much formal events. This fabric is slightly heavier than a standard Oxford, which makes it more durable too. Think business meetings and dinner dates.

A Royal Oxford fabric is similar to an Oxford fabric. It is still a textured shirt fabric but the weave is finer and it has a dressy shine. Pair it with an elegant business suit and tie for a more formal occasion.

The pale blue broadcloth shirt

Broadcloth (aka poplin)is an essential fabric in any man’s shirt collection. Its tightly woven fabric gives the shirt a flat, smooth look, another great option for everyday office wear. Broadcloth is breathable and lightweight, so it’s perfect in warmer weather. Why pale blue, you ask? It goes with every single colour suit you might have, and it says great things about you: business, decisiveness, style.

The twill shirt

Twill has a softer weave, which makes it less crisp then some other fabrics. That difference in texture comes with great benefits though: it drapes well, which makes it perfect for long days. It also makes it a great travelling shirt. It can have a slight shimmer because of the tight diagonal weave. Which leads us to its most enviable feature: it’s easy to iron and does not wrinkle easily. Every man needs a few twill shirts in his wardrobe.

The linen shirt

Linen has made a big comeback in men’s style over the last few years. And rightly so; it is highly breathable, thanks to the loosely woven, flax fibres. While it is soft to touch, linen does have one significant drawback: it wrinkles very easily. However, if you’re not getting ready for a board meeting day, the relaxed linen look might just what you need. In fact, just try it, and our guess is you will learn to love the soft wrinkles.

A linen and cotton blend is also an option, as the cotton weave reduces the wrinkling factor. You can choose dyed linen, but the natural flax colours also look great and summery – think groomsmen in barefoot wedding parties sporting white linen shirts.

The end-on-end fabric shirt

Shirts crafted from end-on-end fabric are excellent for dress and business occasions. The white thread is interwoven with darker colours and what looks like a solid block of colour from a distance, is really a textured weave. End-on-end fabric is lightweight, another good option for the warmer months.

So, you now have an idea of what fabrics you should have in your shirt collection. If you want to know more about which fabric will complement your body shape, style (and your suits) get in touch with Zink and Sons and we can guide you step by step through choosing the best shirts for you.

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