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Fall’s Best Transitional Fabrics

The Autumn Equinox for 2017 in the northern hemisphere fell on Friday, September 22, and menswear aficionados couldn’t be happier – shorter days and cooler temperatures allow for heavier fabrics, which generally drape and tailor better. My first real experience with autumn was in ’95, after suffering an […]

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How Much Does a Quality Suit Cost?

How Much Does Quality Cost? In one form or another, this question turns up every couple of days on the forum: “I’m looking for a quality suit/shirt/shoe/pair of underwear.  How much should I spend?” Before answering this question, it’s best to specify what “quality” is. Quality is not fit; nor […]

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Summer Fabrics for Staying Cool

Summer finally arrived last week in San Francisco, but while the rest of the Bay is baking, the city peaked in the mid-70s, which means you can still wear a jacket without breaking a sweat.  Still, you’ll want to be comfortable, and thankfully there are certain fabrics that […]

The Anatomy of a Formal Shirt

Alexander Kabbaz is a Alexander Kabbaz is a custom shirt maker, clothier, and haberdasher. his article originally appeared on CustomShirt1.com and has been adapted and edited for the Styleforum Journal. Over the past 40 years of dressing ladies and gentlemen, we’ve found the majority of formal events take place […]

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A Guide to How Trousers Should Fit

Embdeddded photos: Peter Zottolo All slideshow photos: Dylan & Son After last week’s article, I received a couple PMs, DMs, and emails from various people asking how trousers should fit.  The short answer is that they should lay straight down and fit comfortably. The long answer is, well, […]

All About Shirt Fabrics and Weaves

Editor’s Note: although this post, made by forum member and expert shirtmaker Alexander Kabbaz, dates all the way back to 2006, it’s still a great resource. It contains a wealth of information about shirts, shirt fabrics and shirt quality that’s worth reading in its entirety. We’ve re-published the […]