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Discover Your Strong Suit

A Publication of Regan Clothiers, Ltd.
August 2009

Power, especially in the context of business and politics, is an elusive quality. It is sought after by nearly everyone, but attained by only a few. From season to season, an item of fashion gains noteworthy popularity as an emblem of power. We may say that a red tie is a power tie at one time. In another season, perhaps the yellow or purple tie occupies the position of power. Perhaps no other item of clothing embodies authority and influence like that of a well-tailored power suit.

The custom tailored suit is the ranking favorite among power brokers everywhere. While the details of single or double-breasted styling, lapel options and button counts may vary, it is clear that the strong shoulder line, accentuating the masculine form is the dominant characteristic of the quintessential power suit. The chalk-stripe suit, in the classic colors of navy and gray, is often the first to come to mind when imagining the power suit. The clout of this authoritative wardrobe choice goes well beyond the surface. It is the hand cut and tailored details that define this expression of influence, resulting in powerful perfection intended to make the owner look like a million bucks. Our task as custom clothiers is to assist you in the discovery of your strong suits so that each exudes comfortable confidence.

Q & A - Ask Jim

Question: At six feet tall I am never sure what length my suit jackets should be. Some fashion styles call for shorter jackets. What is the right length?

Answer: Most ready-made clothing manufacturers assume you wear a long if you're six feet tall or more. If you're one of those guys who measure right at six feet-or just over or under-it is difficult to know which length is correct. Your decision has to be based on the cut of the jacket and your own body proportions. If you're selecting a suit, you have to take into consideration the fit of the trousers as well.

As a tailoring rule, the most flattering jacket length for each individual is that length that gives the wearer the longest leg line and still covers his buttocks. With custom tailoring we like to strike a balance between the upper and lower torso so you don't look disproportionately long in the legs or appear that you are all upper torso and no legs.