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Life is full of minor irritations – traffic jams, delayed trains, tax returns and slow Wi-Fi are just a handful. When the simple task of removing hair from the face or body becomes an uncomfortable ordeal, irritation caused by shaving can be equally frustrating. We can’t nix the former bugbears, but we can help make shaving an all-round more comfortable experience.

Razor burn is usually felt in the immediate aftermath of a shave, creating noticeable redness, rashes, small red bumps, inflammation, burning sensations and tightness in the skin. It’s primarily caused by the friction of the blades taking off the top layer of the epidermis, but it’s not the only shaving complication.

Ingrown hairs or razor bumps are the result of a less-than-satisfactory shave set up which can also cause a rash, swelling, tenderness, itchiness and even become infected. Want to know how to take skin irritation out of the shaving equation? First things first…

1) Rule out any skin conditions

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Eczema, dermatitis, psoriasis and acne are common skin complaints that can complicate your shave. If you’re having a flare up or an outbreak, you might need to take a break from the blade until your skin has completely healed. Taking a razor or splashing alcohol on skin that’s already inflamed, irritated, flaky or broken is not going to end well.

Vince Garcia, co-founder of Grey Matter barbershop in Los Angeles and member of the Gillette Barber Council, says, “depending on the severity, I may encourage clients to consider experimenting with facial hair until the problem has calmed down. If they don’t like how they look with facial hair or it comes in patchy, I suggest using a trimmer to take down the hair while avoiding direct contact with the skin.”

2) Soften the stubble

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Skin issues aside, preparation is a key factor in reducing razor burn. Softening the hairs as much as possible in advance makes less work for the blade.

“I always advise using a hot towel before you begin so you can open up your pores for a smoother shave,” advises Vince. “You can do this in your own bathroom with a wash cloth and hot water.” Alternatively, a hot shower or a soak in a steamy bathroom both do the trick.

3) Prep your shave like an extension of your skincare regime

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“I think treating shaving like you would a skincare routine is super important,” says Vince. “So think pre-shave, soap or foam, post-shave treatment.”

This should also include exfoliation, as a face or body scrub can help prevent ingrown hairs and razor bumps and remove any gunk that’s blocking the pores and follicles for smoother, clearer skin.

A natural scrub, such as one made with salt, sugar, pumice, coffee grains, jojoba beads or murumuru seeds (try the Gentle Face Scrub from Horace) can be extremely effective at clearing debris and regenerating the skin surface.

4) Keep it smooth

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To create the right amount of glide, we can hark back to previous advice from Alex Glover at ADAM Grooming Atelier, on getting the balance between the soap and the water right: “the lather texture should slip between your fingers. If the bubbles collapse it is not soapy enough and won’t do its job, if it feels greasy it’s too soapy and will create razor drag.”

Whether it’s a shaving cream, shaving oil, shaving gel or traditional shaving soap, if you apply it well with a proper shaving brush you’ll also lift the follicles for easier cutting and reduce ingrown hairs. A synthetic brush works fine – and no badgers were harmed in the process.

“Another important tip for technique would be to continue to lather and reapply shave gel or foam throughout the shave for your best chance at avoiding any irritation,” notes Vince.

5) Never break the golden rule

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“Don’t kick off the shave by going against the direction of the facial hair growth,” warns Vince. “When there is too much pull it leads to ingrown hairs and irritation, especially for guys with sensitive skin.

“I always advise going with the grain first, and after one or two passes, then go against the grain. Once you’ve done a few strokes in each area with the grain, you can go gently against the grain to get the last of your stubble.”

6) Switch to a safety razor

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A good part of shaving irritation is down to the simple mechanics of dragging a blade across your skin. Tugging, pulling and snarling the stubble hairs, or repeating strokes over the same area, are major causes of razor burn. Holding the blade at the correct 30-degree angle is essential to avoid this.

If you’re switching to a safety razor for the first time, try Henson’s AL13 – the blade is fixed at the exact 30 degree angle, and extends just 33 microns, or the thickness of a human hair. This means it does all the work of finding the angle for you, saving you time and effort and ensuring a super-safe shave.

7) Keep the blade sharp

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When refill cartridges are so pricey, it’s tempting to try make them last as long as possible. However, irritation is more likely to occur when the blade is blunt. Keep your blades sharp for longer by rinsing the blade after every stroke, drying it after use, and hanging it on a razor stand to keep it nice and dry between shaves.

Safety razors accommodate the most economical single use blades and a bulk box will keep you stocked for a long time.

8) Go electric

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Vince Garcia has shorn the illustrious heads of LeBron James, Lewis Hamilton and Drake, and he founded By.Appt.Only, a range of backpacks that are specifically designed for barber kit, so he knows what works and what doesn’t.

“A lot of my clients deal with skin irritation after shaving, especially those with sensitive skin who are generally more prone to razor bumps and ingrown hairs. If that’s you, I advise opting for an electric shaver to take down the hair while avoiding contact with the skin. The compromise is this often doesn’t result in a particularly close shave.”

We would also recommend prepping the skin with Lab Series Electric Shave Solution or an equivalent.

9) Plump for a protective razor

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“The alternative to an electric shaver is to find a cartridge razor that is specifically designed for guys with sensitive skin, like the Gillette SkinGuard,” says Vince.

“SkinGuard technology is positioned between the blades to smooth your skin and protect it from direct blade contact. This razor also adds lubrication before and after the blades for maximum glide and comfort, which is an aspect I definitely recommend when selecting a razor.”

10) Manscaping? Choose the right tool

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To reduce the chances of a hatchet job, “it’s important to treat your intimate area with the same attention you would your face, since it’s another element of total self-care,” suggests Vince. “A full regimen of products and a regular routine can help reduce irritation and lead to the best results. Similarly, let your skin and hair soak for a few minutes to open up your pores for the smoothest experience.”

“For manscaping, you can either use a razor to remove hair as close to the skin as possible, a trimmer with a guard to cut the hair shorter (but not remove it entirely), or a combo of the two. Regardless, I recommend starting by taking the hair down, while it’s dry, with the Gillette Intimate Pubic Hair Trimmer. It comes with three combs – one of which is a sensitive-specific comb for the gentlest possible shave on delicate areas. Then hop into the shower and using a razor like the Gillette Intimate Pubic Hair Razor to finish off the job.”

More tips from Vince: “Make sure you rinse the blade every 2-3 strokes to clean it off. Most importantly: make sure you’re always using a sharp blade and changing out dull cartridges as needed to avoid cuts or irritation. Finish by rinsing with cold water to close your pores.”

The Gillette Intimate range is currently only available in the US. Alternatives include the Philips Series 7000 Body Groomer, The Trimmer by Meridian and the awfully named Lawn Mower 4 by Manscaped.

11) Don’t fall at the final hurdle

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Land it like an Olympian gymnast, and give your shave the finish it deserves. “Once you’re done shaving, I recommend closing your pores with a cold towel,” says Vince. “The hot towel at the start and the cold towel at the end help soothe the skin and also transform your shave from a chore to a more elevated experience.

“Finally, an aftershave that soothes the skin and a hydrating/cooling face moisturiser are all essential. If you have sensitive skin, it’s important to do a bit of testing and learning to identify what products and specific ingredients your face likes best.”

Clinique for Men Post-Shave Soother is a solid option to cool, soothe and hydrate. While Mr Blackman’s Face & Skin Moisturiser contains aloe vera to soothe the skin and salicylic acid to help reduce the shaver’s curse of razor bumps or ingrown hairs.

12) When it’s all gone south

Face or crotch freshly shorn and fully aflame? It happens. “If the irritation is severe, skip the typical post-shave products to prevent any further irritation and apply a cold towel,” says Vince.

“Also, try spraying the effected area with witch hazel or rose water to help soothe and repair the skin. If it’s mild, add your preferred sensitive skin specific hydrating moisturiser.”

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Introduction To Fragrance, Cologne, Eau De Toilette & Perfume

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Fragrance.

An invisible part of your personal style.

One that has a significant effect on how people perceive you.

Fragrances can:

  • Increase your level of attractiveness.
  • Increase your perceived level of trust.
  • Reduce stress levels.
  • Increase confidence levels.
  • Increase your alertness.
  • Double your chances of getting a woman’s phone number.

Despite all these benefits (links at the end of the article) – 80% of men don’t use a fragrance regularly!

Why are men hesitant to wear fragrance?

Due to lack of basic information, ignorance about the various terminology and a fear of wearing it wrong or just plain smelling BAD.

This article is an introduction to the different types of fragrances – why and… more importantly how you need to select and regularly use a cologne that complements your natural body odor.

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What Are Fragrances?

Fragrances are complex mixtures of what people in the industry refer to as raw materials. These raw materials can be extracts from natural sources or synthetic raw materials.

Oils are dissolved in a solvent (usually alcohol), to preserve a pleasant concoction of scents. The higher the concentration of oils – the greater the strength of the fragrance. The strength determines how long an application of the fragrance lasts on your skin.

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What Is The Difference Between Fragrance, Perfume, Toilette And Cologne?

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Fragrance is a unisex, generic term used for perfume. Fragrances come in many forms and are called different names but generally fall into these categories:

  • Eau Fraiche – The most diluted version of fragrance, usually with 1% – 3% perfume oil in alcohol and water. Usually lasts for less than an hour.
  • Cologne (Eau de Cologne) – Oldest term for perfume, used in North America for masculine scents. Light, fresh and fruity, typically composed of 2% – 4% perfume oils in alcohol and water. Tend to be used in fragrances for younger people. Usually lasts for about 2 hours.
  • Toilette (Eau de Toilette) – A light spray composition with 5% – 15% pure perfume essence dissolved in alcohol. Usually lasts for about 3 hours.
  • Perfume (Eau de Parfum) – Historically genderless, used to describe both men’s and women’s fragrances. The best term used to describe a fragrance. Contains 15% – 20% pure perfume essence and lasts for about 5 to 8 hours.
  • Perfume – A corruption of the Latin phrase per fumum (through smoke). The most concentrated and expensive of all fragrance options. Slightly oilier, perfume, or parfum, is composed of 20% – 30% pure perfume essence. A single application of perfume can last up to 24 hours.

The Life Cycle Of Fragrances

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Fragrance notes breakdown – Top, Middle and Base notes.

Fragrances have three timed sections – a life cycle of points – think of an evaporating pyramid.

Each of the three sections contains individual scents or ‘notes,’ that are belted together into what you end up smelling.

These are the individual building blocks of scent. There are three different kinds of notes that comprise a scent – top, medium and base notes.

  • Top note – The top or basic note is the initial, lighter smell of the fragrance that hits the nose first. The top note lasts around 15 minutes – 2 hours.
    Typical top and middle notes are various floral scents, fruity scents, marine/aquatic notes, and spices such as cinnamon. Examples of these notes include citruses, powdery scents and light florals.
  • Medium note – Also referred to as the middle or heart notes – showcase the main elements of the fragrance. These notes develop after the top note clears – around 30 minutes and can last 3-5 hours after being sprayed.
    Heart notes most often include heavier floral scents. The middle and base notes are the extra layers of scents which give the fragrance its distinctive smell.
  • Base note – The last to develop and helps fix the fragrance to the skin. This is where you will smell the bolder notes of the scent, which become more noticeable when the fragrance has been on the skin for a while. Base notes lay the foundation for the fragrance and will determine how long the fragrance lasts on your skin. Base notes tend to last from 5 to 10 hours. Typical base notes are sandalwood, vetiver, vanilla, tar, leather, smoke, tobacco, and musk

As the notes dry up, the scent will change, allowing for the scents to evolve and be more interesting. Typically, the mark of a low-quality fragrance is if it remains monotone throughout its life.

Linear vs Non Linear Fragrances

Not all fragrances change and go through the three layers of notes over time. These linear scents tend to smell the same on you from the initial spray right up until you wash it off. Non linear fragrances change how they smell after interacting with your skin.

Both have their purposes.

You may want a clean top note smell all day at work instead of one that turns musky after a few hours of application. On a first date, you might want the opposite effect – a pleasant citrusy scent that transitions into a velvety vanilla lavender.

The Two Types Of Fragrances – Designer Or Niche

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  • Designer fragrances are what you will see in most stores. These fragrances, made by companies like Armani, Chanel, Burberry, and other designer brands, cost between $50 and $100 for a 50ml or 100ml bottle. Because designer fragrances are made for a wide-reaching audience, they are typically safer than niche fragrances. They also tend to be made from cheaper materials for the same reason.
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  • A niche fragrance is made from more expensive/higher-quality ingredients. These are the perfumes created by industry artists, made for a more selective customer who wishes to wear something distinctively bold or unique. Niche fragrances do not have the universal appeal of a designer fragrance. They appeal most to the fragrance aficionado who wants to push the boundaries of acceptable scents. These fragrances typically cost over $250.

Pricing – The Economics Of Fragrances

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More money does not necessarily mean better colognes or perfumes. Some of the most popular fragrances of the past were relatively cheap formulae. It is possible to mix expensive raw materials and end up with a pricey mess.

Usually, the amount of concentrate a fragrance contains will affect its price.

Major brands create perfumes that are part science and part marketing. They have a familiar feel to all their perfumes. Ralph Lauren perfumes, for instance, are made to have a family of familiar scents. If you’ve worn one for years – the newest Polo perfume should feel comfortable to you, even if it’s not the same scent you are accustomed to.

Often, what you end up paying for is the marketing cost and the image associated with a brand and not necessarily the cost of raw materials comprising the scent.

When deciding to purchase a new fragrancelet your nose decide!

The Strength Of A Cologne

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The strength of the cologne determines how far the scent travels. A stronger cologne is projected further and can be smelled several steps away, while a milder one is only noticeable by someone in a close embrace.

In the case of fragrances – strong isn’t necessarily better than mild. Anything that’s perceptible a few steps away is overkill. Use discretion when applying a strong smell. With powerful blends, only a tiny dab is sufficient.

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What are the key factors in determining whether a fragrance is good quality?

The longevity, uniqueness of the smell and projection are important for obvious reasons – if people are unable to smell you and appreciate your fragrance, what is the point of wearing one?

Winter fragrances typically last longer than summer fragrances. The lighter aquatic/citrusy notes of a summer fragrance tend to evaporate within 4-5 hours of application. A good summer fragrance should last you between 5-7 hours.

Winter fragrances have more intense base notes that tend to last much longer. Expect a good winter fragrance to last for at least 10 hours.

When looking to buy a fragrance, spray some on your wrist and wear it for a day to observe the transitioning nature and longevity of the smell. Avoid spraying on paper because it will only reveal the top notes and is a poor indicator of how the notes of the fragrance will mix with your body oils.

How To Select And Buy The Right Perfume

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Scientific studies suggest that an individual can select the perfume that works best with his natural body odor. Don’t let others choose for you, instead let them reinforce your judgment.

Don’t try a blind buy – purchasing a perfume on someone else’s recommendation.

You need to test if the perfume complements your natural body odor. Department stores are a convenient place to trial different samples, just ensure you don’t buy till ready. You should try not more than four fragrances at a time (two is ideal).

How to test fragrances:

  • Spray one on each wrist and each inner elbow.
  • Between smelling each cologne, refresh your palate with something strong, like coffee beans (usually provided).
  • Smell all the notes. Avoid using the paper strips provided for testing the fragrance. The initial top note smell isn’t necessarily the one that lingers for the rest of the day.
  • After spraying the fragrance on your wrists, walk around the department store, and smell the colognes at various intervals up to an hour.

What are the different sizes available?

Fragrances come in various bottle sizes, usually ranging from 1 oz. to 3.4 oz.

I recommend smaller vials for men who are trying fragrances for the first time – simply because it is cheaper. You don’t know yet how often you will be wearing it. It is likely your tastes will change after you have experimented with other colognes.

The uniqueness of a scent is often overlooked by most men.

Different scents carry different vibes, and knowing these vibes and choosing accordingly matters. Also, people associate scents with memories and other people (especially women). If you are wearing scents that are unremarkable or common – you’ll smell like everyone else.

Your clothes are an outward expression of how you view yourself. The same goes for fragrances.

Rules For Perfume Application

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Spray perfume on dry skin, preferably right after a shower. Hold the spray nozzle 3-6 inches from your skin and focus on these rules for applying perfume:

  • Pulse points – Your body heat will push the scent through out the day, creating a nice scent trail commonly called sillage. Start with the warm parts of your bodychest, neck, lower jaw, wrist, forearm, inner elbow, shoulder.
  • Re-spray only when required – You can add more sprays to your wrists or take sprays away depending on how long the scent lasts.
  • Don’t kill the noteRubbing the perfume into the skin seems a sensible thing to do. In reality – it breaks the molecular bond, making the scent weaker.
  • Don’t spray and walk – Spraying a fragrance in the air and walking through the mist is worthless. Most of it the fragrances drops straight to the floor.
  • Don’t spray fragrance on your clothes – The fragrance isn’t allowed to mix with your oils, and hence it can’t naturally go through the stages of notes like it should. The oils in a fragrance will stain many fabrics.
  • Don’t splash too much – If you are applying cologne from a regular bottle, take one finger and press it against the opening of your bottle, and then tip it over gently.
  • Less Is More – Fragrance should be discovered, not announced”. People should be close to smell the perfume but not overpowered by it.

The Average Lifespan Of Perfume

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The shelf life of the average bottle of perfume is 3-5 years from the date of manufacture.

It is next to impossible to specify the accurate number of applications from a bottle of fragrance. You can roughly expect the following lifespan from your bottle of perfume:

  • A 100ml dispenses 1000 to 1500 sprays and should last for 14-16 months.
  • The average number of sprays in a 50 ml bottle is 735, which should last 7-8 months.

Extend the lifespan of your perfume by storing it in cool, dark and dry environments – such as your bedroom. Rapid heat fluctuations (like found in a bathroom) will cause the molecules in a fragrance to break apart. Sunlight does the same thing as well. Ensure the bottle cap is secure, to prevent the fragrance from evaporating.

Smell is our strongest sense. It is connected to our memory – we make deep connection to emotion. Our reaction to scents is fast and strong although our understanding of it is at a nascent stage right now.

Women like to be with guys who smell good.

Wearing a fragrance is a distinctive way of expressing yourself. Depending on the scent you choose, wearing a fragrance can make you more attractive and more approachable.

Once you find some fragrances that you feel comfortable wearing and build an appreciation for perfumes that complement your natural odor, you’ll move on to the next level of purchasing fragrances – choosing them simply because you like how they smell.

How To Find Your Signature Scent

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Being unique and individual in your style is really important, guys.

Whether it’s at work, home, or on a date – acting and dressing in a way that makes you feel great is the key to success.

Part of being an individual is to find that one signature scent that defines you and your personal style. Your friends, family, and colleagues should instantly think of you when they catch a smell of your signature fragrance.

Finding that personal scent isn’t easy – it takes a lot of trial and error and should be heavily informed by researching the best men’s cologne on the market. However, once you do find that one fragrance that just works for you – you’ll never want to stop spraying it.

Looking for your signature scent? Check my review of Parfums de Marly niche fragrances.

Click Below To Watch The Video: Introduction To Fragrance

Additional scientific studies:

Is Fragrance The Number One Factor For Women In Mate Selection?

Increase Trust through Fragrance?

Improve Job Performance With The Right Fragrance?

Double Your Chance Of Getting A Date

Fragrances FAQ

How do you use men's fragrance?

Spray perfume on dry skin, preferably right after a shower. Hold the spray nozzle 3-6 inches from your skin and focus on these rules for applying perfume:
Pulse points – Your body heat will push the scent throughout the day, creating a nice scent trail commonly called sillage. Start with the warm parts of your body – chest, neck, lower jaw, wrist, forearm, inner elbow, shoulder.
Re-spray only when required – You can add more sprays to your wrists or take sprays away depending on how long the scent lasts.
Don’t kill the note – Rubbing the perfume into the skin seems a sensible thing to do. In reality – it breaks the molecular bond, making the scent weaker.
Don’t spray and walk – Spraying a fragrance in the air and walking through the mist is worthless. Most of it the fragrances drops straight to the floor.
Don’t spray fragrance on your clothes – The fragrance isn’t allowed to mix with your oils, and hence it can’t naturally go through the stages of notes like it should. The oils in a fragrance will stain many fabrics.
Don’t splash too much – If you are applying cologne from a regular bottle, take one finger and press it against the opening of your bottle, and then tip it over gently.
Less Is More – “Fragrance should be discovered, not announced”. People should be close to smell the perfume but not overpowered by it.

Should men wear cologne?

Yes – different scents carry different vibes, and knowing these vibes and choosing accordingly matters. Also, people associate scents with memories and other people (especially women). If you are wearing scents that are unremarkable or common – you’ll smell like everyone else. Your clothes are an outward expression of how you view yourself. The same goes for fragrances.

How do I apply cologne so it lasts?

Spray perfume on dry skin, preferably right after a shower. Hold the spray nozzle 3-6 inches from your skin and focus on these rules for applying perfume:
Pulse points – Your body heat will push the scent throughout the day, creating a nice scent trail commonly called sillage. Start with the warm parts of your body – chest, neck, lower jaw, wrist, forearm, inner elbow, shoulder.
Re-spray only when required – You can add more sprays to your wrists or take sprays away depending on how long the scent lasts.
Don’t kill the note – Rubbing the perfume into the skin seems a sensible thing to do. In reality – it breaks the molecular bond, making the scent weaker.
Don’t spray and walk – Spraying a fragrance in the air and walking through the mist is worthless. Most of it the fragrances drops straight to the floor.
Don’t spray fragrance on your clothes – The fragrance isn’t allowed to mix with your oils, and hence it can’t naturally go through the stages of notes like it should. The oils in a fragrance will stain many fabrics.
Don’t splash too much – If you are applying cologne from a regular bottle, take one finger and press it against the opening of your bottle, and then tip it over gently.
Less Is More – “Fragrance should be discovered, not announced”. People should be close to smell the perfume but not overpowered by it.

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10 Companies To Buy The Best Made-To-Measure Suits Online

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Let’s face it, we’ve all thought of buying a suit online. But with so many options to choose from, how can you be sure you’re getting a good value? Well, today, I’m going to show you the top 10 companies that sell made-to-measure suits online.

I’ll show you the companies I think offer the best value for quality in a sea of online suit retailers.

To help you buy the best made-to-measure suit for your needs, I will be going over my recommendations (in no particular order) and giving you a brief introduction to online suit retailers.

Why Buy A Made-To-Measure Suit?

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First of all, what is a made-to-measure suit?

This type of suit is one that is crafted by using a predesigned template and utilizing measurements provided by you, or taken by a professional at a showroom. They are cut exactly to your size, shape, and needs.

While made-to-measure is not the same as bespoke, they offer a much better fit than your standard off-the-rack suits. The best part about this way of fitment though, is rather the convenience factor of buying the suit.

Since the introduction of made-to-measure suits, many companies have expanded and begun offering almost completely online buying experiences.

All you have to do is provide them with your measurements and pick your combination of styles and you’re done. Within a short time, you’ll have a great-fitting suit arrive at your doorstep that will only need minor tailoring to make it perfect.

These next companies I’ll tell you about are my top 10 recommendations (in no particular order) of made-to-measure suit retailers that provide great value for the money.

1. Hockerty

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Hockerty has put their entire made-to-measure process online. They use a proprietary system to estimate your measurements. That way, if you or a friend can’t make your measurements perfect, they’ll be able to work with it.

They excel at bringing forth old-school English elegance. Think tweeds, three-piece suits, and thick, sturdy lapels. They also deliver their suits quicker than most on this list.

What They Do Well

  • They offer vast custom options and countless fabric and suit cut combinations starting at an affordable price
  • Turnaround time is 2-3 weeks
  • Average cost is $299+

Check out more from Hockerty.

2. DanielRe

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DanieleRe offers exquisite craftsmanship with impeccable suits that use the finest fabrics sourced from Italian mills. They excel at combining the perfect fusion of artistry, elegance, and personalized style into affordable suits.

Whether you’re in need of a sophisticated business suit, an elegant wedding suit, or a more relaxed and casual ensemble, they have you covered. With loads of personalization options, DanielRe solidifies itself as a top contender in the made-to-measure business.

What They Do Well

  • They offer a diverse range of styles and fabrics so that you can have a suit for any occasion
  • Turnaround time varies
  • Average cost is $350+

Check out more from DanielRe.

3. Suitsupply

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Suitsupply is a European brand that has brought an elevated and attainable way of suit buying to the masses. They have showrooms across the United States, along with an excellent online experience.

Where Suitsupply excels is in their approach to offerings. You can build a suit from scratch, or you can have one of their current designs made to your specifications.

What They Do Well

  • They offer a full array of designs as well as custom, built-from-scratch options
  • Turnaround time is 2-4 weeks
  • Average cost is $690+

Check out more from Suitsupply.

4. Studio Suits

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StudioSuits is a traditional tailoring shop that uses classic techniques to make custom clothing. They have a team of skilled craftsmen who are involved in the process from start to finish.

Where they excel is in offering a wide range of quality, custom-tailored men’s suits, jackets, and trousers designed to fit you and your budget no matter the occasion. They also partner with Scottish weavers to source the best Scottish tweed, if you’re into that.

What They Do Well

  • They offer some of the most affordable suits on this list yet still well-made with amazing craftsmanship
  • Turnaround time varies
  • Average cost is $250+

Check out more from StudioSuits.

5. Proper Cloth

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Proper Cloth is a brand that prioritizes quality over quantity. Their made-to-measure suiting is available in a tight curation of classic silhouettes rather than a build-it-yourself service.

You will essentially buy the suit in an off-the-rack size and add your custom measurements to it, similar to a traditional tailor that you’d bring suit to. It’s a pared-down service compared to the others on this list but an excellent one that promises high-quality suits.

What They Do Well

  • They offer a wide selection of styles and cuts made from premium fabrics in all price points.
  • Turnaround time varies
  • Average cost is $900+

Check out more from Proper Cloth.

6. Indochino

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Indochino is one of the original and most accessible options for made-to-measure suits. Their services are available both on their website and in showrooms across the country.

Their brand offers endless combinations of fabric and styles that are perfect for anyone buying their first suit or their hundredth. They offer really high value-to-quality.

What They Do Well

  • They have a large amount of styles and designs to choose from at affordable prices
  • Turnaround time is 4-6 weeks
  • Average cost is $550+

Check out more from Indochino.

7. Oliver Wicks

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Oliver Wicks offers high-quality, European-tailored suits made from the finest English and Italian fabrics. With an easy-to-use online ordering system, you can be on your way to a new suit in just 15 minutes.

With high-end fabrics to suit most budgets, they offer a diverse selction of European cuts with endless amounts of customization. Oh, and when it comes to warranties on fitment, they offer a full year, 365 days, for fit alterations. So you can rest easy when you order.

What They Do Well

  • They offer varying quality of construction in their suits to fit your budget starting from half-canvas construction all the way to full-canvas if you desire
  • Turnaround time is 4 weeks
  • Average cost is $800+

Check out more from Oliver Wicks.

8. Alton Lane

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Alton Lane brings modern cuts and energy to made-to-measure suits. They source high-quality fabrics from high-end mills and use them to create simple, classic suits that you can customize to your liking.

Given the quality and simplicity of their offerings, Alton Lane is perfect for anyone who needs a high-end suit that then becomes their go-to suit any time they need one. It truly is a great place to find that “one” perfect suit.

What They Do Well

  • They offer modern styles with high-quality fabrics that captivate trending styles more than others on this list.
  • Turnaround time is 3-6 weeks
  • Average cost is $1000

Check out more from Alton Lane.

9. Gieves And Hawkes

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Gieves and Hawkes have been keeping the spirit of Savile Row alive. The shop has been making suits for over two centuries and has outfitted everyone from British royalty to American music icons.

You will have to hop on a plane to get measured though (if you’re not a resident of Europe), as all made-to-measure orders start in their showroom, where they’ll take measurements, walk you through the fabric library and show you examples of the suit you can have.

What They Do Well

  • They offer one of the highest-end experiences on this list along with premium fabrics and timeless styling
  • Turnaround time is 6-8 weeks
  • Average cost is $1200+

Check out more from Gieves And Hawkes.

10. Commonwealth Proper

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As one of the “newer kids on the block” Commonwealth Proper has been making timeless styled suits and jackets with the highest quality. Their selection of made-to-measure suits is narrower than most others on this list, but the quality is high.

With narrower style offerings, they specialize is classic designs met with modern pizazz. They were founded in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA and have expanded into other states offering great quality suits for the “proper” gentleman.

What They Do Well

  • They offer very high-quality suits and jackets that are inspired by classic, timeless styling. They will also travel to you for fitment
  • Turnaround time varies
  • Average cost is $3000+

Check out more from Commonwealth Proper.

Hopefully, this list of the top made-to-measure suit offerings helps you find a great suit that fits both you and your needs well.

If you’re looking for more suit articles, check out this one I wrote about 5 mistakes I made when buying custom suits.

FAQs: Made-To-Measure Suits

Why should I choose a made-to-measure suit over a ready-made suit?

Made-to-measure suits offer a superior fit, personalized style options, and higher quality craftsmanship, making them a better investment for both comfort and appearance.

How do I get measured for a made-to-measure suit?

Measurements are usually taken by a professional tailor either in-store or at your location if the service is offered, ensuring precise and accurate sizing.

How much does a made-to-measure suit typically cost?

Prices can vary greatly depending on the fabric, brand, and complexity, but generally start from a few hundred dollars to several thousand.

How long does it take to get a made-to-measure suit?

It typically takes 4-8 weeks from measurement to delivery, depending on the tailor and specific requirements.

Can I customize the design of my made-to-measure suit?

Yes, you can usually choose from various fabrics, styles, buttons, linings, and other details to create a suit that reflects your personal style.

What's the difference between made-to-measure and bespoke suits?

While both are customized, bespoke suits are entirely handmade with more fittings and personalized details, often making them more expensive than made-to-measure suits.

How do I choose the right fabric for my made-to-measure suit?

Consider factors like climate, occasion, and personal comfort. Wool, linen, and cotton are popular choices, each with their own benefits.

Can I alter a made-to-measure suit if my size changes?

Yes, minor alterations can usually be made, but significant size changes might require a new suit

Is a made-to-measure suit worth the investment?

Given its custom fit, quality, and longevity, a made-to-measure suit can be a worthwhile investment, especially for frequent wear.

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The Man’s Guide to Swimwear | How To Choose A Proper Swim Suit

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For most of human history, recreational swimming was done naked. (Non-recreational swimming was done in whatever you were wearing when you fell in, because it beat the heck out of drowning.)

Purpose-designed swimwear started out as a modesty garment first, and a practical garment very much second. Early swimsuits were made from knit wool, and in the case of women’s swimwear included long skirts, weighted down at the hem to keep the water from lifting them up.

Suits were strictest in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, when both men and women were prohibited by law and custom from going bare-chested in public. One-piece suits with cutoff sleeves and legs were a common style.

In the 50s and 60s, men actually organized protests arguing for the right to go topless. Many were cited for public indecency until the laws finally changed. (Women are undergoing a very similar struggle right now.)

From that point on, swimsuits were more about function than modesty. Specialty suits began to evolve in the 60s and onward, leading up to today’s world of wetsuits, drysuits, racing wear, drag suits for training, and more.

Different Types and Styles of Modern Swimwear

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Contemporary swimsuits can serve both decorative and practical functions. Most strive for both. Swimsuits are usually categorized by the length and looseness of their cut:

  • Trunks are the most common men’s swimwear in North America. They look similar to shorts worn as clothing on land, but are made from light, fast-drying materials (usually nylon or polyester) and feature a tighter-fitting lining inside the shorts. Longer versions that come past the knee are sometimes called boardshorts.
  • Swim briefs are often called “speedos,” a trademarked brand that has been popular for many years. They are tight, body-hugging swimsuits with a V-shaped front that bares the thighs. Recreational swim briefs typically feature an interior lining.
  • Square-cut shorts are a body-hugging style that covers the wearer from the waist to the upper thigh. The leg openings are cut straight across the thigh for a boxy look that is slightly less revealing than angled swim briefs.
  • Jammers are knee-length, skintight suits used by competitive swimmers and other watersports participants to reduce drag. They resemble bike shorts, but without the padded crotch and seat.
  • Racing suits are tight, form-fitting suits designed to reduce drag by streamlining the body and skin. They come in a number of cuts, baring or covering varying amounts of arm and leg. Modern marketing usually refers to them as “skins,” i.e., bodyskin, legskin, kneeskin, etc.
  • Wetsuits and drysuits are insulated suits designed for prolonged immersion, usually in the context of snorkeling, scuba diving, or board sports. They are quite close-fitting.
  • Rash guards are a looser form of all-body swimwear than a wetsuit, and are generally used by watersports participants such as surfers, kayakers, and paddleboarders. Most are made from a UV-reflective fabric with a UPF rating.
  • Swim shirts are an upper-body-only version of a rash guard, and are gaining popularity as a sun and surf protection option for casual bathers.
  • Thongs are small briefs designed to expose the buttocks. Many cultures traditionally use thong-style swimwear for men, such as the Japanese fundoshi, but in contemporary Western culture thongs are predominantly marketed toward women. Men can and do wear them, however.

All of the above styles can come in nearly any color or pattern imaginable, provided one is willing to shop around long enough. Traditional colors and patterns for men include solid navy blue, blue-and-white striping, and floral or Hawaiian-style prints.

Buying a Swimsuit

Swimsuits are, relative to a lot of menswear, forgiving garments to shop for. You don’t need an absolutely perfect tailored fit, so long as the suit stays up when you dive in (and most have a cord at the waist to help with that).

That doesn’t mean you should grab whatever’s cheapest off the Wal-Mart shelf and call it a day, though. You’re likely to only have one or two swim garments in your wardrobe at a time, so it’s worth finding ones you really like.

A couple key steps:

1. Know Your Active Needs

Just how intense are your activities going to be in your swimwear?

A swimsuit for a hotel pool now and then doesn’t have a lot of technical requirements. Something to go surfing in for hours at a stretch is another matter.

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Think about the following when you’re weighing swimsuit options:

  • How much leg movement are you going to do? Loose fabric, when wet, can chafe very quickly, so a loose trunk style of shorts isn’t great if you plan on walking around in your suit or using your legs for exercise. (Despite the “boardshort” name, pro surfers usually wear snug, tight-fitting swimwear these days.)
  • How much actual swimming (as opposed to wading and splashing around) are you going to do? You’ll want to reduce drag if you’re actually propelling yourself through the water for any length of time, making a tighter fit preferable.
  • How much sun protection do you need? For prolonged sun exposure, it’s worth considering something that covers the upper body as well as the lower.

As you can see, the basic, short-like trunk style is really only suited for casual users who plan on lying around, wading, and maybe doing a little light swimming. If you’re planning on being more sporty than that, a snugger fit and potentially some more body coverage is worth considering.

2. Know the Visual Impression You Want

Who you’re going to be wearing your swimsuit around, and what you want from them, plays just as important a role as your activities.

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Family vacationers don’t have much in the way of stylistic needs. Men who are planning on hitting up beach parties and crowd scenes, perhaps with an eye toward meeting women (or other men) for romance, need to be a little pickier. And businessmen who may end up in the spa or hotel pool with co-workers and business partners have their own special concerns. Ask yourself:

  • Are you trying to impress anyone? If not, stop worrying. Wear whatever is comfortable and works for you.
  • Are you trying to look professional? Conservative (but not exaggerated) length, conventional styles (trunks or square-cuts), and dark, solid colors or restrained stripes are for you. Navy blue with brass-colored grommets and white rope ties are always safe.
  • Do you want to look sexy? If so, you’ll need a cut that flatters your body type (see below), and a color and pattern that’s eye-catching without being ridiculous. Think stripes, plaids, bright solids, or some not-too-crazy floral patterning.

These affect cuts as well as colors and patterns: tight, form-fitting styles look sharp and practical in the longer cuts, but sexualized and only good for showing off your bod in the smaller cuts. Baggier styles look less sexualized, but can also look slumped and casual, like you don’t care about your appearance.

3. Be Honest About Your Body

It’s the 21st century — if you want to let it all hang out, you’re free to, at least as far as the local laws permit it.

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That said, some realistic expectations about who wants to see your naked flesh, and how much of it, go a long way. A little self-consciousness is not a bad thing. Be honest:

  • Are you a little soft around the middle? If you are, a looser cut will balance things out a bit, and you’ll absolutely want to avoid anything with a tight, strongly-elasticized waist opening that’s going to dig in to your belly.
  • Are your thighs and buttocks toned? If they’re not, a tight swimming brief or thong is going to expose a lot of jiggle. Your call on whether you want to do that or not.
  • Are you fit, but not interested in getting ogled? Longer, form-fitting styles like jammers or skinsuits are for you: all the streamlining and none of the naked flesh. It desexualizes things a bit.

There are no right or wrong choices here, but you should realistically expect your choices to have some effect on other people. There are going to be visual judgments on whether you look good in shorts, whether you want them or not.
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