Why A Gentleman Should Never Wear a Belt

August 09, 2012 | Posted in Trousers | Leave a Comment   (0) | Ciaran

The Advantages of Side Adjusters

There is an old expression on Savile Row that advises that “A gentleman should never wear a belt.”

Whilst this is an old one from the vaults the thinking behind it is still very much up to date. It implies that if one is having a suit made there is no need to use a belt or braces to hold one’s trousers up.

The waist band of your trousers will perfectly match the size of your waist, so no assistance needed.

Personally, all of my suit trousers are fitted with side-adjusters for two reasons: it’s more convenient to adjust if the size if your weight fluctuates and it’s a more discreet way of loosening the waist after a large meal. I also prefer the look of a suit that’s nothing but suit fabric from head to toe, entirely uninterrupted by shiny belt buckles.

As a bonus, anyone who notices the side-adjusters will realise that your suit has been tailored for you as the vast majority of off-the-peg suits come with belt loops.

Vanity Sizing – Why Most Men Leave Savile Row in Shock

August 08, 2012 | Posted in Bespoke Tailoring, Savile Row | Leave a Comment   (0) | Ciaran

In the retail world there exists a phenomenon known as ‘vanity sizing’. Essentially this means that garment sizes are deliberately mislabelled, for example a pair of trousers labelled as 34” will actually come up as 36 1/2” when measured.

As a consequence most men are wearing mislabelled jeans or casual trousers and are under the impression that their waist size is smaller than it actually is.

So why do off-the-peg retailers lie to you?

The theory is that when you try on a pair of trousers in a shop and discover that you’re the same waist size as you were when you were 21 this creates a feeling of elation and euphoria. In your euphoric state you then buy the same pair of trousers in nine different colours, walking out with far more clothing than you originally intended to buy.

In theory you’re also more likely to return to that store because their garments are ‘correctly’ sized and they allow you to maintain the illusion. Often when I’m measuring clients in Savile Row they ask me their waist size out of curiosity, but 99% of the time they’re shocked when they hear the answer. It clearly wasn’t the size they were expecting to hear.

I don’t enjoy bringing people down to earth with a bump but the tape measure doesn’t lie and I don’t volunteer this information.

Where to Buy Women’s Tailored Suits on Savile Row

August 07, 2012 | Posted in Savile Row | Leave a Comment   (0) | Ciaran











Nooshin offers both bespoke and made to measure women’s tailoring, specialising in business suits and occasion-wear including Mother of the bride, wedding suits and bridesmaids dresses.

Combining her experience as a personal stylist with her expertise in tailoring, she has designed a luxury collection of tailored dresses and jackets that can be customised in any fabric, and are suitable for both business and social environments. She also offers a fully bespoke service for her clients, designing and creating couture garments from scratch.

“Having collaborated with Nooshin when working with corporate clients I have experienced first-hand her attention to detail and her refusal to accept anything less than perfection. She has a natural talent when it comes to style and like me she also offers the convenience of a visiting service.” JL

You can find out more about Nooshin by visiting her web site www.nooshin.co.uk