Category Archives: Style Guide

Building your Shirt Collection: The Basics

When you enter the custom clothing world things get overwhelming quickly; especially with shirts. The entire shopping process you know is flipped on its head. Instead of scouring the racks for something that sort of fits, in a color or pattern you kind of like, we help you build something that is uniquely yours and always in your size. But it can be overwhelming! We offer hundreds of fabrics and thousands of style/finishing combinations (some of our favorites here)! We promise it gets easier with time and guidance, but here is a quick primer on building “the basics” of your shirt collection.

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Spring is Coming! (hopefully)

Nothing beats down the soul like Winter. When it hits as hard and lasts as long as this one has, tweed pants yield to snow pants, coats morph into parkas and dress boots give way to rubber. Even the most ardent sartorial ambition is drowned in the drudgery of slush puddles and black ice. But when the sun finally peaks through and the grass begins to peek through, even the longest winter turns to Spring. Shake off the doldrums, get ready and make sure your Spring and Summer wardrobe is bursting with the color and flavor to enjoy the thaw!

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Dressing for Holiday Parties! From the office blow-out to the casual cocktail party.

Holidays can be a very stressful time amid the multitude of family obligations, work deadlines and travel. The upside? Lot’s of parties! Don’t stress- follow two simple rules and step out of your comfort zone.
The single most important rule is that if you’re dressed well, you can never be over dressed. You can, however, be underdressed. When in doubt, look your best.The second rule is to experiment. A party is a time to let loose and enjoy yourself. Don’t wear the same thing you would any ordinary day. Experiment with new colors, patterns and combos and step out of your comfort zone.

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Leave the gold buttons behind: Re-inventing the Navy blazer

The Navy blazer is probably the most common and universal element of a man’s wardrobe- Everyone has one. Its the easy out for most “business casual” endeavors but, in practice, leaves a lot to be desired. Across the world, men fumble their way through, what should be, a man’s best friend. While the classic navy blazer will never go out of style, it can get a little stale. We’ll help you leave the country club, gold button blazer behind, with a few simple twists that will keep you a step ahead.

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Bored of the boring? Re-inventing the classic white shirt.

Once upon a time everyone wore white…every day. While the sartorial world tries to forget that bygone age, in some nooks and crannies of the corporate world, boring conservatism still rules. We think you can bridge the gap. Whether you own one a single white shirt for special occasions or its a staple of your wardrobe, take back control and let us help you make it your own.

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Custom in New Places- From the Boardroom to the Kitchen: The Casual-cut Coat

What happens to all that custom gear when a Goldman Sachs personal wealth manager turns in his briefcase and power suit for a laptop and skillet?

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Suit of the week!

Whoa! Swatches can be overwhelming! How do you envision an entire suit from one small sample?? We promise it get’s easier with time, but in the meantime check out our weekly “Suit of the Week” feature to help you build the wardrobe. For years you have been trained to look to the racks for something to catch the eye but at Alabaster & Chess you are the lead designer!

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Western Style in an Urban Palette

The juxtaposition of colors and styles is what makes fashion interesting. At Alabaster & Chess we try to bridge the gap between your old school tailor and the ways of the fashion world. You love the fit of your work gear. Your event wardrobe gets you scores of compliments. Why wouldn’t you wear custom gear casually? The Western style snap button shirt is a staple of the American wardrobe. Take it to the next level by utilizing an urban palette of colors and finishing that would make Jack Weil blush!

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We Endorse- Alan Flusser’s “Dressing the Man”

Colors and cuts change with the seasons but some things never change. Men’s Fashion is based on core concepts of proportion and complements that have and will, stand the test of time. Alan Flusser is one of our sages.

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Styling your gear!

Designing custom clothing can be both enlightening and overwhelming. Most of the details are things you have never considered while shopping off the rack. Those details are also part of what makes Alabaster & Chess so special. We customize every option down to the last stitch. We’ll even work with something you come up with yourself! Here is a basic breakdown of our most common style options to help guide you through the design process!

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