Linen, the summer classic.

Linen’s looser weave allows air flow and circulation. Absorbent and conductive, linen wicks moisture back into the air and naturally feels cooler. The wrinkled, rumpled look of linen is a side effect of the flax fiber’s inherent structure, considered by some to be a sign of comfortable elegance. Linen’s long-lasting quality costs a bit more, and takes a little more care but linen can be a summer pleasure. We clean and finish linen garments to your specification, from crisp to relaxed.

Flattering the bride, part 1.

Choosing the right gown for a pear-shaped figure starts with a skirt that gradually flares out from the natural waist to the floor, highlighting the narrowness of the midsection and floating away from the hips and thighs. Real Simple advises sturdier fabrics that won’t cling like duchesse satin or taffeta. Showcase a thinner upper body with a spaghetti-strap bodice or V-neckline.  Add the finishing finesse of our alterations experts for a perfect fit for your special day.

Necktie wisdom.

“A well-tied tie is the first serious step in life,” said poet Oscar Wilde, famous for his “living well is the best revenge.” Before your well-tied knot has a chance to help, be sure your tie is spotless. It’s another universal truth that the more expensive the tie, the more prone it seems to attract soup, café au lait or wine stains. Our stain experts know how to gently restore your neckwear to like-new condition.

Spring trends.

Freshen your wardrobe with affordable trend pieces inspired by major designers. Lavender is the it color for 2018, add a piece or two to brighten your basics. Dark raw selvedge black denim is seen in tailored pieces, suit separates and skirts. Trench coats, glittery sequins and feathers show up in surprising ways. Whatever you find, remember we can improve the fit with alterations that add style and comfort.

Off the rack.

Even clothes from top designers don’t always fit right off the rack.  When you find a must-have for this season, buy one size up and bring it to us. Our expert onsite alterations department will tailor your new “fashion must have” to custom perfection.

Look out for lavender.

Not the perennial border plant, the color. One of the hottest spring trend colors is soft, feminine lavender. You saw it in on the runway in knits, suiting and formal wear from Victoria Beckham and Michael Kors and you’ll find it on racks in retailers near you. This toned-down purple pastel is flattering, soft and fresh.

Cardigans, again.

The age-old classic sweater is a versatile, essential part of the well-dressed man’s wardrobe. A cross between a vest and sweater, it’s ideal for layered comfort in cooler temperatures and gives you a quick transition from casual to dressier. Wear a t-shirt under for a weekend or snazz it up with a dress shirt and tie for Sunday dinner at the inlaws. Cardigans can go almost anywhere — adding color, texture, and always comfort.

Figure flatterers.

Favorite magazine Real Simple offers tips to look your best. Keep prints in scale to your frame; larger people=larger prints. To minimize a fuller bottom, choose jeans with large, straight pockets that are close together. Look taller and trimmer dressed in the same color head to toe. Diagonal wraps, chevron prints and asymmetrical hemlines create a slimmer look with downward-sloping angles.

Spring styling tips.

Glamour Magazine shares clever tricks from the spring runway that cost $0 and add smart style to clothes you already own. Wear a turtleneck under a buttoned-all-the-way-up blouse, embellish a sleeveless dress with tie-on ribbons or simply hang a scarf from the waistband of your midi skirt where you tuck in the sweater. Take a peek and see how you can freshen your look for spring.

Winter coat trends.

While last winter saw military style jackets and capes, this year the big designers focused on six styles for winter warmth. Classic trench coats adapt to fall and spring wear, year after year. Cozy shearling and fluffed-up puffers are being seen everywhere. On the synthetic side, vinyl and faux fur stretch the imagination. For sporty style and functionality, chic ski wear is seen on the streets just as often as on the slopes.