Author | A.D./Sean
Mimi (left) A.D./Sean (right)
Look out for another event in early Spring!
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Author | A.D./Sean
Mimi (left) A.D./Sean (right)
Look out for another event in early Spring!
Anonymous asked: Hi, as a petite (I am 5’4” with 110-115 lbs) female with androgynous style, I’m having a hard time finding a suit that would fit me perfectly. I crave skinny crisp look rather than baggy look. I was thinking maybe I could get a three-piece suit set from topman and get it altered/tailored to fit me better, but I’m still not sure and I’m running out of time! Do you have any recommendations or any tips?
Courtney says: The Topman option is always excellent. Depending on the suit you get you may not need to have it tailored, but tailoring will of course always enhance the look of any suit. I love the fit of Topman vests. I have also had great luck with H&M suits. They are reasonably priced, slim, short enough in the jacket, and go down to small enough sizes to fit my shoulders (I am a size 34 in jackets). I do have to hem the pants, but once hemmed they fit wonderfully. The sleeves also need to be taken in sometimes, but that is easy work for most tailors, and for your height possibly not necessary. I am also generally fond of the look of J. Crew suiting, though I have never worn it myself, and their sizes tend to run slim and small enough to fit more petite people.
If you are looking for more of a staple option for work or something of that sort, and have more money to spend on something higher quality, there are a plethora of new *menswear suiting options available, such as Kipper Clothiers, Tomboy Tailors, and Saint Harridan. A custom or tailored suit will always look better on you than one off the rack, and even Saint Harridan’s OTR suiting will be more likely to fit better on FAAB, trans*, and genderqueer bodies. Indochino is a great custom menswear clothier, friendly to queers and reviewed by Sonny in this post. A good tailor will also be able to alter a classic menswear suit from places like Bachrach or Jos. A. Bank, though tailoring has been definitely necessary for me in regard to those sorts of suits. I have, however, experienced excellent customer service from both places, surprisingly enough.
Good luck! Send us a submission when you’re suited up — we’d love to see what you come up with!
Kyle (left) and Erin (right), Kipper Clothier’s founders
Author | Sonny
For generations, men’s suit makers have used a formula that provides the sizing for a suit from a few simple measurements. But for female and queer bodies, these numbers aren’t so simple. The new custom clothing company Kipper Clothiers believes they have developed a solution to get a great fit for a variety of bodies.
I had the pleasure of speaking with Kipper’s founders Kyle and Erin. I knew Kyle previously through Tumblr — she submitted to Qwear a few times and had quite the presence as a dapper queer, known for her work at J.Crew. So I was pleased to see that she’s now directly serving our community with Kipper.
Kipper works individually with each client to get to know all aspects of their styling interests. When each client walks into their studio, they are met with over 600 suiting fabric swatches and over 300 shirting swatches. Vibrant swatches ranging from worsted wools to cashmere/silk blends are displayed in the center of the room immediately demanding attention. They take a total of 36 measurements to get the suit the right hang. Kipper told me that as they get to know their clients, things like posture and body language give clues towards what that client is looking for. I can see from the photos how the suits just fit like a glove.
Kipper delivers what they call The Put-Together Promise: a guarantee of premium service that begins with educating clientele on proper fit and styling advice. The experienced stylists at Kipper Clothiers act as guides through the finishing touches and the finer details of a polished look.
Getting married in California? To celebrate the repeal of prop 8, Kipper is also offering a Kipper Commitment Package, which includes a reserved number of free fittings and custom shirts, suits, and tuxedos at wholesale cost to queers getting married in California. For more information about the Kipper Commitment Package, email Kyle and Erin at email@example.com.
Kipper is also holding a pop-up event in San Francisco on Dec 3rd. Visit their website for more info.
Photography by Scott R. Kline
LK Weiss in a suit by Saint Harridan
Author | Blake
Are blue suits more versatile than black suits? What about charcoal suits? Does color even matter? Recently we got a question from one of you regarding what color to get a first suit:
“I’m going to be buying my first suit, but don’t know what color I should get for the most use. I can’t decide between navy or a charcoal grey. I’m leaning toward charcoal because I love to wear colorful shirts and the charcoal seems to be more flexible. On the other hand, a navy jacket would pair well with chinos and a colorful shirt. I can’t afford two suits, yet, so I want to make the first one count.”
Here are a couple of tips to think about before deciding on the color of your first suit!
To ensure that you will get the most use out of your suit, consider where you will be wearing it most. If you’ll be wearing your suit mostly at work, there are a couple of considerations to take into account. A black suit is always formal. Moreover, it is near impossible to dress down a black suit. Unless your work calls for black tie, a blue, grey/charcoal, or brown suit will be more versatile. Let’s break it down:
Every color suit is a blank canvas, however, each color lends itself to certain color combinations, seasons, and dress codes.
Black suit: Always formal; Looks best with black accessories.
Blue suit (and by blue I mean navy blue): Can wear for all seasons; goes with almost all color shirts/ties/all that jazz. Great for separates —wear blazer one day, trousers another.
Brown/tan suit: Primarily a fall and winter suit; looks best with neutral accessories (shirts, ties, pocket squares); Can be dressed casual or formal.
Grey/charcoal suits: Second in versatility to a blue suit; great for all seasons. Suit separates not as versatile (gray pants and blazer don’t go with as many color combinations as blue separates); can be dressed casual or formal.
Outside profession, there are no logistical concerns that you should worry about in regards to color. As mentioned above, if you’re not going to wear your suit at black tie functions, the color of your suit is up to your personal style. If I had to choose, I would get the navy suit. As this inqwearer said, a navy blazer goes with just about anything. It can be dressed up or down. I can’t think of a color that looks bad with blue, so shirts shouldn’t be a problem. Also, navy blue suits look great with both black and brown shoes (charcoal not so much).
I leave you with one amazing picture of something you can do with a navy suit jacket:
This new rustic dapper look came together for me when I grouped all these different browns and leathers. It’s a look I’ve never gone for before personally, but I’ve admired it at queer wedding shoots about the web (after browsing Two Birds Nest you’ll see what I mean.) FAFF knew right away that we needed to shoot this at Hopsters, a new brewery in her town.
I’ve most commonly worn the smart shirt as a dress shirt. My favorite feature is the robust collar and cuffs. Gives it a really nice structure and makes for easy sleeve rolling. I adore the subtly of the grid pattern, allowing it to still act as a solid color if you choose to pair it with a bolder pattern, but also giving a solid outfit a boost of activity.
The jeans, of course, are a new staple. The roominess in the crotch area doesn’t garner much awkwardness, and they are very comfortable. If you are about my size and seeking a new pair of men’s jeans at an affordable price, I highly recommend these. A note that they run larger; I take a size smaller in Topman’s skinny jeans than I do all their other pants. Feel free to message me privately with any other sizing inqwearies.
Glasses: SEE Eyewear
Shirt: Topman White Grey Grid Long Sleeve Smart Shirt
Vest: Topman Camel Plain Suit Vest
Pocket Square: Topman Black Floral Pocket Square
Jeans: Topman Mid Wash Vintage Skinny Jeans
Shoes: Suede Walk-over Derbys
Belt: J.Crew Leather Roller-Buckle Belt
Bag: Korchmar JUSTIN Compact Brief
"Hey there Qwear! I’m Mo from over at polycule (queer & relationship blogging) sharing an outfit from my first exploration into queer dapperism. I only recently came out as genderqueer and this was the first time I was able to do a formal event — a wedding in this case — without actually wearing a dress. It was terrifying and amazing and I felt awesome! And also wanted to shoot a big thanks to all the queer fashion bloggers, namely Qwear, for aiding in my confidence to express myself. For a long time I struggled a lot with dressing the way I really want because of my very feminine curves, but once I started exploring how fashion can really work well for you, it all worked out and I was the best-looking dude at that wedding.”
Shirt: H&M men’s, premium cotton line
Tie: H&M skinny black
Pants: Topman ultra skinny dress pant (and favorite pair of pants I own now. Perfect blend of fitted without too feminine).*
Shoes: Target, Women’s Xhilaration® Lata Oxford Flat
Dahlia & Andrea Engagement shoot
Hat: Target Men’s
Leather Jacket: Ralph Lauren
Shirt & Pants: Banana Republic (Women’s Tall)
Shoes: Macy’s (Alfani Mens)
Glasses: Orange County Chopper’s frames
Shades: Ralph Lauren
Sweater: Ann Taylor
Dress: Gap Baby Doll
Shoes: Chloé 4” Strap sandal with a solid wood heel
Submitted by: dahliaholmes.tumblr.com