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26
Aug

Custom Made Suits and Shirts

When buying a custom made suit there are requirements for the right fit. Wearing clothes that are baggy and loose is no longer fashion forward, and you should buy clothes that fit your body, no matter your size. For example, wear longer sleeves under your suit. You want your suit sleeve to end a little high on your wrist exposing about a half-inch of shirt cuff beneath it. Pants should sit slightly higher on your waist to make your body appear as long as possible. Ditch the belt when possible as belts make you look shorter than you actually are.

If you’re buying a custom made suit, you’re going to need a custom made shirt as well. Off the rack won’t cut it. Come in to our store to get your current measurements as we offer free same day tailoring with all purchases. Whether you are a unique size, or are celebrating a special occasion, or have had an unexpected mishap, our staff of professional tailors will alter or repair your garment like new. From the most delicate fabrics – to leathers, furs, and even suede – our experts guarantee your complete satisfaction.

Our suits are custom made by S. Cohen. S. Cohen uses beautiful soft fabric that will add a great suit to your collection. Also, if you post a social media picture wearing your Sam Michael’s outfit and use the hashtag #MySamMichaels we will give you $25 OFF of your next purchase of $100 or more!

As experts in men’s fashion, Sam Michael’s Menswear is home to a wide selection of casual to formal wear Navy Blazers. Call 248.477.4615, visit our site at www.sammichaels.com or stop in today for a personalized look, tailored for a purpose.

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27
Jun

What to Wear to a Summer Wedding

Formal wear is meant to be worn when it’s dark and the sun is nowhere to be found. During the summer, when it’s sunny and 90 degrees outside, you don’t want to be sweating bullets in that three-piece suit; so here are some alternatives.

Shoes

Bacco Bucci shoes are great for wearing to outdoor weddings. They’re light, comfortable and suitable for any casual dress needs.

Keep it light

Nobody wants to sit next to the sweaty guy, so keep it light on the layers. You don’t need to prepare for a snow storm, so a shirt, a tie, and a vest would be perfect for the occasion.

Summer Colors

Ties can make a huge impact on the look, don’t go wearing dark colors because summer is a time to show off bright eye catching colors.  Pair the tie with a pastel shirt, a khaki suit and some spectacular loafers and you’ll be at hit!

Timeless

A white shirt, some tan colored pants, an ivory swatch Solid Satin fullback vest or full khaki or light colored suit with some Bacco Bucci shoes will make a statement at any outdoor wedding or casual day time event.

As experts in men’s fashion, Sam Michael’s Menswear is home to a wide selection of suits from casual to formal wear. We offer custom tailoring to personalize every look! Call 248.477.4615, visit our site at www.sammichaels.com or stop in today!

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11
Mar

Buying Your First Suit

We’re often the place men turn for their first suit, and we often get asked two questions:

“If I only buy one suit, what should I buy?”

“I’m buying my first suit, what should I buy?”

There’s one perfect answer for both questions – the solid navy suit.

Your navy suit will be, by far, your most versatile suit. You’ll be ready for just about anything (short of your best friend’s wedding, and we’ve got you covered when you need to go black tie, too!). You can use that navy suit for a job interview, your day job, dress-casual, a fun night out, most weddings, funerals, or any time you want to look like a man who knows what he’s doing. Want to go more casual? Grab the coat, leave the pants at home, and throw on a pair of well-tailored jeans.

What’s great about the dark navy suit is that it’s inconspicuous enough that you can make it look like a different suit each time you wearing, depending on what you pair it with. It’s definitely dark enough to be dressy; has just enough color to make the right accessories pop, and when hit with the right lighting, a good navy suit can be pretty spectacular.

Oh, did I mention dark navy, more than most colors, compliments just about any skin or hair tone? Your navy suit deserves some mileage, more than any other suit hanging in your closet.

If you’re wondering why not black, let me explain this briefly – black is dark, it’s several, and when not in the shape of a tuxedo it looks like you’re dressed for a funeral. Unless you’re a chauffeur, a pallbearer, or a maitre ‘d, stick to colors – until you’ve established your own style and are really ready to rock black (and when you are, we’ve definitely got a serious selection).

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09
Dec

Holiday Gift Guide

Gentlemen, this is a link for your better half, because it’s that time of year when they go hunting for that special something and at Sam Michael’s we bet you don’t need another three pack of navy socks.

Finding the right gift for a father, husband, son, brother, or any man in your life can be tough, but there are things out there he can use and won’t leave your purse too light.

A wallet is always a great idea, as they are useful, practical, and can be stylish. A wallet as a gift is one way to almost be sure the person who gets it will always think of who it’s from each and every time they use it.

Does he have a bow tie? Maybe not, but they make a great addition to any man’s wardrobe. You can find a bow tie that’s casual yet original and goes with any outfit, or maybe he’s the formal type in need who finds one too many reasons to dress up a tux.

When it comes to jewelry, a nice pair of cufflinks is always a good accent. There’s nothing quite like seeing your man sharply dressed, and it’s the perfect way to add a dose of confidence to any outfit. The gift of a smart accessory can guarantee the compliments will roll in every time he wears it.

Pocket squares, a classic sweater, or a new pair of dress shoes are always an easy hit, and if you know his size and his style there’s no place to shop like Sam Michael’s. Our staff can walk you through the right jeans, sport coat, suit, tie, or accessory for the man you love, so stop in today and let us make this Christmas a very merry one.

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02
Dec

Stay Classy in the Cold

Dressing for summer is simple, but as the mercury drops and the snow falls it gets harder to navigate what for the unprepared can be a sartorial nightmare.  That’s where Sam Michael’s comes in, to help you with eight simple looks to help avoid dumping fashion for function.

#1 – Denim

What we otherwise know as the “Canadian tuxedo,” the double denim look certainly has its place in the fashion hall of shame, but when done right it can not only keep you warm, but looking sharp.  Add a camel coat, the perfect foil to the original worker’s uniform – give your everyday a little luxury.

#2 – Tweed

You can pull off the town-and-country look by layering tweed.  It’s a way to tie in a sweater, sweatshirt, or even cord trousers but also gives that space for your knitted gloves or cap.  Accessorize in patterns.

#3 – Tailored Tech

Turn up the technical outwear with simple tailoring.  You can add a padded wool coat to a neat suit, staying warm and cool, but only if it’s cut right to your body.  That’s why we throw in tailoring with every purchase, off the rack should never look like that’s where it came from.

#4 – Print

‘Tis the season for bold and busy patterns, but that doesn’t mean you can’t fit in subtle prints.  Micro-patterns on silken cloths can give more depth to any outfit, brought to completion by hip accessories like bags and belts.  The devil really is in the details, so add a pocket square as an easy introduction to wearing a print.

#5 – Colors

Don’t be intimidated by head-to-toe color, because this time of the year the world can use it.  If you’re not into bright, loud shades, then look into tonal berry, green, and blue, which can all add a pop to otherwise drab winter colors.  The key? Never wear more than two different shades.  You can match complimentary shades to create a refined, interesting combination.

#6 – Grunge

Kurt Cobain may be long gone, but the 90’s biggest trend is back, full circle.  You can find nirvana in slouchy leathers and checkered shirts, but don’t forget that all-important beanie.  It’s not just about the deconstructed Seattle look, it’s about staying warm, and this is a perfect opportunity to throw in layers.

#7 – Knits

Oversized knitwear is a simple solution to the tricky between-season dressing we struggle with in our sometimes-unpredictable Michigan winters.  Throw on a long, chunky knit with a denim jacket and you’ve got the perfect go-to casual combination.  Need another excuse to pull on a simple knit? Remember “Casual Friday” doesn’t mean you get to wear a bathrobe to work, so go with something just as cozy that doesn’t skip the class.

#8 – Suiting Up

Trying only one new look this season? Then make it layered neckwear.  One look you can pull off is pulling on a turtleneck sweater under a shirt.  Button up the collar or combine with a silk scarf.  Not only will these extra layers be warm and practical, but also you can look elegant at the same time.

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14
Oct

Between the Cocktail Hours

So, you’ve been invited to an event stating ‘Cocktail Attire’ as the dress code.  Hmmm… what now?  We’ve seen this many times.  Like many men, you have probably begun reaching into your closet with hope of finding a solution to this vague form of dress.

So, how do you execute this look?

First, let’s start by taking a look at the occasions in which cocktail dress may be required.  These occasions are commonly known as: weddings, anniversaries, engagement parties, christenings, certain sporting events, formal birthday gatherings or celebrations, and cocktail parties, of course.

As the name suggests, cocktail attire is too formal for day wear, yet too relaxed for full black tie.  It is the semi- formal, ‘between the hours’ dress code.  Here’s how to translate this to your ensemble.

  1.  Tailoring.  This is the most vital component of it all. The most common options are a dark blazer or sport jacket and trousers.  Unconventional shades will give your outfit a modern edge. It’s also acceptable to mix and match your jacket and trousers.  However, denim is still unacceptable for these types of events.  Always have a slim cut for your suit.
  2. Shirting.  A crisp dress shirt is essential to your cocktail hour look.  Make sure it is freshly laundered and well-pressed.  For a more traditional feel, choose a solid tone.  For another option, choose a light pinstripe or low-key check.  Just make sure your suit isn’t patterned if you go this path.
  3. Footwear. Leather oxfords are the standard choice.  Choose black or dark tan as a statement paired with your tailoring.  Sleek tassel loafers are also another choice.  Whatever footwear you choose, remember to give your shoes a good polish to ensure they look their best.
  4. Neckwear.  While it is acceptable at certain cocktail events to go without a tie, your choice of neckwear is a chance to push limits. With a plain shirt, add an eye- catching pattern or color scheme.  With a patterned suit or shirt, keep things simple with a minimal design that will complement the rest of your look.
  5. Accessories.  This is the final detail.  With a pocket square, keep this in mind when choosing your tie.  You don’t want your pocket square to clash with your tie.  But, you don’t want to be too matchy-matchy.  A good quality belt is very important.  Cuff links can add a touch of elegance to your semi-formal look.

It’s okay to bend the rules a little bit.  Just keep in mind to be polished without being too prim.  After all, clothing should be about expression, not conformity.  As experts in men’s fashion, Sam Michael’s Menswear is home to a wide selection of casual to formal wear.  Call 248.477.4615 or visit us today for a personalized look, tailored for a purpose.

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30
Sep

Blazer vs. Jacket

As the blazer goes down in history as the most iconic sport jacket, subtle style differences make the two wardrobe pieces very diverse from one another.  Traditionally, a blazer meant a jacket of a solid color—usually navy or black, with gold or silver buttons, patch pockets, and a softer construction.

On the other hand, a suit jacket has always meant the jacket of a suit with matching pants.  However, times have changed.  Style has evolved so much today that the line has become a little blurry.  Nowadays, it seems there is no difference between a suit jacket and blazer except that one comes with matching pants and one doesn’t.  A sport jacket is usually textured and sometimes patterned, while a blazer is a solid color made of smooth fabric.

This means you can get away with dressing down your suit jackets as a blazer.

The sport jacket has become a fashion-forward alternative to casual social functions.  Try wearing a slim, dark suit jacket with a pair of jeans.  More casual suit jackets are better candidates for combining separates.  The patterned sport jacket seems to accommodate the business-casual lifestyle.  This puts a contemporary twist on the ordinary suit jacket.

As for the blazer, these are the fashionable jackets of style. They are offered in a variety of styles with different detail options, including flap or patch pockets and peak or notch lapels.  Depending on your blazer style of choice and what it is paired with, blazers are easier to dress down than sport jackets.

The old-fashioned styles of blazers were striped.  Since then, there has been a kaleidoscope of patterns and colors, holding many options for men.

Here are a few things to keep in mind:

-Bold patterns and heavy fabric of sport jackets are seen as inappropriate for business or formal wear.  So, save these prints for a lighter occasion.

-If you’re going to wear a blazer, try to up-the-amp by adding a pocket square—printed or plain, whatever you choose.

– Don’t try pulling off the pinstripe suit jackets as pants, as some suit jackets are meant to be worn as suits with matching pants.

-When attending a formal event, such as a business meeting or wedding, disregard the jacket and blazer and wear a suit. This is your only choice.

Having these staple pieces in your wardrobe can add a refined touch to any look.  As blazers are seen as ‘a man’s best friend,’ they can be worn in various ways to give your casual clothing a formal boost!  Call 248.477.4615 or visit Sam Michael’s Menswear to experience all we have to offer for a personalized ensemble.

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