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Bespoke Topcoats in Washington DC

When it comes to Men’s suit accessories, a wardrobe simply can’t be complete without a bespoke topcoat. Apart from the obvious of looking stylish and gentlemanly, it will greatly help in keeping you warm and dry in Washington D.C.’s not so tropical fall months. Fleece coats from your typical retail store may keep you warm, but they only work for camping trips and outdoor activities; but at your office, in a meeting, or in any professional occupation (especially if you wear a suit), it makes you look like an amateur. Just like your bespoke suit, the only option is a bespoke topcoat to match from Michael Thomas Clothiers. There are several characteristics to consider when creating a bespoke overcoat, first and foremost; fabric. If you plan to wear this coat for years to come, there is no substitute for wool. In general, heavier coats last longer because the fabric is more durable. On the flip side, cashmere coats are very nice, soft and warm; but they can show wear fast overtime if warn a lot. So, a popular alternative is a wool/cashmere blend. It is softer and warmer than wool, and last longer and shows less wear than your typical cashmere topcoat. The next important characteristic to consider is the length and fit. The coat sleeves should completely cover both the suit sleeves and the cuffs, this way when you wear gloves, there will be no break between topcoat and gloves. Traditionally, topcoats used to be fairly long, almost reaching your ankles. These were the choice of seasoned gentleman. Today, it’s most common to see them reaching just to... read more

Winter Is Coming! What To Look For When Getting A Suit..

It’s no secret that the D.C area isn’t exactly known for its warm and sunny winters. So on that note, the time is coming to push those lighter linen suit to the back and opt for something with a bit more warmth. The fabric on your suits for the coming months will make all the difference when you are forced to bear the Capital cold while still looking your best and stylish. Here at Michael Thomas Clothiers, we refuse to make warmth look “boring”! Just as in the flexibility of a summer suit, we apply the same creativity and style to cold weather clothes. First and foremost, no suit is ever perfect for year-round weather. For instance, a fabric that breathes and keeps you cool in the summer, will basically flash freeze you as you walk the streets downtown. That isn’t the most comfortable thing you can do. This is true with winter suits, in the summer, you will be miserably hot. Some can get away with it in a temperate climate, but not here in Washington DC. This all comes down to the type of material that is used. You want something made of a thicker, heavier fabric to keep you warm and toasty. A popular option is the use of Wool. Wool remains to this day as one of the most common and popular winter suit fabrics. Wool is a very versatile fabric; it drapes nicely, maintains its form, and can be spun as loose or tight as you want. One popular type of Wool is called Worsted Wool, it is known to have a shiny quality... read more

Custom Tailored Suit for Your Son in Washington DC

We all now the old saying, “Kid’s grow like weeds”, there are certain times in a child’s life when they grow in spurts. With that in mind, it seems a little counterintuitive to pay extra for a custom-made suit for a kid. Why waste the money and have an extra expense of a custom suit they won’t fit for long and will grow out of? When you compare an off-the-rack suit to a custom suit by Michael Thomas for your child, you will see why it is beneficial. Off-the-rack suits for boys just do not fit well. More often than not, they need extensive alterations, and they still don’t look very good and the fit is off, at best. By comparison, Michael Thomas suits for boys are made with the same care and fine materials as the suits made for adults. They will be guaranteed to look their best at weddings, events, etc. Off the rack suits are expensive and cheaply made with little attention to detail. On the flip side, custom made suits for kids use less fabric and are actually more affordable than an adult’s custom suit; yet it will have the same quality and attention to detail and will withstand wear like the adult counterpart. We have the ability to make the suits with extra fabric in the shoulders, arms, side and other areas. This will allow it to be let out as your child grows, and the suit will actually last for many years as it can grow with your child. This is something off-the-rack suits cannot do. Treat your son to a custom suit,... read more

We’re Moving! Custom Tailor in Washington, DC

Our journey began more than 35 years ago when our founder and owner Tom Comeau saw a need for custom tailored executive clothing. Our beginnings were humble, we tailored to Washington DC’s prominent individuals in their homes and offices. Word of our talent, style, attention to detail, and second to none customer service began to spread all across DC like wild fire. In 2011, due to such demand, we opened our first showroom in the heart of DC to better serve our ever-growing clientele. With almost forty years of experience under our belts, we know clothing. Since 2011 our showroom has grown and thrived, and now it’s time to grow again and start a new chapter for Michael Thomas Custom Clothiers! On September 1st, 2017, we will be moving to: Columbia Square 555 Thirteenth Street, NW (Lobby Level East) Washington, DC 20004 Our new location will provide our clients with three separate seating areas. This will help us to ensure that each one of our clients will experience our famous concierge level service and treatment. We feel that no two people are the same, so why should your clothing be? We will spend as much time necessary with you, from initial measuring, until the last button is sewn on. Our location now also provides a greater all-around experience as well. We are now conveniently located above the Metro Center Station. Our showroom is inside the Columbia Square building next to the Warner Theater. We are proudly independently and family owned establishment that is both professional and welcoming. We don’t just make custom tailored suits, we create memories and experiences.... read more

Make an Impression: The Right Accessories Will Take Your Wardrobe From Good to Great

Why bother investing time and money into the perfect wardrobe? There are a number of answers to that question. To many of our clients, dressing well is a way for them to represent their powerful social or business position. For others, it is a way to impress those around them. But whatever your reason for dressing well, one thing is certain: the goal is to stand out from the crowd, not blend in. Whether it is creating a strong first impression at a networking event or a cocktail party, or consistently dressing well at the office in order to create a positive perception of yourself, it’s important that you pay attention to every detail of your appearance. For that reason, it’s critical that you think about more than just the basics of your suit or your outfit. That’s right, we are talking about accessories… because it is accessories that have the power to truly take your look to the next level. Now, the idea of finding the right accessories for every outfit may sound intimidating—but we’ll be here to help walk you through the process. Take a look at this picture on GQ.com. From your hat to your shoes, accessories offer the opportunity to accent your outfit and truly make it memorable. Below are some of our favorite accessories: 1)     Pocket squares. The right pocket square will add the perfect touch of color, style, and class to your jacket. 2)     Socks. Socks are often ignored, but they can undermine your entire outfit if you choose the wrong pair. 3)     Watches. The right watch will add class and sophistication to... read more

It’s Not Science Fiction: Michael Thomas Clothiers Has Combined Technology with High Fashion for the Ultimate Client Experience

As our clients know, at Michael Thomas Clothiers, we are always in search of the next breakthrough that will make life easier for our clients. Whether it is dedicating hours each week to studying the latest fashion trends from around the world or spending time with a client to ensure that he is thrilled with his new wardrobe, we spare no efforts when it comes to the client experience we provide. And we know you’ll love our most recent innovation! Imagine this: it’s time for a new wardrobe, and you visit our store. But rather than spending hours taking your measurements and trying on outfits, you have the ability to see your garment in your chosen style and fabric, and then create the look you desire. Not only are you able to ensure that you get exactly the look you are hoping for, but you’re able to do it in a fraction of the time and without the inconvenience of trying on item after item. Does this sound like science fiction? At Michael Thomas Clothiers, it’s not fiction—it’s reality. We’d love to show it you personally, so consider this an invitation to our brand new showroom. We offer meticulously hand-tailored clothing, and our virtual imaging technology allows you to see your garment in your chosen style and fabric before we ever take your measurements. Whether you are looking for a slim cut for a modern look or our basic traditional cut we have luxurious fabrics with personalized details to capture your individual style. And our virtual imaging technology allows you to examine every possible combination before settling on the... read more

Spring is Just Around the Corner: Is Your Wardrobe Ready?

In a matter of weeks, the weather will begin to warm—and spring fashion will be on display. Are you ready? At Michael Thomas Clothiers, we know how important it is that your wardrobe reflects your position and your accomplishments. We’re always keeping our eyes open, looking for trends in the fashion world so that we can keep you up to date. As the spring season approaches, here are several highlights (via GQ.com) to keep an eye on. Come in and see us today to learn more! Canali: No group of people get flair and elegance better than our friends the Italians. And there aren’t many suiting lines more italiano than Canali. This season, they amped things up with bold, head-turning colors—pink, magenta, royal purple—and cranked out blazer after blazer with not one, or two, but five buttons. And for the more traditional guys out there, they kept things simple with beautiful powdery-gray, two-button suits that just about any guy can look chic in. Calvin Klein: Designer Italo Zucchelli continues to explore what it means to be designing in the 21st century. The feel this season is sporty and relaxed, with full-cut, reverse-pleated pants and Dolph Lundgren-y, bicep-revealing (ck) shirts, all accented by a white and gray color scheme that meets electric yellows and seafoam greens on the other side of the spectrum. Giorgio Armani: Armani opened everyone’s eyes back in the ’90s when he snipped the shoulder pads out of his suits and created a softer shape in his jackets. This season, he’s exploring that breakthrough again—in his usual palette of navy and gray and white and black—while sticking... read more

The Power of the Perfect Wardrobe

At Michael Thomas Clothiers, we have been in business for over 35 years. As you can imagine, during that time we have provided service for thousands and thousands of clients. As a result of this extensive experience, we have realized a profound truth: the clothing that professionals wear has great significance—and not just in making them look good. Indeed, the right wardrobe has the power to change your life. Below are four examples that we have seen over and over again: 1) The right wardrobe inspires self-confidence. Henry Ford once said that “if you think you can, or think you can’t, you’re right.” The message is clear—believing in yourself is essential for achieving success. At MT Clothiers, we have seen the impact that the right wardrobe has on an individual’s self-confidence. When an individual knows that he or she looks fantastic, their self-confidence soars. They become more comfortable and more sure of themselves—and as a result become more effective at work and in life. 2) The right wardrobe sends a powerful first impression. Whether it is a job interview, a business meeting, or a social event, sending the right first impression is critical… and the right outfit plays a crucial role in creating this impression. Your outfit can help you to appear sophisticated, powerful, and tasteful… but it can also create the impression that you are sloppy, unprofessional, and unmotivated. What type of first impression do you want to make? Visit Michael Thomas Clothiers and let us make you look your finest! 3) The right wardrobe dramatically increases professional success. What determines the career potential of an individual? Certainly... read more

Land the Job of Your Dreams: How to Ace the Interview

The start of 2012 represents a fresh opportunity—and for many, the most important goal is simple: secure a great job. Whether you are a recent graduate, are switching careers, or are simply biding your time waiting for the right opportunity, the New Year offers an opportunity to start the process on the right foot. Of course, one of the most critical elements of the job hunting process is the first interview. A job interview represents an opportunity to make a great impression and to demonstrate your skills, abilities, and fitness for the job in question. Today, we are going to share several valuable tips to help you excel during your job interviews. As you probably know, it’s essential that you look your best for your job interview. Your clothing speaks volumes about you—and actually creates your first impression before you have the opportunity to say a word. A perfectly fitted suit inspires confidence and shows your interviewer that you are a consummate professional. On the other hand, showing up to an interview dressed unflatteringly will drastically harm your chances of securing a second interview. The team at MT Clothiers has the ability to make you look your absolute best. Don’t even think about attending an interview without coming to see us first! In addition to looking your best, below are four tips to help you ace the interview process: 1) Budget as much time as necessary to ensure that you show up early. The worst possible way to start a job interview is by showing up late. In many cases, you’ll lose your chance to interview—and even if you... read more

Stand Out from the Crowd: Dress for Success

Once upon a time, any American could achieve the life he or she had always dreamed of. The formula was simple: study hard in high school, graduate from college, get a great job in an industry you love… and from there, the world was yours. Nowadays, it’s not quite so simple. The economy has been stagnant for more than two years now. Credit card and student loan debt levels have skyrocketed. And most devastatingly, professionals and college graduates have been unable to secure the jobs they expected to find available. Skyrocketing unemployment has ratcheted up competition for entry-level jobs—but also for the more prestigious positions that many professionals desire. As the pool of qualified candidates for employment continues to rise, it can be harder and harder for individuals to stand out. Therefore, it is more important than ever for professionals to leverage every point of differentiation that is available to them. And one of the most significant points of differentiation can be the way that you are dressed. Dressing in a manner that reflects your abilities, your commitment, and your ambition will separate you from others in your industry. At Michael Thomas, we understand the importance of the impression you create. We understand that your appearance may be the factor that determines whether or not you land your dream job—or get the promotion you have been chasing for years. That’s why we spare no efforts to ensure that your image positions you in the best possible light. We offer meticulously hand- tailored clothing and accessories in luxurious fabrics. We take detailed body measurements, which ensure that Michael Thomas Clothiers’... read more
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