Spring Is Near! – Michael Thomas Clothiers, Washington DC

Punxsutawney Phil has seen his shadow, so we now have six more weeks of winter. Even with the extra few weeks of winter now upon us, we can at least start to look forward to Spring! Spring in DC brings the much-missed warmer weather back. So, the heavier fabrics aren’t needed anymore. Fabrics such as cotton, silk and linen are key to staying cool! Cotton; the soft and fluffy fibers of this plant protect and disperse the seeds of the plant. This vegetable fiber is perfect for creating breathable and versatile clothes. How versatile? One fiber can be bent and strained more than 50,000 without falling apart. It’s natural white color and cellulose cell structure helps it to retain moisture, allowing it to be easily dyed any color. Silk; what is it? Silk is a natural protein fiber. It is created by the Mulberry Silkworm to create its cocoon in order to turn into a moth. Silk is extremely fine and incredibly thin. An average silkworm can spin approximately a mile of silk in a week. Each fiber has the incredible ability of soaking up 30% of its own weight in moisture while still feeling dry. Silk itself is a poor heat conductor and reflects light, so it always feels cool to the touch while having a magnificent sheen. Linen is made from flax, a woven vegetable fiber. Flax is an annual plant that requires frequent cultivation, and only lives for one cultivation cycle. Normally, it only takes just 100 days from seed to harvest. It’s natural loose cell structure allows it to shift heat and moisture away from...

Layering Your Garments In Washington D.C.

There is no other way to say it, winter is here. The days are short and the nights are bitterly cold; wearing different layers of clothes becomes a necessity in order to stay warm and comfortable. However, this doesn’t mean you can’t look stylish while doing so. Layering your look is a absolute essential during the winter months. Beyond this functional role, putting some thought into the color combinations and textures can add variety and individuality to your look, as well as enhancing your options. Layering certainly isn’t the hardest part of winter fashion to get the hang of, you’re effectively just putting different items of clothes over other items. Despite this, if you don’t know how to layer properly, well then your outfit can very quickly go from good to bad. But don’t worry, if you follow some of our tips and tricks you’ll be layered in the most stylish way possible. • Each visible layer should be wearable on its own as you may decide to add or remove garments throughout the day. • Make sure the inner layers aren’t longer than the outer layers. • Choose only one or two bright colors to conservatively show off your individuality. Mix and match textures as desired. • Try a turtleneck or mock neck with a cardigan sweater for a little variety and fun. • Try one of our custom scarves to add some flair. • Wear less pattern towards your core. For example, if your top coat has a large herringbone tweed, wear a subtler sport coat pattern and a solid colored shirt underneath. • Consider a raincoat,...

Formal Wear For Those Holiday Parties – Washington DC

These days, interpreting dress codes on invites for holiday this holiday season can be tricky at best. People are becoming more and more creative when addressing codes for parties, and the ensuing confusion only keeps growing exponentially. While we can’t control what hosts want you to wear to a party, we can give you some “Do & Don’t” ideas. The most common mistake when picking out your wardrobe for the holidays is a literal interpretation of the holidays. Wearing any Christmas or holiday sweater with Santa, reindeer, or both is downright hokey, bulky and shapeless; just don’t do it. And don’t forget to leave the mistletoe at home, you’ll be at a holiday party so it’s sure to be there! Wearing red and green together is not only unattractive, but too cliché. Wearing red or green is fine if these colors look genuinely good on you and you mix them with metallics and neutrals. The trick is to wear clothing that you could wear in any season for a party and invest in pieces that you will be able to wear more than once a year. Otherwise it’s just another Halloween outfit. So since the literal interpretation of the holidays is out, what is a good idea to wear? The easiest way to interpret a code like “festive” is by mixing color and pattern with my old favorite standby, denim. Jeans absolutely work for a day or evening party in a casual setting. They can easily be dressed up or dressed down according to what you put with them. Try a brightly colored top with a pattern or some...

Getting Your Wardrobe Ready For A New Season In DC!

The new season is right around the corner. Like most people, we are looking forward to a New Year with new adventures and beginnings. Your wardrobe should be no different! It’s a great idea to update and change your wardrobe as the New Year approaches! Here are four tips to help you get ready for it! 1.) Tis the season! Give your old clothes away! You should make a resolution to giveaway any and all clothes that you haven’t worn for two years or more. Chances are, if you haven’t taken the time to wear it in the past two years, you probably won’t be wearing it anytime this coming year. But don’t think it’s a loss to you! There are plenty of groups that welcome and need donations for the less fortunate. A few of these groups are: The Salvation Army, American Red Cross, Goodwill, Buffalo Exchange, and more! 2.) Take inventory of what you have. Do you go out often? Do you host often? What do you wear and what works vs. what doesn’t? Think about your lifestyle and what you do often, how does your clothing work for you now knowing your lifestyle? 3.) Organize! Most closets are just in shambles. When you get back or get your clothes laundered, we always seem to be in a rush and we just toss things in the closet. Organize your closet section by section. Create groups and put them together. This will help you get a quick overview of what’s really in your closet! 4.) Keep Track! Monitor what you wear and what you don’t. This is the...

Your First Bespoke Suit, Perfect For Any DC Event

There are many things to be said about wearing a bespoke suit. A Bespoke suit by Michael Thomas Clothiers flatters every wearer, never goes out of style, and has the power all on its own to imbue a sense of confidence and prominence in even the humblest of men. When you wear one of our bespoke suits, you will feel like a king amongst men. Our unique, impeccably tailored suits are by no means “immediate”, as you can’t just purchase one off the rack. For the perfect bespoke suit, you will work with us in every step of the process. We will make sure that we see eye-to-eye so you can ask for every little detail you want, and we will deliver it, that is, and amazing suit. For your first suit, it wouldn’t hurt to study up on the different materials that you may choose from. All be it, there is an overwhelming amount of fabrics to choose from; but since this will be your first suit from us, we’ll keep it simple. Your suit, since it is to be your first bespoke, should stand up to different seasons in order to be versatile. It will be light as so you don’t overheat, but heavy enough where it will keep you warm on chill evenings in DC. Now the tough question; one piece or two? Traditionally, two-piece suits are less formal which is just a jacket and matching pants. Whereas a three-piece suit is more formal as it is a bespoke jacket, pants and a vest. Our three-piece suits can be worn to more elegant events such as...

New DC Location Celebration!

After 35 years, we have had an absolutely incredible journey; and the best part, we’re only just beginning! Over the years we have made incredible friends, made countless bespoke pieces, and fashioned the very fabric of DC. Now, we have started a new chapter in our lives, and we want you to be a part of it! Join us to celebrate our new location at the Washington City Club. Hors D’oeuvres, drink specials and live music provided complimentary to all. Columbia Square Building (Lower Level -City Club) 555 13th Street NW Washington, DC 20004 We look forward to seeing you on Thursday, November 30th from 5:30 – 8:30! We will celebrate our past 35 years, and more importantly we are celebrating our next 35 years! For any questions regarding our new location celebration, please feel free to call us at...
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