It’s All in the Details!

When it comes to great outfits or making a great first impression, it’s truly in the details. Apply these tidbits to your next look and you’ll be sure to stand out in the best way possible! A good suit makes a man appear taller, thinner and more confident. Who wouldn’t want that extra help? A significant part of what makes a suit look good on a man is the construction and appearance of the suit jacket. Watch your tone – When it comes to wearing leathers- be it shoes, belts, or briefcases, be sure to match the colors. It will […]

Picking A Suit That Fits Today’s Women

Women prefer clothes that enhance their appearance and boost their confidence. In the business world, suits fit the bill. But how to choose a suit that best expresses your personality? The first thing to think about is your body shape. Since everyone has a different body shape, one-size-fits-all doesn’t work. Let’s begin with women having a straight shaped body, with little or no curve definition. For these women, a straight-fit suit which is not too tight and not too loose works best. If it’s a striped suit, go with a horizontal pattern. And it’s advisable not to wear trousers with […]

Non-Gender Conforming Clothing

What is non-gender-conforming clothing? It’s a sense of style that the wearer wants to convey. Is it men’s clothing, worn by women? The answer can be yes. Is it women’s clothing worn by men? Also yes. The correct answer is it is what the wearer wants it to be. Non-gender-conforming dress is absolutely no different than traditional dress. It is an expression of the image that you are trying to convey, a statement of your politics and what you believe in. Clothing is a form of self-expression, whether you are non-gender-conforming, male, or female. Are you a traditional dresser who […]

Top Five Reasons

Buying a ready-made suit is very easy to do; the difficulty is pulling the look off. If you believe that you can make a great impression in any suit that you purchase from a department store, you’re misguided. The reason for this is that ready-made suits are mass-produced and are not meant to flatter a variety of body shapes and sizes. Ready-made suits are less expensive than custom-made suits, but you’ll never look as good in a ready-made suit as you would in a suit designed exclusively for you. If you’re not convinced, here are some reasons why you need […]

First Impression

I’d like to introduce myself – my name is Art Solop. I am a custom clothier with Benchmark Clothiers. I am a professional clothier and wardrobe consultant to many successful people in the Baltimore / Washington, DC, area. I am a trained and certified master custom tailor by the Custom Tailors and Designers Association of America. I have developed and cultivated a great knowledge of style and fabrics that has allowed me to assist my clients in creating a wardrobe that is appropriate for any occasion: formal, business, or casual. Benchmark Clothiers is a full-service provider of men’s and ladies […]