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At First Sight: How To Influence How Others See Us

It takes a small fraction of a second to create a first impression. We all would like to leave a good first impression on others. Whether it is a potential employer, a date or new business partner. Our choice in clothing not only expresses our personalities but also helps others determine who we are. We have the ability to control how people depict us, simply by changing the style and colours we wear.

The clothing we wear on a day-to-day basis influences everyone around us. Our future depends on the impression we make and how we visually portray ourselves in social situations. Various studies show that people make their first impression about strangers within ten seconds. A study led by psychologists Janine Willis and Alexander Tedorov[1] at Princeton University revealed that it takes only a tenth of a second to create an impression about a stranger. In only a split of a second, we are able to decide whether on not we like someone.

Leading fashion psychologists Karen Pine and Ben Fletcher[2] carried out an experiment to demonstrate how people create impressions based on other people’s attire. The participants of the experiment, which included over 300 men and women between the age group of 14-67, were required to look at the images of a man wearing an off the peg suit and a man wearing a made to measure suit. The participants were given only three seconds to look at the image and were asked to rate the two men. Surprisingly enough within that three second period, people determined that a man wearing made to measure suit is more confident, successful and even predicted that he may have a higher income in comparison to the man who was wearing the off the peg suit. In order to make snap judgements on the clothing, the faces of a man in both pictures were hidden, that way, participants were able to provide more accurate judgements based only on the clothing they saw each man wearing in the images.


1. Retrieved 1st August 2015

We don’t do Boxy Suits

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The Wolf of wall street starring Leonardo di Caprio saw the 90s fashion feature on screen. The 90s doesn’t seem so far ago but looking at the fashion trends, and now that we look back, it’s clear to see how baggy and boxy the suits were.

The aim was to make the modern man look muscular and buff through his suit. To do this, large hanging padded shoulders and extra fabric all around for the look of a big chest. The body shape was basically a box. It took some years to realize it, but seeing a man swimming inside of his own clothes certainly does not make that man look buffer. It makes him look like his body is too frail to fit into his own clothes, like he is some little kid trying on his dad’s clothes.

Shape is most important, but don’t forget to pay attention to detail. ’90s suits contain some un-classic detailing such as low gorges (the notch or points on the lapels fall on the mid-chest instead of being higher). Avoid extended and heightened sharp shoulder pads (shoulder pads are for women), and avoid a suit jacket that is too long, hanging well past your buttocks. Also avoid wide lapels in relation to the width of the suit’s body. Be sure avoiding baggy sleeves that have extra room below your armpit. The most common detail of ’90s suits were 3 or more front button holes.  Two buttons on a business suit is classic.

We should all wear clothes that fit and flatter the body. By going bespoke with an experienced tailor, you’ll get a suit made for the shape of your body, and it will be designed with you in mind. Here at Orhan London Tailoring you are in safe hands in your journey towards the perfect suit. Let Orhan guide you through our range of quality fabrics.

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Orhan London Tailoring in City AM

It wasn’t too long ago when we had a young journalist visit our Shoreditch studio, full of life and the sort of client we have lots of fun with reflecting their uber suave personality. He also featured us in City AM newspaper, you can read his article below:

‘Tailoring has never been so hot, yet few can afford to shop on Savile Row. City A.M.’s Life&Style editor Steve Dinneen goes in search of more cost-effective alternatives. BRITISH tailoring is massive right now. Savile Row is undergoing something of a renaissance and top menswear designers including Tom Ford are releasing collections inspired by classic British looks. The iconic Row is still among the best places in the world to get yourself kitted out in the perfect suit – but there are few who can afford to shell out £2,500 or more on every item they own.

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In response to the piqued interest in tailoring, a host of companies have started to offer fully bespoke and made to measure services (there is a difference – fully bespoke usually involves 100 per cent hand made pieces whereas made to measure will use precision machine cutting).One of these is Orhan Kaplan, a second generation tailor who owns Orhan Tailoring, which is sandwiched between Old Street tube station and Hoxton Square. The former womenswear specialist, who has created pieces for Princess Diana and Vivienne Westwood, says now is the ideal time to strike out into menswear. (read more)

For information on bespoke suits please contact Orhan London Tailoring 02072503569

What does your suit say about you?

A suit is one of those wardrobe essentials that speak volumes about a man. Ideally you want your suit to flatter you in the best way possible and this is achieved by having the right fit.  Whether dressing for an interview or a wedding we all want to look our best.

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The shoulders sleeves should meet with your shoulders to give that sharp look. The ultimate ‘power look’ starts from the shoulders. Those droopy shoulders do not do any favours when entering into that board room meeting or attending your best friend’s wedding. Go for the ‘natural shoulder’ look and avoid excessive padding.