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The most important element of any menswear garment is the shoulders(and the collar – but we’ll get to that later). The shoulders instantly define the style, character and formality of the garment.

At AoS we believe that the most flattering, elegant, comfortable and versatile garment is one with shoulders that are soft, unpadded and gently sloped. The basic concept is to create smooth, clean lines that contour, accentuate and elongate the natural physique of each individual wearer.

To give you an idea of what I mean, I’ve highlighted the lines and shapes that we aim for with each our clients – which is part of the reason that our basted fittings are so critical. These lines are further accentuated by the proportions of the armhole, the roundness of the upper back and the trimness of the sleeve head.

This is ultimately where the “visual art” meets the “mathematical science” of bespoke tailoring.

The next time you examine a garment, or a fitting, try to observe the lines that it creates for the body. This is often what people notice first, or most evidently… A person can be gorgeous through only a silhouette in the dark.

Thanks, as always, for reading. 

Yours in style,

Dan Trepanier

Photography by Alex Crawford