I write about a lot of great suits but only occasionally does one come along that stands out in an aesthetic sense. This happened today when I saw pictures of Andrew Garfield in a brown suit promoting his new movie The Amazing Spider-Man 2 in Berlin. The unusual suit featured a high-cut jacket with three buttons, large, flapped pockets, narrow-legged trousers and well-defined shoulders. Garfield chose to accentuate the look’s eccentricity by pairing his high-ankled suit with a button-down shirt minus a tie. The resulting silhouette was long, straight, snuggly tailored and highly unusual. Just so I could see the full effect of the high-cut suit, I almost wished he hadn’t opted out of fastening the top button of his jacket. The undecidably coffee/copper/caramel brown is perfect for such a hipsterish suit. Also: those boots and that Burberry camel trench coat! Who knew Peter Parker had such taste?
Maybe you’re asking yourself about now: "When would I wear a brown suit?" “No brown in town” has been a basic sartorial rule in business ever since the lounge suit became the go-to attire for businessmen back in the 19th century. It meant that every good businessman wore only navy, grey or black suits. Despite the brown suit’s increasing popularity in recent years, that rule is still largely in place. Unless you style your brown suit with some ultra-classy accessories like a quality shirt, a silk pocket square or a paisley tie, it can, unfortunately, exude informality. Not that it’s impossible to “dress up” a brown suit: check out Mads Mikkelsen’s insanely gorgeous brown suits in Hannibal for an idea of how to do it. Besides, like Andrew Garfield here, you may not want one for business. If that’s the case, A Suit That Fits have a few pre-designed brown suits for you to check out. Click on “Get the Look” to begin styling!