Angelina Jolie worked her magic with the women’s tuxedo again this week when she attended the Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. Promptly thereafter, she was made a Dame by the British government in recognition of her humanitarian efforts. Surely one of the most fashionable Dames going, no? Jolie invited husband Brad Pitt along on this occasion and Pitt looked cool in a black and gray checked suit (although his “puddling” legs in the images below suggest the fit wasn’t exactly perfect). Whereas Jolie wore a Saint Laurent tuxedo and heels, Pitt’s suit was by Salvatore Ferragamo.
If you’re looking for a tuxedo, would you rather have completely satin-covered lapels or just satin-framed ones like Brad Pitt’s at the Maleficent premiere this week? Personally, I’d rather have more satin than less, especially on a tuxedo. You’ve got to remember that a tuxedo is an evening suit, a bit like the male version of an evening gown: it’s the satin that adds the shimmering quality which makes it perfect for the night-time. Satin-covered lapels are a more traditional look than satin framing, but that doesn’t make them better. Think of satin framing as a more modern innovation: the look has become extremely popular in the last few years.
Spring has sprung and one way to mark the season is to do it like Brad Pitt and Jude Law and wear a T-shirt with a coloured suit. The great thing about dressing down your suit with a T-shirt is that you get to wear more casual colours. Check out these two grey blazers (below), both coloured for spring and perfect for matching with a T-shirt. The darker grey suit is linen (also perfect for spring).