Deciding to take the plunge and invest in a bespoke suit can be a big decision, so the emphasis is definitely on the word ‘invest’. If you want to get a nice suit and potentially spend a little more – it’s worth doing right! Getting a suit that fits you perfectly and makes you feel amazing is the first step, but why limit yourself to the formal, suit-requiring occasions?
Mix & Match is one of my favourite sartorial tips- it widens your wardrobe infinitely, and if it fits you properly, can transform even the most casual of outfits.
So let’s take two prime examples – Marvin Humes and David Beckham. Here, we see two very dapper and well fitting suits, a 2-piece and a 3-piece. Both Single breasted 2-button jackets with notched lapels and tapered trousers, with Mr Humes adding a 5 button waistcoat and ticket pocket to his jacket. Let’s imagine you’ve invested a fair amount on getting this fantastic suit; the partner, having seen the bill demands to know when you’ll even get to wear it? Well, let me demonstrate:
Sticking with the same subjects, by simply ditching the trousers in favour of your favourite jeans/chinos with a nice pair of shoes and you are ready for more relaxed night out where you look effortlessly suave. I’ve chosen the light grey suit this time – it’s such a versatile colour to pair with browns, blacks & blues – it’s very hard to clash.
Chris Hemsworth has even taken casual a step further by wearing the waistcoat open under his jacket with an open white t-shirt – still fabulous.
Getting a little more variation in colour, the waistcoat can be worn casually. There’s still a huge amount of fear around the waistcoat, but it’s such a fun piece of clothing that works on all generations and can be a great low-investment option. A little piece of tailoring that is often easy to buy off the peg too so you can find some fun fabric options such as tweeds or tuxedo black.
And finally the trousers. So you may feel too formal in a jacket, or maybe it’s just too warm, but either way it doesn’t mean you can’t wear the bottom half.
Gents often end up wearing just the trousers with a shirt at the office and they can become a boring, function piece that is necessity rather than preference. Yet paired with a shirt and jumper combo or even with a navy blazer to give a slightly nautical-look shows the trousers off, not being outshined by the Jacket!
So, in summary – Mix & Match! You get much better value out of a few key pieces and ensures you’re wearing something that’s flattering & fits you every time.