Every month, A Suit That Fits brings you the latest trends in men’s suiting, asking: “What should I be wearing now and in 3 months time?”
What you should be wearing now
The one style trend everyone is talking about this autumn in the world of men’s suiting is the return of the flannel suit – as pictured above in its most classic rendition (on Gregory Peck), and below in a modern collection.
Ask your grandfather what he thinks of flannel and he’ll probably tell you it’s a classic business suit cloth. The passing of time – and the never-ending moving-in-and-out of fashion trends – means this very old wisdom might seem fresh to you and I. Our generation, after all, has been obsessed with crisp, tailored cloths for as long as we can remember.
Soft-edged flannel is the opposite of “crisp” and may come as a shock to modern sensibilities. After the cloth has been spun, the wool is brushed with a metal comb to produce an extra-soft surface and a textured (“matte” rather than “glossy”) look. This makes it perfect for the winter because it retains more heat.
For a classic look, wear your flannel suit in mid-grey with a Prince of Wales check like the fabric pictured below. The softness of the wool (with added cashmere) and the softness of the colour create the suit for autumn 2014.
The key to wearing flannel in the 21st century is to combine the retro cloth with a modern, sharply tailored aesthetic.
What you should be wearing in 3 months time
In 3 months, it’ll be February – still the depths of winter, but with spring not such a distant prospect. With this in mind, think about mixing up your outfit. One way to do this is to wear separates in different cloths.
This means breaking up your grey flannel (or regular wool) suit and wearing the trousers with something like a navy jacket – as modeled below.
The look still says “winter,” and possibly, “business,” but the colour contrast is infinitely more stylish.
If you have a three piece suit, break it up into a few different outfits by mixing and matching. Layering blues, greys and browns is a good start. Also, try wearing plaid trousers with a solid jacket – or vice versa.
Separates is the way to go for 2015!