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Costume design is such an unsung art. It has influenced modern fashion more than we know and drives the character just as much as the dialogue. That being said, how amazing are the suits in Oceans Eleven!?.
Jeffrey Kurland, the costumer designer, did a great job establishing each characters personality through their suits. Danny Ocean, played by George Clooney, is a smooth criminal and that is completely reflected in his clothing choices.
Clooney's suits are clean and classic. He doesn't want to be too flashy, but he would never get caught under dressed. With his tuxedo, he sticks to timeless style details like a wide peak lapel and single button jacket. Rusty Ryan, played by Brad Pitt, is Ocean's partner in crime but his dress couldn't be more different. Stuck between a Las Vegas lounge lizard and an L.A. playboy, Pitt's suits are shirts are all trash and flash. Pitt's all time best suit look comes at the end of the movie when he shows up outside a prison wearing a light tan suit with a real snakeskin shirt. What!? He doesn't wear a tie, has a huge shirt collar, and long undone french cuffs.
The wide lapels on his suit balances out the shirt collar, while the working cuffs allow him to fit those crazy cuffs under the sleeve. So which are you? A Rusty or a Danny?. .
So it was Oscars time again and here at A Suit That Fits we had our beady eyes on the red carpet men's fashion. There were a lot of old favourites as well as some new stars to sink our teeth into. It's always great to see who went with a traditional dinner suit and who tried something a bit more daring.
In the traditional camp we had both George Clooney and Brad Pitt. Both went with a , jetted satin pockets and satin seams on their trousers, acompanied by a black .
George Clooney went with a notched collar whereas Brad Pitt's dinner suit had peaked lapels. While The Artist was sweeping up the Oscars, Jean Dujardin, its leading man and the own of the 2012 Best Actor Oscar was jazzing up the tradition tuxedo. He went with a peaked collar with a black bow tie but gave it that extra glamorous feel by having it all in satin. One of my favourite outfits though is that of Christopher Plummer, who won the Oscar for Best Supporting Actor for the Beginners. He paired simple well tailored black trousers with a luxurious navy blue velvet jacket. The jacket was cut with a large wide notched lapel with satin around the edges.
Chris wore his jacket with mother of pearl buttons and a mother of pearl button hole pin. He then teamed it with a cream shirt to compliment the buttons and a black bow tie. A very dapper gent I must say!. There were some great outfits that were seen that night. Robert Downey Jr. and Christian Bale respectively, both went with black dress shirts. Robert teamed his with a charcoal grey peaked lapel tuxedo and an amazing metallic bow tie. Christian Bale also went with a black peaked lapel jacket giving a modern twist with a black satin tie.
Pharrell Williams was flying the flag for the three piece suit. He wore a two button jacket with satin edging on both the wide notched collar as well as the waistcoat. A great outfit, demonstrating that you can't go wrong with a three piece suit.
All in all I would say it was a great night men's tailoring something that us ladies and gents at A Suit That Fits love to see!
Following on from my last post about the Brad Pitt Suit and all things Ocean 11, 12.13; I thought it was about time I highlighted what the great suit wearer in George Clooney. The George Clooney Suit is quintessentially simple, classically styled and above all, understated.
You will rarely see him in anything more than black and white, whether on the red carpet, endorsing or acting. Even in the Oceans franchise, George keeps it low key and subtle in black and navy, letting his acting do the talking. The darker colours are great for the distinguished, slightly older gentleman. So if you want the George Clooney look, Id go for a straight black suit with thin lapels, classic jacket length, flapless pockets and vertical pockets on the trousers. The jacket worn with a single vent on the back and a single button on the front, no pleats and no back pockets on the trousers; there is very little to distract from the main feature of anyone wearing a suit, the face.
A good suit should frame the face and compliment the body. Worn slightly loose rather than the more youthful fitted Italian style, George Clooney is comfortable with being comfortable. Finally, you need to remain calm at all times, open doors for ladies, reserve a stock of witty one liners, always insist on going last in everything and exude confident charm at all times. Ive put together my own version of the George Clooney Suit in a Silk and Wool blend .This is not to say that the Brad Pitt suit does not have its place. Personally, I like to go for the different and daringly stylish; particularly if I can combine it with some retro flare. This is something that Brad Pitt does extremely well, effortlessly bringing what was cool in the past right up to date. I believe that the key message is that you must be confident in what you wear. Both the Brad Pitt suit and the George Clooney suit have the ability to impact on the immediate social environment, it is just a question of whether that impact is bling with a bang .or a smooth glide. .
Criticism of what people wear to black-tie events tends to focus on obvious sins: wearing a lounge suit, wearing a coloured tie and wearing a long tie instead of a bow (though this is less objectionable than one may think).
These are some of the biggest sins against the traditions of the dinner outfit, and stand out as such. They also stand out because they are committed by a relatively small number of people.
For that reason, I don't think they are the greatest black-tie sins. They're big, but they're rare. More important are the small sins committed by almost everyone. Those demonstrate how disconnected the ensemble is from its traditions, despite the apparent uniformity on display. Sin 1: Cover your waist
Every black-tie outfit needs to cover the waistband of the trousers in some way. That is an indisputable fact. This covering can take one of three forms: a waistcoat, a cummerbund or a double-breasted jacket.
A waistcoat should be the standard. If you're wearing a single-breasted dinner jacket, something needs to cover up your shirt particularly if the jacket only has one button.
A shirt with a stiff, oval front makes this obvious: only the stiff part is meant to show, the rest is covered up by a waistcoat. But even a soft-fronted shirt needs a covering. Even though its pleats form a rectangle on the front of the shirt, and even though they go all the way down to the waistband, that waistband must be covered.
This waistcoat can be black or white. White is less common and more formal, echoing as it does white tie or full fig. It can also be full or backless. If white, it should be made of the same Marcella as the shirt front. If black, it should be the same wool as the trousers.
The cummerbund was invented in the subcontinent as an alternative to the waistcoat for hot weather. It was originally a sash simply tie around the waist.
But what proportion of men at a black-tie event have some form of waist covering? Twenty per cent? Fifteen even? That's why it's the greatest sin.
Sin 2: Notch lapels
Most suits have notch lapels; dinner jackets should not have them. At some point, the black-tie industry forgot, or simply got lazy, and conflated the two.
A peaked lapel is more formal, aggressive and rakish. It suits black tie where it wouldn't suit the decorum of day-to-day business. All dinner jackets, single or double-breasted, should have peak lapels. Yet a significant number (40%? 45%?) of men at a black-tie event will have notch lapels.
Sin 3: Shoes
The best shoe to wear with black tie is a patent pump with a grosgrain bow. Second on the list is a patent Oxford. Third is a plain black Oxford, without brogueing and preferably wholecut. All three are acceptable but are less impressive further down the list.
Yet how many men wear pumps? Probably zero. How many patent Oxfords? Perhaps 10%. And of the remainder wearing black leather shoes, there is probably a healthy chunk (again, perhaps 45%) wearing brogues, Derbys, boots or monk straps. So another low-level but popular sin. Multiplying number by grade of sin makes it a greater offence than a long tie.
Often marvelling at how effortlessly the cast of Oceans 11 ooze cool; what it actually boils down to is suits. And one man in particular wears his with exceptional style, that is Brad Pitt.
The Brad Pitt suit is a much sought-after look, not so much in what it actually looks like or what colour it is, but rather the very essence of the suit outfit. It is the poise and confidence of the man that defines the look, set off by great fitting jackets and slightly retro shirt collars. This clip of Rusty Ryan, played by Mr Pitt, shows off what I consider to be the very best of the Oceans 11 wardrobe. One of the important things to note here is that each of Brad Pitt's suits are well matched to his skin tone. Always go for a suit fabric that will contrast with your skin tone, whatever the event.
Brad is normally tanned and so the lighter shades of suit look great; the opposite is true for a fairer complexion.now these are great suits, but I am not sure that it is the suit on its own that makes the man. I believe that the main difference marking Brad out as an icon rather than good looking is, to my mind, the fantastically fitted shirts he combines with his suits. I appreciate the contrast between shirt and suit, but this is not the aspect that is consistently cool...which is actually the collar. Brad invariably prefers a high stand and a long collar, which when worn with a great posture, serves to elongate and accentuate his overall height.
Fitted shirt with neck tie: The hidden button-down with the tie is compact and quietly confident, the longer line of the collar being held firmly in place and helping to elongate the torso, and a pencil type tie to finish it off in style. I have put together something in black that I think Brad might well wear here.
Fitted shirt worn open: Worn open and outside the jacket lapel, this gives a retro casual chic that is right up to date. I think that our 3-button collar, again in high contrast black, would work out very nicely with this sort of style.
The great fitted shirt will not work alone however, it works only because the jackets are always closely fitted to a seamlessly blended perfection.
So in summary, I am not sure that anyone can get 'the Brad Pitt suit', but we can all come very close to the cool we desire with a simple but sure confidence in wearing well-fitted suits and shirts a little differently.
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