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What makes a true style Icon....
We see a lot of style Icon's from past and present these days in GQ, Esquire and tabloids from David Beckham, David Gandy, James Dean, Sir Michael Caine and Ryan Gosling.
All these greats have shown off their own take on sartorial styling from the Dinner jacket, Classically tailored suits or more of a smart casual look. New fashion trends vary quite a lot and if you're like me you don't want to be forking out every month for a new suit if a slim line peaked lapel is suddenly the in thing to have. The main thing with any style icon is they're not worried about bringing their own personal style to the table and will normally accessorise the suit to add to this.
The two piece or three piece suit has always been a key piece in any style icon's wardrobe and the huge advantage of going bespoke is the garment is clearly tailored for the person and the design can be completely unique.
James Dean pictured above and Ryan Gosling pictured on the left have both gone for more of a traditional style suit with a classic white shirt always completing the look. Ryan Gosling wearing a 3 piece suit in a dark grey pinstripe and James Dean wearing a simple 2 piece suit. I say this is a classic style because of it's simplicity with a standard width notched collar and a 5 button waistcoat with the tie adding Ryan's own personal touch to the suit.
David Gandy pictured to the right has shown you can easily use the suit jacket in a casual look with he has simply combined with tailored dark blue
chinos, a simple black T-shirt and a polka dot silk scarf to finish off the look.
The fact of the matter is anyone can become a true style Icon if it's just through your circle of friends or on the international stage. You just need to be confident in what you wear and it's always an added advantage when the garment is tailored to you!
Why not book into one of our studio's and start bringing your own iconic styling to the forefront.
We've been waiting for the biggest music award show in the UK, and it has come and gone! BRITs 2013 has brought the music world together just for one night at the 02 London. As anticipated, all the celebrities turned up looking very elegant and sophisticated- with few exceptions; I can't explain what happened.
Perhaps their stylist isn't on the same wavelength- you can make up your own conclusions. However, the gents on the red carpet at this year's BRITs Awards are certainly not opting for subdued looks.
There's no doubt they'd have tried on numerous suits and considered countless accessories to finish off their desired looks. First up, we've the man of the moment, Justin Timberlake. He arrived ahead of his performance sporting a classic grey two piece suit with peak lapels. He wore this with a brilliant white shirt with collar bar. The 'Suit and Tie ' singer finished off his style with a classic black tie which acts as a focal point and a printed pocket square. Although he looked a bit spooked out on the red carpet, this gifted and talented individual delivered a great performance on stage.
Justin Timberlake hits the stage for his performance donning a dinner jacket in a reversal of the traditional black jacket with satin lapels. He opted for matt shawl lapels with gleaming jacket . To complete his look, he wore a white dress shirt with studs and oversized bow tie. Pictured here, we've the JLS lads all looking very dapper in their three piece suits - look at their shoes too! It's obvious these lads have paid attention to the details, just like their music. Despite being snubbed in the nominations, JLS made an outstanding appearance; displaying attributes of bespoke tailoring . In the mix, we have peak lapels , shawl lapels , notched lapels , slanted pockets and contrasting lapels and pockets. Their choice of fabrics reflects the versatility of their music- from tweed to checks and solid colour. For representing the best of British tailoring, kudos to their stylists!. Seen any style you like? Book an appointment to see one of our Style Advisors.
Now I happen to quite like Robbie Williams. You've got to hand it to the guy. Part of the biggest boy band in the world and he makes the absolutely crackers decision to leave and go it alone, but I also feel sorry for him when it comes to fashion.
I think he is massively underrated. Thanks to his former boy band colleague and good friend Gary Barlow OBE , Robbie takes a back seat when it comes to Men's Style, but you only have to back a few months to see that recognition is finally coming his way, after he landed on the cover of Esquire magazine. Below, we can see Robbie carries off the formal look very well. I like the oversized Bow Tie on this Tuxedo , with the Shawl Collar waistcoat below the traditionally peaked collar Dinner Jacket.
Lets also not forget his recent single 'Candy' where he appears in a much more casual fashion. It seems that he can carry off good style, even when casual, and even when dressed in Pink. I really like the casual jacket with the slim lapel option, matched closely with chinos in the next picture. And I like the choice of buttons and patch pockets just to set the jacket apart. Robbie also makes this look much more casual thanks to the plain white T-shirt worn under the jacket.
In the first part of this series I looked at a single and double breasted dinner suit . In the second part of this series, I'm going to look at the accessories you can match with your chosen dinner suit for this party season.
There are many questions that come to one's mind when it comes to finding the that matches your and the occasion. Should you wear a piqu shirt ? Is a traditional more suitable? or long , which is suitable?.
The party season is fast approaching and I'm excited; the array of tongue biting canaps, drinks, dinner suits and elegant people has got me counting down the days to my first party. However, I would like to share my view on the dinner suit matter before excitement fully consumes me. That's why, in the first of my dinner suit series, I'm going to look at the shape of the suit.
With your inbox anticipating party invites for the party season, a gentleman needs to start thinking about preparing his outfit! Single breasted dinner suit or double breasted dinner suit ? Let me help you to decide!
A single breasted dinner suit (as shown above) has the buttons lined-up at the front and is typically worn unbuttoned. If you decide to go down the route of wearing your dinner jacket unbuttoned, I recommend that you wear waistcoat underneath. Besides, a three piece dinner suit looks more stylish and sharper.
If you have a smaller frame, a double breasted dinner suit is a great choice- but ensure that it fits well and is not pulling at the front when you button it up. With a little investment, you could design an outstanding dinner suit with all the bells and whistles by having a tailored dinner suit . Donning a bespoke tailored dinner suit , you are guaranteed a proper fit while having many other options available to you. Let your tailored dinner suit standout from the crowd by having working buttons on the cuffs which are an indicator of bespoke tailoring .
At the end of last week, we were delighted to have been awarded a prestigious accolade: Best Pure-play Etailer - Small at the Drapers and Retail Week PayPal Etail Awards 2012. We'd like to dedicate the award to our stylish customers and fantastic team.
A fantastic group of individuals from across a number of high performing businesses gathered for the glittering awards ceremony The Grange St Paul's. On receiving the award, A Suit That Fits Co-Founder and Director Warren Bennett said:.
We're thrilled to have won this award; we love getting feedback from our customers and work hard to ensure that they really enjoy using our website. It is with thanks to our fantastic customers and passionate team that we continue to delight our customers nationwide every day. To be awarded such a prestigious accolade is incredible
Here's a picture of myself and Vitaly being presented the award:
We all agree that Vitaly's choice of dinner suit was dashing - Vitaly opted for a shawl collar, silk bow tie and didn't forget his pocket square! If you're heading off to a black tie event and want to get the look - click on the links below to see the design Vitaly chose:
Since its introduction as the everyday dress for the well-groomed man, the notched lapel suit has been considered the most formal and classic way of dressing. A businessman who needs to create an air of professionalism and conservatism should always stick with the tried and tested notch lapel.
While the misconceptions over the proper usage of the peaked lapel have grown more misleading in modern aesthetics, many fans of traditional tailoring and classic style consider peaked lapels more of an occasion look and not appropriate for a conservative suit. However, the reality is that the peak lapel gives off a certain aura of power that can never really be obtained from a notched. With it's fuller looking edges and arched angles, it can cut across any men's chest to create a broader, stronger silhouette - it's also a little dressier than it's notched counterpart and in line with modern trends for tailored menswear.
So the next time you need your suit to make an impression for that big business meeting, think single breasted peaked lapel - it will make you stand out and leave your more conservative colleagues trying to figure out your next move. If you choose a peaked lapel for your next suit from A Suit That Fits, don't forget to have it hand stitched. This bespoke feature will add a dash of sophistication and savoir faire to your power look. Just remember that hand-stitching looks best on lighter weight fabrics.
An adaptation of 'A Servant and Two Masters' by Goldoni it is set in the 1960's and perfect for a modern, British audience. I failed to go and see it while James Corden was in the role of Francis Henshall but the other week I treated myself to a little after work outing with a girlfriend.
I'm inclined to believe that Owain Arthur does an even better job in the lead role. I loved it, the timing and atmosphere was amazing. If you intend to go and see this show I strongly recommend popping to the bathroom in the interval otherwise the level of laughter is likely to cause accidents, a tribute to it's Comedia dell'arte roots.
I loved the way the production focused on taking visual clues from the costume to inform us of the character types and their function within the plot. This was subtle but still visable to the theatre savvy. But probably my favourite aspect of the performance (given my profession) was the attention to detail in the costume of this 60's extravaganza.
Here we see one of the iconic 60's looks; carefully contrasting cloths, trousers with a single pleat and braces with a sports jacket with a slight longer length. In the context of the play it shows the rakish vanity of the character when combined with the slick hair and general demeanour. To bring this look up to date create a slimmer line to your trousers and jacket, cut out the pleats, airing on the slim side with your lapel. White collar and cuffs are really in style at the moment and mixed with a striped cloth for the rest of the shirt, this look is just super!
A note for any ladies reading; the use of suiting separates and carefully mis-matching cloths gives you great versatility. When choosing your suiting go for a few full suits in cloths that will work with each other. Then pick a few stand out cloths for single garments again remembering versatility is the key here. Bold trousers and skirts with simpler blouses and jackets are must this year.
I find the costume of the character Francis utterly charming. A little nod perhaps to the diamond print of the harlequin role that he presides within. Checks and tweeds within suiting have been really winners on the catwalks the past couple of seasons. Brown and blueish tones work beautifully together and something like the Check-875083-2 or our TPO range are all appropriate here. With summer not far off though it might be a good idea to bear in mind the CB range of checks as light weight alternatives.
Looking at other characters within the play we come across the use of crisp white shirts. This look is simple but kept almost comically 60's with this crazy paving tie with a diamond print. A style tip here would be to try not to mix check suiting with bold print ties. Another great tip this play has to offer is the use of classic men's tailoring on women. Provide you are not to full in the chest this can create a bold look. A slim fit dinner jacket can give you great taster of this look, a great advocate of this being Kate Moss (see Hana's blog for more info). These slim line slightly masculine jackets offer great options for pairing with jeans for a more casual look.
One of the reasons the characters costumes are so important is that visual character clues are a must in any comedy of errors. The importance of dress is also true in every day life. A persons first impression of you is often based on the your handshake, your smile and the way you dress. A crisp well cut suit speaks volumes but the devil is in the detail
-A slim lapel can give a slick modern look suggesting you're a forward thinker and like to keep up to date. But be warned if it's wrong for your build (such as a very broad or boxy shape) it may suggest that you follow fashions blindly and need a lot of direction even if you are a hard worker.
-Peaked Lapels look great and ladies can wear them all the time but gents need to be careful as they suggest power and if you're a young guy in a low level job it might come across as arrogance. It might be best to keep it for sports jackets until you've got a few more years under your belt.
- Small, bright contrasting details on a very sombre suit hint to a fun side of your personality. It's a nice detail and subtle enough for a day in the office but be careful, a full set of contrasting button holes is a statement not a detail.
If you have any worries about coming over as 'just another man in a suit' come and see your local Style Advisor. We'll help you pick details that are right for you.
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!
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