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With over 40 billion style combinations here at A Suit That Fits, the options and endless. One attribute that you will have to consider when designing your suit is the type of lapel you would like on your jacket.
A notched lapel is often found on business suits. This lapel traditionally comes with working button hole on the left side.
A peaked Lapel is more of an unconventional choice. It is possible to see a peaked lapel on a single breasted business suit; however, it is classically reserved for evening wear and is more often seen on double breasted suits.
A shawl lapel has a continuous curve without breaks or points, unlike the notched and peaked lapels.A shawl lapel (mostly seen on dinner jackets) is a sweeping lapel that will enhance your reputation as a dinner suit traditionalist!
Here at A Suit That Fits we can design the lapel style and width to your specification whether it is slim, standard, wide or a specific measurement that needed. Just book an appointment to find out more and get you bespoke suit under-way!
So it's that time of year again when the world descends on Glastonbury for 5 days of unparalleled and unhygienic fun.Although the majority of spectators favour the shorts and wellies look, I was really impressed by the stunning sartorial display from a number of the headline acts! Hence, here is a rundown of some of my favourites:.
I absolutely love the casual look, but they're wearing some fabulous jackets. Here we have double bass player Ted Dwane in a very refreshing Stone Grey jacket - relatively casual with the single breasted, one button design and just three buttons on the cuff. Teaming it with an open straw coloured waistcoat and white shirt works perfectly with his cool skin tone. On the right we have keyboard player Ben Lovett wearing a cropped tuxedo-style jacket with slim peaked lapels and hand-stitched edging. The tartan style waistcoat underneath is a slightly bizarre choice but definitely a successful combination in my eyes.
2. Elvis CostelloSpeaking of slightly bizarre combinations, this has to be another notable favourite. People often shy away from the pinstripe suit for fear of looking too 'banker-like', but this is a wonderful example of how to mix-and-match. Admittedly this is taking it to the extreme, but the components of a suit should definitely be worn as separates - the bright shirt contrasts really well against Elvis' olive skin and dark eyes. If you like the look of his Jacket I'd recommend taking a look at our Blue Collection 8 9 cloths, or for the waistcoat Black Collection 1.
3. Noah and the WhaleFirstly, leader singer Charlie Fink is in quite a classic almost Dinner Jacket style suit, with slim lapels very in-keeping with the retro theme and a simple black tie - you could almost add a pair of Ray bans and be a modern day Blues Brother! Matt Owens on the right is also in a Tuxedo style jacket but with more dramatic peaked lapels which balance him out really well as he has got a broader upper body. The matching waistcoat makes the whole look extra sharp and I love the bold monochrome striped shirt with maroon tie.
4. PulpJarvis Cocker looking very dapper here in my eyes. The classic navy suit with bright white shirt is so simple, and going for a traditional double breasted style with peaked lapels just makes it stand out from the generic suit. A good oversized cuff works really well here to keep the outfit a bit more light-hearted. Maybe it's the angle of this particular photograph but I have a lot of love for the overall impact.Russell Senior is looking extremely smart here also in a beautiful cream jacket with contrasting buttons. Perfect for a summer afternoon and oh-so British. A single breasted with notched lapels is the ideal choice, and the white shirt looks a lot fresher against rosy cheeks than creamier tones.
5. PlanBNow this was a surprise for me- not the typical outfit I would have expected from Ben Drew but he looks fantastic! Such a nice choice of stone grey with darker accents in the buttons, tie and pocket square - and as my previous blogs will testify I do like a tie-pin!Keeping it classic he's gone with a one button single breasted jacket and 3 button waistcoat to follow the V in better parallel (e.g. 2 button jacket with 5 button waistcoat). The peaked lapels give a slightly sharper look, and the choice of a slim peak rather than standard width has prevented his shoulders from looking too broad. Bravo! If I'm being mega-picky I would point out that a belt is being worn with a waistcoat which is technically a no-no... but I'll let it go this time!With the surrounding guitarists also keeping with the theme in a sharp black 2 piece and waistcoat with paisley tie combo they all look incredibly sharp! 6. Primal ScreamAgain, not a name one would usually associate with suits but this is just too good to not mention.Bright fuschia tuxedo with black contrast lapels and piping around the pockets- beautiful. Apart from the obvious impact of the outfit overall, this fit is actually very good with the slim lapels balancing out Bobby Gillespie's slim upper frame. The slim tapered trousers accentuate his long legs, and the short jacket keeps it more modern and less formal. 7. The Rolling Stones And finally, we couldn't forget the massively anticipated appearance of one of Britain's most influential, infamous and generally fabulous groups. Sadly I was not there to judge the musical performance in person but sartorially they certainly didn't disappoint, with Mick Jagger certainly winning the award for best blazer selection. I've shown above his black and white dogtooth check jacket with contrast collar. A very traditional fabric looking so effective with an injection of black around the pockets and collar to make it stand out and tie in with the black trousers. Again the slim peaked lapel style keeps the look in proportion and not too intense - as does the skinny tie.Below we have Keith Richards with signature headband of course, and tuxedo jackets in turquoise/aquamarine and black. The combination of a random t-shirt with really a nice jacket just pulled up at the sleeves makes me smile and it really reinforces that you don't have to be formal or stuffy about your jackets! When I started compiling my selection of favourites I had no particular theme in mind, but having reviewed my choice I see that they're all British!! Feeling very patriotic, I'm rather proud that we Brits are still presenting ourselves so well and keeping the spirit of the suit alive in every context.
Next up is Tom Hardy wearing a Matt Black 2 piece suit. Simply styled in a 2 button front, notched lapel, Saville Row standard 4 button cuff, double vent.
To finish off the look Tom wore this lightweight Tan Burberry Trench and black driving gloves which I personally feel is a classic look that will work well with our current British summer weather.
If you're looking for a evening suit but don't need to go as far as wearing a Dinner Jacket then this would be a great look to carry off. You can probably find a cheaper alternative if you are looking to copy the look of the Burberry Trench. as it's not cheap and you would be far better off on spending the money on a well fitted bespoke suit.
Justin Timberlake who has been busy this year promoting the release of his new The 20/20 experience album has pulled of some great sartorial looks but one that stood out for me is this Brown
tweed 2 piece suit. This suit has been designed in a classic but understated way with straight flapless pockets, notched collar, horn buttons, turn-ups on the hem of the trouser and finished simply with a silk pocket square.
Leonardo DiCaprio is probably one of thee most sort after actors at the moment and with 9 Golden Globe nominations to his name you can understand why. This year saw the release of one of his latest films for DiCaprio to star in, which showed off some great 1920's sartorial styling. Plus with the release of Django Unchained fairly recently you can understand DiCaprio's been attending a lot of film premiers, which always means a different suit for every occasion.
Style wise DiCaprio wore a Midnight Blue 2 piece suit for the Premier of the Great Gatsby with straight flap pockets and traditional notched collar. If I have one critique on this suit is length of the trouser being too long, which slightly spoiled the end look. The last style icons I will mention are the big names that I mainly get asked about either because my client has seen a particular coloured cloth they like or they have seen a suit they would like in a similar style. The two men in question are of course Mr David Beckham and Bond himself Daniel Craig! Both these gents I would class as not just British style icons but global style icons. Both David Beckham and Daniel Craig are both gents to keep your eye on when it comes to good sartorial style and how to accessories a bespoke suit. I'm sure you've seen a lot of famous people at award ceremonies trying too hard to be noticed by wearing a bright or garish suit. As you can see from the 2 piece suit David is wearing to the right, all the suit needs to be is well cut to you and styled in a classic manner which in turn will always turn heads! The look David has gone for here is very traditional, with a slim fit 2 button black jacket with sleeve length cut to shoot 1/2 of cuff, slim fit grey trousers, Oxford Brown polished shoe, silk navy blue tie, white pocket square, tie pin and classic white shirt. As for ticking all the boxes of the sartorial bible of how to wear a classic look David Beckham has done so and it's always a winner to finish any look off with a beautiful woman on your arm. As mentioned before Daniel Craig is also someone to keep your eye on who knows how to make a statement with his suit but without going too far. Again, with the suit to the left, it's cut in a manner which ticks all the boxes of a classic cut suit which will never go out of fashion. It's cut in a slim fit look which show's off the wearer's figure without going into the territory of a skinny fit look which in my honest opinion should never be used in the same sentence of a bespoke suit. Daniel also knows how to show off a great Dinner Jacket as you can see here with this midnight blue dinner jacket styled with black satin lapel and white pocket square.
If you have seen any looks that you would like advice on or would like to order then please get booked in to one of our studios where any of the Style advisers will be happy to help. Follow the link: Book in !
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:
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