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The most talked about theatrical event right now is happening on the other side of the pond starring British actors. I'm talking about the latest Broadway production of Harold Pinter's 1978 play Betrayal, with real-life husband and wife Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz portraying an unfaithful couple.
While the production may have split critics, some describing it as crude and clunky, others praising it for its top notch performances, the play itself has been a sell-out.
All this excitement on Broadway has got me thinking one thing: what do our A Suit That Fits clientele like to wear to the theatre? If you're anything like me, you're not shy about dressing up to see a play: things may have changed somewhat since the days when formal attire was unanimously expected, but the theatre is still a ceremonious place and since women nearly always dress up, I believe that gentlemen should dress accordingly. Not only does dressing up build your own excitement for the evening, it makes your guest feel good, too. So what does one wear to the theatre? One of your weekday corporate suits in navy, black or grey, should be avoided.
Why dress up for the theatre if you're not distinguishing your style from any other work day? A three-piece suit is a good option, although these days you may actually feel over-dressed in a waistcoat. Another option is to go for a sharp, modern suit with a casual element mixed in, such as an open collar minus the tie or some loafers or dress slippers without socks. Of course, the theater is usually an evening event so, unless you're going to a matinee, you want to dress a little more glitzy and chic, meaning darker, evening colours, bolder contrasts and more fitted cuts. Save your looser linens or pastel shades for the daytime. What about a tuxedo? Is it ever appropriate to wear one to the theatre? If it's opening night: of course! Otherwise, stick to a suit or a contrasting jacket and trousers. Happy shopping!.
With summer slowly creeping into London bit by bit there are lots of events to look forward to. A myriad of festivals, racing events and galas take place in our capital not to mention the surrounding counties.
Why not take advantage of our quick turnaround available this June and get yourself a linen suit for summer!. Other things that you can do to give it that timeless dandy summer look is to add brace buttons and a waistcoat, this I assure you will make you the talk of the town.
As we are flying through one of the most patriotic years Britain has seen for quite some time, all eyes were on Wimbledon yesterday - be it for the strawberries cream or the sport itself.Following on from Royal Ascot, this was another great occasion for bringing out some suiting masterpieces - hence why I have rounded up a few of my favourites:.
Firstly we have Andre Agassi with wife Steffi Graff - not only both tennis stars but also both in great ! Agassi has gone for a daring single breasted with notched lapels straight squared pockets.
And while we're on sporting stars I just couldn't miss out Ryan Giggs' dazzling blue suit. It is very similar in tone to Tom Cruise's infamous electric blue suit in Mission Impossible 4. It's such a statement colour this summer and looks great with a crisp white shirt. If you're looking for a brighter blue suiting cloth take a look at our VBC range, it's a beautifully lightweight cloth made from a Mohair mix.
Further evidence of the Blue craze is James Middleton seen here at Wimbledon. James has raised the tone even further with this sky blue suit. I'd definitely recommend getting a sample of our light blue linen if this is a look you'd care to try!
Keeping my eye on the many suited gents at Wimbledon this year I've noted that the notched lapel is definitely dominating as spectators have gone for a more relaxed style not requiring the sharp effect of a peaked lapel.
For the ladies - white is most definitely the colour! A bright white cropped jacket is perfect for the summer and is so easy to accessorise with any outfit. Wimbledon is such an essential British tradition and along with the strawberries and cream really signifies the start of the summer. It's a perfect excuse to put away your wintery black and grey suits and step out in something a bit more colourful. Pop in to Manchester or any of our studios and have a look through our extensive range of cloths to find the right colour for you!
So, you've planned the party, the pimms are on ice, the cucumber sandwiches are cut and you've heard whispered on the winds that June (fingers cross) is going to be a heat wave, but suddenly it dawns on you, what are you going to wear to your Diamond Jubilee garden party?!!! Well fear not us Style Advisors at A Suit That Fits have ideas for every eventuality.
Now, working on the assumption that even if it rains it should be reasonably warm I have gone with the idea of . is a lovely cloth for the summer, it does have the tendency to crease but it is incredible airy and cool.
Keeping with the theme of Britannia I've gone with red linen trousers and a navy linen jacket. For the trousers I suggest two pockets on the back and turn ups at the bottom. If you have them cut a little tighter and shorter at the ankle than normal and wear them with loafers you'll get a great summer casual look. With the jacket I'd suggest slanted flapped pockets and a single vent to keep the style modern, going with a single button, continuing the casual theme. Some gents may want to stay with a notched collar but I think seeing as it's the Jubilee be bold and have a peaked. If you wanted to make the jacket really casual a half lined look with red piping would be a great option.
On the other hand, in keeping with our red, white and blue theme you could go with fully lined and have white lined and red piping. 'That's great!' I hear you cry, 'but what about the ladies?' Never fear I have thought of all eventualities. Now, with us ladies I think if the sun does really shine we should pass on jackets and instead go for a fitted shirt, umbrella skirt and a summer boater with a ribbon in red, white and blue tied round it, perfect! I think seeing as it is the Jubilee we shouldn't shy away from colours, have a shirt in a bold red and white stripe and pair it with a skirt in one of our VBC mohairs in royal blue. I wouldn't normally recommend a mohair for ladies but done it an umbrella style it really works.
Despite the current intermittent weather we've been having, summer is indeed around the corner. Being in the bespoke trade, we always have to think ahead. Timing is everything when trying to catch a season.
So even if all you see is grey skies and rain, turn your thoughts to the sunnier days to come and think about placing an order for your summer .
With a stunningly colourful selection of cloths available this summer, we have just about every angle covered. Whether you're looking for those natural shades of cream, white or khaki, or something bright and eye catching (perhaps red, or aquamarine), we've got it covered. Click here to browse our linen range. When considering your Linen look, you may want to consider whether or not it's main use will be casual or smart. Linen is a light weight airy cloth that can be given more structure with full internals or made more casual with a deconstructed look. Half lined are great options for hot climates as there are less layers involved.
Air can travel through the cloth easier to keep you cool. Perfect for those weddings on the beach! If you are really serious about keeping cool, why not try our new tailored shorts?.
A short flight away lies the sun soaked Spanish Island of Ibiza, which plays host to one of Europe's hottest events - Dia de Sant Bartomeu (St Bartholomew's day) Celebrations are held on the beach and in the town annually on the 24th August; it is renowned for having most of Europe's 'IT' crowd in attendance, awesome music, beautiful sunsets and a spectacular fireworks display.
Having an A-list crowd around, I wanted to make sure that you were all looking your best, so I thought I would suggest some styles to wear out in Ibiza.
First of all make sure that all clothing is light, as it may get warm if you wear your thick British tailoring in the height of summer. I suggest wearing a Linen jacket with shorts. A Suit That Fits has some great linen separates and suits that would look great on the beach and even at a club. Linen-1 an ivory fabric, is great as a jacket paired with some tailored navy shorts. Getting it half-lined would be good idea, as it will keep you looking and feeling cool, when you're partying it up in Spain's hottest Isle. This Camel linen jacket (Linen-19) looks great for summer, especially if you are on a beach holiday and camel is right on trend at the moment:.
This weekend the Cartier International Polo was held at Guards Polo club in Windsor. It is one of the summer's most prestigious events; it attracts many Hollywood A-listers, celebrities and even royalty.
The weather was great, so we got to see some great summer styles; my particular favourites were the linen jackets and suits, worn by many of the notable guests.
The event is less formal than Royal Ascot and has more of a relaxed atmosphere; the after-party was held at Chinawhite in central London. If you went to the polo or the afterparty in one of our suits we'd love to know about it - email Harry with a picture and you might feature on our blog!
With temperatures having soared lately, Silverstone turned up the heat by hosting one of Formula 1's hottest events: The British Grand Prix. If you were lucky enough to hold a ticket into the F1 paddock, you would have seen people looking and feeling cool in their smart attire.
Our jackets are perfect for the hot days we've been having; pairing that with one of our would have been perfect! I would have gone for a smart casual look by wearing jeans with a .
Equally, those feeling 'on trend' could have worn a linin jacket with some smart tailored suit-shorts. Loving this old-style picture of the race.
With the sun shining this week, Johnny, your resident west-end branch manager, has been thinking about summer styling!
Do I dare say it? I'm going to...I think....yep...SUMMER'S HERE! Even if it isn't let's tease the sun with our pasty white skin...OK, just me?
Us Brits are not known for our ability to dress for summer. We just haven't had enough practise. Winter we have nailed. Autumn is easy. Spring's a little bit tricky sometimes but Summer! Those tube journeys...a tie? Really?(Insert 'unhappy face' icon here)
When you think of a suit you really don't think perfect summer attire. So, instead I urge you to think about tailored garments and all they have to offer us on the two or three days summer will be burning our skin on. There are countless ways we can dress to suit the increasing temperatures while remaining smart, business like, unsweaty (let's get to the real problems) and sophisticated.
Start with the weight and content of the fabric you are choosing. Our fabrics range from the lightweight, 260g fabric to the heavyweight, 320g fabric. As a general rule a 300g fabric is an all season fabric but therefore will not keep you super warm in the depths of winter and will probably keep you a little too warm in the height of summer. I would advise, in summer, purchasing a summer weighted fabric. Anything under 300g and, to be honest, even the 300g if you aren't the type of person to get hot just thinking about the sun is the way forward. Leave the 320g weighted fabrics for late autumn and winter.
For the summer, look for a fabric with much more wool in it; due to wool's awesome breathable nature, body temperature controlling skill, feel to the touch and self cleaning properties! Stay well away from cashmere also. Some of our herringbones have cashmere content and should only be worn in the summer by people who don't feel the heat.
Once you have a great fabric choice you have almost won the battle. In addition to this you need to think about colour. A lot of us are resigned to the dark coloured suits that our offices demand. Dark charcoals, navys and blacks are common in every office I have ever worked in. They are very versatile colours, they look exceptionally smart with a crisp white shirt and they hide a multitude of sins; they do, however, also tend to absorb the suns rays and therefore slowly start to boil us. If you can get away with it in the office, why not try a linen suit? Our linens work well for this purpose due to their slightly more rigid nature. It will always have linen qualities and crease more than a wool but it will crease less than the linen suit you have in your mind (you're thinking about the man from delmonte...aren't you?) Linens don't have to be pale colours either. Why not try a navy, black or olive green? The nature of the linen will somewhat counter balance the fact that the colour is darker if intended for office use.
If you want to and can get away with it why not try lighter colours? We are all so used to charcoal, navy and black that we don't think any other colour will suit us. I urge you to be brave. A good test, and something employed by some of our Style Advisors, is to hold the fabric swatch to your face. Look in a mirror and go with instinct. You basically don't want to pale your skin out. You want to look healthy and to this day general health and wellbeing go hand in hand with tanned skin or skin with colour. How many people tell you that you look healthy and rested after a holiday? Were you rested? Probably not - it's a holiday - but you 'caught the sun' so you automatically become 'healthy', even though your skin is probably not thanking you, your wrinkles have evolved to deep set wrinkles and you still have an outline of sunglasses shape around your eyes. Try lighter grey fabrics to start with. We wouldn't want to go too crazy. With each suit you may want to experiment with colour. I have found that sandy browns and grey-browns are the next departure from traditional colours.
So, that's probably enough information to begin with. Over the coming months, watch out for more blogs about summer styling. It can be done....
After the harsh winter, it is now time to welcome the pleasant spring and summer. The long awaited season lightens not only your mind but also an enormous weight off your shoulders; the weight of sweaters and coats!.
Summer suits are the way to go; play with the style, cut, fabric and colour to really stand out from the crowd. Here are few handy tips you can use to make your summer suits more fun. Choose the right fabric: They say that a suit looks best in heavy fabrics like wool and cotton wool blends, however, it is time to wave good bye to these fabrics come summer. Linens , cottons and light weight tweeds are the most suited for the season. If plain linens are not for you, then choose pin stripe or check fabric. Don't worry about a lighter fabric not falling that well, because our suits are made-to-measure they curve, nip and tuck around your body contours perfectly.
A good option for summer is a Mohair fabric (of which we have several), this natural fabric breathes beautifully and keeps you cool in the height of the sticky summer. Colours for spring/summer: Fashion forecasters predict the colours for every season.
The colours to flaunt this spring are whites, crmes, beiges, and light shades of grey, light brick, pastel brown and fresh powder blue. I have put together a range of fabrics and colours that you must look at if you want to explore colour for your next suit; Linen-1 (white), Linen-5 (crme), Linen-19 (camel), Ivory-GVWN-31 (ivory), LGW-Plain-28 (ochre), VBC-121 (grey), CT-UK-9 (herringbone), LGW-Plain-31 (peach) and LGW-Plain-4 (beige).
Can you try this: Men are looking for excitement in fashion, says Bottega Veneta, Creative Director Tomas Maier. If that is what you believe to be true, then here are some creative tips you might want to experiment with:
Floral, paisley or geometric tone on tone prints on your choice of linings.
Give your ties a rest! Flaunt the shirt with a wide open collar.
If you work in a creative business, how about a summer jacket with a pair of well tailored shorts?
If you love the length of your trousers and do not wish to crop them, try getting shorter on the length of the jacket? This instantly makes your suit look contemporary! Also you can then throw the jacket over jeans and a tee shirt on the weekends.
Well that's about it, for now! Let's get started for the summertime.
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