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Our London Mayor is well known for putting his foot in it; from 'accidentally' drawing breasts on a board at an art event for the partially sighted, to effectively saying to a US journalist that he wanted to be supreme ruler of the UK a few weeks ago.
Now we all know that he meant supreme ruler of London but no matter how many times I read that line I can't help but think he's hatching a plan for world domination.
What many fail to realise about 'Our Boris' is that he is a practical chap. Often wearing back packs and cycling, it seems that his suit somewhat suffers from wrinkles and creases. Fundamentally, as we see from the above picture all he needs to do is tighten the straps and interviewers will see that he is wearing a classic suit well chosen for his colouring (although I would advise a little extra length on the trouser). Boris has a challenging build, with his square silhouette and round middle. This means that getting the shoulder width right is key to ensuring a balanced look, if it's too wide it simply accentuates his square frame.
A good suiting tip to take from Boris, that is great for his shape is to wear a fair amount of pinstripes. These work well for him, slimming and toning down the harsh dark palette of political suiting. One thing of note is Boris' habit of putting his hands in his jacket pockets. This leads not only to saggy pocket syndrome but means that his suits often have pockets half in half out or one in and one out. This generally gives an untidy look to his press photographs but makes him rather endearing as we realise that he too is merely human.
In short 'Our Boris' still needs a few style tips here and there but his international appeal, particularly as a popular British stereotype, makes him an ideal candidate for promoting the capital.
The Blue-Collection , is a range of medium and lightweight blended wool cloths, ideal for all seasons, that will stand out from plain blue worsted wool cloths - for those who like their blue suits, but do not necessarily want to conform to a tried and tested offering.
Blue-Collection D-1 to D-4 are classic stripes, from pin - pencil and back again, in varying breadths. Something for all stripe lovers! At first glance, the Blue-Collection D-5 , reminds me of Pierre Cardin or Hugo Boss suits, circa 1980's, and calls to mind Richard Gere in The Gigolo, and Crocket and Tubs in Miami Vice. This is the most interesting cloth of the collection to me.
The Blue-Collection D-7 is what I consider to be a self-stripe, and is effectively a subtle i.e. blue on blue, broad stripe.
The Blue-Collection D-8 is a mix of both pinstripe and pencil-stripe, very 80's. As is the D-9.
And rounding them all up is the Blue-Collection D-10, which, together with the D-5, are my favourites. It is incredibly soft to the touch, and though very dark, has just a hint of indigo blue, which can be seen in the twill as it catches the light.
There is a Blue-Collection cloth for everyone in this new offering. Some of the cloths will lend themselves to big bold 2 piece suits with peeked lapels, even double breasted i.e. the D-7 and D-7, others really lend themselves to the 3 piece i.e. the D-10, which could look very 1960's mod, if cut right.
When considering your next suit, perhaps consider thinking outside the box, and delve into a world of pattern and texture, you may surprise yourself how much you enjoy a break from the norm.
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