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Flat-fronted, slim-fitted trousers remain the preferred choice of the fashion industry and the modern man. But this year's Autumn/Winter catwalks saw an influx of pleated designs from the likes of Burberry Prorsum, Vivienne Westwood and Giorgio Armani.
Whether this trend will translate into greater public preference for the pleated trouser or will remain this year's fashion oddity is yet to be seen. Pleated aren't an absolute no-go; a decent style advisor will consider their clients' preferences while keeping one eye on what they consider to be the most flattering design for the individual.
A few things should be considered, however, when deciding whether to dress with pleated or flat-fronted trousers. The first is function. Where will you be wearing your suit and in what capacity? If you're buying a suit for the office, pleated trousers offer greater comfort, especially if you're sitting at a desk for long periods. Pleated trousers also create a formal business-y look and might therefore be appropriate for the mature gentleman who wishes to distinguish himself from his flat-fronted/skinny-fitted suit-wearing subordinates. Pleats are also more flattering for men with larger builds, because they create an attractive shape around the waist-area.
The argument against pleats is more than a matter of taste. If you're tall and slim, no functional reason for wearing pleats exists. If you like them, go for it! But be aware of the effect they produce: the aesthetic, besides being business-y and therefore less attractive for the evening, is decidedly 80s. Pleated trousers were ubiquitous in the 80s (think Richard Gere in American Gigolo); if that's the style you're going for, I applaud your retro stylings, but I do recommend mixing your pleats with a slim-fit leg for a more modern interpretation of a classic style. Click on Get the Look to start designing your pleated trousers now. Happy shopping!.
Despite being updated with modern silhouettes for the contemporary era, the corduroy suit will always have that sexy, masculine, '70s-era kind of vibe. One of the best things about owning one, though, according to style guru Dan Trepanier, is that you get three wardrobe essentials in one: a suit, a go-to pair of trousers and a casual sports jacket.
Investing in a custom means you'll have some figure-flattering for the weekend and a sharp to wear with jeans at semi-casual events.
Whether you're going for the raffish air of an Oxbridgian English gentleman or the autumnal beauty of a thick, warm suit, corduroy is a classic fabric with a hint of unconventionality guaranteed to lend character to your wardrobe. Every man who wants to complete his collection of business suits and sports coats should think about investing in one. I hear there's even something quite seductive about those velvety corduroy lines on a man's figure. A Suit That Fits offers corduroy in all the classic tones usually associated with that fabric: black, chocolate brown, green, grey, light brown and navy.
So whether you want to invest in a full suit, a pair of trousers or a sports coat, plenty of options are available to you, including whether you want your trousers pleated, your sports coat single-buttoned or your suit slim-fitted. Enjoy shopping!. .
The papers are buzzing at the moment with photos of David Beckham and his daughter Harper in the front row of his wife Victoria Beckham's New York Fashion Week show. It's extremely cute to see Harper interacting with her famous father (as well as Anna Wintour!), but what few of the media outlets seem to have picked up on is how great David looked in his sharp black suit and tie.
In all the commotion of Victoria's spring/summer 2014 collection launch, David's style and sophistication have been sorely neglected. My favorite thing about David's style is how willing he is to wear his so closely fitted.
From those pictures last year in China where he played soccer in an unbelievably slim grey suit to this recent appearance in Manhattan in a classic black suit, he always knows how to wear tailored garments just right. His tall ectomorphic body-type, lean without too much muscle, is the perfect frame for the kind of ultra-fitted look he's known for. The suit he wore in New York this week is another example of a well fitted simple black suit, its details including four cuff buttons, peaked lapels and flapped pockets. Victoria herself looked elegant and relaxed in a white blouse, black cut-offs and her trademark Aviators, but it was David who really shone.
Oh, and Harper, of course (who wore a pale blue Chlo dress, incidentally)!. .
Over on the American version of the A Suit That Fits blog, I wrote about Jamie Campbell Bower's recent appearances dressed in Alexander McQueen at multiple global premieres of The Mortal Instruments. If those suits had you excited, get a load of Jamie's co-star Robert Sheehan in these incredible suits by Dent de Man.
How to out-style even Jamie Campbell Bower? Wear a vintage !. The ultra slim-fit with its gorgeous design, which Sheehan wore to the Madrid premiere (above right), would have been perfect, I believe, if Sheehan had paired it with more appropriate shoes, as opposed to those Reef sandals, which even I tend to wear around the streets of (they may be comfortable but they're hardly red carpet wear).
Take one look at Sheehan in Hollywood, however, in another Dent de Man suit, this time with a chocolate brown and pale blue paisley design (above left), and all is forgiven. Sheehan has got to be one of the most fashion-forward of Hollywood's rising stars and we can't wait to see what style innovations he has in store for us in the coming years.
360 million YouTube hits gives you an idea of how popular this Korean Idol is. But what is it that people are looking at when they click onto his video link? Is it the crazy Lasso dancing routine? Is it the fact that the song IS actually quite catchy? I didn't get any of that when I watched the clip, but I did feel like I was watching a crazy fashion show.
I have actually lost count of the number of outfits donned during this video by the energetic 34 year old. I have a few pictures to share with you to show you just what I'm talking about.
Psy, despite his build, opts for very slim fitting garments . His jackets are tight and well fitted to him. Here we have Psy with a Powder Blue jacket , with a slim Shawl collar , and single button fastening. He also has black braiding on the edge of the lapels pocket flaps . He compliments this with a full collar dress shirt bow tie . Very smart.
And in this picture we can see he is a fan of the pastel colours. This pink compliments him very well, with Extra Wide satin peaked lapels and single button fastening. This time, matched with a black dress shirt white bow tie .
This seems to be one if his slightly more formal offerings, and it does seem like there is an ongoing theme here. Again, dressed in formal shirt Bow tie , we have the Korean rapper looking Dapper in Black. Absolutely love the shoes Psy.
And I do like the look of this shirt . Not that I'll be rushing out to buy one, but I do expect to see plenty of imitations out there soon.
Zac Efron is the new kid on the block. Having blasted his way to stardom via the hit TV series High School Musical he has more recently starred in the box office hit 'The Lucky One.' With his heartthrob good looks he is perfectly placed for this moving story of unexpected love and romance.
Zac is a lover of well cut , usually going with a worn with crisp white and dark . He tends, as is the fashion to go with a close cut, perfect for showing off a great silhouette.
Below Zac is wearing a checked blue shirt and notched collar suit in petrol blue sharkskin cloth. The two button jacket shows off his waistline with a modern slim fit look keeping the the jacket classic with four buttons on the cuff. The pocket square has become increasingly popular among younger gentlemen, showing that classic dandy style will always be popular.
A more casual approach to tailoring is wearing your suit with a smart fitted t-shirt. It is a look that can work really well on younger guys.
With the up and coming Olympics in London this summer, all eyes are on the athletes taking part. Being an avid cyclist as well as a Style Advisor for A Suit That Fits I couldn't help but notice Victoria Pendleton.
Pendleton is a British track cyclist and the reigning Olympic and World Champion, not to mention a very snappy dresser. With her status as Olympic champion and the up and coming games we've been seeing a lot of this lady and she has not disappointed.
Pendleton is a great lover of mixing up separates, the perfect way to extend and give variety to your wardrobe. Here it looks like Victoria is doing a bit of a 'Kate Moss,' wearing a dinner jacket with jeans and knee high boots. This photo was taken at the promotional event for her ladies bicycle range, the peaked labels teamed with the smart blouse keep the look glamorous while the jeans and boots give it an outdoorsy feel, perfect for a pro-cyclist.
Another great example of Victoria Pendleton mixing ladies suit jackets with separates is a shot of her at a recent photo call. Again she's sporting a peaked lapel, this time in the form of a silver metallic number. She's gone with a single button which works well with her petite frame but something I wouldn't recommend for ladies with a little more up top. If you have large bust a two or three jacket is a much more flattering look. Pendleton has teamed this jacket with a a slim fit high waisted pencil skirt and silk long sleeve blouse. This idea of casual smart is the very essence of Victoria's look and something that can work well on all of us. Go for one statement piece or smart item and team it with classic more simple separates. This keeps you looking smart while allowing your statement piece to let your personality shine through.
In my mind though my favourite look of Victoria Pendleton's is the one she donned for a recent photo shoot, technically not her own but great all the same. Here she is pictured riding a vintage looking bike, completing the look with a vintage outfit. It is probably my love of a very nipped in waists and an extreme hourglass shape that drew me to this outfit. It might also have something to do with my love of vintage bikes! This silhouette looks great on curvy and athletic women alike provide you follow some simple rules. If you're curvy go with an ultra fitted look with a high waisted pencil skirt. Make sure that there's not a scrap of excess cloth on your waist though, keeping the skirt on or just above the knee.On the other end of the scale, if you have small hips and a small bust you can cut your skirt a little lower. I would advice going with an umbrella or A-line skirt and wider peaked lapels on your jacket. If you pair this with a very nipped in waist it will give you the illusion of an hourglass figure.
Whilst we all love to be different from one another, one thing remains the same, we all want a well fitting suit. Unfortunately there are other factors at play and we loose sight of our original goal. How many times have you been swayed by a price tag, or a name, but been bitterly disappointed at some aspect of the garment you've just taken home? 'Sure, it's a lovely cloth, but the jacket is a little tight'.
'It'll do, as long as I don't button it up.' Or, 'Ooh it's Armani, or Hugo Boss, and it's on Sale. I've just got to have it.' Scenarios that happen probably every minute of every day on our high streets.
But the real question is Why?. We are all romanced by the shop windows, the magazine adverts, the TV adverts. We love to wear what the celebrities are seen in. How many of you guys have wanted The Beckham look at some point over the years. You take you hard earned wages to the shops, and you part with it just to be like your idols. You get home, look in the mirror only to find that, whilst it looked fantastic on Mr Beckham, it looks 'okay' on you. Bespoke is the answer to all of your questions. It is the plain and simple truth of the matter. A bespoke tailor will match your skin, hair and eye tones to the cloth that is perfect for you, not Russell Brand.
He or she will take measurements unique to your individual body shape, not Daniel Craig's. They will judge accurately your shoulder and back shape, not that of Ryan Reynolds. When the suit is ready to collect, you will put it on. You will stand in front of that mirror, and look at the person staring back. Then, and only then, will you realise - This is why the celebs look so good. Perfect shoulders, precise sleeve length, waist nipped in at the exact spot your body does. These are all attributes of a perfectly tailored garment. Not something you picked up one day after an hour on the high street. I mean, do you honestly think that Daniel Craig walks into Ralph Lauren, picks up a 40R jacket and 34R trousers, and emerges from the fitting room looking like he's ready for a magazine shoot? The truth is, that what is presented to you in a shop window, or a magazine advert, has been tailored on the model to within an inch of its life. This is what makes you think it'll do the same for you. And this is why you should take your hard earned money to your nearest tailor, and let him work his magic on you.
We have seen many characters come and go from this well loved soap, but the east-end gent has always been a big part of what EastEnders is all about. What one thing do these chaps love more than anything else? Well a well fitting sharp suit of course!.
And it is not just the good guys who like a , it's the characters we love to hate. Derek, played by Jamie Foreman is a well groomed rogue. seen here in a navy with a notched collar and two button front.
Alfie, on the other hand is a bit more retro. He loves his his flower patterned shirts, often over powering his well made and well fitting suits with the loudness that they create.
Here he is wearing a fine pinstripe suit with a 4 button waistcoat and a double cuffed shirt. He finishes it off with a cashmere overcoat in charcoal grey and of course a pocket square.
The real east-end gents were always very dapper with their bespoke Saville Row suits and obligatory Crombie overcoat.
The Kray twins were known for their love of well fitting suits and helped bring about the idea that the archetypal east-end gangster could not be seen without one. They would regularly don a two piece and team it with a black skinny tie. It is even thought that the character Peggy Mitchell was loosly based on Violet Kray, the twins mother. The Kray twins, seen here both in two piece suits with two button, notched collar jackets, pocket square optional.
In the hit TV series Poirot the character of the same name is quick to asert that he is Belgian, but his tailored suits are most definitely not. Hercule Poirot seems like an unlikely style icon, but if you consider his era, he was probably one of the best dressed men in town.
Of course, David Suchet, the actor who played Poirot admits that the portly detective was padded out to create his distinctive shape, no one can deny that the tailoring involved in any of his outfits is nothing short of outstanding.
Now there are a few things that this great detective would rarely be seen without. Poirot regularly wore a 3 piece suit . In terms of detail most notable are his trademark extra wide peaked lapels, two button jacket and seven button waistcoat with two pockets and no lapels. Poirot regularly donned straight flapped pockets on his jackets with his trousers sitting high on the waist. This helped allow the cloth to flow on the body, rather than looking broken up when worn under the stomach. A pocket square was always present, mostly worn as a square but sometimes a 3-point fold. I simply love the cut of Poirot's suits, with the jacket made to exacting measurements, no extra room around the chest or waist.
If we look at this photo of him in his dinner jacket for example. He wears a slim fit suit for a man of his size, which cut in this way can be very flattering. The trousers hang perfectly from waistband to ankle, creating clean lines that are large but perfect on the thigh and knee, straight down to the turn-ups. Whilst Poirot is indeed a big man, there is no doubting that a slim fit jacket, cut well compliments his size. It is a common misconception that slim fit does not suit or fit the large physique. Slim fit though does not actually mean that you have to be slim to wear it. It simply means that it is cut slimmer than a relaxed jacket, but still larger than your skin measurements.).
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