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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.
Can you believe it's been almost seven years since we last had a single from Justin Timberlake? Well, It has been, and now he's back with his new single Suit and Tie , collaborating with Jay-Z. It just feels like he's never been away, and although he's not always been known for his Formal look, the pictures from his latest single certainly suggest he should dress this way more often.
We've seen Justin through the years from his days in N-Sync, launching his solo career and working with some of the biggest names in the music industry, and eventually becoming one of those biggest names.
We've even watched him in movies such as and. Now he's back on the music channels with Suit and Tie and looking very sharp. Here, we can see Justin wearing a sharp looking Tuxedo with a slim, notched satin lapel matched with a studded front, full collar dress shirt and black silk bow-tie . Jay-Z also looking suave in his midnight blue Tuxedo with black satin shawl collar and blue silk bow-tie. Both gents have opted for the single button fastening with covered buttons, which is usually standard offering on dress wear. The only thing missing for Mr JT is the white pocket square , which he makes up for in the picture below.
Brand new feature to the blog page. Every week, I will be submitting my Suit Of The Week. This could be from the world of TV, celebrity, fashion, sport or it could even be one of our fantastic clients, or someone I see in the street.
Basically, this will be something different. Something that we all wish we could achieve, but don't know how. Something that moves us to declare: I Will Be That Stylish, for I Am ME.
Basically, this will be something different. Something that we all wish we could achieve, but don't know how. Something that moves us to declare: I Will Be That Stylish, for I Am ME. And The Great Thing About Being ME Is That Nobody Else Is ME! So, ladies and gentlemen, without further ado, I give you my very first Suit Of The Week. The Patterned Tuxedo jacket is paired immaculately with a matching Bow tie , and with the Waistcoat matching the Trousers , ensures a very smart Mr Messi when the jacket is over the back of the chair. You can't win your 4th Ballon D'Or in a row and not be chosen for Suit Of The Week in the same week, so when Argentinian superstar, Lionel Messi told me to check out his suit , I had only one winner.
This was designed by Dolce and Gabanna and looks very smart on the very tidy, erm. Messi. So congratulations Barcelona and Lionel. Your 4th Ballon D'Or in a row, and your very first Suit Of The Week. Needless to say Real Madrid's Portuguese international Christiano Ronaldo wasn't too happy when I told him Messi had won again!
Every man at some stage of his life aspires to be like James Bond - licence to kill, access to an equally sexy selection of cars and women, and of course the ultimate tuxedo. When putting on a flawless suit that fits like a glove it makes any man swagger along oozing with confidence - which as all men know is the key to attracting a woman.
In the build up to the release of the eagerly anticipated 23rd James Bond film 'Skyfall' there have been several photos of the current Bond, Daniel Craig, doing the media rounds; filming on set and with his wife Rachel Weisz.
I particularly like the above photograph as it shows James Bond in an everyday light that most men can actually relate to - just holding hands with the wife in your lunch break. And yet, even in this more casual pose, how is he still projecting such an air of effortless, debonair sophistication? With a pale grey, mohair, two piece suit, white shirt and metallic, spot-print tie, that's how. This specific suit shows a double vented, two button jacket with straight flapped pockets and a medium width notched lapel and three cuff buttons. The last button has been left un-done for what I can only assume to be some magnificent cufflinks.
The trousers, slightly unusually, have a 1 inch turn up, straight cut and tapered down the leg. If you fancy trying this style for yourself, I have the design ready and waiting so just follow the link: grey two piece . A very appropriate quote that has always stuck in my mind from his first Bond film, Casino Royale:James Bond: I have a dinner jacket. Vesper Lynd: There are dinner jackets and dinner jackets; this is the latter. And I need you looking like a man who belongs at that table. James Bond: How?... It's tailored. Vesper Lynd: I sized you up the moment we met.
It is evidently the jacket that maketh the man. And I say maketh the jacket work for the man! (or woman) For example, when I tried to take my partner's attention away from the PlayStation to show him these photos his first comment was, Now that's a Classic Bond Suit, which got me thinking.
All actors honoured with the role of 007 have also been fitted with their own unique take on this classic grey number. The number of buttons, width of trouser, point of the lapel and colour of tie may change but the impact is equal on each man.
Recently working in our studio in Manchester I have noticed a new style creeping in. It seems that the 1920's is all the rage at the moment. This era included a lot of interesting suiting choices, making it still a very popular decade that my customers reference.
There were two very distinct suiting fashions during 1920s, with being one of the very few constants. were usually only worn for formal occasions.
In the early twenties men's fashion was characterized by extremely high waisted trousers, often worn with belts. Lapels on suit jackets were not very wide as they tended to be buttoned up high. This style of jacket seems to have been greatly influenced by the uniforms worn by the military during the First World War.
Trousers were relatively narrow and straight (never tapered) and they were worn rather short so that a man's socks often showed. Trousers also began to be worn cuffed, something we are seeing more of in our Manchester studio.
By 1925, wider trousers commonly known as Oxford Bags came into fashion. Lapels on suit jackets became wider and were often worn peaked. Loose-fitting sleeves without a tapper were another trade mark of this time. During the late 1920s,double-breasted waistcoats, often worn with a single-breasted jacket, also became quite fashionable.
For formal occasions in the daytime, a morning suit was usually worn. In the evening a short tuxedo jacket was preferred.
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!
For over 20 years now, Robert Downey Jnr. has been appearing on our screens. Since the days of Weird Science, we have seen him in an astonishing array of roles, from comedy, action and even thrillers. The man has it all in the bag when it comes to acting.
Little wonder that he is also a very snappy dresser and a lover of the . Over the years RDJ has literally sported thousands of amazing .
Most of which stem from the movie set, whether it be Sherlock Holmes, or Iron Man. It must be said though that it's not just Robert's characters that dress smart. When appearing at awards ceremonies and social events you can almost bank on him being one of the most dapper gents there. Above is a collage of some great RDJ style choices. We have a Prince of Wales check jacket with contrasting pocket flaps, a chalk stripe with plush velvet contrasting collar and some fantastically sharp looking tuxedo choices. I love the oversize bow-tie to match the extra wide lapels.
Even when dressing casual though Robert Downey Jnr. loves a good suit. It's good to see a man that likes to don a bespoke suit even at the weekend. It shows that he loves tailoring not just for work but because it is beautifully made and perfectly fitting.
Earlier this month we saw our friends across the pond show off their sartorial glory at the Golden Globes.
We mainly saw an array of fantastic tailored (tuxedo in America). Below are a few of my favourite suits.
Chris Plummer, who won best performance of an Actor in Beginners, opted for a very traditional midnight blue dinner jacket with peaked lapels.
Peter Dinklage, who won best supporting role in Game of Thrones, had a fantastic bespoke all black dinner jacket with notched lapels. But opted for a more modern look with a black tie , rather than a bow-tie .
Adam Levine and James Valentine, of Maroon 5, looked equally dapper. Levine sported an all black dinner jacket with white shirt and black bow tie. Valentine went for a black dinner suit with peaked lapels and a blue shirt with bow tie .
Our very own home grown comedian, Ricky Gervais presented the whole ceremony and wore a loud maroon number with peaked lapels. He went for an open shirt look for the evening.
London has been the centre of men's tailoring for the last 2 centuries, with only Naples and possibly Rome and Paris coming anywhere close.
At the turn of the 20th century, people looked to the royals of the day for style tips. Edward VII can be credited with creating what is now known as the Tuxedo or Dinner Jacket and making popular the fashion of leaving the bottom button on a waistcoat unbuttoned.
Edward VIII can be attributed with making popular the now commonplace practice of trouser turn ups and the Glenplaid (or Prince of Wales check) fabric. Through the 1960's 70's, London was still a mainstay in the world of fashion, albeit with varying lapel widths. Mick Jagger and both Sean Connery and Roger Moore as James Bond were famous in that period for their tailored creations.
It's not surprising to learn that many of the world's top fashion designers learnt their craft with some of the finest tailors in London.
London is still considered to be a major style capital today, and you only have to spend 5 minutes observing the streets of Mayfair to see the styles of those embracing traditional tailoring and those opting for a more fashion forward approach. Both are equally inspirational when thinking about different looks you can achieve with tailored clothing.
Although modern black tie is the most formal outfit that the majority of gentlemen ever wear, a dinner jacket was once the most informal option for evening wear, traditional white tie attire of tails and a white waistcoat being the only acceptable choice for formal evening occasions.
The first 'dinner jacket' was created in 1860, when Henry Poole Co. crafted a short smoking jacket for the Prince of Wales to wear to informal dinner parties as an alternative to white tie dress.
Throughout the 20th Century, what constitutes 'black tie' continued to evolve (most notably the invention of the cummerbund) to the point where the modern definition of the dress code is quite flexible. The most popular combination of black jacket, cummerbund and bowtie of course being immortalised by James Bond, the dress codes' most well-known proponent. Modern black tie can be worn for a variety of formal and semi-formal evening events taking place after 6pm. The dinner jacket is almost always black, but it doesn't have to be. Midnight blue is a very stylish and less common choice - an excellent example being our version here, worn for an evening Winter wedding - and white is acceptable for tropical climes.
The jacket should either have a one-button single breasted, or 4 button 2 fastening double breasted front, a shawl or peaked collar and silk satin or grosgrain covered lapels, pocket flaps and buttons - but I also love velvet rather than satin for an unexpected contemporary touch. Some modern jackets have notched lapels but I personally do not advise this style for evening. The shirt must be white with double cuffs and a wing collar, but aside from that the style can be quite flexible. Pin-tucked fronts and covered buttons are acceptable, as are marcella bib-fronted styles with studs as worn for white tie.
Unlike for white tie, split-back trousers with suspenders are not required. Regular black trousers with a satin or grosgrain side seam will suffice, but I would strongly advise choosing no belt loops, no back pockets and vertical side pockets for a clean look
It seems that these days cummerbunds - which have their origins in British Indian Military dress - are more popular than waistcoats for black tie. They are worn with the pleats facing upwards, traditionally in the same fabric as the facings on the jacket. Strictly speaking, the cummerbund should be black but for slightly less formal occasions, dark red and other jewel tone silks are acceptable - A Suit That Fits now makes beautiful bespoke cummerbunds in a variety of shades. If you choose a waistcoat, a low-cut U or V-shaped, double or single breasted black or white version can be worn
Black patent or highly polished Oxfords or brogues; black fine wool or silk socks.
The standard and often the only acceptable tie to wear with a dinner jacket is of course a black silk bow tie, in either satin or grosgrain. For less formal occasions, you may get away with a dark jewel-coloured bowtie - only you can be the judge of what is acceptable for your particular event! We now also do bespoke silk bowties, so you'll have no concerns over fit.
The pocket squareWhite handkerchief in linen, silk or cotton must be worn
Scarf and glovesWhite silk
TimepieceTraditionally, visible watches are not worn with formal dress, as timekeeping is not a priority. However, a pocket watch or slender, plain wristwatch may be worn.
Cufflinks and studsGold, silver, mother-of-pearl or onyx - we stock a variety of suitable options.
Most people hire black tie as required but there is nothing sloppier and more unbecoming than eveningwear that doesn't properly fit - so it's best to make the investment and and go bespoke. Here at A Suit That Fits we can create bespoke dinner jackets, waistcoats, shirts and dinner accessories in almost any style you desire - visit the dinner jacket style wizard to get started and create your perfect garment!
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