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Designing a bespoke suit can seem scary at times, especially when there are so many options to choose from. The first big decision; I think, that needs to be made is do you go for a two or three piece suit?My advice if you want to take your suit up a notch would be to go for a three piece!.
A three piece suit consists of a jacket, trousers and a waistcoat. The addition of a waistcoat to the suit, adds that touch of elegance, class and stratification to your suit.It's a versatile look that you can dress up, dress down and even wear as separates.
Gary Barlow dons a three piece really well and always makes a strong fashion statement! Here, he shows off a classic six button waistcoat in heavier weight wool worn as a full three piece but the suit could also be used as separates to make the most of the suit.
Whether you have a two or three piece suit design in mind, or have no idea what to go for, come and visit one of our studios and get your bespoke creation well and truly under-way!
They say that clothes maketh the man - I'm of the opinion that accessories maketh the suit!Though summer is traditionally wedding high-season, here in the South West we do things a little differently, and my grooms are only just trying on their suits for the first time and considering what accessories to compliment their whistles come their Autumn weddings.
When I'm measuring a groom for a , the accessory (if one can consider an accessory) that I'm most interested in is his ; why? Because will dictate the cut of the trouser leg at the ankle more often than not, and once we have the cut of the trousers and the taken care if we're almost at the alter!For example; the hem of one's trousers will ideally hover .
50 .75 above the heel of traditional heeled-shoes - though this will depend how narrow the ankle of the trousers is as a narrow width will not sit as low so bear this in mind if you have sock-phobia!Above the arch of the shoe i.e. the laces, there should be no more than a single break - the dent in the crease of your trousers at shin-level.If slip-ons, trainers or flip-flops - I'm a fan by the way - are to be worn then the trousers ought be bootcut and longer in length i.e. inline with the heel of your foot.Shirt The shirt must complement the suit colour, for example; ivory coloured shirts will provide a softer, more traditional, or vintage, look for grey, black or blue suits, whereas white will give a sharper, more classic look.
Whichever you choose, ensure the shirt colour does not clash with the wedding dress colour - if in doubt choose white, better still, take advice from your betrothed!Tie In most cases the colour of the tie is the same as the wedding colour-scheme i.e. the colour of the bridesmaids dresses and flowers, and, ergo, some thought should be given to the wedding suit cloth at an early stage to ensure the tie complements the suit itself.Some thought should also be given to the colour of the shirt as it will provide the backdrop for the tie.Whilst narrow-ties have enjoyed a renaissance of late, be sure to wear a tie that is proportionate to your frame - I'll say no more.Pocket Square or corsage: That is the question Whilst I am of the school of thought that believes that a pocket square/silk-handkerchief or pochette - call it what you will - is required to complete the look of a suit, they may be superfluous to requirements on the big day if you are to wear a corsage. Let taste be your guide, but I see no harm in carrying your pocket square wit you and whipping-it out for the reception to give your suit a more evening appeal!Fob watchIf wearing a 3pc suit - without doubt the most popular style of suit for weddings, in my book at least - it is an almost natural inclination to want to adorn it with a fob watch, as our forebears would have when 3pc suits were de rigueur and chunky time pieces had not even been thought of by scuba divers - nor had the aqualung for that matter!And why not, there are some fabulous fob watches around, both antique and new. Of course, if you're lucky enough to have been passed-down your grandfather's fob watch, then I think there can be no better compliment to one's wedding suit.Whatever you choose to wear with your suit, ensure the colours of the accessories compliment the suit, and that your suit compliments your brides dress. You may only be in attendance to make up numbers, but revel in what you wear to the party and dont' forget the most important wedding accessory of all.a cigar!. My thanks to Craig and Jackie Pask for allowing me to use this photo of Craig looking ever so debonair at their wedding, and also to Hana Lee , Craig's style advisor.
How to suit your shape
The thought of getting a bespoke suit made can be a daunting one; especially if it's your first. So, here a few hints and tips for you gents to help you create the perfect bespoke suit.
An untailored suit that is too long in the sleeves and jacket length will swamp your shape and make you look smaller than you actually are. This is the same for your shirt. Your shirt should fit like a second skin so when you remove your jacket you still look just as suave. You can avoid your suit and shirts being too big by going bespoke. There's nothing quite like having a suit made just for you!
How to make sure you bespoke suit fits perfectly
Going for a two button jacket with a notched lapel instantly makes you look slimmer as it puts the first button on the widest part of your body. Wearing your jacket just under your seat will lengthen your torso and make you look taller. Showing some shirt cuff from under your jacket not only looks very smart but also lengthens the look of your arms.
When you sit down, your trousers should not pull (if they do they are too tight) but, nor should they feel like they have lots of room if they do, have them taken in. In regards to the trouser length, there should be one break as they hit your shoe. If there's more than one break they are too long for you and will therefore make you look shorter than you are.
Wearing a pocket square brings focus to your chest and adds pops of colour and personality making your suit something different and the talking point of the office!
Using these hints and tips will make sure that you bespoke suit fits like a glove and you look as dapper and the gent in picture above. If you would like some further help and advice, feel free to book an appointment with me here in Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield Chester.
Why not get your tweed blazer out? The tweed jacket is a trademark of classic British style and has played a big role in recent seasons making it a menswear essential.
Tweed blazers are a versatile yet stylish piece to have in your wardrobe as they are an easy way to introduce textures and colours into your wardrobe.They are an easy throw on piece that can transform an outfit in an instant! Pair your tweed jacket up with denim jeans or for a casual look, or a smart pair of and a for a more formal occasion.
David Beckham does this well;
No matter how subtle or loud you want to go with your cloth choice, we can help! Have a look at our tweed cloths here.
Click here to see my personal favourite tweed.
Want to take your jacket one step further? Adding a leather or suede elbow patch to your jacket will give it an edgier look.
The bespoke shirt is a very underestimated garment. If I get the collar to fit, it's fine. My jacket will be on most of the time anyway. Nobody will notice that the shirt is massive. Or the fatal mistake of I'll just buy the smaller size which fits my body.
I can always cover the gap at the collar with my tie . No gents, just No!. The is possibly the most important garment you'll wear. It's the closest item to your skin and it should reflect the overall look of your outfit for the day.
It should be well fitted, and pressed to perfection. God forbid you get to the interview in your beautifully fitted bespoke suit , only to find that the temperature in the room is sweltering. Oh No, I need to remove my jacket , but my shirt looks horrendous! Such is the dilemma. Treat your shirts like you would your suits. There is little sense in investing in your bespoke suit, when you're going to pair it with an ill fitting shirt. Take the time to think about it properly. Invest in your image sensibly, and make sure you have beautifully fitting shirts to compliment your beautifully fitting suits.
It's the difference between success and failure. It's the difference between being the sharpest dressed in the office, or blending in with the rest. It's the difference between knowing you're immaculate, and thinking you're immaculate. What would you rather?. Book an appointment at your local studio today. If you've already begun your bespoke journey with a suit , you have to complete the wardrobe building. If you're making your first investment into the bespoke market, do not leave the studio without adding a shirt to the order. Trust me, you'll see and feel the benefits at your first fitting.
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It's official, autumn is definitely upon us. The overcoats are on, the gloomy days are beginning to feel like one perpetual night, and our bodies are being lured into a state of near hibernation. We all know the feeling when our heads starts to nod uncontrollably on the commute to work and our eyelids turn to lead as we trudge through the endless meetings, all the while drinking copious amounts of coffee just to make it through the day.
Well, you are certainly not alone as low energy and fatigue are two of the most common complaints reported in the workplace, especially at this time of year.
With this in mind here are my top tips to boost your energy levels naturally by making small changes to your daily routine. Follow these tips and in no time you'll be powering through the day with a spring in your step and a focus as sharp as the cut of your suit. 1. Bring on the breakfast In the morning before you slip on that bespoke shirt and button up your tweed waistcoat spare a thought for the humble breakfast; the most commonly overlooked meal of the day. Eating a healthy breakfast is key to getting your day off on the right foot, ensuring your energy levels stay consistent through until lunchtime.
The best breakfasts for energy are high in either fibre or protein (or both). Wholegrain muesli and porridge are naturally higher in fibre, but make sure you go for the unsweetened varieties with a preference for nuts and seeds over copious amounts of dried fruit. If you miss the sweetness of dried fruit then try adding in fresh berries. For a protein-rich breakfast you can't go wrong with good old eggs (poached, boiled or scrambled) on a slice of rye or wholegrain bread. 2. Sensible snacking If you do get peckish between meals opt for a low sugar, protein-rich snack such as a small handful of mixed nuts and seeds with a piece of fruit. When cutting back on high sugar snacks the tendency is to satisfy your sweet tooth with a packet of dried fruit, but it's best to keep this to a minimum in favour of fresh fruit and berries as large quantities of dried fruit can lead to fluctuations in blood sugar levels and knock-on energy slumps. 3. Break the lunchtime routine. How many of us fall into the routine of grabbing a meal-deal and wolfing it down whilst catching up on emails? It's now easier than ever to ditch the stodgy sandwiches and get more adventurous on your lunch break. Many of the chains now offer delicious wholesome salads and balanced hot meals. Salads have a much higher protein to carbohydrate ratio while also being packed with fibre, both of which can help fend off the afternoon slump. It's also really important to take your time to eat your lunch and relax rather than multitask. Sit back, take off your jacket , roll up your shirt sleeves and fully engage with your lunch break. Make it count even if you can only spare 15 minutes. A bit of relaxation at this stage can help you become a productive fiend while everyone else is slumping over their keyboards come 4pm. 4. Stay hydrated
It's so easy to forget the importance of water in your daily routine, but water is essential in the process of how the body makes energy and even slight dehydration can manifest as tiredness. A way to increase your water intake is to place a litre bottle of water on your desk at the start of the day and gradually work your way through it, with the target of finishing the bottle by the end of the day.
5. Catch up on your shut-eye
Sleep is becoming increasingly under-rated in the modern world with people often struggling to even manage 6/7 hours a night. Lack of sleep can lead to poor energy levels the next day so try gradually creeping the time you go to bed forward by 10 minutes every night until you are getting a full 8 hours. Give yourself a cut-off time from the TV/laptop/iPad as the bright screens can stimulate your mind and keep you awake. Try having some turkey with your dinner, which is a source of an amino acid called tryptophan and can help increase levels of the sleep hormone melatonin.
Well that's it for me this week. Next week I'll be looking at the effects of stress and what we can all do to keep our levels in check. Feel free to drop me a tweet @pagetandcoles with any questions and I'll make sure I answer these in my next post. 'Til next time.
Stay smart, stay healthy!
Tomm Coles is a Nutrition and Lifestyle Consultant at Paget Coles, 10 Harley Street, London
One of my favourite trends in non-formal suiting recently has been the cropped trouser. The look has, over the summer been seen in all the fashion capitals of Europe, cementing it as a credible style for the smart gent.
The designer Thom Browne is the original trailblazer for and they are still very much his signature item today. He wears them with anything from a , to a and even a dinner suit!.
As the daughter of a pretty 'traditional when it comes to tailoring' father there are certain garments I know and love but long to see refreshed and adapted for the modern gentleman. One such item is the navy blazer.
The popularity of which was brought to my attention when a customer came to see me in requesting the very thing. It is a relatively low-investment as you are not committing to a .
This single item though will effortlessly invigorate your outfit!. For many people this garment still carries the stigma of the wide, loose-fitting, double-breasted blazers of the past (see the image below). If we abandon this style and embrace a more contemporary, slim-fit, single breasted blazer the look can be kept more modern. A standard width notched lapel certainly gives a more casual and timeless look. Opting for single breasted will instantly slim the body and enable the jacket to be worn both open and buttoned. This is a look that can be adapted for all seasons, during the summer wear your blazer with a pair of beige chino, brown leather belt and white or pastel coloured shirt, glass of champagne optional.
In terms of colour you can't go wrong with a classic 100% wool navy cloth such as the twill or matt. If you'd really like to stand out why not try an electric blue mohair or deluxe pinstripe for a truly stunning boating blazer?
It is such a versatile item, you can also make your blazer part of a more casual look, a worn by JLS at the 2012 Brit Awards. I'm a big fan of Orits Williams' contemporary take on the classic blazer using a slim shawl collar with a wool and silk cloth which gives a fabulous sheen to the Jacket.
One thing the Brits know how to do well is wear a good suit - and we have certainly not been short of sartorial inspiration during the celebrations. The chap that has stood out to me the most as looking especially suave at every occasion of the Olympics is David Beckham.
Beckham has played a role in the journey of the Olympic torch since May when it was brought from Athens to the UK at the start of the Torch Relay. As shown above Beckham went for a , the texture of which gives a little more depth to the without the need for a or .
A beautifully tailored suit, David wears a single breasted, two button jacket with notched lapels, double vents and straight flapped pockets paired with straight leg trousers. The pale pink shirt with black contrast tie works perfectly. You'll struggle to find Beckham without a Tie-pin when wearing a day suit- love it!. When the torch arrived in Britain David Beckham accompanied Princess Anne and Lord Coe, the chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. They had the honour of lighting the cauldron to celebrate the flame's official arrival. For this special occasion he returned to a notched collar and selected a darker suit colour, going with a navy.
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