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Check out our customer, Dr. Jordan, in one of his favourite A Suit That Fits checked shirts...
The 'Dandy' chap was papped by Oxford fashion blog and we can see why; we love how he's teamed this gingham, light blue shirt with bold red chinos and brown accessories for a smart casual look.
He proves that bespoke isn't just reserved for special occasions and can be incorporated into your daily wardrobe to a very stylish affect. Dr Jordan may also be pleased to hear that we have recently launched a range of bespoke chinos so you no longer have to compromise on fit, even on your more casual days. See the chino range here. Want to share your favourite A Suit That Fits item with us and be featured on the blog? Email your photo to email@example.com and keep your eye on the blog...
It's a somber occasion and all of my tops are too joyful
I've yet to get through an episode of Modern Family without somebody expressing a passionate desire for one of Cam's trademark contrast collar cuffs .
Since being a part of A Suit That Fits people have asked me whether we can actually create such a masterpiece for them - hence why I decided to settle the matter post-haste!. The key to Cam's style is the contrasting collar cuff detailing. By choosing a relatively simple yet colourful base cloth for the body of the shirt you can pretty much get away with anything on the collar and cuffs. In the example above we see Cam in a coral pink shirt with festive green red cuffs.
And below a cooler blue pinstriped shirt contrasted with yellow detail.
One particular element of Cam's style is that his sleeve length is cut longer than one would normally wear them, in order to keep them turned up at all times to display the contrasting design. As shown here with a fine pink pinstripe shirt with a flower pattern collar and cuff detail.
For everyday wear though it isn't always practical to have loose cuffs. An alternative would be to have double cuffs instead of over sized single ones, then just make the whole cuff in a contrasting cloth!
Doing it this way you still achieve a smart finish to your shirts without losing the individuality! In the above image you can also see an example of a high square collar (Y2), a button down collar with contrasting pale pink stitching, the options are endless! To see our full range of shirting cloths and and all the different options (you can even have your initials embroidered) book your self an appointment with your nearest Style Advisor.
Greetings! May I firstly introduce myself. My name is Elizabeth and I am the new Manageress at A Suit That Fits, Manchester. I'm now chomping at the bit to get into the studio and get moving - finally opening on Saturdays! So anyone looking for a suit or even just wanting to brainstorm some ideas please pop in for a chat soon! Now I won't lie to you, 'I loves a bit of Gavin Stacey I does!' And as all avid fans know it was actually Smithy and Nessa (writers James Corden and Ruth Jones) that made us fall in love with the show through clever writing and impeccable comic timing.
As lovable and witty as this lager-loving Essex boy is, I think we can all agree that the horizontal striped polo shirts and sports don't do Corden any favours.
However, since the end of the Gavin Stacey we've got to see the far more suave and stylish side of Corden which really hit me at this years Brit Awards - just look at the difference!. Donning a classic black three piece suit, James has gone for a five button waistcoat with notched base which elongates his upper body, worn underneath a relatively understated one button jacket with straight flapless pockets. By keeping it simple and using clean lines it's far more complementary - the wide peaked lapels make it extra-sharp and mirrors the sharp angles of the jacket's shoulders. I'm definitely a sucker for those little design features that really add to the overall creation - like the matching five buttons on the front with five buttons on the cuffs.
Top it off with a neat round collared shirt and monochrome tartan tie and voila! Even a snappy tie-pin to make him a proper British gent. Corden knows that keeping it simple is his best formula, even when going a bit more casual with black jeans shirt, a well-fitting charcoal jacket and (one button and notched lapel) works for me! Though, we would never want to suppress his fame and fortune winning cheeky-chappy personality. His new role as presenter of quiz show 'A League of Their Own' is a perfect demonstration of his love for a t-shirt jacket combo. This can be happily paired with smart or casual jeans. Note the extra-slim lapel giving it an extra modern edge. As modelled by James Corden, investing in a well-fitting jacket in any of the classic options; black, navy or grey will serve you well! Whatever your outfit, whether in trainers or heels it will never look out of place and be incredibly versatile.
For those not wanting to be too extravagant, or just looking to get a taste of tailoring this is a fantastic way to start. The 'Little Black Jacket' is an absolutely wardrobe essential for both men and women just come and see me in our Manchester Studio and find the perfect fit for you!
With the explosion of One Direction in the last few months in America all eyes are on this band. Most pop groups have a main person, someone that all the magazines focus, someone that everybody swoons over.
For One Direction that person is Harry Stiles. The fresh faced singer stole the hearts of adoring fans in the UK and U.S.A but here at A Suit That Fits we've got our eye on one thing, it seems that while everyone is falling for Harry, his stylists are in love with tailoring.
Here we see him wearing an over-sized bow tie. This type of neck tie has a youthful, playful feel but paired with a three piece mid grey suit it looks like Harry Stiles is going for a more serious suiting look.
This fitted black shirt shows of his slim waist and worn with a cropped grey Jacket that is cut very slim to show off his modern take on traditional tailoring.
It is great to see such a young gent flying the flag for suits. Harry Stiles loves the very slim tailored suiting. He normal sports a two piece but has been know to wear a waistcoat on occasion.
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.
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.
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An adaptation of 'A Servant and Two Masters' by Goldoni it is set in the 1960's and perfect for a modern, British audience. I failed to go and see it while James Corden was in the role of Francis Henshall but the other week I treated myself to a little after work outing with a girlfriend.
I'm inclined to believe that Owain Arthur does an even better job in the lead role. I loved it, the timing and atmosphere was amazing. If you intend to go and see this show I strongly recommend popping to the bathroom in the interval otherwise the level of laughter is likely to cause accidents, a tribute to it's Comedia dell'arte roots.
I loved the way the production focused on taking visual clues from the costume to inform us of the character types and their function within the plot. This was subtle but still visable to the theatre savvy. But probably my favourite aspect of the performance (given my profession) was the attention to detail in the costume of this 60's extravaganza.
Here we see one of the iconic 60's looks; carefully contrasting cloths, trousers with a single pleat and braces with a sports jacket with a slight longer length. In the context of the play it shows the rakish vanity of the character when combined with the slick hair and general demeanour. To bring this look up to date create a slimmer line to your trousers and jacket, cut out the pleats, airing on the slim side with your lapel. White collar and cuffs are really in style at the moment and mixed with a striped cloth for the rest of the shirt, this look is just super!
A note for any ladies reading; the use of suiting separates and carefully mis-matching cloths gives you great versatility. When choosing your suiting go for a few full suits in cloths that will work with each other. Then pick a few stand out cloths for single garments again remembering versatility is the key here. Bold trousers and skirts with simpler blouses and jackets are must this year.
I find the costume of the character Francis utterly charming. A little nod perhaps to the diamond print of the harlequin role that he presides within. Checks and tweeds within suiting have been really winners on the catwalks the past couple of seasons. Brown and blueish tones work beautifully together and something like the Check-875083-2 or our TPO range are all appropriate here. With summer not far off though it might be a good idea to bear in mind the CB range of checks as light weight alternatives.
Looking at other characters within the play we come across the use of crisp white shirts. This look is simple but kept almost comically 60's with this crazy paving tie with a diamond print. A style tip here would be to try not to mix check suiting with bold print ties. Another great tip this play has to offer is the use of classic men's tailoring on women. Provide you are not to full in the chest this can create a bold look. A slim fit dinner jacket can give you great taster of this look, a great advocate of this being Kate Moss (see Hana's blog for more info). These slim line slightly masculine jackets offer great options for pairing with jeans for a more casual look.
One of the reasons the characters costumes are so important is that visual character clues are a must in any comedy of errors. The importance of dress is also true in every day life. A persons first impression of you is often based on the your handshake, your smile and the way you dress. A crisp well cut suit speaks volumes but the devil is in the detail
-A slim lapel can give a slick modern look suggesting you're a forward thinker and like to keep up to date. But be warned if it's wrong for your build (such as a very broad or boxy shape) it may suggest that you follow fashions blindly and need a lot of direction even if you are a hard worker.
-Peaked Lapels look great and ladies can wear them all the time but gents need to be careful as they suggest power and if you're a young guy in a low level job it might come across as arrogance. It might be best to keep it for sports jackets until you've got a few more years under your belt.
- Small, bright contrasting details on a very sombre suit hint to a fun side of your personality. It's a nice detail and subtle enough for a day in the office but be careful, a full set of contrasting button holes is a statement not a detail.
If you have any worries about coming over as 'just another man in a suit' come and see your local Style Advisor. We'll help you pick details that are right for you.
The phenomenal success of English boy band One Direction, after coming third in the 7th series of the X Factor, has culminated in a number one spot in America for their debut album Up All Night.The band, comprising members Niall, Zayn, Liam, Harry and Louis, are now embarking on what looks like a sell out US tour to promote their album.
They have generated so much excitement, that some commentators have likened it to the Beatles first visit to the States in 1964, and the necessity for 20 bodygurds for each member on the tour!With 2.
35 million Twitter followers already, the boys are proving to be a music sensation, and they're also showing a great sartorially individual style in their choice of suits too.Maybe better known for their trendy casual gear, the boys have also been cutting a dash in a series of sharp suits. I have already noticed an increase in popularity in my Oxford, Reading and Camberley studios of their preference for an ultra-fitted cut. In the above picture of the band at an X Factor gig, from left to right, Liam is wearing a charcoal two button suit in a mohair cloth, with narrow notch lapels, straight flapped pockets and narrow flat front trousers .
Harry sports a black one button suit in a wool/silk mix, again with a narrow notch lapel and flat front trousers. Zayn has a black one button suit in a mohair cloth, with a narrow shawl collar, slanted flapless pockets and narrow flat front trousers . Louis has gone for a very on-trend maroon one button suit in a sharkskin cloth, again with a shawl collar and slanted flapless pockets, with narrow flat front trousers. Finally, Niall has chosen a dark charcoal one button suit in a mohair cloth, with shawl collar and contrast black trim, slanted flapless pockets and narrow flat front trouser. They have all chosen white shirts and skinny black ties to complete their outfits. In this picture, Harry has gone for a three piece single breasted suit in a mid grey mohair cloth, with a one button notch lapel jacket, four button waistcoat and flat front trousers, complementing it with a white shirt and oversize black bow tie! Zayn on the other hand has opted for a light grey double breasted suit in a mohair cloth, with peak lapels, straight flapped pockets and contrasting black buttons. All the boys have accessorized their suits with pocket squares. The 'Fab Five' certainly know how to look dapper and trendy on stage!
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Almost all women want a man who has it and isn't afraid to admit it, most men want it but don't really know how to get it. What am I talking about? Swagga, this illusive commodity that a lot of people want but most people don't really understand.
Just because you have on a designer label or a doesn't give you Swagga. Just because you have a Breitling watch and your shoes are hand made by Berluti doesn't give you Swagga.
Just because you push the Bentley or the Lambo once again doesn't give you Swagga. All these things CAN make you look good and give you status and prominence as well as demonstrating your wealth, however this isn't what Swagga is about. You can take the poorest kid from the gutters and match him up against the richest jet set CEO in Europe, but if the kid's got Swagga he'll still turn a head or two in away that the latter will never be able to.
If you want to know what Swagga is, then here goes; it's about style, confidence and being who you are flat out and point blank. It's about not buying the Breitling watch just to show the world you have thirty grand to blow, but taking that same money and buying a Goya painting for your home. It's about not following the trends but making the trends. Swagga is showing up in an office full of suit and tie wearing gents with your shirt not fully buttoned up wearing a fitted blazer that makes their suits look like sacks. Swagga is being a man Nepoleon's size in a room full of Peter the Greats and still being the tallest and biggest gent. It's about wearing a floral cravat to match your suit even though you're not attending a wedding. It's about not talking a certain way or using certain slang because you think it's cool (hence swagga), it's about not buying a bespoke suit just because it says Savile Row or Armani and you still don't know how to dress yourself. Simply it's about being yourself and sticking to your own rules, the ones that make you an individual.
At a Suit That Fits this is what we embrace on every level; be you a gent whose already self assured and is looking for a way to design himself the suit he's always dreamed of or a guy whose looking for a new way to feel more confident about his appearance. These are our clients, they come from every walk of life needing our help and wanting to improve their swagga and express themselves and their unique style through a well cut suit.
We see recent graduates on a budget, looking for a proper suit for their first day at the big firm who go for our TRW-37460-20 cloth.
A best man who's used to jeans and t-shirts and doesn't have a clue about suits or colours but was told to go electric blue like our VBC-130. Or a confident business owner who's used to buying Savile Row cut suits but came to us looking for that same level of cut with a smaller dent in the wallet, like our RTallwool100202-4A . We embrace and service every form and level of Swagga!
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