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With Rachel now covering Oxford and Reading the City Road team has had a bit of a re-shuffle. The City Road girls, me and Rach are only together two days a week and in honour of this we decided to collaborate on a blog, me on the words, Rach on the pics.
Perfect little setup as I think I am the only fashion graduate who can't draw. Now, it may still be summer but if your want a new for Autunm this is the time to start thinking about it.
Our normal turn around is 6-8weeks plus fittings so even if you are still swanning around in your light grey suit and shades don't leave your Autunm option to the last minute. My favourite time of year is Autunm, the evenings have only just started to get dark and the colours are brilliant, perfect inspiration for your suiting designs.
Me and Rach have come up with three outfit ideas to get you started. First up, 'A Classic Three Piece with an edge.'
This is a great outfit for the more classic gent. The use of a contrast collar, pocket flaps and waistcoat give it that extra special something. The contrasting colour choice can be as wild or as subtle as you like. For this design we've gone with FLA-26, a grey heavy weight wool and cashmere cloth contrasted with HAB-2; a light brown herringbone cloth, also a heavy weight wool and cashmere. This is a real winner for Autumn and an idea that can be adapted for all seasons, events and occasions.
Fashion Forward suiting
Now, if you want something a little more on trend but still subtle, concentrate on your detailing. It is said that menswear is all about the details, something quite small can make all the difference. Again we've gone with a herringbone;HAB-3A, a grey wool and cashmere. The HAB's are such great cloths for the Autumn and can be really jazzed up with a splash of bright colour. With this outfit we've gone with straight flapless pockets with an extra ticket pocket all edged in red velvet. The red theme is carried on through to the cuff and lapel buttonhole stitching as well as a fushia lining.
Wild Autumn Oranges
Sometimes, classic and trendy are not what you want, sometimes, you want to walk into a room and make everyone go, wow! Our Sharkskin 5603-6 is a bronze cloth with a tonic weave that can do that. Keep the design very simple with a notched collar, slanted flapless pockets and straight leg trousers. With a really simple design you can afford to add a silk orange tie and really turn heads. The main thing to remember is that although suiting has a strong connection to the world of the nine to five it does not have to be dull. Tailoring is all about beautiful garments and amazing details.
It really pains me to see so many people on the way to work nowadays with an open neck shirt. What happened? Forgot to finish dressing yourself this morning? And what pains me even more is that many of said people are in high powered roles within their organisations, or are customer facing.
So what's happened? Where's the ?. Maybe it's actually a case of changing attitudes towards the workplace. Maybe it's down to a lack of confidence.
Lack of knowledge perhaps. What tie should I wear? What colour? Stripes? Plain? Confused??? Well let me help you. I have some simple tips on how to choose the right tie for your outfit. Firstly, consider width. If you have a jacket with a narrow lapel, keep the tie narrow. Skinny is still the in thing right now. With so many suits with slim lapels out there, skinny ties are great. A good tip is that your tie should not be wider than your lapel. Try to match width where possible as it can be very complimentary. Chances are, if you're slim, so are your lapels - and so too should your tie be. Width can range from about 1.
75 (Skinny) to 4 (Extra Wide) and does help finish off your outfit. Second rule I tend to stick by, is the 2 out of 3 rule. Now, I'm not saying that you absolutely must follow this one, but I do find that it helps compliment your outfit well. Try to wear a plain tie if your suit and shirt are patterned. A patterned tie with patterned suit and shirt can look very busy. The plain tie will help to tone things down.
Third: Choose your knot carefully. I won't go into too much detail about this point, but I will give you a link to my colleague Rachel's blog Tweak your Collar and Tie to your face shape, which explains it perfectly.
Of course, there are people out there who have great difficultly in finding a tie that suits. Either for the reasons listed above, or because they are simply too tall, or too short to wear ties found in the shops. Well, I have some good news. A Suit That Fits now offer Bespoke Ties. We allow you to choose from our range of silk cloths, select your preferred width, customize with a nice lining colour and finally, tell us your height range. Click here to design your own.
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