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The festive season is upon us and it's time to think about your party suit. Forget about your average business suit: this year's holiday season coincides with an exciting '70s revival in the fashion world from Tom Ford's glamorously loungey, floral-patterned spring/summer 2014 collection to Daft Punk's glittery tuxedos in the promo video for Get Lucky.
This December your should ideally reflect the fun nature of the season. Some ways you can incorporate fun into your wardrobe include opting for opulent fabrics like and , wearing bolder colors such as , or , and choosing showy details like and contrast piping.
There's no better time to think disco and let your inner playboy run wild than during the holiday season. Some words of advice: mix in your party elements subtly by balancing a showy staple (usually a jacket) with tailored elements. Consider a velvet jacket with black tailored trousers and patent leather shoes. Or perhaps a silver gray, black-lapeled jacket and black trousers. Make sure you balance ostentation with classical taste. One way to ensure you do this is to check out A Suit That Fits' ready-designed creations, particularly our purple velvet dinner suit (above right) with black satin lapels, lilac lining and purple piping: my favorite!.
This season's colours are all about richness and depth: camel, burgundy, maroon and every shade of brown. Brown and burgundy are definitely in this season and Beautiful Creatures actor Alden Ehrenreich knows this well.
Check out his gorgeous combination of a rich (almost red wine) suit, a tie and beautiful brogues and you'll be dying to check out our fabric range, which includes a cloth and a .
Equally cool is Supernatural actor Jensen Ackles' pairing of a maroon suit with a very dark reddish purple shirt and pocket square. While the rage for burgundy has been around for a while, it took complete hold of the public consciousness after Ryan Gosling appeared in a burgundy suit in Crazy Stupid Love and followed up that appearance with a burgundy tuxedo at the Cannes Film Festival. Most fabrics look good in burgundy but velvet or velveteen are especially great, as Chace Crawford of Gossip Girl demonstrates below. In terms of shoe wear, burgundy lends itself to many colours: black, brown or burgundy leathers.
A burgundy suit will lend itself well to a pale blue shirt and navy tie, a white shirt and red tie, or a white shirt and brown tie. Experiment, because burgundy is a surprisingly versatile colour.
With over 40 billion style combinations here at A Suit That Fits, the options and endless. One attribute that you will have to consider when designing your suit is the type of lapel you would like on your jacket.
A notched lapel is often found on business suits. This lapel traditionally comes with working button hole on the left side.
A peaked Lapel is more of an unconventional choice. It is possible to see a peaked lapel on a single breasted business suit; however, it is classically reserved for evening wear and is more often seen on double breasted suits.
A shawl lapel has a continuous curve without breaks or points, unlike the notched and peaked lapels.A shawl lapel (mostly seen on dinner jackets) is a sweeping lapel that will enhance your reputation as a dinner suit traditionalist!
Here at A Suit That Fits we can design the lapel style and width to your specification whether it is slim, standard, wide or a specific measurement that needed. Just book an appointment to find out more and get you bespoke suit under-way!
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!.
How to dress on a date depends, of course, on what you're planning to do and whether it happens to be a first or a second date. If it's a first date, you're probably just planning to meet for coffee, so you may want to wear something like a smart sweater, collared shirt, jeans and shoes (never trainers, even for a coffee date!).
If it's a second or third , chances are you're aiming for a more substantial evening, like or a play, so now is your chance to pull out the stops and impress your potential partner.
Depending on the formality of the event or venue, you may want to wear a two-piece suit (with or without a tie) or, for a less formal venue, smart trousers with a wool or cashmere sweater over a collared shirt. The key to dressing for a second date is that you want to show some sex appeal by wearing a suit that fits you well; well-fitting trousers are particularly important in this regard, as is a sweater with just the right amount of length to show off your waist. Depending on the restaurant you take your date to, dress shoes, custom trousers, a shirt and a cashmere sweater will create the perfect look for a first dinner date; a more swanky restaurant, however, will require a full suit and tie.
Never forget that women, contrary to popular belief, are visual creatures, too, and enjoy the sight of a well-dressed man, so play to your strengths by dressing in a way that accentuates your best physical qualities. What about colour? Black is a great colour to wear on your date because, obviously, it has a dark, mysterious quality that complements most skin tones and eye colours. Bright blue is also a good colour to wear on a date because it has a calming, masculine aura that will work on your own mood and that of your potential partner. Colours to avoid might be grey (boring - unless it's a fabulous garment!) and pink, which can be difficult to pull off. Aim for a strong, masculine silhouette by investing in a bespoke suit and a well-fitting sweater: both menswear essentials that, if worn correctly, flatter a man's form marvelously. A good sweater should bring out the breadth of a man's chest and shoulders, while a suit should complement the plains and curves of a man's body. Custom garments, in particular, go a long way toward giving a man that seductive appeal that women (or men) respond to. Think Marcello Mastroianni, always a great dresser and indefatigable ladies' man. .
What colours are you planning to wear this Autumn/Winter season? If you've been keeping on top of this year's trends, you'll know that brown and camel are big. Camel appeared on the runways of all the major fashion weeks this year and in collections by Burberry, Balenciaga and Prada.
is a luxurious colour that makes any garment look expensive, as evidenced below by . If you're looking for a coat to keep you warm in your this and , is the way to go.
Check out our classic camel overcoat and see how the subtle additions of a black velvet collar and black buttons emphasize fantastically the softness of the colour and fabric. If you're thinking more in terms of a two-piece suit, like Justin Timberlake's below, check out our melange-effect, camel-colored cashmere wool suiting fabric by clicking on the get the look button at the bottom of the page. As for the brown trend happening lately, my fellow A Suit That Fits blogger, Brett Deerans, writes all about it in another post (click here to read it now). Meanwhile, over at GQ, the fashion journos have been raving about the mixing of brown and blue, calling it the most fail-safe style arithmetic this year.
While I support the overall direction of this brown/blue renaissance, I do recommend going for a more youthful look by avoiding dark browns and navy blues. If you want to mix these colours, aim a few shades lighter and mix the not-quite-navy blue with a more woody brown, as opposed to a chocolate or a dark fudge. Even better, highlight the brown stripe in your blue, pin-stripe suit with a fine brown tie, men's clutch bag or overcoat. The combination is to die for. .
The most talked about theatrical event right now is happening on the other side of the pond starring British actors. I'm talking about the latest Broadway production of Harold Pinter's 1978 play Betrayal, with real-life husband and wife Daniel Craig and Rachel Weisz portraying an unfaithful couple.
While the production may have split critics, some describing it as crude and clunky, others praising it for its top notch performances, the play itself has been a sell-out.
All this excitement on Broadway has got me thinking one thing: what do our A Suit That Fits clientele like to wear to the theatre? If you're anything like me, you're not shy about dressing up to see a play: things may have changed somewhat since the days when formal attire was unanimously expected, but the theatre is still a ceremonious place and since women nearly always dress up, I believe that gentlemen should dress accordingly. Not only does dressing up build your own excitement for the evening, it makes your guest feel good, too. So what does one wear to the theatre? One of your weekday corporate suits in navy, black or grey, should be avoided.
Why dress up for the theatre if you're not distinguishing your style from any other work day? A three-piece suit is a good option, although these days you may actually feel over-dressed in a waistcoat. Another option is to go for a sharp, modern suit with a casual element mixed in, such as an open collar minus the tie or some loafers or dress slippers without socks. Of course, the theater is usually an evening event so, unless you're going to a matinee, you want to dress a little more glitzy and chic, meaning darker, evening colours, bolder contrasts and more fitted cuts. Save your looser linens or pastel shades for the daytime. What about a tuxedo? Is it ever appropriate to wear one to the theatre? If it's opening night: of course! Otherwise, stick to a suit or a contrasting jacket and trousers. Happy shopping!.
You need a new suit so you take a stroll down to your local designer store, you see one you like, pop it on and as always, it nearly fits. You hand over your hard earned bank notes and off you go, happy with your new designer purchase but why? What puts the smile on your face? The fact that you now own a (generic designer name) suit? Let's face it, there is guaranteed to be something about it that just doesn't sit right with you, whether it's the lapel shape, or the fit, or how about the oncoming bout of buyer's remorse?!.
Imagine there was an advisor in each shop who was honest with you, and didn't tell you that everything was amazing and fantastic and who didn't bombard you with phrases like You've never owned a real suit until you've owned a suit like this! Imagine that every advisor looked at you with a truthful glance when you exit the fitting room having tried on his offering and said to you I think you're going to struggle to find something that REALLY fits you well here. Just imagine that same very advisor said to you Sir/Madam, do you realise that for roughly the same price as this suit here, A Suit That Fits could hand tailor you your very own unique bespoke suit, which would be made to your own specifications? They would also advise you on which attributes will work best for your body shape and will help you choose a cloth that meets your needs specifically.
What would you do? How would you feel? Would it suddenly strike you that you are being taken for a ride by designer suit prices? That the mark up on the garment is in the region of 500%-600%? Would you ever think about buying a suit from there again? No, you wouldn't. You'd take out your mobile phone and search for your local A Suit That Fits Studio. You'd book your appointment and you would; with the help of your style advisor, create your own suit to your liking, with all your favourite features and finishes to fit you specifically. You'd then pay for your suit and wait for it to arrive, safe in the knowledge that you were in good hands and that you would have a suit that you will be delighted with and proud to wear. Next time you visit your local (generic designer) store, ask the team for the names of their clients. Ask the advisor what each client wanted from their suit, what their favourite colours are and what they do for a living. I guarantee you they won't know. And if they don't know their clients, how can they dress them suitably? Do the same with your local A Suit That Fits style advisor and they will answer all of the above. I can't say much simpler than that. Book your consultation today . Don't miss out on Bespoke Tailoring. With our fantastic package deals , it's much more affordable than you ever imagined!
DANDY: A man who places particular importance upon physical appearance, refined language, and leisurely hobbies, pursued with the appearance of nonchalance in a cult of Self. It has come to my attention that young men have again been taking up the mantra of the Dandy.
I have been pushing for this at work for some time now with the end goal of making all men appreciate the beauty of tailoring. Although an unconventional dresser myself, I think there is just something so amazing about suiting.
If I could be a boy for a day I would don a tweed three piece suit with braces, a pocket square, vintage umbrella and socks to match. Alas, I am a traditional hourglass shaped girl and although a three piece can look amazing on women, (my manager Liz is a perfect example of this) there is something so sharp about a fitted waistcoat on a man, but it is not just about the suit or waistcoat. Being a Dandy is about the whole package, it's about the attitude as much as the clothes. It's all about the appearance of absolute confidence!.
And yet, down here in the South West, 2013 has been like no other where weddings are concerned and I'll explain why;
Firstly, grooms have been ordering their wedding suits, or at least making inquiries, up to 18 months in advance: unprecedented!
Secondly, I have received an increasing number of orders from the best men - and also from the wedding guests - among you to wear to a wedding where the groom may, or may not, have commissioned a suit to be made for himself. A risky business I say..
Now, I'm all in favour of you chaps taking the necessary steps to ensuring that you look the part and do not let the groom down by getting yourself kitted out with some serious schmutter, but it is considered good form to follow the grooms lead in terms of attire: whilst this may offend your sartorial sensibilities, and may even require that you don an ill-fitting rental for the day it's his day, nay, her day, lest we not forget.
I read recently on Pinterest that style is knowing who you are, how you want to present yourself and not caring what others think, and there's a lot of truth in that statement. So here is your opportunity to prove yourself to be the best man it is possible to be: how? By ensuring that the groom, your best friend, your son, your brother, your charge looks his best on the day and wears something that makes him look elegant, dashing, slimmer, taller and above all, like marriage-material!
Generally speaking, the bride will be the one to encourage her groom to wear something special for the big day - or failing that something appropriate - and, if budget allows, to even kit-out the best man and groomsman in something similar or at least chosen by the bride and groom to ensure the wedding photos are not spoiled by random flights of fancy or misconstrued interpretations of a suit, smart dress and, in particular morning dress - his is not a dressing gown or one's underpants by the way chaps.
So, if you have booked yourself an appointment with your tailor, have the decency to take-along your groom and introduce him to your tailor and a world of gentrification, a choice of fine cloths and polite conversation where style is the order of the day and personal preference is something that is encouraged.
Be warned, however, that your groom (or indeed, his betrothed) may have designs of their own and may require that you follow suit..ahem.
And so, to assist you in your plight, be encourage by those that have gone before and have both have suits made by A Suit That Fits and have taken advantage of our wedding suit package offering.
My thanks to Clive for providing the photos of his son's wedding, both father and son looking very sharp indeed: Clive wears green and orange country-check suit to Dean's brown herringbone flannel suit.
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