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A footballing legend, sartorial style icon and now ambassador for football in
China. Yes he's back in the news again, although he doesn't tend to ever be far from it. David Beckham landed in Beijing today in order to bring back a cleaner image within China's football leagues but started in the best way you can.
Having a kick around at a school in Beijing but wearing a bespoke suit which not many people can normally pull off! David chose to wear a classic but simple two piece suit which is always going to look good when it's tailored for the wearer. Style wise if you are looking to replicate this, David had gone for a
slimline notched collar, straight flapped pockets, two button front, three button cuff and what would I would suggest would be in our range; https://www.asuitthatfits.com/shop/images/Style_Guide/colours/large/Mohair-Kid-Darkgrey-A.jpg
He also carried off a slightly more casual look when he greeted his thousands of fans wearing a black two button knee length overcoat with straight flapped pockets and a slimline notched collar that David had decided to flick up for that added bit of style.
As China's first global football ambassador David Beckham will have his his work cut out trying to recover a cleaner image in Chinese football after several match fixing scandals followed by jails terms for football officials, referees and
players. One thing's for sure, David Beckham will enjoy working with the younger generation promoting football throughout China which is what he has done so well in the past with his footballing academies. I'm pretty sure you may also see him wearing a few more dapper suits along the way.
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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!.
I've chosen our VBC-130 for this lovely recreation although the the swatches below indicate some great alternatives, that may be more appropriate for certain skin tones and climates
Pair with our gym bag in blue and a pair of funky aviators to complete the look.
It is quite possible that that last statement was fueled by the third cup of coffee that I consumed this morning. Reading that back it sounds it a little over enthused, normal service shall now resume.
So where do these devilishly retro lovelies come from and how did they trickle into formal wear? Well those of us who ride horses will be familiar with gaiters used for effectively turning shoes into boots and protecting your leg.
This is the origin of the spat. Their original purpose was to protect stockings, dresses and trousers from splashes. The word spats stems from an abbreviation of the word 'splatterdash' denoting their humble beginnings. By the time we started the 20th century they had become a fashion must have for the dapper gent becoming widely associated with gangsters by the 30's in a shorter ankle boot like format. In spite of a brief 90's come back as a fashion accessory was sadly short lived since they were replaced by the rubber galosh (i.e. the rubber welly). To be fair these did do a much better job of keeping feet dry but they have never looked good with a suit.
Now there has been hot debate in our office today since I said I was advocating spats comments from 'ew so not cool' to 'aren't they a bit... you know kinky?' Well I am here to set the record straight, not only on they an amazing accessory to jazz up your every day suit, they have also been echoed in fashion.
Take these beautiful ankle heels; notice the buttons just like a 1920s dinner spat. Or below these lovely leather and tweed boots the concept of the canvas and leather ankle boot is so spatty and yet refined.
Coming into the autumn they'll keep you ankles warm and it's cheaper than a whole a new wardrobe, and ladies, if you're going out after work and don't want to take multiple pairs of shoes with you? Why not grab a pair of spats and slip them on to accessorise your attire, see Hana's new blog on vintage dressing if you want to go all the way.
Who knows, maybe I've been reading 'The Chap' too much of late but in my view if they're good enough for Depp? They're good enough for me!
This isn't one of the most popular themes these days but is definitely one of the most fun. It's something you can really play around with and something I've had a few guys coming to me in a panic over recently.
The most common set of questions are as follows; How do I pull this one off? These are the boots we picked out, what will they go with? Can I get something that looks like Will Smith in Wild Wild West?.
Now, if you are going to go full cowboy you do need a longer jacket with button down patch pockets, boot cut trousers and the bolo or Texan tie with gaudy slide. It's never going to be a suit that can transfer into a work day staple but what the hell, you'll look great for the big day. Ultimate Cowboy suit!
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If you're aim is something a little more subtle and reuseable think about picking aspects that nod to theme without being over powering. Go with classic and not too slim suiting making the accessories wild; cowboy hat being a must. Everything you never knew about the bolo tie info graphic. Other wise make sure you've got you lasso handy in case your filly tries to get away!
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.
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.
Back at the end of last year The Daily Telegraph ran a competition to win a ladies two piece suit. With generally every women I know finding it hard to get something fashionable, smart and that fits off the peg you can imagine we had hundreds of entries.
When the name was pulled out of the hat though there could only be one winner and that was the lovely Saskia Jiggins. Saskia was just about to start sixth form and needed a as a progression from school uniform.
Our ballshy no nounsance Rachel Harries was her Style Advisor, if you've ever met our Rach you'll know what I mean. She has a great nack of working out not just what you want but also what suits you without ever letting you stray to far from the path of classical suiting. With this being Saskia's first suit and it needing to be appropiate for school she went with a longer jacket and skirt with the skirt in a more traditional straight style. She picked a a medium weight navy pinstripe, Stripe D6103-3, this cloth has a sturdy quality to it that gives a beautiful silhouette. Saskia went with a slim fit to maintain a feminie shape without being to restrictive during school.
The hot pink lining and detailing also gave it that girly touch. Saskia's jacket was single breasted, two button, with a single vent, single vents being great for women of her slight build but not something I would recommend on a more curvy lady. Rachel gave Saskia slanted pockets on her jacket and horizontal ones on her skirt, perfect for a busy day of studying where pockets are a must! All in all a beautiful suit and one that has pleased the wearer, we're so glad you like your suit Saskia and would love to see you in the future.
Rachel was an absolute star throughout the process and was full of useful insight into small details that make a big difference.
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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