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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!.
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!
When does Justin Theroux look anything less than amazing? It seems to me that when he's not beautifying red carpets in Hollywood next to his gorgeous wife Jennifer Aniston or motorcycling through Manhattan in a leather jacket or a muscle-showing tank top, he's appearing shirtless in black denim and thigh-hugging cut-offs at the beach.
But next month he tops it all by gracing the cover of USA in an , by Dolce Gabbana complete with and vintage .
The simplicity of the notched collar and the slender jacket lends itself to Theroux's casual re-interpretation of the classic suit. Besides the chic accessories (some silver, leather and beaded bracelets), Theroux adds his own style to the formal suit by rolling up his jacket sleeves and leaving his collar unbuttoned and tieless. The result is an edgy yet sophisticated, city-living kind of look that captures Theroux's unique personality perfectly. Here at A Suit That Fits, we offer ultra-fitted suits in fine textured fabrics that, combined with your measurements and the accessories of your choosing, create a truly bespoke look.
For a style emulating that of Theroux, check out this navy, ultra-fitted three-piece suit I've created with details including a notched collar, three cuff buttons and slashed trouser pockets. If you like your suit classy yet ultra modern, this might well be the suit for you. Just click on Get the Look!. .
Pulling out the stops for sartorial moment of the year, Justin Timberlake turned up at the 2013 GQ Men of the Year Awards at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden wearing an exquisite, heavily-embroidered three-piece tuxedo by Tom Ford.
Hair swept back and blue eyes sparkling, Justin was papped at the high-profile event wearing what might be one of his finest suits, a nice change from the standard black tuxedos he's been wearing lately in support of his new music.
Everything about his suit spoke elegance from the jacket's fan-like stitching to the satin shawl collar to the slashed, satin-lined pockets to the white buttons of the waistcoat (cleverly contrasted with the shirt's black buttons). The rumpled silk bow-tie added the finishing touch. Although Timberlake didn't win an award, it was fitting that he attended the event wearing a Tom Ford suit since he presented Ford with the award for Best Designer on the night. Justin even managed to outshine David Gandy, who wore a less interesting suit yet still managed to look formidable with his piercing eyes and heavy build.
The most interesting thing about Ford's own tuxedo was its unusually wide satin lapels and satin cuffs. The fashion gods must really have been smiling on the opera house last night because Pharrell Williams also showed up to collect his Performer of the Year award wearing a black, stylishly crumpled tuxedo by Lanvin. How many excellent tuxedos can one opera house contain?. .
It's been quite some time since I've seen such a stunning display and array of gentleman's dinner suits! Those attending this year's GQ Awards Ceremony in London provided quite the sartorial feast into which I most happily delved.
Though with so many to choose from I've selected a few of my personal favourite show-stoppers:. Gary Barlow, having truly established himself as a fashion inspiration to so many men has once again impressed with a simple and chic one button single breasted dinner with a and .
The use of a matching collar to the jacket but contrasting to the peaked lapels really gives some striking lines and shape to the overall outfit. I like how the skinny tie and satin buttons on the waistcoat, again bring out the darker black satin. With such a toned, slim physique a four button waistcoat looks really sharp and shows off a muscular chest, very tastefully!. Now on the completely opposite end of the scale we have Jimmy Carr David Walliams looking simply superb in their complimentary velvet dinner jackets. Again they've both gone for a single breasted, one button jacket with peaked satin lapels.
The smoking jacket style gives an elegant opulence that is finished perfectly with the addition of a black satin bow-tie. fabulous!. If you like the idea of a velvet dinner jacket but don't quite have the confidence to go for a bold Maroon or Green- why not stick to black like David Gandy? He's opted for a textured velvet jacket with satin shawl collar. The use of velvet really creates the look of a lounge suit. I can just picture the over-sized brandy glass being swirled in his hand! Needless to say a flawless outfit choice by Gandy.
The last time I saw Tinie Tempah he was arriving at the Olympic Closing Ceremony in a beautiful Phantom Series II Drophead Coupe! His recent entrance was no less exceptional with a shawl collar dinner suit, though unlike the previous suits he's gone for, this being a dinner suit he had flapless pockets. Tinie has gone for a cloth with a diagonally stripe in the weave, reminicent of a grosgrain and an overside bow-tie.
The key to the dinner suit is without doubt the satin lapel and flapless pockets. By keeping these two details constant you can really be creative with the choice of cloth, maintaining an incredibly dapper look!
Having been voted the Sexiest Man Alive in 2011 it makes sense that Bradley Cooper should look good in a suit. He stood out in his almost retro style dinner suit! The choice of a six button double breasted jacket is relatively unusual in today's fashions and the extra-wide lapels really remind me of the classic 40's/50's suits. Regardless, Cooper pulled this look off and definitely showed us that double breast is definitely not dead and buried. As bizarre as it may be to think of winter already, this is the time to start thinking about evening wear for the festive season. Up in Manchester I've already seen an influx of orders for dinner suits and overcoats. So if you've got any special events coming up and fancy taking a look at some cloths just book in at any of our studios or have a play online.
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.
Planning a wedding is a challenge, ask any one, but it can become even harder when you're instructed to stick to a theme. Hands up guys if you've ever been faced with 'sticking to the theme' for either your own or a friends wedding? Or indeed if you are currently faced with such a hurdle and all you want is a classic stylish suit that fits like a dream and you can maybe wear again? The desire to fulfil both the role of wedding suit and future use is becoming increasingly important to the dapper chap as the purse strings are pulled ever tighter.
Well here are a few challenges that some of my chaps have been faced with in the past few months, with some great options that you can go for to solve all your theme related problems.
My quick fix guide will hopefully give you a few ideas to make sure the theme is met and you've got a suit you love for however long you want it. Remember, sometimes thinking out side the box can lead to stunning results. This week I'm looking at 'Reds and pinks.'. Pink and Red
This is a lovely option if you want to keep your suit classic. Go for the contrast detailing on the button holes and a bold red splash of paisley in the lining. This option looks fantastic with the mid to dark greys or black. If you wanted to be bolder with your pink theme choose the orchid lining and slip a hot contrast colour in for added fun. When using lighter pink and red tones you can also happily play with the lighter greys.
For something really stunning go with the the image below. The mixture of both a tailcoat and waistcoat in red tones is kept classic with grey trousers and a white shirt. It's got an amazing Ascot-esk feeling and for future use you could get the lounge jacket to match.
If you going for a more subtle look you could go with a light grey two piece suit with red melton. This way you wedding suit can more easily morph into an events or work suit.
One of my clients really pulled off a more classic interpretation of the red theme by sticking with burgundy tones: Mark really shined in his suit on his wedding day. He was a little worried at first but now he really loves it. A great outfit for versatility; the jacket works well with jeans for casual honeymoon wear and it looks good with a floral Hawaiian shirt, although I did promise Mark I wouldn't put up that picture.
So, reds and pinks are a relatively easy one but getting the balance right is very important. If you really don't suit bright reds as a colour pick on softer shades and blend tones rather than having perfect matches. Having everything in just three shades can be harsh on the eye and while you do want to follow the theme, you don't want to look as if you are the theme.
As for Zombie themes, it's not something I'd advice but a background level of red works really well!
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.
Well, this year has already given us a glimpse of summer, and that can mean only one thing, time to lighten up our wardrobes in the hope that we reach those temperatures again. When it comes to suiting, we really should be pushing the heavy wools to the back and bringing out the light weight wools and linens.
I would opt in favour of , or our if you're looking for something for the office. It is nice and lightweight, but in a range of colours suitable for the office.
If you're heading off on holiday, or just want something more casual, try our Linens. There are some fantastic colours on offer this year. Have a look at my Linen Suiting blog to see some ideas. Of course, the three piece can be just as useful in summer as it is in winter. Think about leaving your jacket in the office when out for lunch. Wear your waistcoat instead. This will maintain the ultra smart appearance, whilst still keeping you cool. I've seen many of Edinburgh 's streets recently swarming with blokes who are cutting a dash with a waistcoat and trouser combo as well as a few famous faces.
Two of A Suit That Fits favourites do this look in the own way; Gary Barlow goes with his signature high chested six button waistcoat with a slight lossening of the tie to give it just a dash of the casual. David Beckham goes for a light grey waistcoat and trousers, worn with a tie but rolling up his sleeves to give his otherwise smart look a sporty feel. Colour also is an important factor when getting a new summer suit. I wouldn't advice a light grey or cream linen suit in the winter for instance but when the sun shines they are perfect colours. Light grey is a great shade for the office and cream for casual. It has never really gone out of style, proven by the image above. On the very far left we have Robert Redford in his younger days showing that separates are the way to go in his double breasted cream waistcoat with lapels and matching trousers. In the middle is Brad Pitt in a more relaxed outfit, wearing a two piece cream suit with an open collar shirt and last but not least we have P Diddy. He is wearing a two button notched collar, linen, cream suit with silver pocket square.
On Monday night, I attended the seventh annual Scottish Fashion Awards in Glasgow, hosted by Style Icon Alexa Chung. It was a glitzy and glamorous spectacle but, with Swarovski as a sponsor, who would expect any less! I had the pleasure of meeting a whole host of interesting people from across the industry, but more importantly, I met a few dapper ladies and gents sporting suits, separates and tuxedos.
In the photo below we have some dapper chaps sporting a mixture of fantastic outfits. Starting on the left we have a classic , versatile and perfectly accessorized, on this occasion with a smart tartan .
Next, we have a very daring double breasted jacket with eight buttons, three fastening, worn with a pair of light grey flannel trousers, again, finished off with a pocket square in a presidential fold. Third from the left is a classic two piece in light grey pinstripes, worn with slim lapels to give width to the shoulder line. Last but not least a modern two piece charcoal grey suit with slim lapels, worn with a skinny tie. Next, was James Robert Faulkener. Edinburgh's very own Rogue Milliner.
James' designs are fantastic, but not as fantastic as his plush velvet tuxedo, with shawl collar in satin, complimented by his waistcoat and scarf. Also in this picture, we see another velvet jacket with notched, split lapel in suit cloth, edged with satin.
In this final picture, I managed to snap a lady in a tuxedo, rare, but a great look. With a single fastening, satin edging, and full satin collar (rather than suit cloth). It really is a stand out tuxedo. Our gent is wearing a classic peaked collar tuxedo, with a one button fastening and straight flapped pockets. Pocket squares were really prevalent on the night.
All in all, it was a brilliant event with guest appearances from Dionne Blomfield, Millie Mackintosh of Made in Chelsea, Karen Gillan of Doctor Who fame and New York stylist Derek Warburton, who sported a striking pink turban. Congratulations to all the winners, and I'm sure you'll all be household names in the future.
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