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It's not very often you get to see a plum-coloured suit, but thanks to Ed Westwick at the Los Angeles premiere of his new movie Romeo Juliet, now you do. The British actor is most famous for his role in the American teen drama Gossip Girl in which he gets to wear a phenomenal number of phenomenal suits.
Judging by this appearance, however, he may be even more adventurous in real life than he is in front of the camera. With his stout frame, pale face, brooding eyes and pursed lips, you'd think that Westwick might not be the easiest man to style.
But with the aid of a bespoke suit and the right accessories (take a look at his skinny brown tie, white handkerchief and oxblood shoes), it's hard not to look stylish, really. A Suit That Fits offers a gorgeous plum-like maroon in a sharkskin fabric with a tonic weave. Available as a two piece or a three piece suit, the maroon fabric can be paired with burgundy, paraquette, Sayer or Gin Tonic satin linings for a sumptuous and colourful effect. It may not be suitable for the office, but at a wedding or some other special occasion, the suit will certainly make you stand out from the crowd.
When Raphael popped in to our City Road studio to design his wedding suit we had only just launched our printed linings. There was a real buzz about the studio as no one had yet made one and everyone was really excited to see how it would turn out.
Raphael wanted something that was timelessly stylish with interesting detail and something to add that little extra pazazz. Our printed linings did just that! He went with a two button jacket with double vents at the back.
Seen here with the pockets tucked in, he has slanted flapped pockets and a notched lapel. This, more traditional style makes Raphael's suit incredibly versatile, adding in the red melton, red stitching on the cuffs, personalised lining and using a more modern colour blue in a mohair cloth kept it extra special. A Suit That Fits made the perfect wedding suit for me. The personal stylist guided me through every step of the process, showed me different options and gave good advice. The suit is splendid, very slick, perfectly cut and incredibly elegant. The printed lining gives the absolute never-seen-before wow effect.
Both my bride and our guests were stunned.
I'm not against Christmas. In fact, I rather enjoy it. In my adulthood, however, I find it increasingly difficult to get in the mood as it were until very late in the season - Christmas has become a rather busy time for weddings and so I am busy in my Queen Square studio discussing whether the groom is required to wear the colour-scheme chosen by his betrothed, in the lining, or not.
Or whether or not Tweed is an acceptable alternative to morning dress - to which the answer is of course yes!I'd prefer not to see anything pertaining to Christmas in shops or on billboards until at least the 30th November, but as that is unlikely to happen, I thought I'd get in there first with a seasonally-inspired blog, or title at least, concerning surely the most important part of Christmas: Dressing-up!Picture the scene; Bristol's local tailor - and one of his patrons as it happens, one Darren Lewis (looking resplendent in his HAB-6 petrol navy cashmere herringbone 3 pc suit) await the 07:22 to Southampton for this week's Tailorstop (A Suit That Fits' regular pop-up shops that take our tailoring services around the country) it quickly becomes apparent that there is a festival taking place this weekend - summer is not quite over it would seem - and the already short train that takes us across the beautiful Salisbury Plain is going to fill-up rather quickly!Fortunately, A Suit That Fits' organiser extraordinaire Margarita, has reserved me a seat into which I shoehorn myself.
I am hemmed-in (haha-Ed) by 3 young festival goers - and their myriad bags of camping equipment -psychology students it transpires, and one a graduate, no less!And as I look around at the multifarious branded backpacks, it occurs to me that there is not only no wet-weather gear being worn by this throng, but no Tweed being worn by a single one?!. Tweed, you see, is my go-to festival and camping canvas of choice, and I'll tell you why; unlike denim Tweed will keep you dry owing to it's clever weave of coarse yarn which keeps water from the wearer. And, unlike wet weather gear, including Gortex, it breathes - and anyone who has ever donned their waterproofs to make the pilgrimage from tent to main stage will know that once you have arrived at your destination the rain will almost certainly have stopped and the sun will be beating down, leaving you simmering in your own juices and praying for a downpour!A Suit That Fits range of Tweeds (so named, it is said, after an English tailor mis-read 'Twill' on the sales-note of a Scottish mill close to the RiverTweed) are from Italian mill, Campore and are of the highest quality.
Some are fine and others hand-woven and coarse - and not dissimilar to that Tweed institution Harris.So, Tweed, I tell you - and anyone that will listen - is the way forward for such unpredictable jaunts into the countryside and not just for Christmas - or weddings!. .
Rachel's Wedding Themes: Part 2, Sweet as Pie
In the first installment of my wedding themes blog I looked at reds and pinks. This time we're going to look at a very popular theme at the moment, the sweetie theme.
'Honey, sugar, cup-cake, I'm sure you've called your partner at least one of these terms, love has inherent sweet connotations and it's something you can really have fun with. So this one is fairly straight forward and a really charming theme as you can have lots of fun with the decorations and table gifts. This website is a great place to get all the things you need, they even have proper liquorish root and kola cubes! (Yes I have a sweet tooth) http://www.aquarterof.co.uk/ But for this blog our focus will be the suiting potential.
You don't have to go for a giant splash of colour like these gents above, but if you want a subtle hint why don't you try what I like to call the Cadbury's suit; rich brown with our AE104 Dark Purple lining. It looks really great if you've got a winter wedding, go with a tweed cloth or if you prefer jaffa cakes, the paraquette lining with a cream shirt and a blue tie.
With this theme the devil is in the details. Choose classic suiting shades adding that touch of sugar with love heart cufflinks or candy tones in the contrast details, maybe even powder blue brogues for those with a bold heart.
For the more classic gent go with a light grey silk and wool mix with a subtle purple and blue stripe. Give the detailing a pastel twist with a violet lining, light blue piping and a powder blue melton, keeping everything bold without being brash.
It's not just the suit that can take on the sweetie theme, this is a wedding idea that you can go as far as you like with. It all depends on how crazy you and your bride want to make it! And if all this sweetness is is starting to make your head spin and your teeth ache I recommend a cup of bitter coffee to bring you back down to earth!
Now listen up. You find yourself in his office. He's dressed in a very well tailored, 3 piece suit with slim lapels matching his skinny tie. He's talking and you're listening intently to every word that's passing his lips.
Something else is playing heavily on your mind though. You know you need to listen to what he's saying, but your focus is now on some of the objects in the room.
You can see them on the desk by the wall. You know the contents will feel amazing against your skin, and you can't help but imagine what you'll look like when you're wearing them. If only you could just reach out and touch. Behave now ladies and gents, I am of course talking about your style advisor and our fabulous Swatch books. Within the sumptuous cloth on offer, we have an astonishing number of this seasons favourite colour. Grey. Whether it's light or dark, lightweight or heavy, plain or patterned, we have over 50 shades of Grey in our studios to choose from. (98 to be exact). Our range offers choice of cloth from Mohair, to Wool Silk as well as 100% worsted wool to cover your occasion.
If you're off on a cruise, or planning your perfect wedding suit, you'll be sure to find what you're looking for. But how are you going to find out what's best for you? Book an appointment with your local style advisor. He (or she) will talk to you to establish just exactly what the suit will be used for in order to find your perfect cloth match. For those out there who are looking for a little more colour in their lives, why not try our Black, Navy, or more natural colours. Whatever your skin tone, we'll advise you best on what's going to look good on you. Hear that ladies? Advise? You don't have to obey us of course, you're free to make your own choice....
See you in Studio soon.
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In my formative years: 9yrs old - football terrace fashion interested me much more than football terraces, and I was quick to join those leading the charge in the fashion stakes even if it cost me every penny I'd saved - causing my beloved parents no end of grief resulting in me being banned from family holidays at the age of 13 and we had to get a bus to that neighbouring town we'd been staunchly warned never to visit, not to mention a long way away when your 9.
Ironically, the sought after labels were almost exclusively associated with tennis. With the exception of Lyle Scott and Pringle, who were up until this point and thankfully have since been restored as the reserve of the golfing cognoscenti.
And though long established, these European brands were new to us and we couldn't get enough of our Lacaoste polo shirts, Fila, Tacchini and Kappa tracksuits, Ellesse caps, Lois cords (in sky blue, obviously, and hems split at the side seam) and Kicker boots, ah the memories. But back then it wasn't only new and exciting it was exclusive, something that cannot be said of football fashion today. Anyone can acquire the myriad brands at high street sports stores up and down the country.
So what of the old rear guard? What of chaps who still want to show their true colours, whilst remaining a cut above the rest, but who may not pass off a shiny tracksuit in the boardroom?
The answer is simple, personalise your bespoke suit with your teams strip!
Not even David Beckham, who is surely a sartorial inspiration for legion fans everywhere, has paid homage to his teams by wearing their colours in his suit .
Well, such is Darren Cox's love for his team - and one must imagine Claire's for Darren - that he had his wedding suit lined with QPR's strip!
There can be no denying the passion and commitment of an ardent football fan, so if your are commited to your cause, and want to wear your colours on or in your sleeve - not to mention the back the side and the front - and above all things keeping your look ship shape and Bristol fashion, maybe it's time you moved into the sartorial premier league and had your suits tailored in Bristol (City or Rovers), Manchester (United of City), or any one of our 34 locations nationwide.
Judging by the volume of grooms that I've had through my Bristol studio doors already this year, I think it's safe to say that love is well and truly in the air!
From the first week of the New Year, to the first fair - at which we've exhibited - are certainly leading the sartorial charge in 2011, closely followed by their brides I hasten to add, who on several occasions have been the ones to make enquiries about kitting them out in too.
A 3-piece wedding suit is a timeless classic for good reason. It ensures that, following the formal part of the days proceedings, i.e. the wedding ceremony, and it then closely followed by the wedding photos, the groom is likely to want to remove his jacket for the wedding reception - but will still want to be identifiable as the groom, and not resemble one of the guests, who by now may well be down to their shirtsleeves, if not their shirts and trousers .
I thought I might offer a few tips, as well as some food for thought, when considering what to wear on the big day:
Be sure to trawl as many magazines as possible (or wherever you get your sartorial inspiration from) to get an idea of what you might like to wear. However, save your decision until you have actually tried on something similar, to be sure that you like it as much when it is on your back; for example, do not set your heart on a top hat and tails if you do not have the face/head for a top hat, nor the complexion for a black tailcoat.
By far and away the best colour to choose is the one that is most flattering to you, for example one that best suits your complexion. So before you set your heart on that David Beckham silver-grey two-tone number, try a similar colour on in a shop, to be sure it works for you.
That said, if you do not wish to spend time shopping for something you believe you will not find, or can think of nothing worse than spending a day traipsing around retail establishments, simply book one of our free personal consultations, and let us take the pain out of the process. With you in front of us - and hopefully, your betrothed by your side having details of the wedding colour scheme - we will quickly be able to ascertain which colours to consider, and draw up a shortlist in no time, for you to choose from.
Be sure to request a fit, or cut, that you are going to be comfortable in, for example if you're a regular suit wearer, a cut that is not dissimilar to that of your current selection of suits. However, if the silhouette of your current suit style leaves you looking and feeling like a sack of potatoes, and this is not the chosen look for the big day, then we can discuss a more flattering alternative with you.
Timing, they say, is everything. And just as this was true of the marriage proposal, it could not be more so when considering placing your order for a bespoke suit!
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