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Tom Cruise is probably one of the most famous men on the planet and he turns 50 today - he has had countless box office hit movies and has sported a fair few suits that can be admired.
The first that comes to mind is the one that Tom sported in the new Mission Impossible movie - Ghost Protocol. The in question was a vibrant blue colour and appeared as Ethan Hunt chased his target through a sandstorm in Dubai.
Another suit that Tom has worn that stood out is a double breasted number that he wore at the premiere of the film Valkyrie.
As seen above Tom rocks the double breasted suit . The fabric is a medium grey herringbone - which is more suited to the winter months. Notice that the jacket only has 4 buttons, this is due to Tom not being the tallest person - so the buttons sit higher to elongate his torso. Tom has paired the suit with a white shirt and grey silk tie .
The next suit in the Tom Cruise suiting hall of fame is the near-matching suit that he wore with his soon to be ex-wife Katie Holmes .
Above you can see the pair in navy suits , Tom's suit is a silk wool mix and he has dressed it down with a grey jumper and unbuttoned white shirt. Katy is wearing a pinstripe number with a waistcoat and no shirt - she has also rolled the cuffs of her suit jacket up to reveal the pink lining (a nice feminine touch). As outfits on their own they would look great - but I don't think I am a fan of the matching couple look.
A true style icon of mine and the quintessential Italian dandy is, the industrialist heir, Lapo Elkann. A man with such a strong sense of style and character, that it is difficult to compare him with anyone else in the public eye.
Lapo utilises a unique blend of traditional tailoring with modern dandy-ism and detailing. He seems to exude a nonchalant sense of style and class wherever he may go, dressing impeccably in a but at the same time bending the sartorial 'rules' by wearing suede shoes or foregoing socks (or both).
He will always stick with classic detailing - a pocket square casually thrown in his pocket, sleeves cut to expose the correct amount of cuff but also be bold enough to wear a double breasted suit in a daring fabric . In fact, this (attempted) style is so prevalent in Italy that it has coined a term - 'sprezzatura' meaning simply, 'studied carelessness'. Few, however, manage to carry this off without looking awkward and affected. Lapo manages to turn this into something special, where we really feel his own personality reflected in his clothes.
To quote the words of the late Sir Hardy Amies, A man should look as if he has bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care-and then forgotten all about them.
From tartan to crushed velvet ; from a classic tux to an all-you-can-blue suit with all the trimmings; Rod's had it all.
Here are a few of his more outlandish choices of attire - just mind you may have to turn the brightness of your screen down a little, especially for the orange one!.
When off stage, things have tended to tone down a bit, but keeping true to his Scottish linage, Rod's certainly no stranger to tartan. Dare I say it, I have a feeling he's quite a fan!
The man with a CBE, sales of over 100 million records and six consecutive UK number ones has evidently been able to change up his style as much as he has his music, making him one of the most iconic musicians in history.
All that said, if anyone can carry off all of these styles without so much as a second thought, it's Mr Stewart. You wear it well Rod!
If you've ever wondered how to make tailoring a little more interesting you might want to consider the dapper, individual and eclectic style of Andre 3000. Of course the work suit has to conform to certain rules, unwritten dress codes and, most probably, what your boss wears, but this should not be the end of your tailoring adventure.
A classic wardrobe might contain , , and the dinner suit as an absolute bare minimum but if this will get you through the week, start thinking about weekend tailoring.
There is much more fun to be had here and this is where your personality can really come out to play. Most sensibly, the key would be not to change too many of the variables. So, for example, if you decide on a more vibrant, interesting cloth, it might be wise to keep other elements of the tailoring simple. So, keep the notched lapels, the double vent, the slanted flapped pockets and the 2 buttons. Creating an ensemble where the fabrics all differ is most certainly harder! It requires much more thinking. Therefore the outcome is much more satisfying when styled thoughtfully. Andre's craziest ensemble in the pictures is one that not many of us could pull off.
Sometimes you have to have something a little extra. Perhaps it's simply confidence. This is the only thing to consider when venturing on your own tailoring journey, that you must always create something you are going to feel confident in!. An easy way to stay ahead of the crowd, although there may be many people following you, is to opt for a double breasted jacket . Perhaps you would keep the colour slightly more traditional here and let the shape do the talking. Double breasted jackets on young guys are looking really impressive at the minute.
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