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It's a somber occasion and all of my tops are too joyful
I've yet to get through an episode of Modern Family without somebody expressing a passionate desire for one of Cam's trademark contrast collar cuffs .
Since being a part of A Suit That Fits people have asked me whether we can actually create such a masterpiece for them - hence why I decided to settle the matter post-haste!. The key to Cam's style is the contrasting collar cuff detailing. By choosing a relatively simple yet colourful base cloth for the body of the shirt you can pretty much get away with anything on the collar and cuffs. In the example above we see Cam in a coral pink shirt with festive green red cuffs.
And below a cooler blue pinstriped shirt contrasted with yellow detail.
One particular element of Cam's style is that his sleeve length is cut longer than one would normally wear them, in order to keep them turned up at all times to display the contrasting design. As shown here with a fine pink pinstripe shirt with a flower pattern collar and cuff detail.
For everyday wear though it isn't always practical to have loose cuffs. An alternative would be to have double cuffs instead of over sized single ones, then just make the whole cuff in a contrasting cloth!
Doing it this way you still achieve a smart finish to your shirts without losing the individuality! In the above image you can also see an example of a high square collar (Y2), a button down collar with contrasting pale pink stitching, the options are endless! To see our full range of shirting cloths and and all the different options (you can even have your initials embroidered) book your self an appointment with your nearest Style Advisor.
Being a bit of a rock and metal head myself I must admit that I somewhat over looked 'One Direction.' When they first hit the UK. I thought to myself 'well they'll be gone by the end of the year' and now they're storming the states.
Hats off to you lads, you've definitely gone up in my estimation. Lets face it, whether you love them or hate them they are are definately bring tailoring back into the lime light.
They are suiting ambassadors for a younger generation. One that would have otherwise totally miss out on how good a suit can look. Having a younger brother I have some understanding of the inner workings of a teenagers mind. They generally associate suits with their dads and a lack of cool. With One direction getting themselves suited and booted I think we are going to be seeing a general smartening up in the 16-25 age group over the coming year. I say lets make this the decade of the really cool suit. A nice nod to Elvis with the suede shoes in this shoot for Nokia (looking down at my desk this may even be the shot that made me get my new phone).
But really what I want to focus on here is their use of casual slim line jackets paired with bold colours. Since the Puritans got involved in British culture and the French killed their monarchy, menswear has generally been on the sombre side. There have been brief periods where men have step out of the shadows but these have had a tendency to be short lived. But these days I see more and more gents coming in to the studio wanting something a little different and 'One Direction' are a great example of how a man can wear colour.
One of the more subtle looks, a real winner for casual summer evenings. My favourite of the boys looks, understated and contrasting. Straight flapped pockets allow the mis-match of colours to remain separate and balanced as the eye is not drawn up. Liam has paired his trousers and jacket with a simple shirt with contrasting black buttons Niall Horan Get the jacket as part of a two piece to give this super look more versatility
This is a really slick casual look; a classic jacket worn with a shirt with a button down collar. My only point of contention would be the extremely low slung trousers, but this is a personal choice. I would suggest going with a more classic rise.
This look shouts 'I want to be Elvis!'
A bit of a 'Wow' look, to really glam up the jacket get a black satin lapel and contrast satin details. If your going bold, don't be shy, go the whole hog! The skinny collared shirt ads a nice break point between the face and the rest of the outfit which would otherwise be unbalanced. The trousers add a more sombre tone to keep the everything together.
Bright blue is the colour of summer, mixing it can add that certain something.
This is the 'Hoxton' look with a large dose of colour! It's a great for spring/summer 2012 and in keeping with the season. I've used a fine puppy tooth lambs wool for the trousers and combined this with a jacket in ultra chique cobalt blue from our VBC wool/mohair range. An electric red pocket square finishes the look although I'd go for a white shirt over a T-shirt (what can I say I'm a tailor).
Cheeky with a touch of geek chique.
I am a great lover of bow ties so this one naturally wins me over. A nice balance in the jacket with tonal nods to the trousers in the velvet contrast collar and stitch detail. This could work well in orange or red too. I like the weight contrast between the jacket and trouser; very light trouser with a moderately heavy cloth. This lends itself to summer evenings with a short sleeved shirt.
A few things to remember when emulating these looks; The trouser shape is important, ask your style advisor for an ultra skinny leg and a lower crotch measure. Adding a prominent seat to an other wise flat one will help by give extra space in the back, keeping the front flat.
Choose a funky suede brogue or another statement shoe to go with this outfit. My favourites this season are from Grenson's and Dr.Martin's.
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