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Check out our customer, Dr. Jordan, in one of his favourite A Suit That Fits checked shirts...
The 'Dandy' chap was papped by Oxford fashion blog and we can see why; we love how he's teamed this gingham, light blue shirt with bold red chinos and brown accessories for a smart casual look.
He proves that bespoke isn't just reserved for special occasions and can be incorporated into your daily wardrobe to a very stylish affect. Dr Jordan may also be pleased to hear that we have recently launched a range of bespoke chinos so you no longer have to compromise on fit, even on your more casual days. See the chino range here. Want to share your favourite A Suit That Fits item with us and be featured on the blog? Email your photo to firstname.lastname@example.org and keep your eye on the blog...
We have a rather special jacket in our City Road branch at the moment. Sitting surreptitiously in my office, it's attracting quite a bit of attention. Crafted for one of our long-time customers to wear to formal army dinners, the jacket in question features shawl collars, a 4 button all-fastening double-breasted front and elaborate black cording details.
It' made up out of our rich, forest-green moleskin velvet. At this time of year, a lot of the men I know ask me for advice on what to wear to winter parties, dinners, weddings and 'to the clubs'.
I understand where they're coming from - it can get boring wearing jeans, and a full suit can be too stiff and formal. This is where separates can really shine. David Minns wrote an article extolling the virtues of his tailored separates trousers and indeed there are many great variations on this theme - cashmere herringbone fabrics also work well and I was quite impressed by a recent date's black-and-white puppy-tooth trousers.
Jackets can be a little trickier, as a bog-standard suit jacket can look a little odd with jeans. Two fabrics that you may not have considered are corduroys and velvets.
Velvet, as I have already discussed in my earlier blog, is a pile fabric. It takes on rich, dark hues when dyed and its soft texture, depth of colour and pile give a luxurious feel, making it the perfect choice for evening wear separates. A lot of men may not feel quite at home wearing such a fabric but so long as it's expertly tailored into a sharp shape then it's great for menswear. Try a bespoke velvet jacket for upcoming Christmas and New Year parties or winter weddings when you want to look a little dressier and stand out from the crowd. If you can't quite handle an entire jacket of velvet you can add a discreet touch to the collar of your bespoke overcoat or lapel of your dinner jacket.
Corduroy is also a pile fabric; I like to think of it as velvet's informal cousin. It is woven in a similar manner to velvet except for the extra sets of fibers are woven into the base fabric in rows, producing clear vertical ridges called wales when the fabric is cut into pile. Corduroy is usually woven out of wool or cotton and is a durable fabric ideal for light jackets or more casual tailored trousers; it's more the kind of fabric you choose for sipping pints in the pub in front of an open fire.
If you can't handle an entire jacket of velvet or corduroy, you can always use it as a trimming fabric. I love velvet piping and pocket flaps on a tweed jacket - just dressy enough to raise a standard blazer above the norm.
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