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As my cream-linen suit received it's first outing today, Bristol's local tailor was intrigued at the realisation he'd succumbed to subliminal advertising; I don't own a television, and I don't read the papers.
It was all too apparent, as I strolled to my studio on Queen Square, that I was in fact channelling ?!. Now, as ridiculous as this may sound, given that the remake has just been released, I've only recently borne witness to the original film adaptation of The Great Gatsby - it would appear the film eluded me as a young man as I recognised nothing of the romantic tail which unfolded before me, which is perhaps the reason why it escaped my attention; not really my cup of tea.
However, having been commissioned by a good friend (bizarrely enough whose name is also Jay) which was to incorporate a wider lapel, but not circa 1970s, I chanced upon The Great Gatsby when looking for inspiration.
Gatsby's style was, indeed, of-the-day, but he owed it to the tailors of Europe, who would send him new clothes at the beginning of each season (lucky man!). Three-piece suits; high-wasted trousers; double-breasted waistcoats (with fob, naturally) worn with single-breasted jackets and cut slightly longer, but not quite frock-coat length: Gatsby's sartorial elegance was second-to-none.But, in spite of all this and not to mention the desire to cut myself a suit in the style of the great Gatsby my sartorial hero was none other than its narrator: Nick Carraway, now played by Toby Maguire and for whom I shall reserve my judgement until I've seen the remake.
From our first introduction to the unsung hero, Carraway's style is beyond reproach. He carries himself well; he is a gentleman and scholar, a stark contrast to the arrogance and excesses of his peers. And though he may be a man of humble means, in comparison to his wealthy and extravagant neighbour, Carraway has a casual sartorial elegance that, in my mind, is the most convincing of all the characters.
Even after fishing his sodden Panama hat from the drink, at the film's start, he is incredibly elegant in his white linen three-piece suit. And even though I thought his particular style of 'summer cool' would be hard to beat, he pulls yet another linen-gem from his wardrobe, this time in a solid camel-colour, and worn with a vivid mid-blue shirt knock-out!
But Carraway not only does 'casual cool', he also dresses to impress, and proves this when dressing for his first Gatsby black-tie ball - very sharp!
By day, he leaves his bond salesman cohorts trash can with his striped shirt, patterned tie and gold fob. What a guy! His work-suit is most likely the only one he owns, but he clearly knows how to look after his garments.Now, with Leonardo DiCaprio stepping into the shoes once worn by the great Robert Redford, I'm sure it will only be a matter of time before the sartorially-inspired are considering if they can pull-off a linen suit and how their tailor might assist them in achieving such elegance and ensuring they are shipshape and Bristol fashion for the coming season!
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.
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