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What makes a true style Icon....
We see a lot of style Icon's from past and present these days in GQ, Esquire and tabloids from David Beckham, David Gandy, James Dean, Sir Michael Caine and Ryan Gosling.
All these greats have shown off their own take on sartorial styling from the Dinner jacket, Classically tailored suits or more of a smart casual look. New fashion trends vary quite a lot and if you're like me you don't want to be forking out every month for a new suit if a slim line peaked lapel is suddenly the in thing to have. The main thing with any style icon is they're not worried about bringing their own personal style to the table and will normally accessorise the suit to add to this.
The two piece or three piece suit has always been a key piece in any style icon's wardrobe and the huge advantage of going bespoke is the garment is clearly tailored for the person and the design can be completely unique.
James Dean pictured above and Ryan Gosling pictured on the left have both gone for more of a traditional style suit with a classic white shirt always completing the look. Ryan Gosling wearing a 3 piece suit in a dark grey pinstripe and James Dean wearing a simple 2 piece suit. I say this is a classic style because of it's simplicity with a standard width notched collar and a 5 button waistcoat with the tie adding Ryan's own personal touch to the suit.
David Gandy pictured to the right has shown you can easily use the suit jacket in a casual look with he has simply combined with tailored dark blue
chinos, a simple black T-shirt and a polka dot silk scarf to finish off the look.
The fact of the matter is anyone can become a true style Icon if it's just through your circle of friends or on the international stage. You just need to be confident in what you wear and it's always an added advantage when the garment is tailored to you!
Why not book into one of our studio's and start bringing your own iconic styling to the forefront.
A footballing legend, sartorial style icon and now ambassador for football in
China. Yes he's back in the news again, although he doesn't tend to ever be far from it. David Beckham landed in Beijing today in order to bring back a cleaner image within China's football leagues but started in the best way you can.
Having a kick around at a school in Beijing but wearing a bespoke suit which not many people can normally pull off! David chose to wear a classic but simple two piece suit which is always going to look good when it's tailored for the wearer. Style wise if you are looking to replicate this, David had gone for a
slimline notched collar, straight flapped pockets, two button front, three button cuff and what would I would suggest would be in our range; https://www.asuitthatfits.com/shop/images/Style_Guide/colours/large/Mohair-Kid-Darkgrey-A.jpg
He also carried off a slightly more casual look when he greeted his thousands of fans wearing a black two button knee length overcoat with straight flapped pockets and a slimline notched collar that David had decided to flick up for that added bit of style.
As China's first global football ambassador David Beckham will have his his work cut out trying to recover a cleaner image in Chinese football after several match fixing scandals followed by jails terms for football officials, referees and
players. One thing's for sure, David Beckham will enjoy working with the younger generation promoting football throughout China which is what he has done so well in the past with his footballing academies. I'm pretty sure you may also see him wearing a few more dapper suits along the way.
One thing the Brits know how to do well is wear a good suit - and we have certainly not been short of sartorial inspiration during the celebrations. The chap that has stood out to me the most as looking especially suave at every occasion of the Olympics is David Beckham.
Beckham has played a role in the journey of the Olympic torch since May when it was brought from Athens to the UK at the start of the Torch Relay. As shown above Beckham went for a , the texture of which gives a little more depth to the without the need for a or .
A beautifully tailored suit, David wears a single breasted, two button jacket with notched lapels, double vents and straight flapped pockets paired with straight leg trousers. The pale pink shirt with black contrast tie works perfectly. You'll struggle to find Beckham without a Tie-pin when wearing a day suit- love it!. When the torch arrived in Britain David Beckham accompanied Princess Anne and Lord Coe, the chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. They had the honour of lighting the cauldron to celebrate the flame's official arrival. For this special occasion he returned to a notched collar and selected a darker suit colour, going with a navy.
Men in Black; Valencia and Hernandez suits: Always slick both footballers look great in well cut slim fitting black suits with notched lapels and finished off with skinny ties.
David Beckham looks incredible smart in this . This is a very strong style and a statement piece for spring/summer 2012.
Javier Little Pea Hernandez looks so smart in this in a midnight blue suit with notched lapels and a subtle herringbone. Teamed with a crisp white shirt and pink tie the colours really go well together.
Ashley Young does the casual smart look pairing jeans with a slim fit jacket and waistcoat. A look that is perfect for hitting the clubs and something that all the ladies love.
Rio looking every bit the stylish playboy. His peaked lapels hint at power with his one button making for longer lines and showing off his slim physic. The black pocket square matched with his black shirt finishes the outfit and tells us that he's a man that means business!
Ryan Giggs looks sharp is this sharkskin slim fit two piece. Again emulating power with his peaked lapels, one button jacket and slanted flapped pockets.
Whilst we all love to be different from one another, one thing remains the same, we all want a well fitting suit. Unfortunately there are other factors at play and we loose sight of our original goal. How many times have you been swayed by a price tag, or a name, but been bitterly disappointed at some aspect of the garment you've just taken home? 'Sure, it's a lovely cloth, but the jacket is a little tight'.
'It'll do, as long as I don't button it up.' Or, 'Ooh it's Armani, or Hugo Boss, and it's on Sale. I've just got to have it.' Scenarios that happen probably every minute of every day on our high streets.
But the real question is Why?. We are all romanced by the shop windows, the magazine adverts, the TV adverts. We love to wear what the celebrities are seen in. How many of you guys have wanted The Beckham look at some point over the years. You take you hard earned wages to the shops, and you part with it just to be like your idols. You get home, look in the mirror only to find that, whilst it looked fantastic on Mr Beckham, it looks 'okay' on you. Bespoke is the answer to all of your questions. It is the plain and simple truth of the matter. A bespoke tailor will match your skin, hair and eye tones to the cloth that is perfect for you, not Russell Brand.
He or she will take measurements unique to your individual body shape, not Daniel Craig's. They will judge accurately your shoulder and back shape, not that of Ryan Reynolds. When the suit is ready to collect, you will put it on. You will stand in front of that mirror, and look at the person staring back. Then, and only then, will you realise - This is why the celebs look so good. Perfect shoulders, precise sleeve length, waist nipped in at the exact spot your body does. These are all attributes of a perfectly tailored garment. Not something you picked up one day after an hour on the high street. I mean, do you honestly think that Daniel Craig walks into Ralph Lauren, picks up a 40R jacket and 34R trousers, and emerges from the fitting room looking like he's ready for a magazine shoot? The truth is, that what is presented to you in a shop window, or a magazine advert, has been tailored on the model to within an inch of its life. This is what makes you think it'll do the same for you. And this is why you should take your hard earned money to your nearest tailor, and let him work his magic on you.
In the third and final part of this special Prince William themed blog, I want to look at some of the other styles that William sported on his recent North America tour.
The first look, William wore to a reception at the British Consul Generals residence in Los Angeles. William was spotted chatting to David Beckham, who was looking dapper in a dark suit with a paisley pocket square and polka dot tie.
William went for a slightly more classic look, in keeping with his Royal status, with a navy suit, a blue and red striped regimental tie and the ivory pocket square he has successfully managed to pair with every outfit covered in this blog.
The navy suit appears to be the 1 button jacket he wore to the polo, with the matching trousers. If so, this would appear to be a very shrewd and versatile sartorial decision on his part. Most would not notice that the jacket were one and the same, as most would not notice the same pocket square being worn, but he uses them to great effect.
Also in LA, speaking at a BAFTA reception in the Duke and Duchesses honour, William was dressed in the prerequisite black tie. Maybe surprisingly, he wore a double breasted jacket. It had peak lapels and a 6x2 button configuration (6 buttons, of which 2 button up). Single breasted seems to be the most common choice nowadays but William seems to have given a nod to tradition or perhaps to his father who is fond of a double breasted jacket, in his choice for black tie.
He wears it well, choosing the ivory silk pocket square he has become most attached to on this Royal tour. William wears a pair of black brogues with his ensemble. A black tie purist would only be seen wearing patent opera pumps or polished black oxfords, but I think William manages to carry the look convincingly.
Over the course of the North American Royal visit, William has shown sartorial maturity and individuality which correlate well with his ancestry, affable personality and royal status. He manages to do both casual and formal without appearing pompous or contrived, coming across as refined and well put together. A true feat in modern day fashion.
Ever since David Beckham rocked up at the royal wedding in his navy morning coat and grey trousers, we've been hankering after a nifty navy design to add to our sartorial wardrobe. The deep blue shade will easily replace black at a formal event.
Just make sure the is well tailored and wear with grey , for a lighter and brighter look for the summer. The style icon showed other guests how it's done with his sharply tailored (at least after he put his medal on the right side).
We're also seeing the emergence of a new style icon in the form of James Middleton. Although he has a long way to go until he reaches Beckham's style status, his interesting ensemble at the Royal Wedding was a brave choice, but he made it work. The colourful combination might make you think again when reaching for the standard grey suit, white shirt and black tie and encourage bolder colour choices from even the most die-hard black suit fans. Pastel tones work well for a summer and aren't too bold or bright for a wedding (whether royal or otherwise) and add just enough colour.
James is also a fan of a classic pinstripe, which looks great in navy as well as classic grey and black.
Dressing for a wedding can be stressful at the best of times; dressing for a Royal Wedding however is a whole different ball game. Although to give them credit the celebrities did Prince William and Kate proud and turned up en masse in smart sartorial force.
Guy Ritchie took a leaf out of David Beckham's style book and opted for a grey tie to match his grey ; a look he carried off well even when faced with the style icon himself.
David Beckham wore a grey cravat, navy morning coat and matching waistcoat with grey trousers - the guy has serious style and makes his formal morning dress look modern with this colour combination. Colour choice can be the main way to distinguish yourself when attending a formal event that is typically full of the usual greys, blues and blacks. Elton John nailed this for the Royal Wedding with his yellow waistcoat and purple tie. For someone as flamboyant as Elton John it must be difficult to keep his dress formally acceptable but he clearly shows here how to add that extra something to a suit to show his personality.
His partner, David Furnish, chooses a more understated but very stylish grey tie and waistcoat. Kate Middleton's brother proves his fashion worth with his colour co-ordinated combination. James goes for a powder blue shirt with contrasting white collar, pale yellow waistcoat and pink tie but has youth and good looks to carry it off.
John Major on the other hand shows us how not to do it. Major's pink, blue and grey ensemble looks a little try hard, he should've gone for a white shirt with this look to keep it simple and sophisticated.
So take heed if you're attending a wedding this year: colour is good but make sure it complements rather than clashes, combining different shades of grey creates a smart and sophisticated look and finally if you want to stand out from the crowd go for a navy suit and clash with grey trousers for extra sytle points.
I don't know about you, but for me a suit isn't like an investment - it is an investment! Having a tailored suit that is perfect in its fit, look and style makes you feel a million dollars. It would be a shame to let all that effort go to waste by teaming it up with the wrong undergarments, wouldn't it? I'm talking about the shirt!.
When donning a classic black, charcoal grey or navy suit, it's pretty standard practice to team it up with a crisp white shirt, and then add a splash of colour with the tie. Here are a couple of suggestions of how to slightly veer off of this path, whilst retaining a smart and professional look: For black, opting for a light blue or an ivory shade can help soften the contrast between jacket and shirt, toning down the starkness of the classic funeral colours.
I love to match charcoal grey with a very light pink or grey shirt. The pink can then be toned down with a dark tie, whilst the grey can be brought to life with a striped tie with a bit of colour. Here is David Beckham in the grey-on-grey look during last summer's World Cup.
This 3 piece suit is certainly unique and inspirational for the bespoke enthusiast - a really nifty creation. I personally have had many requests for this from far afield so let us take a closer look at Mr Beckham's outfit of choice.
The 'three-piece suit' is a jacket worn with matching trousers and set off with a waistcoat. A waistcoat has a full vertical opening in the front which fastens with buttons or snaps.
Both single-breasted and double-breasted waistcoats exist regardless of the formality of dress, but single-breasted waistcoats are more common. With a three-piece suit, the cloth used matches the jacket and trousers. Before wrist watches became popular, gentlemen kept their pocket watches in the front waistcoat pocket, with the watch on a watch chain threaded through a buttonhole. Sometimes, an extra hole was made in line with the buttonholes for this use. A bar on the end of the chain held the chain in place to catch it if it were dropped or pulled. Now waistcoats are worn less, so the pocket watch may be more likely be stored in a trouser pocket.
Wearing a belt with a waistcoat (and indeed, any suit) is not traditionally correct. The waistcoat instead covers a pair of braces (suspenders in the U.S.) underneath it, to give a more comfortable hang to the trousers.
A custom still sometimes practised is to leave the bottom button undone. This is said to have been started by King Edward VII (then the Prince of Wales), whose expanding waistline required it. Variations on this include that he forgot to fasten the lower button when dressing and this was copied. It has also been suggested that the practice originated to prevent the waistcoat riding up when on horseback. Undoing the bottom button avoids stress to the bottom button when sitting down; when it is fastened, the bottom of the waistcoat pulls sideways causing wrinkling and bulging, since modern waistcoats are cut lower than old ones.
Mr. Beckham has opted for a perfect, on-trend single breasted mid-grey Prince of Wales check suit. David has added a classic two button jacket design, with straight flapped pockets which adds great lines to the look of the jacket. He has bridged the gap between a classic and modern with a six buttoned waistcoat. A classic stitched, notched subtle collar design has been added to his jacket to increase the dramatic effect of the waistcoat. He is therefore sporting a six button design with a rare 4 pocket combination. The matching tie is awesome! For the trousers, a classic straight cut with cross pockets for easy access has set off David's three-piece suit exceptionally well.
David Beckham has always embraced a love affair with 'suiting'. We at A Suit That Fits will be keeping a really close eye on Mr Beckham and his possible forthcoming creations. If you would like to try a David Beckham inspired creation...
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