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Downton Abbey has taken over the world has undoubtedly become the latest period phenomenon. (I would of course argue whether it will ever beat the impact of Mr Darcy coming out of the lake but that's personal taste)Following on from the Regency period we move to the late Edwardian era, turn of the century moving to the 1920's which is such a spectacular time for sartorial inspiration! So today I'm taking a few prime examples from our 'Upstairs' characters in Downtown Abbey.
Firstly we have Lord Robert Crawley played by Hugh Bonneville. Always maintaining his powerful, Lord of the Manor demeanour in a statement charcoal 3 piece suit.
The 3 button jacket with a high 6 button waistcoat is the key to creating the retro-style, especially when wearing the trousers higher on the stomach as well. The little finishing touches such as the double pocket-watch chain and tie pin just complete the look beautifully. This is a very classic look that is still very popular today, and can so easily be refreshed and modernised by converting the 3 button jacket to a 2 button, and maybe consider a 5 button waistcoat instead?
Lord Grantham's valet John Bates played by Brendan Coyle also sports the mid-brown tweed 3 piece but it's nice to see a lapel on the waistcoat too! A very smart overcoat with contrasting collar - lots of lapels and collars going on but the whole thing ties together so neatly! They really did know how to put together an outfit...
And finally Magazine man Michael Gregson played by Charles Edwards - finally we see a double breasted ensemble! Classic businessman, the pinstripe double breasted 6 button jacket is an absolute classic with peaked lapels and well oiled hair. Sticking with the pinstripe theme on the right he's also showing the single breasted option, keeping with the aforementioned style guidelines. You'll notice that all of our gents have been keen to accessorise with details such as the pocket square - varying to match either the shirt or the tie; or a pocket watch chain. I think these are the details that make the old-fashioned outfits outshine our modern-day attitude.
Too often I think we put on a suit for necessity or as a uniform which forces us to lose the pride or excitement in creating our outfits - but there is still a place for old-time style in modern day society!
When I met Sam he had already designed his three piece suit with our Style Advisor Rachel and was on to the fitting stage. Sam and his fiance Rachel were planning on getting married in Cripps Barn in Gloucestershire and then having a mini festival in a field fully equipted with bonefire, hog roast, tents and of course wellies.
Being a lover of festivals from a young age, (having been allowed to go to Glastonbury unaccompanied at the tender age of fourteen!) I loved the idea straight away.
The couples' outdoorsy theme didn't end there though with green being a big aspect of Sam's outfit. He went with a black UKAB Merino wool, with green lining, green pocket square, green stitching on his last cuff buttonhole and a green tie. Sam's lapel buttonhole was also made with green leaves and held together with colourful buttons. Sam's choice of style was very modern with slanted flapless pockets, a single vent and five buttons on his sleeve. He went for a notched collar but continued his modern twist through to his trousers, having horizantal pockets and flat fronts. His waistcoat was five buttons and had two pockets, perfect for the finishing touch of a pocket watch.
The green detailing of Sam's three piece suit matches perfectly with the cream of Rachels's dress and her fiery red hair, not to mention the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside (can you tell I'm a south west girl!!)
Me and ASTF Rachel were lucky enough that Sam was happy to send us over some photos. The happy couple had Richard Johnson of Totallyrich Digital Consultancy take pictures of their big day and it definitely looks like they had a wonderful time. The newly weds also sent us a link to Rachel's blog, a lovely personal account of their big day, we wish you all the best!
Rachel Mathews' blog http://rabel.co.uk/the-big-day-rabel-mule-get-wed/
Location: Cripps Barn http://www.crippsbarn.com/ Photographer: Richard Johnson http://www.totallyrich.com
Greetings! May I firstly introduce myself. My name is Elizabeth and I am the new Manageress at A Suit That Fits, Manchester. I'm now chomping at the bit to get into the studio and get moving - finally opening on Saturdays! So anyone looking for a suit or even just wanting to brainstorm some ideas please pop in for a chat soon! Now I won't lie to you, 'I loves a bit of Gavin Stacey I does!' And as all avid fans know it was actually Smithy and Nessa (writers James Corden and Ruth Jones) that made us fall in love with the show through clever writing and impeccable comic timing.
As lovable and witty as this lager-loving Essex boy is, I think we can all agree that the horizontal striped polo shirts and sports don't do Corden any favours.
However, since the end of the Gavin Stacey we've got to see the far more suave and stylish side of Corden which really hit me at this years Brit Awards - just look at the difference!. Donning a classic black three piece suit, James has gone for a five button waistcoat with notched base which elongates his upper body, worn underneath a relatively understated one button jacket with straight flapless pockets. By keeping it simple and using clean lines it's far more complementary - the wide peaked lapels make it extra-sharp and mirrors the sharp angles of the jacket's shoulders. I'm definitely a sucker for those little design features that really add to the overall creation - like the matching five buttons on the front with five buttons on the cuffs.
Top it off with a neat round collared shirt and monochrome tartan tie and voila! Even a snappy tie-pin to make him a proper British gent. Corden knows that keeping it simple is his best formula, even when going a bit more casual with black jeans shirt, a well-fitting charcoal jacket and (one button and notched lapel) works for me! Though, we would never want to suppress his fame and fortune winning cheeky-chappy personality. His new role as presenter of quiz show 'A League of Their Own' is a perfect demonstration of his love for a t-shirt jacket combo. This can be happily paired with smart or casual jeans. Note the extra-slim lapel giving it an extra modern edge. As modelled by James Corden, investing in a well-fitting jacket in any of the classic options; black, navy or grey will serve you well! Whatever your outfit, whether in trainers or heels it will never look out of place and be incredibly versatile.
For those not wanting to be too extravagant, or just looking to get a taste of tailoring this is a fantastic way to start. The 'Little Black Jacket' is an absolutely wardrobe essential for both men and women just come and see me in our Manchester Studio and find the perfect fit for you!
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