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With Rachel now covering Oxford and Reading the City Road team has had a bit of a re-shuffle. The City Road girls, me and Rach are only together two days a week and in honour of this we decided to collaborate on a blog, me on the words, Rach on the pics.
Perfect little setup as I think I am the only fashion graduate who can't draw. Now, it may still be summer but if your want a new for Autunm this is the time to start thinking about it.
Our normal turn around is 6-8weeks plus fittings so even if you are still swanning around in your light grey suit and shades don't leave your Autunm option to the last minute. My favourite time of year is Autunm, the evenings have only just started to get dark and the colours are brilliant, perfect inspiration for your suiting designs.
Me and Rach have come up with three outfit ideas to get you started. First up, 'A Classic Three Piece with an edge.'
This is a great outfit for the more classic gent. The use of a contrast collar, pocket flaps and waistcoat give it that extra special something. The contrasting colour choice can be as wild or as subtle as you like. For this design we've gone with FLA-26, a grey heavy weight wool and cashmere cloth contrasted with HAB-2; a light brown herringbone cloth, also a heavy weight wool and cashmere. This is a real winner for Autumn and an idea that can be adapted for all seasons, events and occasions.
Fashion Forward suiting
Now, if you want something a little more on trend but still subtle, concentrate on your detailing. It is said that menswear is all about the details, something quite small can make all the difference. Again we've gone with a herringbone;HAB-3A, a grey wool and cashmere. The HAB's are such great cloths for the Autumn and can be really jazzed up with a splash of bright colour. With this outfit we've gone with straight flapless pockets with an extra ticket pocket all edged in red velvet. The red theme is carried on through to the cuff and lapel buttonhole stitching as well as a fushia lining.
Wild Autumn Oranges
Sometimes, classic and trendy are not what you want, sometimes, you want to walk into a room and make everyone go, wow! Our Sharkskin 5603-6 is a bronze cloth with a tonic weave that can do that. Keep the design very simple with a notched collar, slanted flapless pockets and straight leg trousers. With a really simple design you can afford to add a silk orange tie and really turn heads. The main thing to remember is that although suiting has a strong connection to the world of the nine to five it does not have to be dull. Tailoring is all about beautiful garments and amazing details.
With the up and coming Olympics in London this summer, all eyes are on the athletes taking part. Being an avid cyclist as well as a Style Advisor for A Suit That Fits I couldn't help but notice Victoria Pendleton.
Pendleton is a British track cyclist and the reigning Olympic and World Champion, not to mention a very snappy dresser. With her status as Olympic champion and the up and coming games we've been seeing a lot of this lady and she has not disappointed.
Pendleton is a great lover of mixing up separates, the perfect way to extend and give variety to your wardrobe. Here it looks like Victoria is doing a bit of a 'Kate Moss,' wearing a dinner jacket with jeans and knee high boots. This photo was taken at the promotional event for her ladies bicycle range, the peaked labels teamed with the smart blouse keep the look glamorous while the jeans and boots give it an outdoorsy feel, perfect for a pro-cyclist.
Another great example of Victoria Pendleton mixing ladies suit jackets with separates is a shot of her at a recent photo call. Again she's sporting a peaked lapel, this time in the form of a silver metallic number. She's gone with a single button which works well with her petite frame but something I wouldn't recommend for ladies with a little more up top. If you have large bust a two or three jacket is a much more flattering look. Pendleton has teamed this jacket with a a slim fit high waisted pencil skirt and silk long sleeve blouse. This idea of casual smart is the very essence of Victoria's look and something that can work well on all of us. Go for one statement piece or smart item and team it with classic more simple separates. This keeps you looking smart while allowing your statement piece to let your personality shine through.
In my mind though my favourite look of Victoria Pendleton's is the one she donned for a recent photo shoot, technically not her own but great all the same. Here she is pictured riding a vintage looking bike, completing the look with a vintage outfit. It is probably my love of a very nipped in waists and an extreme hourglass shape that drew me to this outfit. It might also have something to do with my love of vintage bikes! This silhouette looks great on curvy and athletic women alike provide you follow some simple rules. If you're curvy go with an ultra fitted look with a high waisted pencil skirt. Make sure that there's not a scrap of excess cloth on your waist though, keeping the skirt on or just above the knee.On the other end of the scale, if you have small hips and a small bust you can cut your skirt a little lower. I would advice going with an umbrella or A-line skirt and wider peaked lapels on your jacket. If you pair this with a very nipped in waist it will give you the illusion of an hourglass figure.
As we mark the 200th anniversary of the birth of the greatest British writer of all times, Charles Dickens, it surprises me that the man on the back of the 10 note was only 58 when he died of a stroke at his home.
Having started life on the factory floor at the age of 12, he did not let the dour surroundings end his passion for writing. He used his experiences to write of the working mans plight and although a dapper gent he had a great sense of where he began.
The waistcoat was for Victorian men what the tie is to the 21st century gent. Dickens was known for his dapper waistcoats, he would have had multiples in varying different colours to accessories one suit. His waistcoats would nearly have always had pockets and regularly sport either a notched or shawl lapel. Through the period that Dickens was writing trousers styles changed but generally favoured a high waist, straight-legged look with braces and no belt loops.
Today the gents generally go for a lighter weight cloth, with shirting colours that match their neckties, a more casual suiting look being the order of the day. Back though when Dickens was writing Oliver Twist among many others, cloths were heavie. We would think nothing of a man waltzing down the high street without a suit jacket. In the Victorian era being seen in just a waistcoat was the equivalent of being in public in just your underwear.
A lot has changed since Charles Dickens strolled the streets of London observing and recording the plight of the poor. As we enter his bicentennial year it is interesting to look at all aspect of the world he inhabited, from the style of dress to the culture he was part of.
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