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The Power Suit.
Going for a job interview? Need to look impeccably smart for your current job? Need to impress in that upcoming business meeting? Three words come to mind: The Power Suit.
Not only is the power suit an undoubtedly smart choice but it proves to everyone that you know your stuff and you mean business!
The most common colour I see selected for a power suit is navy blue however; you can opt for black or even a dark grey (your choice!). I think navy blue is commonly selected because it is a versatile colour and works with most complexions and body shapes. Navy blue is also a good colour to opt for because it works well with most colours, meaning it won't be hard to accessories your suit.
Patterns on a power suit are not really heard of other than the standard pinstripe. I would suggest keeping the colour on the pinstripe as near to neutral as possible and opt for a white or light pastel colour if you fancy being a bit more adventurous. Keeping the look low-key will create that sartorial edge.
With your power suit, it's important to get the accessories right too. Team your suit with a bespoke, crisp white shirt. This will ensure that even if you take your jacket off you still look smart. Add a coloured tie (red is a good choice), a pocket square and smart shoes.
Here is a picture of a power suit. Very dapper indeed!
Here are a couple of tips to help you create your very own bespoke power suit to impress whatever the occasion:
Opt for a two button jacket
Always wear the bottom button of your jacket undone
Ask for a notched collar style
Make sure your lapel width is not too narrow as it could make you look out of proportion
Having straight flapped pockets helps to keep the look clean and sharp
Show a little cuff (it will make your arms look longer!)
Make sure your tie is the same width as your lapels as this will help keep your look in balance.
Opting for a coloured tie and pocket square adds a pop of colour to your suit
Make sure the colour of your shoes compliments the colour tones in your suit and accessories
Make sure your shoes are clean and tidy!
When does Justin Theroux look anything less than amazing? It seems to me that when he's not beautifying red carpets in Hollywood next to his gorgeous wife Jennifer Aniston or motorcycling through Manhattan in a leather jacket or a muscle-showing tank top, he's appearing shirtless in black denim and thigh-hugging cut-offs at the beach.
But next month he tops it all by gracing the cover of USA in an , by Dolce Gabbana complete with and vintage .
The simplicity of the notched collar and the slender jacket lends itself to Theroux's casual re-interpretation of the classic suit. Besides the chic accessories (some silver, leather and beaded bracelets), Theroux adds his own style to the formal suit by rolling up his jacket sleeves and leaving his collar unbuttoned and tieless. The result is an edgy yet sophisticated, city-living kind of look that captures Theroux's unique personality perfectly. Here at A Suit That Fits, we offer ultra-fitted suits in fine textured fabrics that, combined with your measurements and the accessories of your choosing, create a truly bespoke look.
For a style emulating that of Theroux, check out this navy, ultra-fitted three-piece suit I've created with details including a notched collar, three cuff buttons and slashed trouser pockets. If you like your suit classy yet ultra modern, this might well be the suit for you. Just click on Get the Look!. .
James Franco, an ambassador for Gucci, looked the epitome of style on Sunday night while attending a Comedy Central Roast, of which he was the subject, in a custom Gucci midnight-blue three-piece tuxedo with peaked, black satin lapels and satin-trimmed pocket flaps.
Franco finished the look with a . Thus ensuring that while he was taunted about his ambiguous sexuality and his screw-ups as an host, he never looked anything less than impeccable.
Check out the gorgeous suit here. Also present at the Roast were Andy Samberg and Franco's This is the End co-star Seth Rogen, who both looked pretty good in slightly less fancy, black, notched collar tuxedos and bow-ties. The group of comedians and actors looked more than impressive together while Franco, quite rightly, stood out from the crowd in his midnight blue tux.
Well it's that time of year again where we see 16 candidates put themselves through some gruelling tasks cooked up by Lord Sugar and his team. The great thing about watching The Apprentice is primarily the interesting characters who genuinely believe they are the next Lord Sugar, Sir Richard Branson or Karren Brady! These candidates will do anything from lying, stealing or as far as possibly selling their Nan for the position of working with Lord Sugar.
Just to emphasise my last statement I've added a few interesting quotes from the candidates below for your amusement...
I'm prepared to fight to the death to become Lord Sugar's business partner - FrancescaI am a 'Great' of my generation. I'm an innovator and leader in business. I take inspiration from Napoleon; I am here to conquer. - Zeeshaan (Fired)I have the energy of a Duracell bunny, sex appeal of Jessica Rabbit and a brain like Einstein. - LuisaI'm half machine. I can process things at a speed out of this world - Jaz (Fired)
You are probably getting an understanding of why these characters may be quite amusing to watch unless you are already a big fan of the programme then you will already know!
So the main point of this blog is to break down some of the suits being worn by the candidates this year as The Apprentice always give a huge amount of varying suit styles worn which is always interesting for me. This year both the Gents and ladies having been brushing up on their knowledge of sartorial elegance with either classically tailored 2 piece suits or sartorial accessories. It's great to see each year the candidates upping their game in the sartorial stakes and getting more confident in the varying styles of suits being worn.
Some of the candidates that have stood out to me so far are as follows:
Leah caught my eye for several reasons but the main one being sartorially very well presented. Leah seen wearing this in style electric blue single breasted jacket combined with a Sheath Dress manages to show of her curves without losing the impression that she means business in this contest! Alex Mills who has stood out as someone who clearly likes to wear a well cut suit. Alex's look is primarily a classic 2 piece look but he accessories well with his tie pins, cuff links and pocket square to match in with the red power tie. I would say Alex does like to groom himself just a little too much, primarily around the eyebrows. Note to all male readers you can take grooming too far, prime example Mr Mills!
Finally we have Neil Clough who seems to be a real contender to be Lord Sugars next apprentice. Looking at Neil's suits he has a nice variety of different sartorial styles. It's good to see the varying suit style Neil has whether it is his Two piece midnight blue suit or his more traditional cut green tweed jacket styled with a slim line notched collar as seen below.
It would be great to hear back from anyone who shares an interest in 'The Apprentice' with your views on the candidates styles and also who you think will be this years winner!?
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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.
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.
All comic book fans have been spoilt for choice this year with the release of such films as 'The Avengers, Avengers Assemble', 'Men In Black 3', and most recently 'The Amazing Spider-Man'. And with every great film comes a glamorous premiere providing a super sartorial spectacle! I was particularly impressed when leafing through the photographs from the event, to find such a variation of suit customisations.
Leading lady Emma Stone looks absolutely stunning (as always) yet her outfit is simple and chic. A pair of lengthens the leg, and with a thin gold buckled belt it draws the eye into the smallest part of the waist.
Even with a dangerously daring plunge neckline everything is secure, adding the perfect amount of glamour to the ensemble. Spider-Man himself, Andrew Garfield, was looking sharp in a simple black single breasted two button suit. A little controversial going for a navy tie with a black suit but that's just personal taste!
Next we have villain and infamous Welshman Rhys Ifans with girlfriend Anna Friel, wearing a fabulously green suit, definitely in keeping with his character, The Lizard. Green might seem quite a bright colour but as long as you keep it rich and dark you can really make a statement, a flannel in forest green would be perfect.
And finally we have director Marc Webb, who has also chosen a classic black single breasted suit. Webb is wearing another example of a half-width notched lapel. He's extended the theme to his tie and shirt collar to ensure the whole outfit is balanced.
Attention to detail: Hand stitched lapels Similar to the ticket pocket, hand-stitching on the Lapels isn't a feature you'd necessarily think about when designing a suit but once you've had it brought to your attention it's a subtle detail you'll notice on every other jacket from then on!
Some people love it, some people hate it, but on a simple suit such as Marc Webb's it adds a little something to make the outfit all the more distinctive. I would certainly recommend using hand-stitching on lightweight cloths verses thicker ones as it is less likely to sink in and will stand out. You can choose to have hand-stitching on any of our jacket lapels at A Suit That Fits so if you love it - we'll make it happen!
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.
On Monday night, I attended the seventh annual Scottish Fashion Awards in Glasgow, hosted by Style Icon Alexa Chung. It was a glitzy and glamorous spectacle but, with Swarovski as a sponsor, who would expect any less! I had the pleasure of meeting a whole host of interesting people from across the industry, but more importantly, I met a few dapper ladies and gents sporting suits, separates and tuxedos.
In the photo below we have some dapper chaps sporting a mixture of fantastic outfits. Starting on the left we have a classic , versatile and perfectly accessorized, on this occasion with a smart tartan .
Next, we have a very daring double breasted jacket with eight buttons, three fastening, worn with a pair of light grey flannel trousers, again, finished off with a pocket square in a presidential fold. Third from the left is a classic two piece in light grey pinstripes, worn with slim lapels to give width to the shoulder line. Last but not least a modern two piece charcoal grey suit with slim lapels, worn with a skinny tie. Next, was James Robert Faulkener. Edinburgh's very own Rogue Milliner.
James' designs are fantastic, but not as fantastic as his plush velvet tuxedo, with shawl collar in satin, complimented by his waistcoat and scarf. Also in this picture, we see another velvet jacket with notched, split lapel in suit cloth, edged with satin.
In this final picture, I managed to snap a lady in a tuxedo, rare, but a great look. With a single fastening, satin edging, and full satin collar (rather than suit cloth). It really is a stand out tuxedo. Our gent is wearing a classic peaked collar tuxedo, with a one button fastening and straight flapped pockets. Pocket squares were really prevalent on the night.
All in all, it was a brilliant event with guest appearances from Dionne Blomfield, Millie Mackintosh of Made in Chelsea, Karen Gillan of Doctor Who fame and New York stylist Derek Warburton, who sported a striking pink turban. Congratulations to all the winners, and I'm sure you'll all be household names in the future.
Zac Efron is the new kid on the block. Having blasted his way to stardom via the hit TV series High School Musical he has more recently starred in the box office hit 'The Lucky One.' With his heartthrob good looks he is perfectly placed for this moving story of unexpected love and romance.
Zac is a lover of well cut , usually going with a worn with crisp white and dark . He tends, as is the fashion to go with a close cut, perfect for showing off a great silhouette.
Below Zac is wearing a checked blue shirt and notched collar suit in petrol blue sharkskin cloth. The two button jacket shows off his waistline with a modern slim fit look keeping the the jacket classic with four buttons on the cuff. The pocket square has become increasingly popular among younger gentlemen, showing that classic dandy style will always be popular.
A more casual approach to tailoring is wearing your suit with a smart fitted t-shirt. It is a look that can work really well on younger guys.
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