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The festive season is upon us and it's time to think about your party suit. Forget about your average business suit: this year's holiday season coincides with an exciting '70s revival in the fashion world from Tom Ford's glamorously loungey, floral-patterned spring/summer 2014 collection to Daft Punk's glittery tuxedos in the promo video for Get Lucky.
This December your should ideally reflect the fun nature of the season. Some ways you can incorporate fun into your wardrobe include opting for opulent fabrics like and , wearing bolder colors such as , or , and choosing showy details like and contrast piping.
There's no better time to think disco and let your inner playboy run wild than during the holiday season. Some words of advice: mix in your party elements subtly by balancing a showy staple (usually a jacket) with tailored elements. Consider a velvet jacket with black tailored trousers and patent leather shoes. Or perhaps a silver gray, black-lapeled jacket and black trousers. Make sure you balance ostentation with classical taste. One way to ensure you do this is to check out A Suit That Fits' ready-designed creations, particularly our purple velvet dinner suit (above right) with black satin lapels, lilac lining and purple piping: my favorite!.
It's that time of year again where you will need an overcoat to keep the cold at bay but it's important that you still look sleek and stylish. There are many types of coats you can wear with a suit to keep that stylish look; the two coats shown below for example.
Chesterfield Coat -
They usually have a double-breasted front with a 62 button configuration. The top buttons have a wider button stance and are not worn fastened at all (see image below). They usually have peaked lapels and the coat fit would be a slim or ultra-fitted cut with a flat back and no belt. In terms of the cloth colour, you could opt for a navy blue or charcoal grey as there are versatile colours and can be worn with practically anything! This means you'll get good wear from your new bespoke overcoat. Book an appointment with me at our West End studio to find out more.
With the return of Downton Abbey imminent (this autumn, to be precise), A Suit That Fits is curious to know what the coming season has in store in terms of tailoring. We're happy to inform you that the show's style will be upped a notch this year by the presence of Gary Carr, who plays Jack Ross, a Chicagoan jazz singer who meets the English aristocrats in London and visits them at their Downton Abbey estate.
While details about Carr's plot-lines remain under wraps (we're secretly hoping for some great jazz vocals from the musical Carr), onset photos were leaked last month showing him looking spiffing in a , a beige and a tie.
The only officially-released picture is more impressive still, with Carr leaning elegantly against a grand piano in full white tie (wing collar shirt, beautifully-fitted tailcoat, wide satin peaked lapels and white carnation to finish) and sporting a 1940s-style pencil moustache. He's a celebrity of the time, says Carr of his character Jack Ross. There is a confidence about him and a suaveness. He's very charming. Carr, who prior to his role in Downton Abbey has had a thriving career in theatre, has also appeared in Law Order: UK, Silent Witness and Holby City. Some great pictures of Carr on London stylist Alice Burnfield's website show Carr wearing what is fast becoming this season's most popular colour, a gorgeous caramel brown.
Judging by these photos alone, Carr will bring some serious elegance to the grounds of the world's most loved country estate. Bring on autumn!. .
Tom Ford launched his spring/summer 2014 collection back in June as part of London Collections but it's taken until now for the collection's lookbook to arrive. Now that we're able to describe the collection more fully, all I can say is that it's full of the sleek, elegant, '70s-style silhouettes we've come to love and expect from Ford here at A Suit That Fits.
As the American designer said at the collection's launch: I'll always be fascinated by the '70s. It definitely shows. Full of , and , the collection is distinguished for its silk featuring floral embroidery.
The plainer, monochrome day jackets, called the O'Connor and designed originally for Daniel Craig to wear as Bond, are pleasingly simple: slim-fit, double-buttoned, with summery white buttons, deep, spacious pockets and peaked lapels. The trousers are slim, narrower towards the ankle and single-pleated. If you're looking for a similar look for next spring, I recommend the slim-fit worsted wool sharkskin-designed New York Summers suit with a cream satin lining. Check it out here!.
Another one of those former Australian soap stars who go on to have massive, unexpected Hollywood success, Liam Hemsworth has been spotted around Los Angeles recently sporting some pretty fine suits. Yes, the blue-eyed Australian fianc of twerking wild-one Miley Cyrus wore a shimmering gun-metal grey Hugo Boss suit (below right) to the LA premiere of his new movie Paranoia last Thursday night.
The , called the Howell/Glare and taken from Hugo Boss' Hugo range, features and a silk-blend trim on the and .
Apart from the classic evening-wear details, one of my favorite things about this suit is its color, which seems to alter from dark grey to black to a deep metallic blue according to changes in the California lighting. Earlier today Hemsworth was spotted at the Hollywood Foreign Press Association luncheon in Los Angeles looking a little more relaxed in a light grey-blue suit (above left). The suit, totally unfussy except for a ticket pocket and peaked lapels, matched perfectly the wolf-like blue of Hemsworth's eyes. Miley nowhere in sight, Hemsworth accompanied his Paranoia co-star Amber Heard at the luncheon and couldn't look happier.
Looking over this particular suit, I'm reminded of the pale blue linen suit offered by A Suit That Fits, which can be found here. A perfect fabric, I would say, for the dog days of summer. .
Someone has been catching my eye all summer: Swedish supermodel Alex Lundqvist. First he was attending the New York City premiere of Prince Avalanche sporting a deep blue jacket and pale blue shirt. Later, I was dining al fresco with friends in Milan ;) when I couldn't help noticing this giant Hugo Boss campaign poster featuring Lundqvist in a sumptuous grey three-piece suit complete with a ticket pocket and peaked lapels.
Everywhere I look, in fact, there's in magazines. on billboards. in tweets. even in my friends' Facebook pictures! His omnipresence is no coincidence, either the man might as well be a demi-god this season having signed on to model ' Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, including their popular Boss Black range.
Evidently not happy just being one of Hugo Boss' most famous faces, Lundqvist has now decided to take over the world with his Scandinavian charms! If you're inspired by his example, A Suit That Fits will tailor a blended wool three-piece suit to your individual measurements starting from 680 (in light brown: click here) and 698 (in navy: click here); you also have the choice to upgrade your fabric to mohair, cashmere and worsted wool. Enjoy!.
The nationwide prohibition on alcohol was ignored by many. There was a revolution in almost every part of human activity. Fashion was no exception!
From left to right we have an elegant evening suit with a wider lapel creating a wider shoulder shape with a narrow waist created by a low fitted waistcoat.
Next we have a morning suit , with contrasting footwear to set off the contrast waistcoat! Please also note the use of the peaked lapel again for that statement look!
Then we move onto our third outfit a tweed jacket with a notch lapel and contrast waistcoat and fashionable bow tie in front of a white collar on a blue shirt! If you look closely even though it's the same model his shoulders look slimmer! As your eye line is drawn to his waistcoat and bow tie! A slightly less formal attire!
Finally we have a contrasting Jacket, these are known as either boating jackets or even a smoking Jacket! After dinner attire the simple pocket square colour co-ordinates the light coloured trousers for a formal look! Darker colours are used on the torso for a slender looking silhouette!
Mr Dicaprio we can certainly say you have dressed suitably for the era and stand shoulder to shoulder with your predecessors below! It would'nt be right not to mention the previous elegant gentlemen who have also played Jay Gatsby! Alan Ladd, the dashing Robert Redford and our own Toby Stephens! They all look so elegant! Contrasting colours also used with bespoke tailoring can set you apart from the normal attire!
We've all been waiting for it. Been teased and tempted by various clips, reports and photographs. and FINALLY we have the official premiere of the newest James Bond film Skyfall back where it belongs in London.
The last year of anticipation has only served to increased every man's desire to be James Bond and every woman to be wooed by James Bond. If you can't get the Licence to Kill or afford the insurance for the Aston Martins - dressing the part is absolutely the next best thing.
So with all eyes undoubtedly on the man of the moment, James Bond himself in the form of Daniel Craig - he certainly didn't disappoint. A classic black dinner suit worn with a crisp white dress shirt , dress studs, matching pocket square and bow tie - simple, fabulous. Though in a reversal of the traditional black jacket with satin lapels , Craig has gone for a matt shawl collar with textured satin jacket . If you're looking for something similar our blue collection-D5 would be the best selection.
Pictured here with Bond Girl Berenice Marlohe who looks absolutely divine in this sumptuous Vivienne Westwood creation (I have an obsession with her incredible bodices) you can see the Bond suit in more detail with his straight flapless pockets and straight tapered trousers - even a satin cummerbund . He's stuck to a thoroughly classic tailored suit which I think is quite appropriate for the occasion celebrating one of Britain's finest.
Shedding the black cape of 'You Know Who', villain Ralph Fiennes gave us another excellent example of a classic dinner suit , complete with satin shawl collar , flapless pockets and satin piping down the trouser seam. You'd normally see a slightly wider satin stripe but this finer piping looks rather edgy!
Amongst the glamourous cast of Skyfall there was also a glittering array of celebrities including Ms Naomi Campbell. I mentioned this new trend of the female interpretation of the dinner suit and I was delighted to find another superb example!The extra-wide peaked lapels enhance the jacket 's feature shoulder pads which give a really dramatic shape to the jacket , and the sweeping cross-over of the striking white lapels bring your eyes into her already tiny waist - very elegant. You'll also notice the back-to-front double vent - most probably intended as more of a stylish slit than a vent but I certainly appreciated the irony!
Back in December when I was still working in my lovely home town of Bristol Ryan and Jen came to me for a wedding suit. They wanted to get married in the spring and wanted something special. A lovely couple, Jen came along to help pick the cloth but didn't come to subsequent fittings to keep the overall look of the suit a surprise.
Ryan's overall inspiration was Americana with a rockabilly feel. He told me about a pair of shoes he wanted to get (two tone ones) and we looked at the music video Social Distortion: Machine gun blues for inspiration (What fun!) After much dissussion Ryan decided to go for a black herringbone , HB-6 with a Burgundy red lining.
The herringbone cloth and peaked lapels kept the suit vintage, circa 1950 with the slanted pockets, single vent and tapered trousers giving it that modern twist. When Ryan came to the studio to try on his two piece suit both me and David loved the whole thing! The shoes, the tie, shirt and suit went so well together, we immediately asked Ryan and Jen if they minded us having a look at there wedding photos. The lovely couple did not disappoint and have recently been the subject of an online article at Rock and Roll Bride.
Jen and Ryan had there photo's taken by Gemma Bell from Venus Blue Imaging and were kind enough to let me put them up on our blog. Ryan's suit perfectly complimented Jennifer's dress, a custom made vintage inspired number. The whole day looks absolutely lovely.
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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