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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.
David Walliams' cheeky sense of humour has sure spiced up this years Britain's got talent. Watching him wind up Simon Cowell is almost as entertaining as the acts themselves.
Walliams has become my official Champion. He appeared in all his suited and booted glory the other week wearing this stunning option.
A classic jacket with ticket pockets, extra wide peaked lapels and trousers with turn-ups, very now! The waistcoat was a classic six button master piece, minimal detail, given good balance with his knitted tie. What really makes this out fit work is the carefully considered proportions, something which Chris and myself have detailed in recent blogs. Though it is always good to go over the finer points using a specific subject.
Here we see a somewhat unflattering picture of David, this does however help us to understand his proportions. He is longer through the body than the leg but still quite broad over all. To get good balance for this kind of shape his jacket is slightly shorter than the classic with wider lapels and a knitted tie to create a bold upper torso. The knitted tie is a trendy, more interesting option than satin, favoured by our very own Pete Beeney who also has a longer upper body..
The six button waistcoat has more clout than the three or four and helps to shorten the torso further. Here I would add a double pocket for detail and to break up a large area of colour. This will help to keep the look balanced and paired with a crisp white shirt, you're on to a real winner.
The real 'finisher' to this classic look is the choice of cloth; light with a touch of lustre, something like our PTD range, a blend of silk and wool. The silk adds a beautiful twist to a classic look.
So if you are a broader chap and longer in the body than the leg you could do a lot worse than to emulate David Walliams. I am very much looking forward to his future sartorial choices for this years Britain's Got Talent!
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