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It seems that whichever cloths A Suit That Fits introduces to it's range, it is without question the petrol-navy of each collection which is most popular.
And whilst it is not an exact science, I would imagine what this, typically iridescent, shade invokes in one's customers is that it is not the shade of blue associated with suits e.
g. a plain solid colour like a navy, but a break from the norm without breaking entirely from tradition - a great majority of the business suits I make are blue as it is an acceptable colour for the workplace without the somber-formality of grey. But it is for weddings in particular that the popularity of petrol-navy suiting is most evident. Tom is one such chap who chose petrol blue for his wedding suit - Tom also chose to compliment his suit with one of the brightest linings which we have; an iridescent paisley yellow!
Surprising as this may sound, it is yellow, closely followed by pink that are some of the most popular lining-colours for the blue suits my customers have made, and Tom used this accent colour to great effect;
His bespoke white shirt has yellow contrasting-stitching around each button hole. He carries a yellow paisley pocket square (not shown - as pointed out by an avid Twitter follower!). And his oxblood brogues are off-set by yellow socks, of course. They even have individually-sourced yellow and burgundy-coloured laces!
I think a golf-clap is due, given Tom's shining example of what can be achieved when one puts one's mind to it..
Rachel's Wedding Themes: Part 2, Sweet as Pie
In the first installment of my wedding themes blog I looked at reds and pinks. This time we're going to look at a very popular theme at the moment, the sweetie theme.
'Honey, sugar, cup-cake, I'm sure you've called your partner at least one of these terms, love has inherent sweet connotations and it's something you can really have fun with. So this one is fairly straight forward and a really charming theme as you can have lots of fun with the decorations and table gifts. This website is a great place to get all the things you need, they even have proper liquorish root and kola cubes! (Yes I have a sweet tooth) http://www.aquarterof.co.uk/ But for this blog our focus will be the suiting potential.
You don't have to go for a giant splash of colour like these gents above, but if you want a subtle hint why don't you try what I like to call the Cadbury's suit; rich brown with our AE104 Dark Purple lining. It looks really great if you've got a winter wedding, go with a tweed cloth or if you prefer jaffa cakes, the paraquette lining with a cream shirt and a blue tie.
With this theme the devil is in the details. Choose classic suiting shades adding that touch of sugar with love heart cufflinks or candy tones in the contrast details, maybe even powder blue brogues for those with a bold heart.
For the more classic gent go with a light grey silk and wool mix with a subtle purple and blue stripe. Give the detailing a pastel twist with a violet lining, light blue piping and a powder blue melton, keeping everything bold without being brash.
It's not just the suit that can take on the sweetie theme, this is a wedding idea that you can go as far as you like with. It all depends on how crazy you and your bride want to make it! And if all this sweetness is is starting to make your head spin and your teeth ache I recommend a cup of bitter coffee to bring you back down to earth!
It's possible that with this latest product development update, regular readers of 'Off the Cuff' will be starting to think that we at A Suit That Fits are a little obsessed with linings.
As there is more than a grain of truth in that sentiment I shall continue with no shame in announcing our latest product development innovation - waistcoat backs. As regular suit-wearers are aware, the large majority of waistcoats have the back panel made out of the same lining as the suit jacket - this is to keep the garment light and make the suit slide easily over of the waistcoat. That's great, but what if you're worried about your bright choice of lining clashing with your shirt or tie? Well, now the solution is simple - you can now chose to have the back of your A Suit That Fits waistcoat made up in a lining fabric that is the same colour as the outer fabric of the suit, be it navy, grey, black or another colour.
Remember though, that you can also have the back of the waistcoat made out of the outer wool fabric, which is the perfect choice when you intend to wear the waistcoat as a separates piece with no jacket over the top. While we're discussing linings, you may have noticed another option on the jacket linings page - that of 'Split Lining'. This choice is perfect for the indecisive suit wearer who just can't decide between two equally fabulous coloured linings - you can now chose to have different linings on either side of the jacket. For an extra touch, add contrast piping as well!
As customers of A Suit That Fits well know, all of our jackets are beautifully finished inside with 'piano-style' facings and piped edges. This piping is made from a narrow tube of lining fabric, which is cut on the bias to follow the curves of the facing perfectly (the bias of the fabric having more give and flex than the straight-grain).
One of our latest product developments that I'm very excited to introduce is the option to have this piping made in a contrasting colour to the main lining.
For subtle elegance, the best choice of linings are those from the mystique range with codes starting 'AE' or 'E' - these linings have a bright side (AE) and a muted side (E) so complement each other perfectly. If you want to make the contrast a little more stand-out (and why wouldn't you), choose two shades of the same colour, such as AE102 Navy with the C16 BlueA, or AE106 Dark Purple with AE111 Dark Violet. The bold should go for two contrasting colours to really stand out - such as lime and purple as modeled in this picture by roaming tailor Brett. Or how about the colours of your favourite football team?.
You will find the option for contrast piping on the 'Lining Option' page of the suit wizard. We haven't sold any suits with contrast piping in our Sun Street branch, so click here to book an appointment and be amoung the first to order this option! Alternatively, simply click here to start designing your own!.
Here at A Suit That Fits we are constantly reviewing and updating our products and services, master-minded by Mighel, our product development manger. We have several exciting pieces of news on the product development front, the first of which is that we are proud to introduce our new half-lined jacket option!.
This is the perfect solution for summer jackets when you don't want the thickness of a full lining. Our half-lined jackets have the same piped, 'piano-style' facings as our regular jackets, but only the sleeves and the top of the back are lined.
Throughout the rest of the jacket, the raw seam edges are encased in small tubes of lining fabric, cut on the bias - this beautiful finish is commonly referred to as a 'Hong Kong' or 'French couture' finish. You can chose to have the binding the same fabric as the lining (as pictured), or in a contrasting colour for extra stylistic interest. A half-lined interior is the perfect accompaniment to lightweight summer fabrics such as mohairs and linens; it also works well with our new 'deconstructed' jacket option, which we will cover in our next update!
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