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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!. .
So you can imagine one's glee when Giles made an appointment with A Suit That Fits to discuss just that!
Giles' own style is what I call British preppy; well-fitting and check shirts teamed with either handmade Northamptonshire shoes, or, in Giles case limited edition training shoes; and he wears it well.
So I wondered what he might want with a tweed suit but given the country location of the wedding and Giles penchant for the best in cloths that the fashion world can provide, tweed was a natural choice.
Whilst the order of the day was to be grey, at least for the groom's suit, it was a black and white herringbone tweed, giving the appearance of grey, which provided a muted backdrop for the wedding colour scheme of green, which adorned Giles's chest in the form of his tie.
Now traditionally, black would be the shoe colour of choice for a grey wedding suit, or any other grey suit for that matter. But Giles is not a fan - understandable given his penchant for high-end trainers. And whilst I encourage individuality, there can be no better guide for what shoes (or any other accouterments) to wear than those which complimentary one's ensemble.
Hence (and before you sniff take a look ) Giles' very own green Vans sneakers were worn with aplomb, perfectly complementing his green tie, and moreover, affording him two cracks of the wedding-colour scheme whip - bravo!
The long awaited Summer is finally approaching and its time to refresh your wardrobe not just with a new pair of sunglasses or linen shirts but it's also time to think about your work attire.
With a mix of light weight fabric and refreshing light colours, you are ready to roll for this summer.
In addition to the fabric and colour choice, it's also a great idea to think about how you would like to accessorize it, to add that summery zest. You wouldn't want to wear a tie in summer but you still want to be formally dressed. Why not try wearing a matching Pocket Square? The perfect way to perk up your summer look with a subtle touch.
Set aside some time and come see us at A Suit That Fits and we'll be delighted to kit you out with a great summer work suit.
In the world of tailoring wearing a suit with confidence is key; to feel good you have to look the part. Colour and style are the main components of the suit and shade effect. When walking the streets of London you see many suits and many shades but wearing them together is a whole new ball game.
If you are going to wear shades with your suit, you have to make sure that you have the right size and right colour to get that killer effect. Take Daniel Craig for example, he is wearing a single breasted charcoal grey suit with a notched lapel jacket accompanied with a sharp silver tie.
The shades; our very own Mr Bond is sporting fit great and the proportion and colour of the shades match his face perfectly! The silver sides of the shades tie in excellently with the suit and tie. Suit and Shade effect complete!. Another Example is Kanye West. His album; Yeezus, is being released on the 18th June. Kanye has gone for a completely different look to Daniel Craig. He is rocking a Checked Jacket with a very sharp white shirt which fits great. The shades Kanye has opted for are different compared Daniel Craig's.Why is this? Many different reason but the most important reasons are style, size and colour.
Kanye's face shape is different to Daniel's so going for bigger shades is a good choice. The style of shades are very much like the jacket Kanye is wearing, vibrant, stylish and they look amazing on. It's 2013 as we all know, everyone is trying to bring something different to the table in terms of suits and shades but I feel as long as you pick the right style and colours your can't go wrong!
Now, It's not very often I find inspiration for a blog in a red-top, but after noticing this article in one of the best selling red-tops in the UK, I had a thought. For once, the article was factual and insightful.
The topic was centred around some chaps who had gained a certain level of acclaim in the UK for their acting skills, more than their looks. However, once a move to Hollywood beckoned, these chaps had (what's being called) a Male-Over.
I'm only going to look at a few of the chaps mentioned. Mainly the ones which I feel have had the biggest transformation since moving to Hollywood, and to be honest, the biggest change in each chap is the styling. First up, Here we have our current 007, Daniel Craig. I must admit, I'd heard of him before he was named as the new James Bond, but I wansn't overly familiar with him. The transformation, however, is plain to see. Here we see a rather relaxed looking Daniel Craig (circa 2004), but with the help of a good haircut, and a fantastic looking suit , we can see the difference. (Tuxedo is Midnight Blue in colour with Black Silk Shawl Lapel, Black Silk Jetted Pockets and furnished with a White Handkerchief ).
Next is a chap who has been on our screens for years, yet he's still only 26 years old. First seen in the Harry Potter movies (2005 onwards), it's hard to imagine the rapid rise to fame that Twilight has brought him.Looking very casual in the older photo, we can see the change brought about by a tidy haircut and a sharp looking suit . The colour really suits his skin tone too, working with his hair colour to compliment his tone. Nice slim lapels, with a slim tie to match. Very trendy.
Last, but not least, someone you'd probably least expect to see on this page, however, i think he's very underestimated in the Style word. Hugh Laurie has had a fantastic career on both sides of the ocean, with his recent portrayal of Dr House winning him much acclaim in the USA, and a whole new army of admirers.
During his time on British TV, I always found him rather drab, although his talent was never in doubt. Admittedly, I am a fan of the 3 piece suit being worn in the older image here (mainly because I loathe the open shirt neck), but the more modern picture does him justice as the suit colour matches his profile much better.
So, in conclusion, if all it takes is a decent haircut and a sharp looking suit, why haven't you already booked an appointment with me? We have all seen the difference it can make. See you all soon?
We've been waiting for the biggest music award show in the UK, and it has come and gone! BRITs 2013 has brought the music world together just for one night at the 02 London. As anticipated, all the celebrities turned up looking very elegant and sophisticated- with few exceptions; I can't explain what happened.
Perhaps their stylist isn't on the same wavelength- you can make up your own conclusions. However, the gents on the red carpet at this year's BRITs Awards are certainly not opting for subdued looks.
There's no doubt they'd have tried on numerous suits and considered countless accessories to finish off their desired looks. First up, we've the man of the moment, Justin Timberlake. He arrived ahead of his performance sporting a classic grey two piece suit with peak lapels. He wore this with a brilliant white shirt with collar bar. The 'Suit and Tie ' singer finished off his style with a classic black tie which acts as a focal point and a printed pocket square. Although he looked a bit spooked out on the red carpet, this gifted and talented individual delivered a great performance on stage.
Justin Timberlake hits the stage for his performance donning a dinner jacket in a reversal of the traditional black jacket with satin lapels. He opted for matt shawl lapels with gleaming jacket . To complete his look, he wore a white dress shirt with studs and oversized bow tie. Pictured here, we've the JLS lads all looking very dapper in their three piece suits - look at their shoes too! It's obvious these lads have paid attention to the details, just like their music. Despite being snubbed in the nominations, JLS made an outstanding appearance; displaying attributes of bespoke tailoring . In the mix, we have peak lapels , shawl lapels , notched lapels , slanted pockets and contrasting lapels and pockets. Their choice of fabrics reflects the versatility of their music- from tweed to checks and solid colour. For representing the best of British tailoring, kudos to their stylists!. Seen any style you like? Book an appointment to see one of our Style Advisors.
The British Monarchy, were, once upon a time, beacons of sartorial elegance, and, in some cases, dandy's of the highest order; Henry VIII immediately springs to mind. And, others, fashion pioneers; Edward VII, The Prince of Wales is lauded with being responsible for styles that we are still wearing to this day: trouser creases and turn-ups, the notched waistcoat with unfastened bottom button are still considered de rigueur - The Prince of Wales even had a cloth named after him for goodness sake!.
So it saddens me that in these times of sartorial resurgence, we are bereft of shining examples of sartorial excellence leading from the helm.
And whilst I have long since been a fan of Edward VII's son, Edward VIII, whose relaxed jib cut a dash regardless the occasion - his golfing attire a particular favourite of mine - since the great abdicator left us to fight WWII all alone, the succeeding Prince of Wales also left a gaping chasm in the sartorial stakes. With perhaps one exception; HRH Prince Michael of Kent.
Born in Bucks, it transpires, and not Kent - much to my chagrin, though I take some pride in his being my Home County's monarch - the Prince has style, and lots of it!
Like his uncle Edward VIII, and, moreover, great grandfather Edward VII, Prince Michael always cuts a dash. Typically seen looking resplendent in double breasted suits and blazers with a generous lapel; both framing and complimenting his broad shoulders and his trademark, epic beard!
He is always immaculately turned-out and pays attention to detail; one need only look at his huge tie knot to appreciate the flamboyance of the man. And the trademark beard has never gone out of fashion on this style icon - in the words of Michael Caine: if you wear something for long enough, it will come back into fashion.
Bristol's local tailor has long since been a fan of the double breasted suit, but there is something so regal about the DB in chalk stripe and I believe that there are certain cloths which lend themselves to the old rear guard of men's style: dog tooth, herringbone to name but a few.
And so I leave you with this amazing image, taken by Allan Warren, of the British Monarch's beacon of hope, resplendent in chalk stripe DB: HRH Prince Michael of Kent.
By the way, if you would like to discuss your sartorial requirements, or, moreover, your secret desire to be swathed in the security blanket which is a double breasted suit, or perhaps want to express your inner dandy, then please do get in touch.
Do you know how to match your shirt and tie patterns? This task of matching pattern tie with pattern shirt used to take me time prior to rubbing shoulders with some of the finest style advisors in the country.
Now I can swiftly match my pattern with a patterned every morning- saving me time each day. Don't ask me why it took me time to find a patterned that matches my pattern ; even I don't know.
However, I'm happy to share the rules of matching your pattern ties and pattern shirts . 1. Repeat colours in each pattern. First, I recommend that you choose your pattern shirt - make note of the dominant colours. When it's time to select your pattern tie , opt for the one that has accents that use the same dominant colours as your pattern shirt.
This way of teaming a checked shirt with a differently checked tie to get a distinct look is a masterpiece. It's a child's play; the rule to adhere to in this case is to ensure you always wear smaller checked prints on your body and larger checks around your neck. Lastly, don't forget to pay attention to colour palette and pick a shirt and tie in a similar colour palette.
For a cleaner look that's easier on the eyes, don't select two patterns of the same size. This will look too busy and confusing. Thus make sure one piece has a chunkier pattern than the other. You can get creative, and you'll be amazed at the fantastic and elegant combinations you can originate, even when the shirt and the tie have completely different patterns. Make sure if your shirt has a smaller pattern, you wear a tie with a larger one, vice versa.
Follow these simple rules, and you'll save time trying to match pattern shirt with a patterned tie. That's not all! You'll enjoy the satisfaction of knowing you're one of the dapper folks in the country. How about sharing a snap of you wearing your pattern shirt with your pattern tie with us on Twitter (@ASuitThatFits )? We'll be looking forward to seeing your snaps. You bet!
Now we do write good blogs here at A Suit That Fits, but there is nothing more rewarding than a client taking the time to write in to let us know he enjoyed reading our blog. We do blog very consistently about people of influence in the fashion stakes, and one gent features quite prominently.
That gentleman is Gary Barlow OBE. One particular client wanted to let us know that he had designed his outfit with A Suit That Fits in the summer of 2012.
We recently saw Mr Barlow receive his Gong from the Queen, and noticed a striking similarity to the A Suit That Fits design pictured left. Ladies and Gents, I give you Andrew. Andrew was married in this beautifully tailored tailcoat , designed in W1001A cloth, with a Cream coloured lining. Single button fastening , with standard width peaked lapels. This was an elegant look for his big day, and Andrew matched this with a beautiful White silk waistcoat and tie . Now we can all see from the picture that Gary Barlow OBE is wearing a blue shirt , with contrasting white collar, but the similarity in these outfits is evident by the use of the tie bar by both gents.
Judging by these pictures (and the fact that Andrew collected his outfit in July 2012), it would seem that Andrew is the style leader in this case! Congratulations on your nuptials Andrew. I wish you a long and happy marriage.
Regardless of political leanings, Obama and his family seem to have captured the attention and affection of people all over the world whether it is for his leadership methods, Michelle's fashion sense or his impressive singing voice.
However in this sartorial context I'm focussing on his wardrobe. Surely in such a position President Obama must truly know the meaning of the phrase 'Power Dressing'.
You'll notice that he will always stick to the darker colour palette of navy blues, black or charcoal greys, as these give a very professional appearance - lighter or more garish colours would almost be disrespectful in his position. A perfect endorsement of his family-orientated character we have a photograph here - same suit , snazzy, party-colour-appropriate tie! It's pretty simple really, a well cut two piece , two button suit with contrasting bright white shirt and you're there! I'd use the tie to expressive personal extravagance.
And as I'm writing this on a particularly chilly day I was drawn to this picture of Michelle Barack Obama both in beautiful overcoats . Barack in a classic gentleman's four button single breasted knee length coat with wide notch lapel , but more importantly Michelle's stunning camel coat - three buttons with high collar and black contrast lining! Pairing your overcoat with your skirt really does give a quality finish to the outfit, and means you have a bit more flexibility to your choice of top or blouse - as we know a plain shirt just isn't fabulous enough for us ladies all the time!
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