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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!
When I met Sam he had already designed his three piece suit with our Style Advisor Rachel and was on to the fitting stage. Sam and his fiance Rachel were planning on getting married in Cripps Barn in Gloucestershire and then having a mini festival in a field fully equipted with bonefire, hog roast, tents and of course wellies.
Being a lover of festivals from a young age, (having been allowed to go to Glastonbury unaccompanied at the tender age of fourteen!) I loved the idea straight away.
The couples' outdoorsy theme didn't end there though with green being a big aspect of Sam's outfit. He went with a black UKAB Merino wool, with green lining, green pocket square, green stitching on his last cuff buttonhole and a green tie. Sam's lapel buttonhole was also made with green leaves and held together with colourful buttons. Sam's choice of style was very modern with slanted flapless pockets, a single vent and five buttons on his sleeve. He went for a notched collar but continued his modern twist through to his trousers, having horizantal pockets and flat fronts. His waistcoat was five buttons and had two pockets, perfect for the finishing touch of a pocket watch.
The green detailing of Sam's three piece suit matches perfectly with the cream of Rachels's dress and her fiery red hair, not to mention the beautiful Gloucestershire countryside (can you tell I'm a south west girl!!)
Me and ASTF Rachel were lucky enough that Sam was happy to send us over some photos. The happy couple had Richard Johnson of Totallyrich Digital Consultancy take pictures of their big day and it definitely looks like they had a wonderful time. The newly weds also sent us a link to Rachel's blog, a lovely personal account of their big day, we wish you all the best!
Rachel Mathews' blog http://rabel.co.uk/the-big-day-rabel-mule-get-wed/
Location: Cripps Barn http://www.crippsbarn.com/ Photographer: Richard Johnson http://www.totallyrich.com
Almost all women want a man who has it and isn't afraid to admit it, most men want it but don't really know how to get it. What am I talking about? Swagga, this illusive commodity that a lot of people want but most people don't really understand.
Just because you have on a designer label or a doesn't give you Swagga. Just because you have a Breitling watch and your shoes are hand made by Berluti doesn't give you Swagga.
Just because you push the Bentley or the Lambo once again doesn't give you Swagga. All these things CAN make you look good and give you status and prominence as well as demonstrating your wealth, however this isn't what Swagga is about. You can take the poorest kid from the gutters and match him up against the richest jet set CEO in Europe, but if the kid's got Swagga he'll still turn a head or two in away that the latter will never be able to.
If you want to know what Swagga is, then here goes; it's about style, confidence and being who you are flat out and point blank. It's about not buying the Breitling watch just to show the world you have thirty grand to blow, but taking that same money and buying a Goya painting for your home. It's about not following the trends but making the trends. Swagga is showing up in an office full of suit and tie wearing gents with your shirt not fully buttoned up wearing a fitted blazer that makes their suits look like sacks. Swagga is being a man Nepoleon's size in a room full of Peter the Greats and still being the tallest and biggest gent. It's about wearing a floral cravat to match your suit even though you're not attending a wedding. It's about not talking a certain way or using certain slang because you think it's cool (hence swagga), it's about not buying a bespoke suit just because it says Savile Row or Armani and you still don't know how to dress yourself. Simply it's about being yourself and sticking to your own rules, the ones that make you an individual.
At a Suit That Fits this is what we embrace on every level; be you a gent whose already self assured and is looking for a way to design himself the suit he's always dreamed of or a guy whose looking for a new way to feel more confident about his appearance. These are our clients, they come from every walk of life needing our help and wanting to improve their swagga and express themselves and their unique style through a well cut suit.
We see recent graduates on a budget, looking for a proper suit for their first day at the big firm who go for our TRW-37460-20 cloth.
A best man who's used to jeans and t-shirts and doesn't have a clue about suits or colours but was told to go electric blue like our VBC-130. Or a confident business owner who's used to buying Savile Row cut suits but came to us looking for that same level of cut with a smaller dent in the wallet, like our RTallwool100202-4A . We embrace and service every form and level of Swagga!
Chuck Bass is one of the lead characters from the US drama Gossip Girl. He displays some thought-provoking looks and in particular exhibits good use of colour in his outfits, which is what I want to look at here.
Above, the is the centrepiece of the outfit; all of the other elements support the overall look and aesthetic. The is a lighter shade of blue than the with a very thin white pinstripe and a contrast white collar providing stark contrast, any darker and it would clash.
The tie is an oversized paisley print with different hues of blue and the pocket square is a geometric print, again in different shades. The glimpse of a mustard colour brace underneath the coat really contrasts well with the blues in the outfit and the white of the collar and offsets it well. This look demonstrates how to introduce a host of different patterns into an outfit without clashing. The second look combines completely different colours but in an equally harmonious way. The cinnamon trousers work surprisingly well with the pink shirt and brown coat. The look is topped off with a pocket square and a cravat in different patterns of paisley which pick up elements and colours from the rest of the outfit.
Last night saw Uruguay's World Cup dreams fade away at the hands of The Netherlands 3 goals to 2, despite Uruguay being the better suited team! Maybe tailoring justice will be served this evening in the battle between the seemingly unstoppable Germany and semi-final novices Spain.
So, who stands to fair better in the battle of the suits?. Semi-final veterans Germany sported a dark suit, white shirt and grey tie which is a smart, if not slightly predictable, combination! Their opponents also went for a simplistic single breasted grey suit but injected some colour into the look via an orangey-red tie. I think this is a wise move - you want your country to stand out, not fade into the background with some of the other teams! So, what could be done about Germany's low-impact suit situation? I would personally go down the nationalistic route and use all the colours of the German flag.
Our half lined jackets would provide the perfect canvas as you can choose a contrasting piping to the lining itself - maybe black suit with a striking D14 Yellow lining and red piping? It'd be perfect for fancy footballers to flash a bit of colour and show off a beautifully made suit!.
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