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Here we have one of my clients; Indy, who is showing off the wedding suit I helped him to design a few months ago.
In the end Indy went for a stylish three piece suit in a navy cloth which worked perfectly with the colour theme for the wedding day. The jacket Indy designed had a classic feel to it with two button fastening at the front, slanted pockets and a notched lapel.
All of these design options are a very formal choice and would look perfect at any wedding; however, we decided to remove the flaps from the pockets to give the suit more of a relaxed feel and to make sure it felt like more of a wedding suit as opposed to something that Indy would wear to the office!. The waistcoat is again a very classic design with five buttons, a notched base and two pockets. The five button placement on the waistcoat allows it to be visible once the jacket is done up (as you can see from the image). This gives a very smart, stylish and simple look. To complement the rest of the garment Indy teamed his new bespoke suit, with a bespoke shirt and gold tie to match the colour theme of the wedding.
The trousers are a very simple design with cross pockets and no back pockets to help hold the shape and keep an overall slimmer look throughout. A suit like Indy's can be found in our professional range starting from 379 and would add an elegant touch to your special day.
The Power Suit.
Going for a job interview? Need to look impeccably smart for your current job? Need to impress in that upcoming business meeting? Three words come to mind: The Power Suit.
Not only is the power suit an undoubtedly smart choice but it proves to everyone that you know your stuff and you mean business!
The most common colour I see selected for a power suit is navy blue however; you can opt for black or even a dark grey (your choice!). I think navy blue is commonly selected because it is a versatile colour and works with most complexions and body shapes. Navy blue is also a good colour to opt for because it works well with most colours, meaning it won't be hard to accessories your suit.
Patterns on a power suit are not really heard of other than the standard pinstripe. I would suggest keeping the colour on the pinstripe as near to neutral as possible and opt for a white or light pastel colour if you fancy being a bit more adventurous. Keeping the look low-key will create that sartorial edge.
With your power suit, it's important to get the accessories right too. Team your suit with a bespoke, crisp white shirt. This will ensure that even if you take your jacket off you still look smart. Add a coloured tie (red is a good choice), a pocket square and smart shoes.
Here is a picture of a power suit. Very dapper indeed!
Here are a couple of tips to help you create your very own bespoke power suit to impress whatever the occasion:
Opt for a two button jacket
Always wear the bottom button of your jacket undone
Ask for a notched collar style
Make sure your lapel width is not too narrow as it could make you look out of proportion
Having straight flapped pockets helps to keep the look clean and sharp
Show a little cuff (it will make your arms look longer!)
Make sure your tie is the same width as your lapels as this will help keep your look in balance.
Opting for a coloured tie and pocket square adds a pop of colour to your suit
Make sure the colour of your shoes compliments the colour tones in your suit and accessories
Make sure your shoes are clean and tidy!
How to suit your shape
The thought of getting a bespoke suit made can be a daunting one; especially if it's your first. So, here a few hints and tips for you gents to help you create the perfect bespoke suit.
An untailored suit that is too long in the sleeves and jacket length will swamp your shape and make you look smaller than you actually are. This is the same for your shirt. Your shirt should fit like a second skin so when you remove your jacket you still look just as suave. You can avoid your suit and shirts being too big by going bespoke. There's nothing quite like having a suit made just for you!
How to make sure you bespoke suit fits perfectly
Going for a two button jacket with a notched lapel instantly makes you look slimmer as it puts the first button on the widest part of your body. Wearing your jacket just under your seat will lengthen your torso and make you look taller. Showing some shirt cuff from under your jacket not only looks very smart but also lengthens the look of your arms.
When you sit down, your trousers should not pull (if they do they are too tight) but, nor should they feel like they have lots of room if they do, have them taken in. In regards to the trouser length, there should be one break as they hit your shoe. If there's more than one break they are too long for you and will therefore make you look shorter than you are.
Wearing a pocket square brings focus to your chest and adds pops of colour and personality making your suit something different and the talking point of the office!
Using these hints and tips will make sure that you bespoke suit fits like a glove and you look as dapper and the gent in picture above. If you would like some further help and advice, feel free to book an appointment with me here in Manchester, Leeds, Liverpool, Sheffield Chester.
The Bespoke Jacket
Here at we are always looking at trends around the world, and on my recent travels around the and , the trend is very tailored .
David Gandy pictured below is wearing a lovely bespoke jacket with matching waistcoat teamed up with navy blue trousers, great use of colour with his blue eyes. I think the brown trilby and brown tie work very well indeed plus a little spice of colour with his pocket square, very dapper! His style is a single breasted two button jacket with a peaked collar with a double breasted waistcoat with a shawl lapel.
Jackets can be styled well, for either casual or formal events as seen below. How would you style your jacket? Would you style yours with a peaked lapel or a notched lapel? All of these choices allow you complete freedom when designing your bespoke jacket. There are so many different options available, from the cloth of your jacket to the lining and everything in-between! As seen below wool, cashmere or linen works very well for a slightly more casual look.
The double breasted linen jacket is very smart (as seen below) with contrasting buttons. This can be worn everywhere from Wimbledon to the office, what a great outfit with a bright pocket square! Different colours can be sported from light blue to pink to red, brown and even navy, what colour would you have made?
Both Linen and cotton look fantastic for the casual jet setter. With Over 33 locations through the UK , Ireland and New York, we are very close to you! To start creating your bespoke jacket, book a style consultation with one of our Style Adviser's! book in here! Follow me on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ASuitTFjon Follow us on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ASuitThatFits One should either be a work of art, or wear a work of art.
It has been said that there are only seven stories in the world and every story written is just a variation on these seven basic themes - the same could be said for tailoring , but just as every story feels new and exciting despite having the same basic concept as those that have gone before it, so does every trend.
We also look back on the classics with fondness and just as writers take inspiration from the past masters, so do tailors .
Each generation adds its own twist on the classics, with designers throughout the '50s and '60s taking inspiration from the narrower cuts created through necessity in the '40s. Suits then exploded into the '70s with lapels stretching out to the shoulders and trousers matching the bell bottom trend seen in jeans.
The 1980s power suit saw a revamped version of the 1930s wardrobe staple with double breasted , square cut jackets and pleated trousers often in bold stripe fabrics.
The 2000s saw a revival of the close cut styles seen in the 1960s; with close cut jackets, ankle skimming drainpipe trousers and skinny ties.
Our attitude towards tailoring has also changed throughout the decades. Up until the 1950s a smart jacket was a staple in every man's casual wardrobe and he would rarely be seen without a tie but youth culture and casual denim pushed suiting out of favour and it soon became reserved for office and occasion.
Tailoring came back into favour in the 1980s with pastel coloured blazers being paired with casual items such as t-shirts and jeans. However, once again the 1990s, we have seen casual suiting working its way back into the everyday wardrobes of men. We can now see blazers and tweeds as they were in the early 20th century.
With suits no longer being reserved for special occasions it is more important than ever to look back at those basic principles that have been laid down to make sure they can stand up to the pressures of everyday life. With proper fitting, quality materials and excellent workmanship a suit will work hard and last a lifetime.
Although trends may change over the years a well fitted suit will always work, after all style never goes out of fashion.
One thing the Brits know how to do well is wear a good suit - and we have certainly not been short of sartorial inspiration during the celebrations. The chap that has stood out to me the most as looking especially suave at every occasion of the Olympics is David Beckham.
Beckham has played a role in the journey of the Olympic torch since May when it was brought from Athens to the UK at the start of the Torch Relay. As shown above Beckham went for a , the texture of which gives a little more depth to the without the need for a or .
A beautifully tailored suit, David wears a single breasted, two button jacket with notched lapels, double vents and straight flapped pockets paired with straight leg trousers. The pale pink shirt with black contrast tie works perfectly. You'll struggle to find Beckham without a Tie-pin when wearing a day suit- love it!. When the torch arrived in Britain David Beckham accompanied Princess Anne and Lord Coe, the chairman of the London Organising Committee for the Olympic Games. They had the honour of lighting the cauldron to celebrate the flame's official arrival. For this special occasion he returned to a notched collar and selected a darker suit colour, going with a navy.
All comic book fans have been spoilt for choice this year with the release of such films as 'The Avengers, Avengers Assemble', 'Men In Black 3', and most recently 'The Amazing Spider-Man'. And with every great film comes a glamorous premiere providing a super sartorial spectacle! I was particularly impressed when leafing through the photographs from the event, to find such a variation of suit customisations.
Leading lady Emma Stone looks absolutely stunning (as always) yet her outfit is simple and chic. A pair of lengthens the leg, and with a thin gold buckled belt it draws the eye into the smallest part of the waist.
Even with a dangerously daring plunge neckline everything is secure, adding the perfect amount of glamour to the ensemble. Spider-Man himself, Andrew Garfield, was looking sharp in a simple black single breasted two button suit. A little controversial going for a navy tie with a black suit but that's just personal taste!
Next we have villain and infamous Welshman Rhys Ifans with girlfriend Anna Friel, wearing a fabulously green suit, definitely in keeping with his character, The Lizard. Green might seem quite a bright colour but as long as you keep it rich and dark you can really make a statement, a flannel in forest green would be perfect.
And finally we have director Marc Webb, who has also chosen a classic black single breasted suit. Webb is wearing another example of a half-width notched lapel. He's extended the theme to his tie and shirt collar to ensure the whole outfit is balanced.
Attention to detail: Hand stitched lapels Similar to the ticket pocket, hand-stitching on the Lapels isn't a feature you'd necessarily think about when designing a suit but once you've had it brought to your attention it's a subtle detail you'll notice on every other jacket from then on!
Some people love it, some people hate it, but on a simple suit such as Marc Webb's it adds a little something to make the outfit all the more distinctive. I would certainly recommend using hand-stitching on lightweight cloths verses thicker ones as it is less likely to sink in and will stand out. You can choose to have hand-stitching on any of our jacket lapels at A Suit That Fits so if you love it - we'll make it happen!
Zac Efron is the new kid on the block. Having blasted his way to stardom via the hit TV series High School Musical he has more recently starred in the box office hit 'The Lucky One.' With his heartthrob good looks he is perfectly placed for this moving story of unexpected love and romance.
Zac is a lover of well cut , usually going with a worn with crisp white and dark . He tends, as is the fashion to go with a close cut, perfect for showing off a great silhouette.
Below Zac is wearing a checked blue shirt and notched collar suit in petrol blue sharkskin cloth. The two button jacket shows off his waistline with a modern slim fit look keeping the the jacket classic with four buttons on the cuff. The pocket square has become increasingly popular among younger gentlemen, showing that classic dandy style will always be popular.
A more casual approach to tailoring is wearing your suit with a smart fitted t-shirt. It is a look that can work really well on younger guys.
As many of you may know, I do like to include my clients in my blog content and when Paul and Catherine e-mailed me some stunning pictures of their recent wedding, I couldn't resist.
The wedding was held at Our Dynamic Earth, Edinburgh's local science centre. This was an absolutely perfect venue given Paul's love for computing and all things science.
As you'll all no doubt notice, even Paul's tie was customised to look like a microchip. Paul chose our Kid Mohair Light Grey cloth to build his wedding suit. He went with a three piece, always a favourite of grooms, with peaked lapels (half width), with a two button front, straight pockets with no flaps and a double vent at the rear of the jacket. His lining was the stunning B3 Burgundy with a large paisley design. The waistcoat was designed with five buttons so that it would show even when the jacket was worn. It had a notched base and the back of the waistcoat matching the suit lining.
Paul and Catherine were an absolute delight to work with. Looking at these pictures, it seems that, on the day, everything looked amazing. Guys, I hope you enjoy your honeymoon later this year, and remember, our Mohair is perfect for the warmer climate. You'll still look stylish on the beach.
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