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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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