“The suit is the modern gentleman’s armour.” – Harry Hart
Now that summer has ticked over, autumn and winter is where we will start to see the suit jackets re-emerge and the vibrant and bold patterns surface. In recent times, the classical patterns and colours are making a comeback into the gentleman’s wardrobes, with bold pinstripes, bird’s eyes, windowpanes and the classic Prince of Wales check growing increasingly popular with the modern man.
Every gentleman should have at least two suits in their armoury to allow for the necessary outfit rotations during the working week and to ensure the same suit isn’t worn for five consecutive days. Opt for a charcoal/grey and a navy as your everyday staples. Try and avoid wearing a plain black suit to work as they are usually reserved for more formal events, such as weddings, black tie events and funerals.
The navy suit is a modern classic and is appropriate for all body shapes and working environments. The palette of a navy suit works well with any coloured/patterned shirt, providing you with the freedom to pair it with different shirt and tie combinations daily and still looking fresh. A charcoal suit is a perfect alternative to the staple navy. The shade of the colour or boldness of the pattern is contingent on your working environment, however, you can never go wrong with a darker charcoal with a subtle pattern.
If it’s your first suit, stick to a two button jacket with notch lapels in a darker and more subtle pattern. A two button suit is the most reliable as it complements any body type and is suitable for any occasion. Select a lighter, more durable fabric so that it can be worn all year round. The benefit of this is that it is versatile and can be worn with a crisp white shirt, black tie and pocket square for a formal event or mix it up with a pair of jeans or chinos for a more casual and relaxed look.
Kick back again next week for our next article. In the mean time you can explore our suits for some inspiration.