There are many articles about how men wish to find the perfect fitting suit, how to find the best suit for value of money or why do we even need bespoke-made suits in our lives for instance.
One of things we can at least all agree on is that people need suits. They are a need as well as a want. An object that can be purely functional and almost utility based in the workplace, yet at the same time an item that can turn from these adjectives into a splendour feeling creation that can give you confidence in these environments and let out a little bit of uniqueness. This is what we aim to do at McCann Bespoke Tailors.
And what better time to think about what suit you may need, following on from bi-annual event of London Fashion Week Men’s. Once you’re in the suit game, you begin to know your own preferences. Whether this is single vs. double-breasted, pinstripe vs. plain, notch lapel vs. peak, patch pocket vs. jetted pocket. These are things in which most people will stick to; they know what works for them. But varying each season is cloth/colour/pattern/shape and these can be an inspiration for when the occasion arises that they’re suit has been worn to its fullest or in what of for a special occasion.
We’ll talk you through some of the main points relating to what we’ve seen at fashion week, even if apparently one trend is the ‘Anti-Suit’. There was much less traditional tailoring on the scene, however a lot of interesting cuts. ‘Anti-Suit’ doesn’t necessarily mean what it might appear to. It’s more for the new generation of men stepping into the workplace that is offering a new type of relaxed dress code. It can still involve a suit, but might include streetwear/sportswear in the mix, or with ensembles that match but aren’t actually made up of suit components.
This can also lead onto a main style point, particularly as at McCann’s we also do casual wear, its important to think about how your suit could look if worn with a t-shirt and trainers, or if worn as separates. This is not only fashionable, but also gives an expensive item more uses. As Tom Batemen from Mr Porter states:
“Men are changing in how they dress and it’s not just about wearing a suit to the look smart in. Everyone’s more athletic nowadays but if you’re a gym type I would always advise against shying away from anything closely fitted to show off your physique; it doesn’t work and looks strained.”
As seen below on Richard Beidul at LFWM:
We often get a lot of our clients corresponding through email and wanting inspirational images sent, mostly for either casual or evening wear looks that they are wanting to go for something different and need advise or suggestions. This is when Men’s Fashion Week and places like GQ can really come into helping; we also have a pinterest, which features specific categories of looks our clients might be specifically wanting https://www.pinterest.co.uk/mccannbespoke/
One of the new designer looks we have been showing to our clients are Oliver Spencer, in which his collection showed a lot of rich colours in corduroy, tweed, velvet etc textures have been high on our client’s agenda lately and we’ve recently been ordering cloths of corduroy and moleskin, particularly in this cold late winter weather.
Below you can see an Oliver Spencer double-breasted brown jacket (double-breasted are often seen as very smart) in which the sleeves have been rolled up and paired with corduroy trousers and worn with a t-shirt underneath. Which just goes to show how you can think going to a bespoke tailors you might just be coming out with just a smart suit, but you can use those components in so many different ways to work with your casual wardrobe. It’s all about layering; put a polo neck or a granddad collar underneath instead of that smart shirt, as seen with the tweed suit. And don’t forget the tweed suit we did for Grey Fox Blog using Woven in the Bone cloth, that we have been getting many interest and orders through. It’s your time to design!
Here is a recent suit we have made for a client in deep green corduroy. Also moleskins top collars have been making a rise for us in casual wear, constantly adding to that overall look of texture we want to see in this cold brisk weather. We can see how well the moleskin collar works with the check of the cloth, as it’s a matt fabric it brings another dimension to the look and calms down the overall check. Designer’s looks are all about the details and with looks like this you can then bring in slight touches of colour through the accessorises, even if it’s a bold colour such as the red, it works. Though if going for a textured tie, such as the knitted red, we’d then suggest a plain pocket square of the same colour to keep it cyclical yet simple.
Get in touch if you’d like one of our specialists to talk you through how to make your casual look work and if there is anything specific you’ve seen here or elsewhere we can help you with.