Today we are taking a quick look at casual suiting.
A common thought these days is that a suit is formal and / or business smart. But it doesn’t need to be. For many years suits were everyday dress and there was no other alternative, although trends have and continue to change, and suits do not necessarily need to worn at a wedding or in the office.
When choosing cloth for a casual suit, think of a slightly more playful, subtle design, that perhaps has a ‘worn-in’ relaxed quality to it like, for example flannel. Above, with a relaxed design we have chosen a dark green / teal subtle stripe.
When choosing buttons for a casual suits we would suggest steering away from mother of pearl or plain black buttons. Plain black suggests a formal, office type style, and mother of pearl suggests luxury. Buttons, however are a great way to personalise and design your suit, therefore always remember to ask if there is a button chart to see during a consultation, as there will be numerous options available other than those that are standard. Here, we have chosen a marbled brown horn, which with the cloth colour, off-set each other to become a great piece.
The lining here is a low key, light grey / green cloth. You may not wish to draw too much attention, particularly if wearing the vest without the jacket. Three piece suits can also still be presented as a casual look. You can make them slightly more contemporary with a three piece by wearing a simple thicker cotton white shirt with a slight texture with no tie and top button done up. This will give a slight countryside charm addition to the look.