Style Guide

tweeds for men

Despite the abundance of new fabrics in the market, there are some fabrics we return to over and over again. Come winter, and you may see yourself reaching for your trusty tweeds. If you don’t already own a tweed jacket or two, this would be an ideal time to consider buying one. But, if you’re unsure as to why you need one, this article is for you!

What is tweed?

You may be forgiven for thinking that tweed is a pattern. It’s actually a fabric – a rough, closely woven woolen fabric with a soft open and flexible texture. Tweed fabrics are usually composed of a plain weave or some variation of the twill weave. But long before the weaving stage, the wool used for tweeds have to go through a rigorous process of drying, heating, straightening and spilling. This makes it extremely durable, warm, light-weight and moisture-resistant, making it ideal for the outdoors.

Another distinctive features of the tweed fabric is the appearance, especially the colors(usually chosen to blend in with the scenery). The colored yarns are created by blending multiple colors or shades of dyed fibres. Sometimes, multiple colored yarns are twisted together to create more depth.

The tweed origin story

You just can’t talk about tweed without taking a closer look at its historical roots. Long associated with Scottish nobility, British aristocracy and landed gentry, tweed is decidedly posh despite its rugged appearance and humble roots (since it was first worn by the peasantry).

Thanks to its fabric composition and earthy color schemes, tweeds were ideal for pursuits like riding, shooting, and hunting game. It provided excellent insulation along with camouflage, making them the first performance fabrics. Since it was worn by the rich, it had a trickle-down effect and pieces like tweed jackets, hats and vests became popular among the masses. Even today, tweeds conjure images of old estates and country living, and designer collaborations have only added to its appeal over the decades.

How to style tweeds for different occasions

Despite the hunting and outdoorsy connotations carried by tweed, it is a versatile fabric that can just as easily be worn to work. But this has a lot to do with the tweed patterns and colors you choose. You can find tweeds in solid shades or houndstooth, herringbone, windowpane and Glen checks, etc.

Wear tweeds while traveling

Thanks to its sturdy nature, light and water-proof nature, tweeds are ideal for the outdoors, especially during transitional weather. Therefore get a tweed blazer in grey, brown or olive. Wear it over denim or melange shirts. Add a gilet or sweater vest for added insulation. For bottoms, you can wear anything from denims to corduroys to chinos. Just keep the fabric weights in mind since a heavy tweed jacket would call for an equally heavy trouser fabric. Complete the look with knitted stoles and leather boots.

Wear tweeds to work

A tweed suit jacket can add some texture and depth to your work wardrobe. Some work environments, like those related to academia, are more open to tweed jackets than others. Relaxed work environments and start-up communities too will find the tweed fabric appealing for its utility and style. If you’re going to introduce it to your corporate wear though, stick to solid brown or olive tones, or Glen checks. Use a tweed waistcoat to break up the formality of a grey or navy suit. Similarly, use tweed blazers in place of your knit blazers on Friday. A tweed overcoat though would be a practical thing to own and will complement most of your suits. Complete the look with brown or burgundy leather boots or monk straps.

Wear tweeds casually

Thanks to their rugged nature, tweeds can be worked into your casual wardrobe. You can go for a herringbone pattern or even a boisterous houndstooth with an over check. Just ensure you match the tones with other separates. To play down the seriousness of the tweed, add floral shirts and denims. To play up the country estate owner vibe, add turtlenecks. Complete the look with brown leather boots or monk straps.

We hope this has put you in good stead to buy your first tweed jacket or add to your existing collection. We can’t stress the importance of getting a tailored tweed jacket, especially if it’s patterned since checks or herringbones matching on the side seams show the quality of craftsmanship. We suggest you get a made to measure tweed jacket. Start with a utilitarian travel jacket and build from there!

Do you have any style queries? If so, do drop in a question in the comment section and we’ll answer it.

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dress for groom

The day you graduated from business school, got your first job and later, your first promotion, were all major milestones. But perhaps none are as public as your wedding day. While it’s true that most guests will have their eyes on the bride, your look as the groom is just as important since you’ll be sharing the spotlight with her and the wedding photos will last forever. To make sure you step out in style for all the wedding ceremonies on your big day, just follow our simple guidelines.

Main wedding ceremony

dress for groom

If you choose to go traditional for a religious ceremony, a kurta-pyjama combination is a hassle-free option. Pair it with a Nehru jacket for a more formal look. Swapping the pyjamas for a dhoti helps recreate an ensemble with a bit of old-world charm. If the weather gets nippy, you can drape a shawl over your shoulders. This will at once be both practical and elegant.

While traditional attire is popular, it’s not uncommon for grooms today to choose a trendy look for their marriage rites. A full-sleeve cotton shirt with a tiny paisley print paired with cotton trousers, and topped with a Nehru jacket can be a great alternative to a tip to toe ethnic look.

Christian weddings are usually held during the day, therefore a light grey or navy blue suit would look appropriate. If the weather is chilly, go for a three piece suit. Accessorise with pastel ties in keeping with the daytime ceremonies.

Reception

dress for groom

Let the party commence! This is your chance to shine! Your wedding theme will decide if it’s formal or black-tie. If it’s a black-tie event, opt for a black or midnight blue tuxedo. On the other hand, a well-tailored black suit paired with a white shirt and black bow tie will look formal enough for the wedding while still being less formal than a tuxedo. And let’s not forget day time receptions either – if you’re having a more relaxed daytime event, a linen suit will look perfect. All three options will make you feel confident and turn out to be good investments in the long term.

If your wedding has a strong Indian theme, then definitely opt for a sherwani or shirt, trouser and bandhgala combo. Sophisticated and timeless without being boring, you can personalise each with accessories like statement buttons or a brooch. These too can be matched to complement your partner’s outfit.

Cocktail night

dress for groom

You want something that’s comfortable and lets you move freely on the dance floor. Pick a shirt  in a dark jewel tone like maroon or deep blue, which will look great under the lights. Alternatively, look sharp and edgy in a black shirt paired with a black suit.

Final touches:

Let’s not forget the little details that makes wedding ensembles more memorable. For example, echo your partner’s outfit in the shade of your tie or pocket square. Get your wedding dates monogrammed onto your suit linings. Add subtle signature elements like patterned socks, a watch that belonged to someone who’s important to you, cufflinks and tie pins that showcase your sensibilities, your partners favorite flower in your boutonniere, etc. Work with the theme and partners look for a well-turned out look. And yes, consider getting made to measure suits for all the men in the wedding party – your groomsmen, father, siblings, important relatives etc. This way, everyone has their best look forward.

As you can see, there are umpteen options for the man who wants to look his best on his big day. You can opt for Tailorman Wedding Services if you want to dress up the entire wedding party, so that even the groomsmen look on-point.

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chinos for men

Chinos rule that grey area between casual and formal dressing. They’re neither trousers, nor are they jeans, but they somehow carry the best attributes of both – structured and dapper like tailored trousers, but hardwearing like denim jeans. Is it any wonder that they’ve become an essential addition to all men’s wardrobes?

So, where exactly do chinos fall in the dress-code spectrum?

Chinos are casualwear. And by this we mean, smart casual or business casual. In other words, they can be your go-to when you have to look casual in a formal setting, like casual Fridays, or dress up a casual affair, like dinner with your girlfriend’s parents.

But that’s not all! Chinos can take on various avatars. When they come in pastels or bold colors, they look right in beachside resorts and sunny vacation locales. In dark neutral shades, they can slide into urban settings and safari lodges with aplomb. With the right kind of styling, they can shine in any environment.

Let’s begin with essential fall-winter style tips using chinos:

Color – First of all, let’s talk about the different color chinos you should own. Pack away your summer pastels. The top favorites for this season are beige, navy, charcoal grey and tan. Now let’s begin with styling tips.

Styling casual looks with chinos:

Hanging with the boys or going out for a quick run to the mall to pick up some essentials, a pair of khaki green or fall-friendly tan chinos will serve you well. Pair the khaki green chinos with a white shirt and grey sweatshirt. Accessorise with white sneakers. Warm tones of tan are ideal in this weather. Pair it with a white shirt, denim jacket and dark brown loafers.

Styling smart casual looks with chinos:

Want to impress your dinner date without looking like you tried too hard? Then wear a pair of charcoal grey washed chinos with a printed shirt and Tailorman knit flex blazer. A visit to a local exhibition? Wear navy blue chinos with a white crew-neck and body-skimming knit beige pullover. Complete the look with leather sneakers.

Styling business casual looks with chinos:

Chinos come into their own in work environments. For casual Fridays, wear a pair of navy blue chinos with white crew neck T-shirt and grey cardigan. Complete the look with dark brown leather boots. Alternatively wear a light blue shirt with tan chinos and complement this look with a navy blue blazer and brown leather boots pr monkstraps.

Do you have to break in your chinos?

The sturdy twill weave of chinos traditionally required a few wears before they were softened. But the new line of washed chinos come with the much-coveted worn-in feel. Try the range of Tailorman washed chinos at our stores to know what we’re talking about.

We hope these tips will serve you well in the months to come. To experience the luxury of tailored chinos, visit our store.

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fall wardrobe essentials

We’re going through that phase when the seasons can’t decide if they want to stay hot and summery or get progressively chillier. Add rains to the mix, and fashionable men everywhere are faced with the challenge of staying stylish in the face of unpredictable weather.

We’ve curated a list of six items which can be added to your transitional weather wardrobe. With a bit of clever styling, you can easily create looks that’ll keep you in the best-dressed list while you stay snug.

1) Knit flex blazer

We’re going to start off with the Tailorman knit flex jacket, because it’s the ideal piece for transition weather. Wear it in place of a casual jacket, hoodie, sweater or a more structured blazer. It automatically spruces up your whole look even if you’re wearing simple separates.

2) Navy blazer

Once chilly weather gets underway, you can break out your blazers, and your navy blue blazer should be first on the list. Layer it over a simple jeans and shirt combination, or wear it over turtlenecks and trousers – there are endless combinations for you to play around with.

3) Patterned jacket

Add fall-friendly check patterns to your wardrobe in the form of a plaid suit. If that feels like too much, start off with a plaid jacket. To keep it as the focal point, keep the rest of the look basic. For example, layer it over a knitted turtleneck and dark wash jeans.

4) Corduroy trousers

Corduroy is a favorite for this season, and you can add variety to your bottom wear by adding corduroy trousers to the mix. Consider tailored corduroy trousers for a good fit. Here’s a casual look to try – sweatshirt and corduroy trousers coupled with a parka and Converse shoes.

5) Drawstring trousers

Tailored drawstring trousers are for those days when you want to look like you made an effort, while feeling comfortable. Try this look – basic T-shirt, drawstring trousers, coupled with a blazer and sneakers.

6) Twill chinos

Lose the lightweight summery chinos and go for heavier twill weave chinos. These lie at the ideal midway point between jeans and trousers. You can wear them for casual Fridays at work – blazer, long sleeve polo T-shirt and chinos accessorised with sneakers or dress them up for a night out with the boys – white T-shirt and khaki bomber jacket accessorised with leather slip-ons.

Apart from the recommended pieces above, we want to suggest a few fall-winter style tips that are surefire winners:

  • Pack away your summer colors and prints, and bring out clothes in the autumn winter palette – browns, teal and navy blues, oxblood, khaki green, and other sombre neutrals.
  • Stock up on layering staples like cardigans, sweater-vests, sweatshirts, stoles, and knit caps because these pieces can keep you snug when you go outside and you can easily remove them when you come indoors.
  • Layer your T-shirts with plaid flannel shirts or denim shirts. Similarly, layer your shirts with sweatshirts instead of sweaters.
  • Add turtlenecks to your clothing rotation and layer it under your blazers to give it new life.

We hope these tips help you ace this transitional weather in style. Head to our site and design your own collection – get everything from colors, fabrics, fit and styling to suit your tastes.

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diwali party looks for men

We’re nearing Diwali and you just might be holding a Diwali party invite while reading this article. We’ve already suggested a list of gifting solutions from Tailorman and we’re sure you’re sorted on that end. But if the thought of dressing up in ethnic clothes is beginning to stress you out a bit, we have just the solution. Given below are two pieces that tick all the boxes when it comes to dressing up in Indian ethnic wear:

  • Has cultural significance
  • Looks elegant
  • Can be worn during Indian festivals

But apart from that, these versatile pieces also have the ability to look good with western separates. Let’s begin.

Tailorman Bandhgalas

Thanks to its royal origins, the bandhgala retains an air of effortless elegance. It first appeared on the scene as a loose-fitting angarkha in the princely state of Jodhpur, but quickly evolved into the classic, sharp silhouette we are familiar with today. It’s traditionally paired with both western trousers and Jodhpuri breeches, and is equally favored by royals, celebrities and fashion lovers everywhere.

The classic Tailorman Bandhgala is crafted in velvet with, lightly padded shoulders, straight pockets, two side vents and a straight facing full facing. It looks flattering on almost all body types owing to the fact that it’s tailored to skim the body. The Mandarin collar is the differentiating factor of this bandhgala.

How to style a Tailorman Bandhgala

  • Wear it over a full sleeved shirt with a Mandarin collar and formal trousers.
  • Similarly, wear it over a full sleeved shirt with a Mandarin collar and Jodhpuri breeches or Jodhpurs.
  • Accessorise with a pocket square.

Note: For festive events, we suggest you get yours made in velvet, but a utilitarian black bandhgala in wool would serve you equally well in the cooler months. Complete the look with leather Oxfords.

Tailorman Nehru jackets

Nehru jackets, carry deep cultural significance in the Indian context. It’s emblematic of the Indian freedom struggle, and even named after one of our founding fathers. And yet, as we discussed in an earlier post, it has easily made its way into wardrobes of Indian men, even those without any political leanings. Plus, we can think of it as a less formal derivative of the bandhgala.

The quintessential Tailorman Nehru jacket has a Mandarin collar, a five button placket and ends at the hip. The structured fit flatters most body types, and the sleeveless design offers freedom of movement.

Traditionally, an indispensable item in the diplomats wardrobe, it was produced in neutral or earthy hues. However, in keeping with changing trends, Tailorman offers a range of pastel colored Nehru jackets too. That being said, the Design Your Own category on Tailorman allows you to choose any fabric or color of your choice.

How to style a Tailorman Nehru Jacket

  • Layer it over a kurta and churidar bottoms to achieve the classic look.
  • Pair it over a full sleeved shirt with a Mandarin collar and formal trousers.
  • Accessorise with a pocket square.

Note: For festive events, we suggest you take a playful approach and have your Nehru jacket made in a floral fabric. Of course, if this is too trendy for your tastes, we suggest you go for a classic neutral or a light pastel. If you’re wearing churidar bottoms, you can accessorise with leather loafers or juttis.

We hope this has been an informative read for you. Do let us know if you’ve purchased your Tailorman Bandhgala and Nehru jacket yet. We would like to remind you that since both these pieces are structured garments, you should ideally go for a made to measure session to get the fit just right. Once you’ve done that, you’re all set to rock!

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style grey suit

A grey suit is one of the three foundational suits every man should own, the other two being navy blue and black. This beautiful neutral can see you from boardroom to lounge with the right bit of styling, and is guaranteed to become your go-to suit for formal and semi-formal occasions. Sit tight, because this is going to be an exhaustive article on everything you need to know about owning and wearing grey suits.

What shade of grey suit should you buy?

All grey suits can be broadly classified into light grey, mid grey and dark grey suits.

  • Light grey suits are pale shades of grey that are more suited for semi-casual or semi-formal looks.
  • Mid grey is everything that falls between dark matte grey to light greys. These are usually worn for formal events.
  • Dark grey is everything in the dark grey to charcoal grey (this almost looks black) spectrum. These are most definitely worn formally.

Ideally, we’d want you to own all three. But if you can only own one grey suit, let it be a mid grey suit. This is one of the most corporate-friendly suits you can find, and can be worn for everything from interviews to management meets.

Now, let’s see how they can be adapted to various real life situations:

Styling corporate looks using the grey suit:

Grey suits shine in corporate settings. You can choose the shade of grey based on how formal you want to look. Mid grey suits are great for interviews, while dark grey suits are ideal for serious management meets.

Wear your solid grey suits with white, navy blue or light blue shirts. If you want to play with patterns, try graph checks and stripes. Ties can be in black, navy blue, burgundy, or deep purple. You can keep it solid matte or have small repeat prints. Complete your look with black or burgundy brown Oxford and derby shoes.

Styling formal looks using the grey suit:

When we speak about formal occasion outside of work, we mostly mean weddings and black-tie events. Grey suits should ideally be avoided for black-tie events, since even the most sombre grey suit will look out of place. However, you can wear a dark grey three piece suit to a party or event where you’re required to dress up.

Light grey suits are perfect for weddings, especially summer weddings. To make your light grey suit feel especially summery, pair it with pastel shirts and ties. For example, light grey shirt with white shirt and pastel yellow tie. A pocket square in the same color will be a charming addition too.

Complete the look with tan or light brown leather shoes, preferably monkstraps.

Styling casual and party looks using the grey suit:

Grey suits lend themselves well to semi-formal and semi-casual looks, but a few things need to be kept in mind.

For daytime, wear light grey suits with colorful gingham or small floral or quirky conversation print shirts. Wear it with a tie and pocket square in an accent color (color picked from the shirt). Finally, complete the look with tan brown Oxfords, boots or monk straps.

For the evening, we suggest you wear a mid grey suit with a black or navy blue shirt. Leave the top two buttons open and accessorise the look with a statement watch. Alternatively, wear a black or navy blue turtleneck. Complete the look with burgundy brown leather boots or black Oxfords. This way your ensemble looks edgy and sophisticated enough for clubbing.

We hope these tips come in handy next time you shop for a grey suit. The one thing to remember though is that grey suits have to fit beautifully since the stretching and bunching of a badly stitched suit will be more obvious with the light color. Therefore, we suggest you go for a made to measure suit, while getting the grey suit (or suits) you want.

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autumn winter trends 2019

For every man who likes to wear what’s in, there are ten who like to play it safe and repeat tried and tested looks. Therefore, trend reports always carry the risk of being totally ignored or being seen as amusing articles that needn’t be taken seriously. However, some of the most popular trends channelled through the Autumn/Winter collections from around the world for 2019 are extremely wearable. Here we give you six that any man can pull off:

1) Men in black

Celine

Tailored suits are appealing on their own but the complete Men In Black look that was channelled on the ramps of Saint Laurent, Celine, and Thom Browne is an easy trend to adopt. Think tailored black suit with a white shirt and a skinny black tie. So simple, and yet so easy to replicate. If you’re lean, then this ensemble will look especially flattering on you.

2) Oversized suits

Marni

On the other end of the spectrum, we have the oversized suit trend that was showcased on the ramps of Marni, Prada and Fendi. This is in keeping with the boxy/oversized trend that has been going strong for a while now. The best part is that you can layer oversized suit jackets over hoodies to take it to streetstyle territory.

3) Pink

Berluti

One of the most endearing trends this season is the embracing of pink with abandon as shown by designers like Berluti, Boss and Kenzo, to name a few. And it’s not a particular shade of pink, it’s all of it – light pink, blush, salmon, magenta, neon, watermelon, rose, etc. That being said, magenta is the hottest pink of the lot. When it comes to incorporating it into your looks, we’re not talking about using pink only as an accent color; instead it’s tip to toe pink for the boldest trendsetters. If that feels too loud for your taste, just add a dash of pink in the form of a pink tie, pink shirt, socks, or pocket square.

4) Monochrome

Fendi

Take a break from all those dark colors in your autumn/winter wardrobe, and go for a tip to toe neutral look. Fenid, Burberry, Ami and Louis Vuitton were some of the designers that put this look in their collections – think entire ensembles including accessories in a single shade, be it beige, off white or grey. Choose camel, a sophisticated grown-up color, that’ll suit most skin tones, especially Indian skin tones. Accessorise a camel suit and shirt combo with camel accessories, or accent it with dark brown leather shoes and bags.

5) Vintage florals

Gucci

Florals are guaranteed to come every season, though in different avatars. This season, it’s all about vintage florals, as showcased by Vetements, Loewe and Gucci menswear collections. Think retro florals in muted or bright colors. Add floral print shirts to your wardrobe this fall. Pair it with plaid trousers or layer it under chunky cardigans to really pay homage to this trend.

6) Parkas over suits

Dunhill

Take a page from Berluti, Givenchy and Dunhill, and layer your suit with a parka instead of an overcoat, when the weather gets cold. At once utilitarian and stylish, this looks especially striking if you pair a sombre suit with a vibrant parka. For those who want to play it safe, stick to a black or navy parkas.

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dress code for entrepreneurs

“Dress like the entrepreneur everybody wants to invest in.”

The hoodie-black-T-shirt-jeans look that tech entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg made iconic has been the unofficial uniform for entrepreneurs in the startup ecosystem for a while now. But many have come to realize that curating your look, dressing up and expressing yourself, and by extension your brand, speaks volumes.

The power dressing code today is much like an unspoken language. You want to stand out but also keep in mind that potential clientele are still looking for an ambitious, visionary, goal-oriented professional and not just a finely dressed dandy.

As an entrepreneur and founder of your company, you have the power to shape your dress code and make a strong first impression.  Since you are an extension of your brand and what it stands for, what you choose to wear becomes a representation of your brand too.

Start with corporate wardrobe basics

Getting your essentials right is the first step. Power isn’t just showcased in wearing something sombre, but rather defining the look that provides maximum self-expression, a feeling of confidence and competence.

A classic navy blue or charcoal grey suit is the backbone of every man’s wardrobe. Two piece options make you look sharp and classy. Glen plaids and pin stripe patterned suits can give you a break from the solids, while still being conventional enough for office wear. Let’s not forget a classic black suit for formal evening events either.

A pair of chinos or wool-flannel trousers are must-haves, along with classic dress pants. Aside from your crisp white dress shirts, try light blues, greys, pink and lilac shirts too. For patterned shirt options, go for pinstripes, graph checks and small (think tiny) repeat patterns.

These safe, time tested wardrobe staples can be relied on to take you through meetings with clients and investors.

Add semi-casual and casual elements

Now that you have your basics covered, it’s time to introduce high-lo styling, with an emphasis on comfort. Running a company is hard enough, don’t add to the stress by being uncomfortable. Mix things up with plain t-shirts and turtlenecks, preferably in neutral shades, dark wash denims, chinos, casual shirts, and versatile blazers.

Good quality T-shirts and turtlenecks are good throw-on items which will match anything you own in your workwear wardrobe, from suits to blazer and denim looks.

Dark wash denims and chinos can be your go-to option for Friday dressing. Stick to regular fits and dark washes when it comes to denims instead of opting for something in a trendy skinny fit with a strong fade.

Casual shirts worn to work should ideally be in neutral tones, but with bolder details like plaids, ginghams or conversation prints. These will still look like part of your workwear while holding their own.

Knit blazers are a wardrobe staple that will help you navigate transitional weather, and a better work wear alternative to casual jackets. Navy blue blazers are one of those pieces that every man should own and they can be effortlessly styled to go from boardrooms to pubs.

You can wear looks interspersed with casual elements for your day to day operations and weekend outings.

Don’t forget accessories

Your formal corporate wardrobe should have a collection of complementary ties, pocket squares and socks. Think neutral colors, and tiny repeat patterns. Similarly, don’t forget to keep a pair or two of formal Oxford shoes in black and burgundy brown and matching leather belts. You can still show off your unique sense of style with statement ties, pocket squares, watches, tie pins and cufflinks.

Show off your playful side on Fridays and weekends by accessorising smart with a powerful man bag, funky coloured pair of socks, and white sneakers. If you want to break out your expensive digital watch, this is your chance. They add extra pizzazz to your look. Add leather boots and monk strap shoes for semi-formal occasions too.

Tailored clothes and subtle design elements

The new power dress code is a refined take on the uber masculine style from previous decades. Think less bold shoulders and more fine tailoring – a look that is at once modern, sharp and sensuous. Subtle design elements like your choice in buttons, fabrics and lining, can amplify your appearance and show off your eye for detail.

Ultimately what matters is to be the best version of yourself.  When you look good, you feel great and you perform better. The key to dressing as a startup founder is to dress yourself in a way that expresses your true self, while adhering to the expectation of others. And allow it to change, and evolve with you as your company grows.

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style black suit

Black suits constitute one of the three fundamental suits in every man’s wardrobe, the other two being the grey and navy blue suits respectively. Most men think of the black suit as the go-to suit for all occasions, but that’s not the case. However, since black is symbolic of power, sex appeal and mystery, not to mention the slimming effect it creates, we recommend having it on hand. Here we give you the low-down on when to wear a black suit and how to style it for every occasion.

How formal is the black suit?

First of all, the black suit is the most formal suit you can have in your wardrobe. It’s strong, stark and quite memorable and therefore not as versatile as grey or navy blue suits. Plus it looks best away from daylight or fluorescent lighting. These qualities make it more suited for evening wear than for the day. That being said, it can still be styled imaginatively to suit various occasions. Here are a few:

How to style a black suit for work

Black suits are considered too formal for daily office wear, but you can wear them all the same with a bit of imaginative styling.

The classic white shirt and black tie combo works for most conservative offices. You can soften the look with pastel or neutral color shirts. Almost all color ties can be worn with black suits, but opt for low contrast colors so that your ensemble doesn’t look colorblocked. Black Oxford or monk strap shoes will easily complement these office looks. Since black suits are memorable, we suggest you rotate them with other suits.

The one rule of thumb is to not wear a black suit to an interview, since it’s more serious that the occasion warrants.

How to style a black suit for a night out

Black suits look sexy when worn with fitted black, charcoal grey and navy blue shirts. Ties are optional, but try a black tie or one in the same shade as the shirt. Add tie pins, signature watches and cufflinks to glam it up. Complete the look with black dress shoes like Oxfords.

Similarly, you can layer your black suit over pastel or printed shirts and leave the top two buttons unbuttoned for an effortlessly sophisticated look that’s perfect for clubbing and parties. Alternatively, wear your black suit with T-shirts. If you’re going with T-shirt, we suggest completing the look with white sneakers or dark brown leather Chelsea boots.

How to style a black suit for formal or black tie events

Black suits come into their own during formal events, especially those held in the evenings. Though not considered occasion wear, a well-fitted black suit can be a beautiful alternative to a tuxedo.

Pull off another popular black tie look with a crisp white dress shirt, black bowtie and white pocket square. Accessorise with black Oxfords or derby shoes and you’ll fit right in.

As you can see, there’s a reason why the black suit is a wardrobe staple. And just because it’s formal doesn’t mean that it has to be rigid and boring. However, we recommend you buy a made to measure suit in a fabric made of natural fibres so that it lasts for years. We’ve elaborated on the plus points of owning custom clothing in another post, and quality and longevity are two of the many plus points. After all, if you’re going to own only one black suit, make sure it’s one hell of a sexy, well-fitted one, that’ll last for years!

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Style Navy blue suits

Blue suits are one of the three fundamental suits that every man should possess in his wardrobe, the other two being the black and charcoal grey suits respectively. That being said, there are variations on the blue too. Let’s quickly go through the four popular blues:

  • Midnight blue – This is the most formal of all blues. It’s a great alternative to black for black tie events. For example, tuxedos often come in midnight blue.
  • Navy blue – The most popular blue of the lot. If you’re going to own only one blue suit, let it be the navy blue suit.
  • True blue – We suggest you get a true blue suit only after you get a navy blue suit. This is because it’s a memorable color and repeated wears will be noticed.
  • Light blue – A summery color for the hot months. Just like true blues, it’ll be noticed, and therefore should not form the foundation of your suit collection.

From the quick analysis above, it’s obvious that the most versatile blue of the lot is the navy blue. Therefore, definitely consider buying a made to measure navy blue suit. Below, we’ll give you tips on how to style the navy blue suit.

How can you style a navy blue suit?

Whether you wear suits to work daily depends a lot on your company’s dress code. Suits are a good investment for those who work in traditional careers like banking, investment, law, etc. However, a navy suit can work across the board and look just as good in more casual work environments.

Styling corporate looks using the navy blue suit:

Be it an important interview or a business meeting, navy suits won’t let you down. You can style navy blue suits for work in myriad ways with different shirts and ties. Here are some of the most popular combinations:

Style your navy blue suit with classic white, light blue and pink shirts. Ties that usually go with these shirts are black, navy, red, burgundy and pink. If you want to add pattern to the mix, we suggest thin stripes, micro prints or polka dots.

Another popular formal look is the blue on blue combo where you layer your navy blue suit over a light blue shirt. You can keep it formal with a textured navy blue tie.

Complete the look with dark brown or black shoes. Oxfords, brogues and monk straps are classic choices. Make sure that your belt matches your shoes.

We’ve discussed the rules of mixing patterns in a different post, but the main rule is to ensure that you don’t load your look with too many distracting details. E.g., if your shirt is loud, tone down the suit; if your tie and pocket square is patterned, then don’t wear heavy cufflinks and watches, etc.

Styling formal looks using the navy blue suit:

The navy blue suit, when styled correctly, can serve you well in formal occasions like black tie or black tie optional events. The rule of thumb is to stick to darker color shirts such as black, navy blue(for that blue on blue look) or charcoal grey. If you do opt for a white shirt, then tone it down with a charcoal grey tie and a complimentary pocket square. Complete the look with black shoes and belt, and a statement watch.

If you’re planning to wear your navy suit to a wedding, we suggest you wear a bowtie instead of a regular tie. If you do want to wear a tie, then opt for one in a pastel shade in keeping with the frivolity of the situation.

Styling casual looks using the navy blue suit:

Putting the words casual and suit in the same sentence may look like an oxymoron, but in this situation, it means business casual. And it can get even more relaxed based on the dress code. For shirts, you can experiment with gingham checks and florals, along with solid neutrals. If you’re wearing the shirts on their own, then leave the top two buttons unbuttoned. For the business casual look, ties and pocket squares are optional. There are those who take it to the next level and wear T-shirts instead of shirts. For shoes, you can wear leather shoes in Oxblood or burgundy, or opt for loafers or sneakers.

Now that you have all the tips needed, it’s time to invest in a good quality suit. We can’t stress enough on the importance of owning a tailor-made suit in a high quality fabric. We suggest you buy one in wool in a classic cut or head to Tailorman for a made to measure suit that’s perfect for you and your lifestyle.

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