The English Gentleman’s Guide
“Fashion changes, but style endures.” ― Coco Chanel
The suit is still the most elegant item of clothing a gentleman can wear, especially when the suit incorporates the correct cut, colour and fabric that complements the individual’s style and build. The suit must also be suitable for the time of day, season, climate and most importantly the correct occasion.
A gentleman must ensure that his suit integrates a ‘good cut’. By this we mean following the basic pattern that has been used time again since the 1930’s. This is now regarded as an international standard, irrespective of the current fashion trends. The cut of the suit should look ‘natural’ and should complement the wearer’s best features.
The traditional colours regarded as correct for a suit are black, dark to very light grey and navy blue, each of these colours are most definitely most suitable to be worn for business meetings. However a green/ brown colour should only be worn for weekend or sporting occasions.
In the past suits consisted of three parts, these include a jacket, a pair of trousers and a vest. Today the most popular suit is usually the ‘two-piece’, which includes a jacket and trousers.