There’s something special about putting on a good suit… it almost forces you to present the best version of yourself to the public. You stand taller, you walk with a little more swagger- in your mind, you rule your world and damn, you look good doing it.
Now, although looking good in formal wear is pretty easy to pull off, formal wear is a little like a uniform and there are rules that must be followed to achieve a polished look. Get things wrong, and you’re stuck looking like the slob of the party. Luckily, the release of the Gucci f/w 2014 men’s tailoring lookbook shows us all how to get things right. Base your look on these, and you’ll be proud to show off your dapper pictures for years to come.
Undoubtedly, the most important consideration when choosing a suit/ tuxedo/ formal coat, is its fit. Go too big (baggy) or too small (tight and/ or short), and you’ve destroyed your look. If you’re buying off the rack, find yourself a good tailor who will alter your clothes so that they properly fit YOU. Look at the fit of the amazing clothing seen throughout this post. Shoulders, sleeves and pant legs aren’t too long or short. Trousers and jackets aren’t so tight that they restrict movement or crease unusually, but fit so that the model looks neat while achieving the much coveted broad-shouldered-while-slim silhouette. True, this is a professional model we’re talking about- but believe me, properly tailored formal wear will enhance any man’s appearance- regardless of whether you’re bigger or smaller than Clément.
Always choose pieces made of good quality materials like fine wool or cashmere, and make sure that the colors and patterns you choose are occasion appropriate. Business attire should always be somber, while for parties, I use the invitation dress code as a guide – black tie means dark suits and tuxes, white tie means black trousers with a crisp white jacket. Less formal occasions like beach weddings or informal parties give you the freedom to wear unusual colors and patterns (I have some great suits in jewel tone blue, green and red), but remember to keep the fabric quality high. Look at the sheen of the fabric of the suits below- from this alone, its pretty obvious they’re made of the finest materials.
With a well fitted white shirt that’s of good quality (not see through) or a dark sweater like in the image below, nice lace-up shoes in patent or leather and a great coat or jacket if you’re going to be in colder weather, you’re basically set. Any accessories should generally me minimalist and classic; a simple pocket square, classic cufflinks in silver or white gold, a tie pin or bar and a great watch would all work.
The Gucci men’s tailoring f/w/ 2014 lookbook is great for the garments it showcases and its well executed images, but also as a base for guys to learn how to dress. Looking smart isn’t that hard to do and with this lookbook as a base, you’re on your way to being the Einstein of the fashion crowd. Go forth with style gents!