Suits You Sir: Our Guide to the Best in Men’s Formalwear
Weather you wear one everyday to the office or only dust yours off for special occasions, everyone needs a sharp suit in their wardrobe. We are spoilt for choice on the high street and via many online outlets who are now all offering very decent alternatives to individually tailored pieces. There are an increasing number of fashion suits, ideal for a season’s worth of wear and keeping you on trend, be it by colour, style or textile.
We’ve been looking at the current designer collections and have narrowed down the selection to a handful of our favourites:
Gucci, Signoria Two-Button Suit – £1,230
Gucci have raised their stakes in the suit department with this signoria two-button jacket featuring a fitted silhouette and canvas construction in check pattern. Features top welt and front flap patch pockets, five-button cuffs, a back vent and GG lining. This 85% wool design has a peak lapel and creates a sculptured body look. The numerous pockets give you plenty of space to hide stash your wallet and phone. This classic piece would be perfect for James Bond style cocktails, a night at the casino or for those simply wanting to turn heads this summer.
Burberry, Classic Prince of Wales Check Suit – £995
In our contributor’s opinion it doesn’t get more iconic or British than Burberry. This mid grey melange suit also comes in charcoal and navy, each are beautiful in design and and will give you an air of sophistication for business functions and special occasions. The fabric is woven in the UK and the buttons are engraved with the Burberry London logo.
Alexander McQueen, Mohair Suit – £1,100
This black wool and mohair suit from Alexander McQeen screams ‘sauve’. The interwoven mohair offers a different texture and feel to the 100% wool alternatives and oozes debonair style. This suit will set you apart from the crowd with its formal-chic look and is sure to be a talking point with admiring (and possibly envious) friends and colleagues.
Ludlow sportcoat in Italian cotton, £228
This version of the Ludlow sportcoat is made from a special cotton the brand developed with the Larusmiani mill in Milan, Italy (it’s lightweight with a clean finish). The body is completely unconstructed, which means that it’s made without any of the internal canvasing and padding that give your suit jackets their precise silhouettes. It also makes it a little more casual and ideal for warm weather. Think of it as the kind of jacket that you throw over an armchair rather than put on a hanger, but it still looks polished.
Ludlow suit jacket in Italian cotton piqué – £358
Timeless, versatile and seriously stylish, the Ludlow will quickly become the foundation of your suiting wardrobe. This one is made of a cotton piqué they found at Italy’s famed Carpini mill. A classic summer fabric, piqué is lightweight and breathable, has a subtle texture (for a change of pace) and easily pairs with jeans or chinos (i.e., it hits all the right notes for a summer suiting fabric).