Tuesday, 20 September 2011

The Uniqlo Suit

I recently wrote an article for Mensflair focusing on an enquiry from a reader about finding a £100 suit. In my research, I discovered this wonderful dark grey flannel wool suit (98% Tasmanian wool) in the excellent Uniqlo.

Looking past the cheap buttons and ludicrously long trousers, I squinted at the attractive silhouette in the changing room mirror that was available for the surprising sum of £110. It was not a difficult purchase.

After some trouser alterations by Graham Browne in the City (turn-ups added - cost: £10) I removed the belt loops, changed the buttons to ones of real horn (cost: £10) bought from Macculloch & Wallis and sewed on buttons to accommodate braces.


Mxolisi Ngonelo said...

This is what I love about you, yor preferences and taste; you don't shun the inexpensive, and you inject your personality into alterations so that the suit reflects your taste and personality. I really applaud you on this post. In terms of rands and cents, that suit costs approximately R1000, and I couldn't afford it. But I appreciate the fact that you enable me to keep buying my R500 - R700 suits, alter them to my specifications and then continue to feel and look good.


WinstonC said...


Many thanks for your kind words. You are absolutely right to take the same approach. Material is material; this cloth is excellent and similar examples of its standard can be found in bespoke tailors' swatch books all over the world.

I relish finding things I can change/improve. I take to it as Pygmalion to his statue; adding your own craft to garments makes you care a great deal more about them. And the result, makes me inordinately happy.


Matthew Scott said...

I have to say, it's wonderful to see trousers that are worn on the waist rather than the hips like most OTR suits are nowadays. I love Uniqlo for their quality and prices.

Anonymous said...

Hi there!

What is all about tucking a tie in?
I like it, but is there any principle concerning that move?


WinstonC said...


There is no principle regarding it; I tend not to dress out of principle, but of aesthetics. Most would disapprove of tucking the tie in, remarking that I hadn't tied it to the correct length, but I like doing it sometimes.