Tuesday, 11 March 2014
Formal Adaptability: A Formal Suit Five Ways - 1
One of the things that puts chaps off buying formal ensembles is the lack of wear one gets from them.
For instance, I've always had a hard time trying to sell the concept of a bespoke morning dress suit to acquaintances getting married on a budget.
"You can use it for Ascot?" I suggest
"Yea. I don't like horse racing."
Tails and striped trousers have, arguably, few occasions for use.
However, a dark suit, the kind that looks appropriate in both the boardroom and the cocktail bar is eminently usable. Marks & Spencer have a wide range of occasion suits that can be used for a variety of situations. For this series, I'm going to dress it up in a number of ways to show just how much wear you can get from a solid wool suit.
This is the formal occasion suit adapted for the office. This classic two-button charcoal suit is accompanied by a thin-stripe shirt, club-stripe tie, patterned silk square, tie clip and plain black Oxford shoes.
As the suit itself is a dark background, it allows you to play with pattern mixing in shirts and accessories, which means it can be worn, tastefully, with a variety of stripes, checks, foulards and dots whilst still retaining a crisp professional look.