The tailoring equivalent of the little black dress, if you buy just one type of suit, make it a plain navy two-button with a notch lapel.
Weddings, job interviews, court appearances, it’s got you covered. Especially if you choose a mid-weight fabric – so that you can wear it all year round. Don’t be swayed by high ‘Super’ numbers.
‘Super’ sounds good, but they’ll also wrinkle more, making them unsuitable for daily use.
‘Fine’ also means ‘delicate’. Stick to around the 100 mark for a sound mix of affordability and durability.
A textured fabric, like birdseye or even a light flannel, enables you to wear the jacket and trousers as suit separates with the rest of your wardrobe. (This does not work with generic shiny worsted wool). Patch pockets and contrast buttons make the suit slightly more smart-casual.
When your navy suit heads to the dry cleaners, grey rides to the rescue.
Charcoal skews formal and wintry, while light grey is more casual and summery.
A mid-grey will give you the most scope for day-in, day-out, year-round wear. Choose a shade – and fabric – with mileage, such that you can wear the trousers with your navy jacket and vice versa.
A muted, double-breasted type of suit as your dark horse: an almost-black grey, or navy that’s close to midnight blue, in a fabric with a bit of a sheen, like a mohair, and with peak lapels.
A dark ‘DB’ is versatile enough to enter your everyday rotation. With the shape, sheen and sharp lapels, it’s also got a bit of swagger – e.g. cocktail attire invitations and weddings. Make sure the cut is trim and not too long in the jacket.
Black tie invitations - a swanky work party, a wedding.
If the jacket is cut slim and a tad short, you could even wear it with jeans and a T-shirt on a night out.
If you have a great tux that fits you like a (possibly velvet) glove, then you’ll find excuses to wear it.
Tightly woven fabrics such as twill and artificial fibres may be less prone to creasing, but they restrict the amount of air that can circulate through the garment, making ultra-lightweight open-weave linen, seersucker or hopsack a far better choice.
Slightly relaxed-cut, unstructured jackets not only remove the sweat-inducing insulation of padding and linings, they speak more to the spirit of summer, as do earth and pastel tones.
Tartan, Tattersall, Prince of Wales, windowpane or houndstooth (and breathe), an all-over pattern is one surefire way to stand out from the suited crowd.
Go for more subtle patterns in tonal colours, wear the suit as separates – say, a Prince of Wales check blazer with black trousers.
Make sure the suit is cut sharp, then simply pair it with a solid shirt and tie.
Acid Yellow Skinny Jacket
Black Fleck Jacket
Black Jacquard Skinny Jacket
Black Skinny Jacket
Blue Tonic Skinny Jacket
Charcoal Chester Skinny Jacket
Charcoal Skinny Suit Jacket
Dove Grey Skinny Jacket
Navy Carlisle Skinny Jacket
Black Slim-Fit Flecked Wool-Blend Suit Jacket
Black Slim-Fit Wool-Blend Suit
Blue Slim-Fit Wool And Blend Suit
Drifter Slim-Fit Check Wool Suit
Grey Slim-Fit Wool Suit
Grey Slim-Fit Wool-Twill Suit
Grey Wool Travel Suit
Grey Wool-Blend Suit
Hyde Navy Pinstripe Wool Suit
Blue Bengal Stripe Cotton Shirt
Blue Contrast-Collar Cotton Shirt a
Blue Contrast-Collar Cotton Shirt b
Blue Slim-Fit Cotton Shirt
Blue Slim-Fit Striped Cotton Shirt
Dark Blue Woven-Cotton Dress Shirt
Dot-Print Cotton Shirt
White Slim-Fit Textured-cotton Shirt
White Swiss Dot Print Cotton-Poplin Shirt
Check Alpaca And Wool-Blend Overcoat
Coat Baby Alpaca-Blend Coat
Coat Boxy-Fit Wool-Blend Coat
Coat Check Wool-Blend Overcoat
Collarless Double-Breasted Wool Coat
Contrast-Collar Wool-Blend Overcoat
Cotton And Wool-Blend Coat
Cotton-Gabardine Trench Coat
Overcoat Austin Wool Overcoat
Black Wool-Blend Trousers
Brown Corduroy Trouser
Leather-Trim Brushed-Cotton Trouser
Leather-Trim Cotton Trouser
Navy Wool Trouser
Plaid Wool and Silk-Blend Trousers
Slim-Fit Cotton Trousers
Slim-Fit Cotton-Blend Trouser