February 17, 2009
Style Salvage Steve, in response to the seventh rule of style declared by Tom Ford,
“Just like girls need to learn to be comfortable in heels before they go out in them for the first time, a man should try wearing a suit throughout a normal day. I do most things in a suit – and sometimes even in a tuxedo – and so I’m really comfortable in one.”
just recently made a resolution to wear suits more often so as to be comfortable in them as much as in jeans and a t-shirt. I decided to take him up on his challenge.
Just as high heels are highly flattering on women bordering on being body-altering, a well-fitting suit enhances the male figure strategically: it broadens the shoulders and slightly lifts them up, it showcases (or makes the illusion of) a V-shape by tapering at the waist, and it creates a long lean line with the same fabric running down the body from shoulder to ankle. But just like wearing heels, donning a suit does have its sacrifices: movement is impaired, especially in the shoulder area, and even the best-fitting of tailor-made suits (well, mine tend to be tighter than retail) would not ever provide the same range of motion as, say, a cardigan and sweat pants.
my tailor-made everyday suit in navy semi-stretch cotton twill
That sharp suit I wore to a wedding recently wasn’t so much made with the intention of wearing it to a formal gathering as it was for everyday. Crafted in a navy semi-stretch cotton twill for more give, it was designed to be casual, comfortable and versatile. I insisted on the placement of mother-of-pearl buttons as my subtle touch of dandy.
detail shot of a mother-of-pearl button
So here it is worn, on an ordinary day, doing everyday things. What is a suit after all, but a pair of trousers and a jacket?
clear wayfarers, tailor-made everyday suit, Dean & Trent v-neck, Margiela sneakers