Wednesday 12 December 2018

Suits you, Sir: how men's suiting finally moved on

Suiting has undergone a bit of a transition and, for the modern man, it's moved on from the one look 'tin of fruit,' - especially during party season, writes our Fashion Editor

Louis Copeland Collection blue boxcheck three-piece suit, €1,249; blue hairstripe cotton slim-fit shirt, €139 and plum silk tie by Canali, €110. Photo: Daniel Holfeld
Louis Copeland Collection blue boxcheck three-piece suit, €1,249; blue hairstripe cotton slim-fit shirt, €139 and plum silk tie by Canali, €110. Photo: Daniel Holfeld
Louis Copeland Collection navy Italian Barberis flannel three-piece suit with double breast waistcoat and mother of pearl buttons throughout ,€1,249; own brand royal twill white slim-fit shirt, €149; Eton silk pocket square, €45; Canali silk tie, €110
Lubiam double-breasted virgin wool overcoat, €999; Louis Copeland navy houndstooth suit, €749; Eton barstripe Egyptian cotton shirt, €149; Holiday & Brown handmade six-ply tie, €110; Canali blue scarf, €119; Barbour leather gloves, €65
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Andrew Richardson leans back and strikes a pose in his window check suit. The handsome 6ft 2in man from Co Mayo has walked the catwalk, and he is back in Ireland to model for Louis Copeland. The photoshoot identifies a new trend emerging in the formal male clothing market. David O'Connor, general manager at Louis Copeland, calls it "the casualisation of suits and the fact that the modern suit should be thought of as two, or three, pieces rather than just a standard grey or navy suit."

The concept is to buy well, go top end for the best cut and fabrics and then use your jacket or trousers as separate pieces to maximise the wear.

Think of pairing your suit not only with shirts and ties but try wearing a fine knit, long-sleeve polo- or roll-neck for a chic casual look for the Christmas party season. A pocket-square finishes any casual jacket look and it should compliment rather than match the jacket.

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