Autumn's suiting code

 

Menswear has officially fallen back in love with the suit. After seasons of streetwear stealing our hearts, designers are turning back to tailoring and craft. And why not? While you might not be sporting a suit to work anymore, it’s still a vital building block for any wardrobe – in its entirety and deconstructed. Have a gander at the the key suiting trends for autumn…

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Grey and double-breasted


Slouchy, double-breasted grey suits were a standout trend on the Autumn/Winter 2019 catwalks – think ‘80s banker, emerging from a day in the office. Oversized fits were key – seen at Marni and Louis Vuitton. Ill-fitting, it seems, is no bad thing.

Take home tip? Try a light grey suit or a windowpane check. Either pair with a white shirt and an old-school, preppy tie or team with statement, varsity knitwear. Black shoes or chunky trainers (if going for full throwback vibes) are thoroughly appropriate. Now, where’s that fax machine? 


Black 


Menswear took a rather sombre turn this season in the shape of the funeral suit. Slim-cut black tailoring was seen in abundance on the runways – from Valentino’s all-black numbers (black shirt included) to Dior’s luxe, satin-lapelled iteration that had distinct Mafia vibes. The look is edgy and moody, but also wildly sophisticated.

Take home tip? Don’t be afraid of a black shirt or knitwear with your black suit. Steer clear of this look for work (you don’t want to be mistaken for security) but for events, parties and the like, the get-up has a lot of presence and style clout for minimal effort. More generally, slim black tailoring is a flattering staple that’ll work for many a fixture in your autumn diary (funerals hopefully not among them).


Velvet


Lavishly soft velvet has long been a fixture in men’s partywear, graduating from the dressing up box to the actual dressing up arsenal. But for AW19, velvet took on new significance. Tuxedos in the fabric were sported at Dolce & Gabbana and triple velvet (suit, shirt and, uh-huh, tie) were seen at Ralph Lauren. The message is loud and clear: the more velvet, the better. Designers, we’re listening.

Take home tip? Make a velvet blazer your go-to for party season and events. If you worry it’s too much, don’t. It won’t be. Also, don’t forget velvet for your feet – a pair of tactile loafers are louche, elegant and show you know what you’re doing (which obviously you always do).

Grey and double-breasted

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