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Modern tailoring: how to wear this season’s new suits

Vanessa Thompson,
Editor, Edition

With premium fabrics, sophisticated flashes of colour and contemporary silhouettes, modern tailoring offers an effortless style upgrade

Statement Suit Jacket
Navy Suit

Classic Navy

This single-breasted, notch-lapel suit is all about understated style. Super-fine wool with a luxurious drape enhances the suit’s slim silhouette, while a navy knit and plain shoes adhere to the less-is-more mantra. Just add a pocket square in a contrast colour for an upbeat flourish.


Windowpane Checks

Windowpane Checks

Checks are back in a big way. Here, a pale blue square adds interest to this sleek navy suit. While it will look sharp with a white shirt and charcoal tie, you could also try it with a dark open-collared shirt and fine-gauge knit for a relaxed effect.

Prince of Wales

Prince of Wales

This classic check is synonymous with elegance and sophistication. Team it with a plain polo-neck and you have the perfect low-key glamorous outfit.

Formal DJ

Formal DJ

When choosing a dinner suit, spend time finding one that’s the perfect fit, then concentrate on the accompanying details. A textured cotton shirt with dress studs instead of buttons, a knitted bow tie, a broad cummerbund at the waist and patent leather evening shoes: every element is on point and will deliver maximum impact at black-tie dos, this season and beyond.

Layered Suit

The Layered Look

The addition of a light knit layer beneath a jacket – in place of a traditional waistcoat – creates the look of a three-piece, without the formality. On a practical note, it will add a touch of welcome warmth when temperatures plummet, but offers a more contemporary styling option.   

Paisley Shirt

A Touch Of Paisley

Switch out a traditional plain shirt for something with a little more flair – courtesy either of print or colour – and you’ll instantly elevate a classic suit to a more party-ready look.

Velvet Suit

Rich Velvet

In a festive bottle green, this velvet dinner jacket – part of a suit with sleek black trousers – is a fresh take on traditional evening attire. For an immaculate look, wear it over a selection of quality separates – try black dress shoes and a smart T-shirt accessorised with a polka-dot evening scarf peeping above your collar.

The Statement Jacket

This dinner suit, enlivened by a burgundy paisley dress jacket with contrast black satin shawl collar, is just the kind of look that says you’ve made an effort. Ramp up the effect by keeping every detail evening appropriate – a chunky velvet bow tie, a pleat-front shirt that requires cufflinks and high-shine patent shoes.