THE ITEM

The Perfect Suit

It is the ultimate symbol of menswear. This season, we celebrate the versatility of the suit – and show you how to make it the everyday outfit. Time to suit up!

The Phillip Lim Spring/Summer 2014 suit with a 80's vibe, All Over Press.

THE STORY BEHIND IT
Fashions fade, the suit is eternal. It is one of those classic garments that go beyond fashion; a way of dressing rather than a seasonal trend.

Although the look of the suit might have changed since the days of the 1800-century dandies; the suit still carries little reminders of its history. The sleeve buttons, for example, were designed for army surgeons who needed to roll up their sleeves when they worked in the field. (That’s why functional cuff buttons sometimes are called ”Surgeon’s Cuffs”.)

The suit – as in the concept of wearing matching jacket/coat and trousers, has been around for centuries. The modern lounge suit, or the business suit as we would come to call it, was popularised in the end of the 19th century. It was meant to be a very informal outfit, made for sports or for lounging in the garden by the country house. Then, someone invented the dinner jacket (later known as the tuxedo) – and suddenly it was okay to wear loungewear to dinner parties.

In 1940’s and 1950’s post-war era, the suit was modernised and simplified, more about comfort and conformity than style. Since then, every decade has had its own style – from the slim fit sixties to the large-lapeled seventies, the broad-shouldered eighties, the baggy nineties and the shiny suits of the early noughties.

HOW TO STYLE IT
Never thought of yourself as a suit guy? We kindly ask you to reconsidered. It is 2014 – the suit is no longer reserved for bankers and brokers. ”Wearing a pair of sneakers with the suit makes the look more casual and personal. You don’t have to look like a business man just because you wear a suit”, says stylist Columbine Smille. Black is a classic colour – but a lighter shade also makes the suit more versatile. ”Grey is less formal than black, but you can still wear it at formal occasions.”

 

Photographer Tobias Lundkvist’s favourite items are the classics: a black t-shirt and Chuck Taylors. Stylist Columbine Smille’s favourite item is the perfect black silk dress. Our model is the truly adorable Andre Feulner. Hair by Mette Thorsgaard and makeup by Josefin Scherdin. 

Suits over the years: Cary Grant, Mad Men's Don Draper, Marvin Gaye, Gregory Peck, David Bowie, Justin Timberlake, Marlon Brando and his crew in The Godfather and Oscar Wilde – author and dandy, All Over Press/Getty Images.
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