4 June 2009

Summer Tailoring


For those working in the city, a summer holiday may often sound like somewhat of a childhood memory. During the rush hour traffic, the tube stations are unceremoniously crammed with suited men and women, with the hot and oddly sticky air of the underground pushing up unapologetically against them. They wish for only the slightest of fresh breezes to save them from the humid surroundings of shallow recycled breaths. What one notices with regards to formal fashion during the summer months is an odd smorgasbord of open collars, lightweight fabrics and nicely knotted silk ties, once so smart, now mercilessly choking the overheated and sweating bankers.

Whilst many may opt for minimal casual wear in the elusive emergence of sunshine in London, I actually begin to think of summer tailoring. However I do not really think of it in the traditional sense of seersucker or linen suits, but rather a way of keeping a smart and clear design that is suitable for spring and summer. One finds that a smart look, which carefully adopts casual elements works best, however finding the balance between the two is rarely a simple challenge.

I first thought of the spring collections by Sir Paul Smith, however I soon remembered the beautiful Spring '05 collection by Jil Sander. As one of the last collections actually designed by Sander herself, I have always found it to be part of an appropriately minimalist and well considered swansong. The clean cut and slim tailoring, combined with a simple colour palette and subtle flashes of colour made for a relaxed and yet wonderfully smart collection. The attention to detail in the finish of each look showed, and indeed made the collection all the more appealing.

Alongside the smart darker suits, elegantly paired with white shirts and pale ties, I enjoyed the summery, lighter coloured suits. I was drawn towards to the simple yet powerful statement of the bright patent belts paired with the summer suits. Indeed, serving as the main focal point from the centre of the look, it allowed one to better appreciate and follow the flow of each look. There was a certain casual element provided by these belts, which allowed the suits all the more of that summer feel. In the case of the white suit, worn over a simple white t-shirt, this casual feel was clear and gave a wonderfully laid back sense of elegance.

The well fitted and clean cut design of the pieces were definitely one of my greatest attractions to the collection, in that they managed to feel fresh and modern, whilst also not being too restrictive for summer wear. It was interesting to see the casual look of a dark blue jacket and raw denim jeans, brought together by the red patent belt. The slim cut of the jeans and higher rise gave them a smarter appearance. Indeed, this feel was emphasised by the decision of the black leather shoes. However when paired with a t-shirt, and worn with the slightest of cuffs, the jeans managed to allow the look that balanced approach of casual elegance.

Whilst the collection was simple in its design, the stunning cuts and attentions to detail proved that it was well considered and wonderfully executed. The balance between the smarter and more casual elements allowed the looks to fit seamlessly into the concept of smart summer clothing. As the summer heat picks up, one often seeks to carry on looking smart, whilst taking the practical considerations of the more casual wear that summer often dictates.

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xxxx

47 comments:

  1. You're definitely right! Suits need to be adapted for the season, as all clothing does. Heavier suits for colder weather, and lighter suits for hotter weather. It's only logical!!

    I really, really do hope you feel better soon, dear. You've been ill for a mighty long time, and that's just not fair for you.

    xo,
    hk

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  2. I love the white but the darker is so much more practical. I watched the finale of Make me a supermodel last night. I was so sure Sanhurst would win, but I wanted Jonathon (although, he was a bit shorter than the other too, but I don't think he's forgetable like the judges said ..but the young guy who was 18 won) What was great about the cat walk this year..in the last episode they wore suits. I think this was the first year they had 3 guys to be in the top 3.

    Hope you have a great week.

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  3. I hope you feel better soon. Great pics for your post. I enjoyed your commentary on the subject.

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  4. I remember this collection, it's really beautiful. I love the sixth picture here; a clean look with subtle colors, paired with that flashy neon belt. The color of the wall in the background is really gorgeous as well. So comfortable to look at!
    I'm sorry to hear about your health dear. I keep hoping you'll get well soon.

    xx

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  5. I think that a white or bone suite is just the perfect outfit for summer, no matter the occasion!

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  6. oh, so many beautiful suits and the cut on the suits look amazing!

    I hope your health is getting better!
    And I've putted you on my list over favourite bloggers!
    Happy blogging!!:-)

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  7. I know I just love there creations! I star working there 20 July! So I cant wait!

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  8. Funny; I wrote on lighter suiting just yesterday. For me, the true strength of this collection lies in the accessories and the colours. Something about the slouchiness communicates an offhanded treatment of tailoring to me

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  9. Ah ME!
    think pink belt lookand the all white suit are stunning and my favoriteWe Were Damsels

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  10. these mens summer suits are fantastic... although entirely too hot to wear down here

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  11. love the white suits! they're simple classics

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  12. Nothing beats a well dressed man and suits bring the swoon factor!

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  13. I know !! As much as I hate it I awlays also see all the good things that has come out of it!

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  14. It feels so foreign to me when I hear people say that they're going to spend the summer lounging by the beach or pool and reading books, because there's nothing like that around where I live. I'm going to go hunting for a park and a comfortable tree, but that's as close as I will get to that fantasy.

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  15. Oh, and I really hope you're feeling better, health-wise!

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  16. Thanks so much for the note. I still have to wonder if that 60's show "ad men" I think and Leo in Revolutionary Road had any influence on some of the trends this year.

    great post!

    Thanks for the note too.

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  17. I'm sorry to hear of your poor health; I hope you feel better soon. As for smart summer suits, for the record I marvel at anyone who can sport a suit in soaring temperatures. I'm in a tank top, skirt, and sandals in the office today and if I had to wear anything more than this I'd be suffering pretty badly.

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  18. i'm sorry to hear you haven't been feeling well ): that's really no fun...

    but these suits are! i love the patent leather belts- you always find the best menswear, i must say.

    hope things are turning around for you health-wise! happy june.

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  19. Ooo great post on men's summer attire! I particularly like the relaxed look of the colorful belts with fitted tailoring. Gorgeous!

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  20. great tailored pieces - the colourful belts are fabulous!

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  21. Feel better soon dear! xxx

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  22. the pink belt has a strange allure...

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  23. I hope you are feeling better love!

    I am loving the pink and white, so great for summer, and not too over the top for the average man to pull off.

    XOXO

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  24. Wonderful flashback, DK. I appreciate nicely tailored looks on boys in any season. In the summer, they tend to get a bit wild and casual here-- because it just gets so hot.

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  25. amazing! If men would dress more like that, the world would be a better place! haha
    Looks amazing!

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  26. thanks for the comment & finding me! :)
    *following your blog now*
    oxo

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  27. I like the seventh outfit.

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  28. I love the collection and its light fabrics. Even though the models are wearing suits, they don't look heavy at all. It's sleek, chic and perfectly summer. xxoxoxxo

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  29. I hope you feel better soon ^^ <3
    I love the third picture. The pink belt is amazing, haha :-D

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  30. I so agree with you!

    The collection seems timeless! I like men wearing suits, but most men wear them so bored. I love the mix of casual and dressy at the same time. I hope more men would dress like them.

    x

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  31. Hi :)

    I really like those suits, especially the one in the 5th photo!

    xoxo
    Su

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  32. I luv luv luv the white suit with the red belt, so simple with a sprinkle of loveliness :)

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  33. There's something about the white suit that just spells out summer. The pops of color add so much to the simple suits.

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  34. hmmm, i have only just realised that i could never like someone whose clothes only said "i am wealthy".

    For me it should look like a well-worn second skin rather than like a brand new all in one package outfit. I think otherwise it is too clean, too smart, so unnatural that the outfit is just telling one big lie.

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  35. i hope that you'll be feeling well soon.
    in kayne's essesntials he has listed a seersucker dinner jacket! i love the idea of a formal piece but made into casual summer wear, or as kayne said: "riding the line between luxury and casual."

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  36. The lighter suits remind me of The Great Gatsby----love the lines of these and the colors....

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  37. These are all great. Thanks for sharing these photos with us. I love suits. I hope you will start feeling better. Take care. Hope you get a chance to rest and relax this weekend. Cheers!

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  38. i hope you are feeling well soon. take care of yourself and get some rest!

    i love the pink and red belts, it's so unexpected!

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  39. Thanks for the eye candy! Great review, and I love all these looks, esp. the red and pink belts. My fav though is the gray suit with the white shoes. It screams summer cool. And I love the word smorgasbord. :) Hope you feel better soon! BTW, I'm adding you to my links.

    xo, Becs

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  40. the hotter the weather, the lighter d fabric eh? i love the flow of lighter color palettes during summer.

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  41. Oh do hope you feel better..and i agree summer tailoring..

    Lola.
    P.S. i am adding you to my blogroll..hope you dont mind ;)

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  42. i adore tailored men's clothes. simple and well cut = perfection. hope you're feeling ok :)

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  43. Beautiful styling tips, review and collection! Love the white and khaki suits so!

    xoxox,
    CC

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  44. hmmp...Okay you have the best suits..

    I think that suits are the same with Summer Suits because of its differ texture and kind.

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  45. Thanks for taking the time to discuss this, I feel strongly about it and love learning more on this topic. If possible, as you gain expertise, would you mind updating your blog

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