A Casual Suiting Style | Outfit of the Day

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It's been awhile since I discussed some of my current looks. Although I've sharing these images on Instagram, I don't always have time to flesh out the ideas behind the look. 

Despite my reservations surrounding the Kingsman: Golden Circle, the tailoring was untouchable. The Kingsman, in reality The Huntsman on Savile Row, has a special capsule collection housed on Mr Porter, this suit being one of the exclusive designs. 

The double-breasted jacket is a 6x2 meaning there are 6 buttons with 2 rows that can fasten. The arrangement is more traditional and conservative. It's made from a navy super 120s wool, sourced from the iconic William Halstead mill - a purveyor of fine fabrics since 1875.

It's fully canvassed, fully lined, fitted but not constricting. At first glance you might not notice that's double breasted as I'm wearing it open here. A lot of double breasted jackets can lose their shape if not done up. However, thanks to the lightness of the fabric, it doesn't drape off kilter. It's a darker tone also so the silhouette, on the surface at least, looks uninterrupted. 

The mid-rise trousers come with unfinished hems and adjustable tabs at the waist. 

Casual Suiting

As much as I despise the word 'suiting' I'm struggling to come up with another term currently. What I'm trying to convey is that not every suit needs a shirt. I've pared down the overall look with a River Island longline tee. A crew neck will tidy the look. 

I've finished the look with some Marks & Spencer lace up trainers in white to offer some contrast to the overall finish. These lace-up trainers for men have been given M&S's Freshfeet™ finish to ward off odour and are also vegan friendly. 

Where would I wear this? 

This is perfect for a dress down Friday look at the office. Maybe a date after work. It shows you've not come straight from the office and you've made some effort to dress smartly, but not too formerly. 

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Comfort & Style

Most days I strive to wear stylish, comfortable clothing and with more and more flexible, teleworkers, home workers and companies moving towards an open dress policy at work, this is a major growth sector in the menswear industry. When I look for clothing in this sector, I prefer to ignore the super cheap clothing and focus on something a little more mid-range as I feel that the price and quality of the materials, fabric and design are at the perfect balance.

Manière de Voir are a brand that is in this sweet spot of the casual, trend led, clothing market. Their products are not going to break the bank and what you'll get are clothes that look great and built using a good level of materials. Sometimes you can buy an expensive piece of clothing yet the quality is just not there and you feel a little bit hard done by. That is why, when choosing what to buy, I ignore all brand names so it is a level playing field...I don't care what the label says, I will just try to find the best fitting, the best design, the best fabrics and the best customer care for the money that I wish to spend. That opens up your eyes to good clothing and not just high-street brand names. 

Another brand, Donhall & Bell that sells at a higher price bracket, I would say they are more of a high-end price but also offers good value for money. Their products are well made and pair perfectly with my Manière de Voir outfit for today. 

 

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Photography by Ella H