What A Gent’s Wearing: The Tailored Black Suit

Men's Style Tailoring

The simplest of outfits often require the most attention to detail, the black suit is a classic example of this and one that many men struggle with. This is a very basic but powerful outfit, when the fit is right, and one that can be used in a variety of social settings including business meetings, dinner dates, nights out with friends and stylish days out.

The main emphasis of this outfit is the slim-fit tailoring that hugs the torso and creates a nice V-shape between the chest and the waist. The slightly slimmer trousers, however, provide a casual element to the ensemble ensuring it doesn’t appear too formal. The classic contrast of the white shirt on the black lapels gives it a vintage feel that is elegant and timeless. The use of the italian loafers sharpens the look of the attire, whilst the check, black and white pocket square finishes it off with a subtle dapper style.

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There are a variety of inspirations for this outfit but most of them are from Tom Ford’s personal styling, his command of clean-cut, black and white tailoring is unrivalled and incredibly sharp. There are also elements of Daniel Craig’s characterisation of James Bond, as well as some accessorising inspiration from Jo Black Craze.

Suit – T.M. Lewin

Shirt – Vivienne Westwood

Belt – Ted Baker

Shoes – Next

Pocket Square – Hugo Boss

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By Adam Walker


    • 3rd July 2014 / 11:53 am

      Thanks Cameron! Hope you’re well!

  1. 3rd July 2014 / 10:33 am

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    • 3rd July 2014 / 11:52 am

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  2. 3rd July 2014 / 2:21 pm

    Loving your outfit here, really like your sense of style – very dapper!

    • 9th July 2014 / 9:34 am

      Cheers Jamie,

      It’s always nice to style something simple and just let the quality of tailoring show. 🙂

  3. A tailor
    4th September 2014 / 9:09 pm

    Very confused as to why you are wearing your suit pants so tight. It may be the pictures but they actually look like skinny fit jeans. Also, due to what appears to be a very slim ankle, you also have stacking.

    I assume this is only for more casual wear and not to an office? Would it not be better to get yourself a slightly less fashion forward cut in future and a stylish one, giving more versatility?

    I would never recommend the above to any client and doubt any tailor would. Even Thom Browne who is one of the slimmest cutting around, has room to breathe. These appear to emphasise your upper block, giving a very feminine look. Have you looked into Kent Wang, he would appear to be what you are after. A very, very sliming cut but also a cut appropriate for the office and around which will not underestimate the level of tailoring due to the fit looking like a skinny suit from Topman.

    Just some pointers.

    • 4th September 2014 / 9:19 pm

      It’s a fair point and i’ll admit that i hadn’t taken some of these areas into account.

      This was primarily just written to help men of slimmer build put together an tailored outfit. Unfortunately, for some of the lower price ranges it’s difficult to find fits that don’t look baggy that also don’t cost a small fortune.

      This was a way of helping put a comfortable classic black suit look together that has a slimmer contemporary twist.

      Thanks for commenting! The pointers are definitely appreciated!

      • A tailor
        5th September 2014 / 6:17 am

        I do understand that and tailoring costs plus a suit becomes expensive.

        Kent Wang is roughly double the cost of a TM Lewin suit but far superior in many ways.

        Have you considered looking into reviewing online MTM for the UK market?

        There seems to be a lack of this. It is certainly a process but it may be of value to those on low budgets who want to look good and not break the bank.

        I think it could help tremendously. Mens Flair for example although excellent, is certainly more conservative.

        You do have a very good sense of style and it would be interesting to see what you turn out in online MTM and the benefits for readers.

        We appear to have few blogs focused on our market other than MF and Simon over at PS however, he is bespoke and likely inaccessible for most, let alone a younger demographic or those who have less of a budget and or other commitments than clothing.

        The jacket looks a good fit for OTR and I’m aware the pants are usually just whatever come with the suit. Which is fine.

        I don’t think it looks bad however, just to clarify. It works as a fashion forward suit that would be great for a casual office or a night out.

  4. 5th September 2014 / 9:08 am

    They do sound interesting, i will have to investigate further as there could be some potential for a new tailoring focus.

    That’s very kind of you to say and it means a lot coming from someone with your level of passion and expertise.

    Thanks again for reading and commenting, it seems like you certainly know your suits! 🙂

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