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|5 Jul

Anchorman says yes: 4 suits you need in your wardrobe now

Suits Will Ferrell would approve of.
Elle Glass
5 Jul
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“Hey, where did you get those clothes? At the toilet store?”

The man of witty comebacks and acute observations, Anchorman’s Brick Tamland, uttered these very words as two news teams went suit to suit on a San Diego lawn one fateful day. (You may remember him from such one-liners as “I love lamp” and “I’m wearing two pairs of pants.”)

There are many lessons we can learn from Anchorman, the cinematic great by funnyman Will Ferrell’s hand. The most important among them, though, is the importance of dressing the part, of staying classy (San Diego), and of wearing “suits so fine they make Sinatra look like a hobo.”

So, how to do Ferrell proud? There are certain must-do’s when looking for the perfect suit.

A well-fitted suit is better than a Batsuit. It’s your go-to, no matter how formal the occasion. Job interview? In the bag. Meeting the parents? They’ll most likely adopt you. Got a court case? Secure your section 10 in style.

The need-to-knows

Some general rules of thumb? To up the versatility (read: lower the cost-per-wear), go for softer colours, colours you can wear somewhere other than a funeral or black-tie invite. Navy and grey are great go-to’s. You can take them to a summer wedding or to your nine-to-five.

If you find a suit you want to marry / get married in, the smartest move you will ever make it to buy a second pair of pants – these see far more wear than the jacket and should be considered an investment rather than an expense.

Go for something single breasted with two buttons. If you’re tall, go for three. You can dress it up or down, wear it open or shut.

When it comes to sleeves, you want to show about half an inch of your cuff. Look for a soft structure in the shoulder – this way you can dress it down with a pair of jeans and an easy white short should the call be for something more casual.

Pick your weight too – material, that is. If you’re battling out all seasons to the office, go for a lightweight wool suit. If you’re enlisting this bad boy as your chaperone to summer weddings, go for a light linen all the way.

Now, what suit to choose?

Advice
|5 Jul

Anchorman says yes: 4 suits you need in your wardrobe now

Suits Will Ferrell would approve of.
Elle Glass
5 Jul
Share:

“Hey, where did you get those clothes? At the toilet store?”

The man of witty comebacks and acute observations, Anchorman’s Brick Tamland, uttered these very words as two news teams went suit to suit on a San Diego lawn one fateful day. (You may remember him from such one-liners as “I love lamp” and “I’m wearing two pairs of pants.”)

There are many lessons we can learn from Anchorman, the cinematic great by funnyman Will Ferrell’s hand. The most important among them, though, is the importance of dressing the part, of staying classy (San Diego), and of wearing “suits so fine they make Sinatra look like a hobo.”

So, how to do Ferrell proud? There are certain must-do’s when looking for the perfect suit.

A well-fitted suit is better than a Batsuit. It’s your go-to, no matter how formal the occasion. Job interview? In the bag. Meeting the parents? They’ll most likely adopt you. Got a court case? Secure your section 10 in style.

The need-to-knows

Some general rules of thumb? To up the versatility (read: lower the cost-per-wear), go for softer colours, colours you can wear somewhere other than a funeral or black-tie invite. Navy and grey are great go-to’s. You can take them to a summer wedding or to your nine-to-five.

If you find a suit you want to marry / get married in, the smartest move you will ever make it to buy a second pair of pants – these see far more wear than the jacket and should be considered an investment rather than an expense.

Go for something single breasted with two buttons. If you’re tall, go for three. You can dress it up or down, wear it open or shut.

When it comes to sleeves, you want to show about half an inch of your cuff. Look for a soft structure in the shoulder – this way you can dress it down with a pair of jeans and an easy white short should the call be for something more casual.

Pick your weight too – material, that is. If you’re battling out all seasons to the office, go for a lightweight wool suit. If you’re enlisting this bad boy as your chaperone to summer weddings, go for a light linen all the way.

Now, what suit to choose?

Bell & Barnett Miguel Suit

New navy: the dark blue suit

Navy, it’s the new black. When it comes to navy, there is no wrong answer: it works with just about every shirt-and-tie combo you could dream up. Back a winner.

Wear this to… A wedding, work, wherever you damn well please.

Wear this with… Crisp white shirt and loafers.

Oxford Max Linen Suit.

Light ‘n’ easy: the linen suit

A lightweight linen suit is the perfect between-dress codes solution. It’s the no-commitment suit. Shoes as an accessory are optional. Tropical weddings, beach parties and hot summer nights. Good times, guaranteed.

Wear this to… A beachside wedding, Euro summer,

Wear this… Sans socks. Wear it with loafers, brogues or – if there’s sand underfoot – barefoot.  A simple white shirt. Think crisp and clean and ready for Aperol Spritz.

Jack London Anthem Suit

50 shades: The grey suit

Be a silver fox well before your time. Think Richard Gere in American Gigolo, Daniel Craig / Tom Ford’s James Bond, and the man who never made it with Meghan Markle. Suave, sophisticated and man, do you know how you like your martinis.

Wear this to… Take care of business. Work, formal occasions, and yep, weddings too.

Wear this with… The classic white-shirt-black-tie combo. Or, mix it up with a pastel pink.

Jack London Phrase Suit Jacket

Checkmate: the plaid suit

Stand out from the crowd and make your mark. A plaid suit is sure to catch that certain someone’s eye. If you want to get the most bang for your buck, be sure to make them work as separates. It’s time to make a statement.

Wear this to… An after-work date.

Wear this with… Just the blazer, a crew-neck white tee and brogues. Or, go full suit and keep it simple with a white shirt and conservative block-coloured tie. Navy or black are always a go-er.

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Elle Glass
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