When it comes to suits, style is cyclical and trends come and go through the ages. Confused about what's in and what's out in 2016? Here's a quick guide from our expert tailor Roberto Revilla.
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Fashion trends have, and always will, develop and grow over a short space of time. Whilst certain fashion statements such as shoulder pads and purple tracksuits may have come and gone, one thing is for certain: a well made suit is still the number one go-to item of clothing in terms of formal attire.
However, it's not all as simple as it seems. Suit colours and cuts can be so varied that there are certain styles that are 'in vogue' and others that are very much out of it.
What goes around comes around
The hipster movement has re-defined what makes a suit fashionable. Choosing to adopt a healthy combination of Victorian class with 1990s dishevelment, a full beard and brogues is what we associate the most with hipster culture. Thought your pocket watch and bow tie had past their sell-by date? Think again; they're the in thing.
Sharp lines, pocket squares and bow ties are where it's at
To pleat or not to pleat?
Throughout many eras it was fashionable to have more than one pleat in one's trousers. Loose fitting suits were the height of fashion in the 1940s, but the 60s and 70s introduced a far tighter fit.
In 2016, you can't go wrong with a slim fit suit, and it is more common to have no pleats whatsoever in order to achieve that snugger fit. But don't get rid of those pleated trousers just yet: they may be about to make a comeback.
Black, grey and blue
For several years, black and grey have formed the backbone of British suit colours. However, over the last few years we have seen the rise of the blue suit. Often coupled with brown shoes and a skinny tie, blue suits have now become popular and are worn to a wide array of occasions such as weddings and formal dinners, as well as for general workplace attire.
You can't go far wrong with a blue, slim-fit, single-breasted jacket
Double or single breasted jackets?
Single breasted jackets are currently winning this race. Double breasted jackets were popular in the earlier part of the 20th Century and they made a brief comeback in the 80s/90s, however they just aren't showing signs of standing the test of time.
Juxtaposing the current trend of one-buttoned, slim fitting jackets, the double breasted jacket is well and truly passed its sell-by date; and whilst it may well grow in popularity once again, single breasted jackets are here to stay.