For some four hundred years, suits of matching coat, trousers, and waistcoat have been in and out of fashion. The modern suit derivation is visible in the outline of the brightly coloured, elaborately crafted royal court dress of the 17th century (suit, wig, knee breeches). This evolution is seen more recently in British tailoring’s use of steam and padding in moulding woollen cloth, the rise and fall in popularity of the necktie, and the gradual disuse of waistcoats and hats in the last fifty years.
After the end of the first World War, most men adopted the short lounge coated suit. Long coats quickly went out of fashion for everyday wear and business. During the 1920s, short suits were always worn except on formal occasions when a morning coat would be worn for formal occasions in the daytime. In America, for evening occasions, the short dinner jacket virtually replaced the long “full dress” tails. In Britain, black tie became acceptable as a general informal alternative to white tie, though at the time the style and accessories of black tie were still very fluid.
Throughout the 1940s and 1950s the trend had been to simplify and modernize the suit as much as possible. For example, by the 1960s the size of the lapel had shrunk to a very small size. Suit coats were also cut as straight as possible without any indication of a waistline. Cloth rationing changed styles significantly, contributing to a large reduction in the popularity of many cuts, such as the double-breasted suit.
Although the man’s tailored suit is commonly perceived as the ultimate conservative costume of Western Culture, extravagant variations on the tailored suit have been adopted by many subcultures over the last century as a matter of fashion or social identity.
Today’s modern suit takes the form of slim, well fitted with use of certain patterns and surface detail. A lot of designers are starting to experiment with bold colours, stepping away from the norms of black, grey and navy. Although now a key feature on the runway this season I think it’s still a sexy sophisticated look for any lady to have in her wardrobe season after season.
Co-ordinates your look from skirt and jacket two-pieces to tailored short suits, these versatile combos can be paired together or mixed and matched for a real style statement. Sheer shirts and eye-catching embellishments are key trends this season and add that extra WOW factor to your wardrobe.
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Blazer: Mr. Price
Shorts: Forever new
Top: Studio w for Woolworths
Necklace: made by MEA designs (for enquiries contact me)
Photography by: @iamcityslick (twitter handle)
Black has never been so cool and OK to pull off in Summer, as it is in 2013. I would presume that due to a lot of fashion signs happening out there (PUNK met gala, Punk/Rock/Grunge Street Styles, loads of non-colors on the catwalk for this season, loads of dark tones) – it is safe to say that in 2013 it will be OK (actually cool) to wear Black in the middle of Summer. OMG… what took you so long, Trends? Think about how classy and posh Black is. Or how you can never go wrong with a black dress, a black swimsuit (since we’ve got summer on our minds) or a black top. So, Black for 2013 Summer is a blessing to some and a drag to others. For the latter ones – breathe now… all you color lovers! Keep your summer’ish style intact while doing the black trend, by simply adding a hint of darkness to your look. Trending after all is about adapting it and making it your own, right? No rules…having a green pass to don Black in Summer gives us tons of options in regards to looks and styles we can pull off. Black is versatile and so the options are. A black suit is classy but can turn to edgy when paired with statement accessories, or a funky top. Black can take you to the office and make you look like a top manager, or place you later on in a bar looking like the most hipster of them all. It will never be dated, never be inappropriate, never be too much or too less. Always easy to dress up or down. Sophisticated and chic when you want to and rebel & edgy when you feel like it.
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Top: Mr Price
Sunglasses: Cotton on
I purchased this skirt about three weeks ago and it’s become my favourite thing. I wear it with practically everything. Dress it up and down, it’s very versatile. Its a leatherette pleat skirt.
Genuine leathers are made from the skins of animals, such as cattle, goats, sheep, and pigs. There are many types of leather, but it can generally be categorized into three types: aniline, semi-aniline, and pigmented. When choosing which type of leather to purchase, consider the desired appearance, and how often the leather will be used.
Is made from a fabric base, which is chemically treated with wax, dye, or polyurethane for a color and texture. Ultimately, it is manmade and exists to give the look and feel of real leather at an exceptionally lower cost. The most common type of faux leather is pleather. It is a plastic fabric made to look like leather. It is lighter and less restrictive than real leather, and can be dyed any color. Faux leather comes in many forms and some are better quality than others. Other types of faux leather include leatherette and vegan leather.
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Top & skirt: Mr. Price
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