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The power of the suit17 August 2018
The suit speaks a universal language of grandeur. You can be in any room, anywhere in the world, and your three-piece has the capability to be completely transformative. It’s a uniform with the means to flip the way you see the world, and the way the world sees you.
When asked to define the suit, it’s safe to say that most would describe it as the ultimate mark of a man; the pinnacle of menswear; the defining piece of every gentleman’s wardrobe. The suit, therefore, is undeniably powerful. Rarely has there been a piece of menswear with the means to convey timelessness, respectability and productivity in one fell swoop.
From the introduction of the waistcoat by Charles II in London during the 1600s to the perfectly tailored and outrageously dapper Teddy boys of the 1950s, the suit has done the rounds and been a central, defining piece of pretty much every historical subculture to have existed. And through all of those decades of various lifestyle and fashion trends, the one constant throughout it all has been the suit in one form or another.
Various studies over the last couple of years on men from all over the world have confirmed the suit’s ability to make them feel instantly more powerful, confident and ready to tackle whatever the day throws their way. There’s a reason why ultimate powerhouses in the worlds of banking, law and politics are rarely seen without a suit on, why it’s the classic uniform of choice for a groom and his guests at a wedding, and why any event worth its salt will specifically ask you to wear one. The overall perception of the suit is undeniably positive, it sways you and others and, apart from anything else, it’s a pretty good talking point.
Fashion’s biggest players have been seeking inspiration from the past for years, harking back to the heritage routes of particular fabrics, constructions or styles. The focus consistently references the styles – and the men – that have got us to where we are today. From the royal family and in particular The Prince of Wales, the aforementioned King Charles and the infamous Edward VIII to modern-day icons such as David Gandy, Tinie Tempah and Daniel Craig, who have helped catapult the suit into its status as a style star for today’s generations, the three-piece in all its various forms has certainly developed – but doesn’t show any signs of shying away from the limelight anytime soon.
And so, if there’s to be one piece of clothing worthy of your investment, there’s surely no doubt that it’s the suit. Because once you own one – no matter how regularly you wear it or how you choose to style it – you can be safe in the knowledge that you’ve bought into an enduring and substantial piece of style history.
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