In 2014 around the time of my first M2M I discovered the TV show Suits and more specifically (in my opinion) the best dressed man on TV – Harvey Specter.
Harvey makes no apologies for his investment in his appearance, even making a note of its importance:
“People respond to how we’re dressed, so like it or not this is what you have to do (dress well).”
Cheers to that Harvey.
He is not an overly loud dresser, and he started my love affair for three-piece suits in bold colours; navy, grey or charcoal, paired with a single-breasted waste-coat.
Until this year, I have tended to take the Harvey approach with conservative dark yet powerful colours in my suits with tailored style. I’m more interested in a well fitted suit than a loud fabric that fits poorly and is incorrectly styled.
More recently as I have embraced other fabrics in the office, I have moved away from the dark colours and three-piece suits introducing pinstripes and window pane in double breasted jackets or a two piece but my biggest evolution has been on my lapels.
Influenced by Tom Ford, I prefer a peak lapel and the width ranges from 4″ to 5″ inches on all my suits. I will say the 5″ jackets get quite the compliments however I feel a little excessive for daily wear in the current environment and not to everyone’s taste.
I find thin lapels particular on broader shoulders can get lost in the garment and I personally think lapels one of the most intriguing parts on a jacket and the shape and detail (button hole, pick stitching) is where you get to show some flair.
The wider lapel also overlaps with the top of the jacket pocket, and I like a crisp white pocket square as my go to accessory exposed from under the lapel. I try to avoid seeing the start of the pocket square, for no particular reason, in my opinion it looks sharper and cleaner amongst the lines in the suit.
With spring and warmer months looming I’m starting to think about lighter fabrics such as linen and a bit of colour, but with series 7 Suits those plans could very well change.