At Gentleman’s Journal, we’re always in support of the bespoke suit. It can instantly separate you from the crowd of grey and navy formalwear, and you can’t help but walk around the office with a confident gait while donning one.
But, sometimes, a sudden situation – whether it be an interview or an off-the-cuff wedding – will find you needing a two-piece, pronto. But, just because you don’t have the time to pick up some made-to-measure garments doesn’t necessarily mean you’re left in a bad situation, because there are a lot of high-quality off-the-peg suits that not only do the job splendidly, but can also have the Savile Row appeal at a fraction of the price.
To point you in the right direction, here are the five finest ready-to-wear options you can cop right now…
The essential one: Suit by Reiss
If you want to get maximum use out of your new suit, then we recommend – no, command – that it be a navy two-piece. This colour complements all skin tones, can easily be dressed up or down and will pair with almost all hues. This slim-fit suit by Reiss will be your go-to for years to come, and its fuss-free details (notch lapels, contemporary-style two buttons and standard flap pockets) make it the perfect blank canvas from which you can add further accessories.
The cold weather one: Suit by Chester Barrie
If navy is the first suit every gent should buy, then grey should be his next. A light shade not only looks slightly cheaper than its darker counterparts, but will also look out of place during the winter months – as a result, a charcoal one will give you the most wear. From office to bar, this will serve you for almost all occasions.
Chester Barrie jacket
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Chester Barrie trousers
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The patterned one: Suit by Paul Smith
There’s nothing wrong with making a statement from time to time – after all, it can help elevate your sartorial credentials to new heights. Just make sure that you don’t equate ‘statement’ with ‘outrageous’. If you really want to make an impact, we suggest going for something that strikes the right balance between unorthodox and subtle. This Paul Smith suit should do the trick. It’s made in an unconventional navy and wine colourway (tones that aren’t overly garish), and the small check pattern adds a subtle hit of finesse.
The casual one: Suit by Ted Baker
Not all suits need to be worn in the boardroom or for power lunches. This Ted Baker two-piece, for example, has a relaxed fit and the trousers are slightly cropped, so would would look as good in a creative office as it would in the local fine-dining eatery. For full effect, pair with some minimalistic sneakers and an oxford shirt.
The summer one: suit by Boglioli
When heading to the countryside for a summer wedding, you’ll want to avoid heavy materials such as wool or herringbone. So, if you’re looking for something lightweight, linen is the answer – and this option by Boglioli fits the bill. It’s also unstructured and unlined to keep materials to a minimum, and once you slip it on you’ll instantly channel your inner Italian sprezzatura.
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