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The gentleman’s guide to standout suits


The two-piece is a wardrobe staple for many a stylish gentleman, but just because the suit is a standard doesn’t mean it has to be boring. This season, leading menswear designers from Paris to Milan embraced bold and beautiful suiting that turned the classic item on its head. Whether you stray from the norm in terms of colour, print and fabrics or style your suit in a new way, be sure to be bold this season and you’ll certainly be in fashion.

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The two-piece suit is perhaps the most ubiquitous of men’s garments. Rare is the man who does not own one, and rare too is the man who doesn’t feel that instant sense of enhanced smartness when he slips one on. All men look sharp in a suit. It’s just a fact.

While a suit’s core function may be formal, the two-piece can be so much more than this, as was shown by the world’s leading designers on the spring/summer 2018 catwalks. From prints to bold colours, unexpected textures to creative styling, the standout suits of the season are far from classic in their aesthetic. From go-faster stripes at Prada to short trousers at Versace, designers proved that even style staples can be reinvented.

Whether you’re looking to turn heads at a formal occasion, embrace a more relaxed dress code in the office or introduce suiting into everyday life, these are the trends to be wearing now.

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