Style Predictions 2016. Part 1

Now in its 5th year, the King & Allen style predictions have become as much of a January fixture as failed diets and feigned sobriety. Sometimes we get it right (we predicted waistcoats and slimmer trousers back in 2009), and sometimes we get it horribly wrong (2015’s floral explosion never quite happened!), but either way it’s always worth having a think about what the menswear world might be doing before you make your first suit purchase of the year…

 

1. Double breasted waistcoats – especially for weddings. Both Adam (King) & Jake (Allen) wore double breasted waistcoats at their own weddings. Exceptionally elegant, with a nod to Edwardian morning attire, the DB waistcoat will turn any two piece into a sartorial masterpiece.

 

 

2. Short scarves, worn untied. The key to wearing this scarf is the length. If it’s too long it will hang below the jacket and look terrible. The scarf should act as a thin border, just to add an extra layer to the look (see picture). For the understated, we recommend a compliment: eg: grey check on a plain blue suit, or plain blue on grey Prince of Wales check. For the brave, opt for silk rather than wool – in a paisley or similarly bold pattern.

 

3. Traditional trouser width and jacket length. Thankfully, the skinny trouser madness finally ended in 2015. Similarly, the trend for short jackets also seems to have waned. Perhaps the death knell was Daniel Craig’s terrible suits in Spectre, but we are delighted to see a return to practical, classic tailoring cuts.

Style Tips & Advice
26 September 2019

The suit lover’s guide to the smart-casual office trend

An increasing number of companies are adopting a less formal office dress code these days, with fewer businesses expecting their male employees to show up in a suit and tie. Instead, the new watchword is ‘smart-casual’. But where does that leave the suit lover?

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12 September 2019

Hype For Pinstripe

The term ‘pinstripe’ refers to the very thin, parallel lines that run through a cloth, contrasting with the main colour. Taken at face value, it would seem to be a fairly bland description of a simple fabric pattern. But the history of the pinstripe suit is anything from bland and, indeed, the suit itself has a host of connotations attached to it.

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27 August 2019

Peaky Blinders: why we love Aunt Polly’s suit style

The new Peaky Blinders series is back with a bang and we’re not just talking about the storylines. As ever, Tommy and his crew look as sharp as the razor blades the real-life Peaky Blinder gang were rumoured to stitch into the peak of their flat caps.

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