Posts Tagged 'tuxedo'

Suit Saturday: The Shawl Collar


Designers go through periods where they mostly begin to run out of ideas. This happened in the 70’s when they just made everything big (big lapels, big heels, big hair) and more severly with the 90’s (grundge and a terrible sequel to the 80’s) so would I say we’re entering in such a period? Not exactly. You see, when economic times are tough, all designers try and go “classic.”

What does classic mean? That is a whole other discussion, but for the purposes of today, it simply means that using more traditional styles and forms. Topman and J. Crew are currently pushing the shawl-collared jacket, like the one above (from J. Crew).

Beware, this jacket is complex and not a simple blazer, and if you try and wear it like J. Crew says, you’re screwed. Here’s why:

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Bow-tie, Chicago


This is a great shot from Chicago. I really love this shot because the gentleman is not wearing the more traditional pieces in his outfit as a super in-your-face way to illustrate that he’s wearing them despite his younger look. 

The bow-tie and pleated shirt both add subtle alternatives to the typical tie-blazer-jeans look. Monochromatic schemes are not my particular bag, but, it works for him. Plus, check out those kicks. 

Osama Eisa

The Tuxedo Coat


This coat is designed by fremont, a design house that I’ll admit I know very little about.

However, what is most interesting about the coat is how it draws upon Tuxedo-style elements to make something formal far more approachable and less stuffy. The double-breasted element is interesting, especially as it takes on the lower-cut end of a double breasted cut which seems to smack of the 80’s.

The coat is $270, which goes to show, that you don’t have to be paying $6,000 for something nice or fashion-forward.

Check it out here.

Osama Eisa

Huh? What?


This guy is from Antwerp, which is a very stylish city, I must say. But, I am not sure if this is really stylish. I mean, I guess I understand the concept, taking a tuxedo jacket but pairing it with sneakers and American Apparel, the mixture of elements that “don’t go.”

I think this is an example of how taking the whole counter-suit culture look is done poorly, because it looks weird. The fit of the jacket is off, it makes him look sloppy and the colors don’t work. He should have used a color that actually matched or went with the other colors in his look.

I’m not about to bash this guy all day, I mean, kudos to him for having the courage to rock this look, but I think the look is not done right. Maybe I’m full of shit and he is the freshest guy ever? I’ll let you decide, because frankly, who the fuck am I to say anyways?

By: Osama Eisa

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