Patch Pockets

Patch pockets are the easiest style of pocket to design and make; they are sewn on to the outside of the jacket rather than being stitched in-between the lining and the shell. It is not a good look for the most formal men’s suits since the pocket itself adds more lines to the look and…

Peak Lapels

There are basically two kinds of lapels available for men’s suits – peak and notch. The peaked lapel is usually associated with double-breasted suits and dinner jackets. The peak has a distinctive point, and makes for a formal and potentially powerful look that can seize the attention. The statement is “I’m in charge,” and you…

Navy Suits

If you have only one suit in your wardrobe, make it a single-breasted navy colored suit. The solid navy colour represents self-respect and professionalism with style and elegance.  It is also a color that suits almost every complexion. The navy suit is also a good choice because it looks good with a classic dress shirt:…

Full canvas lining

One of the less well-known features of men’s suit construction is the variation possible when it comes to “canvassing”. The canvas is the interlining – traditionally made of canvas horsehair – placed between the lining and the fabric. This interlining plays an important role in maintaining the proper balance, structure and shape of the suit,…

Shawl Lapels

The shawl lapel – also known as the shawl collar – presents a smooth and rounded edge for the lapel with no notches or points. The shawl lapel rolls backwards and tapers from the collar with the lapel meeting the jacket. Shawl lapels in a man’s suit represent a continuous curve. These were seen initially…

Shoulder Pads

Shoulder padding refers to the fabric patch that lines the shoulder of a man’s suit. All suits have a bit of a shoulder padding to give them shape. They can help to give the wearer the appearance of straighter and broader shoulders; they also compensate for the natural draping properties of the fabric and help…

Cashmere

Cashmere wool comes from a goat rather than sheep; and unlike mohair, the other well-known goat wool, cashmere does not come from a single breed of goat; although there is a cashmere goat, and although it is the ideal source of the wool, in fact the term applies to wool that can be taken from…

Flannel

Flannel is a woven fabric, loosely spun and typically quite soft to the touch, which can be made from cotton, synthetic fibre – or wool, which is its most common form for men’s suits and other garments. A man’s suit in flannel will appear quite bulky and unfitted because the fabric is not easily shaped…

Single Vents

The jacket of a man’s suit can have one, two or no vents in the “tail” – the rear of the jacket. Vents are simply tailored slits running up from the bottom of the jacket. The purpose of vents was traditionally was to allow the jacket wearer to ride a horse without the jacket bunching…

Khaki

No man’s suit can make hot and active summer fashion look cool the way a khaki suit can. Khaki is actually a color, a light shade of yellow-brown somewhere between tan and beige. Because of its use for military uniforms in India and then elsewhere, khaki has more generally come to mean the fabric used…