The new night-life suit – an alternative to the tuxedo – is black tone-on-tone fine wool without satin. This elegant suit has a high, two-button front, slightly roped shoulder and slightly tapered sleeves. Pants have a tapered leg with no pleats.
The night-life suit can be coordinated with:
- formal white French cuff and French front fl y shirt.
- black onyx or gold cuff-links.
- vest for a touch of formality.
- formal black and white or silver-grey tie.
- white silk pocket puff (optional).
- formal black patent shoes.
- cummerbund and bow tie is an option.
Mark Salgado has been showcasing men’s fashion in Toronto since 1951. He clearly thinks that many men are too conservative.
- Ties are becoming narrower but have fresh and interesting patterns and colours.
- Shirts are becoming more colourful, with unique detailing.
- Bow ties are always correct with a tux, but are now making a comeback with all suits.
- Suit fabric is the true indicator of a garment’s quality.
- Narrow lapels reflect the overall new slim look.
- Fitted jackets and natural shoulders have made a comeback, once again a part of the leaner look being seen this year.
- Fit is everything: Pants should just touch the top of the shoe. Sleeves stop at the wrist. Shoulders should fit perfectly if the jacket is to hang properly.
- Accessories are key but pick an accessory that suits your personal style. Scarves have become important. A tie, especially, is an indicator of the personality of the man. And some men have the confidence and flair to wear a hat.
- Polish: The entire look must be polished and coordinated because there is a new refinement in men’s tailoring.
“ Don’t be afraid to show your personality. Suits don’t have to be boring.”