The GQ Guide To Lounge Suits
While lounging may be associated with fluffy jogging bottoms and hoodies accumulatively stained by takeaway, the lounge suit is anything but. Head cutter of Richard James, Ben Clarke explains: “Up until recently we considered the lounge suit to be a formal and ‘smart’ suit usually worn for business or an event.
"The single-breasted version, with its shaped front, evolved from the morning coat and the double-breasted version from the frock coat. It was probably the most ‘dressy’ garment a gentleman had in his wardrobe, other than an evening suit. But, these days, I would say that a lounge suit is simply a suit of two or three pieces that has each been cut from the same cloth.”
In essence, imagine a suit... yep, that’s a lounge suit.
Suit by Officine Générale
Sometimes it’s the smallest of things that catch your eye. This dapper houndstooth suit by the French fashion house Officine Générale also features houndstooth-covered buttons. It's a minor touch, but one that cements your faith in their commitment to artistry. With a slightly relaxed fit, this suit will have you walking through life as if permanently in a Twenties Parisian café smoking a pipe with Salvador Dalí.
Jacket, $550. Trousers, $456. officinegenerale.com
Suit by Hardy Amies
Life on the move can be woeful. The airport queues, the cabin heat, the long taxi rides, and just as you’ve fought these battles and arrived at the meeting, the bane of the businessman’s life reveals itself: a creased suit. Thankfully the Hardy Amies crease-resistant suit (with one per cent elastane) will effortlessly remove this problem. So whether you’re spending two hours on a plane, cycling to work or chucking your suit into a suitcase, be confident it will remain crease free.
Suit by Joseph
Like the Hardy Amies option, Joseph offers a blend of polyester and wool that gives a slight elasticity and therefore resistance to creasing while keeping a structured, tailored fit. The beige or slightly caramel colour exudes a Seventies vibe and we don’t mind that one bit.
Jacket, $630. Trousers, $350. joseph-fashion.com
Suit by Paul Smith
If anyone is going to get you into a pink suit it’s Paul Smith. The simple, sleek and refined cut means it will complement your body and leave you looking and living your best. This is a perfect summer garden suit and paired with some dark brown shoes means you can tone down the attention-grab factor. Perhaps it’s the suit you have always wanted to own, but never had the courage. Now is your chance.
Jacket, $735. Trousers, $324. At matchesfashion.com
Suit by Ami
Ami’s cropped relaxed-fit puts the lounge back into the lounge suit. Think of it as a little Parisian look down the nose at formality. It is made “with love” from 100 per cent virgin wool (that’s sweet) so it is nice and soft and the brown Prince Of Wales check makes it a stylish suit for city strolling.
Jacket, $785. Trousers, $500. amiparis.com
Suit by Mr P
Corduroy is a winter winner; it’s durable and it keeps you warm. When in the capable hands of Mr P, and whittled into a double-breasted jacket suit, it becomes very smooth indeed. If this suit were a person, it could be naughty or nice and yet never come across psychopathic or sycophantic. It is pure charm and that’s why it should be at the top of your wish list.
Jacket, $500. Trousers, $222. At mrporter.com
Suit by Thom Sweeney
This suit has it all. With a peak-lapelled, grey double-breasted suit in Prince Of Wales check and 100 per cent wool, the price tag begins to looks very reasonable indeed. The label's mantra, to “make garments to last years, not seasons” is gaining traction in the world of sustainable fashion and beyond. In purchasing this suit, you will be buying into a quality, long-lasting product that will see you striding confidently into your unfolding future.
Suit by Prada
When fashion week comes round, all pray to the altar that is the Prada show. The same applies for suiting. If you are looking for a suit cut from a different conceptual cloth, as it were, Prada is the house to consider. This double-breasted blue suit is an incredible show of consideration and execution and will always be stylistically relevant.
Suit by Mango
When one thinks of formality, occasion and dressing up, one will general start attaching quite a big price tag. However, Mango is perhaps one of the high street’s best quality and more affordable suiting choices on the market. Coming it at just under £200, this black three piece will match up to the best on fit and style.
Jacket, $114. Waistcoat, $63. Trousers, $63. mango.com
Suit by Ted Baker
If a black suit seems too morbid or isn’t piquing your fancy, then an equally reasonable Ted Baker suit at Moss Bros will sit very nicely alongside your current suiting options. It comes from Ted Baker’s Gold Premium range, is 100 per cent wool, peak-lapelled and is sure to paint a smirk on your face in the morning. This is the modern man’s lounge suit.
Jacket, $202. Trousers, $114. Waistcoat, $76. At Moss Bros. moss.co.uk
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Via British GQ