According to a report, published in WWD last December, there appears to be an increasing trend for male tailoring with slimline suits which are set to dominate the 2012 US market.
American retailers are showing a leaning towards flattering attire for gentlemen and American market research company, the NPD Group, says tailored clothing sales increased than 11 percent with sales of men’s tailored shirts rising more than 3 percent in the first half of 2011. It does not appear that only younger men are favouring a slimline suit, the older generation are equally looking to be seen as slimmer and more toned in their appearance.
As popularity of all suits with a slim style continues to rise, retailers are taking note and making sure they are stocking appropriately. In fact, Doug Ewert, the CEO of Men’s Warehouse.co.uk, America’s largest suit seller, tries to explain the latest trend, “These looks mostly target a younger customer; however, we’re starting to see growing acceptance among middle-aged customers.
A modern fit is cut closer to the body.” He added, “Other characteristics include narrower lapels on suits and sport coats and narrower ties.”
For the novice who is looking to buy a slimline suit, you should be looking for classic colors such as navy, gray and simple pinstripes, shorter jackets and tapered pants. This gives a slim look that is very hip, but still stylish. Menswear brands that are all known for their slimline tailored suits include HugoBoss.com, UK.Burberry.com and RalphLauren.co.uk. We have chosen one from each of these brands to illustrate the slimfit style. Check these out:
Contemporary, slim fit suit from HUGOin a luxurious blend of virgin wool and silk. The polished two-button jacket and suit pant present a modern yet polished look with an exceptional fit. Slim fit jacket includes notch lapels, made from premium virgin wool and silk blend. Two-button jacket with a back vent at sides, four button cuff and flap front pockets. Jacket is lined in a logo print bamboo blend with piped interior pockets. Back length: 74cm/ 29in for size 38. Slim fit suit pant has straight leg with mid-rise, sits just below waist with tab closure, zip fly and French pockets at front. Button through pockets at back and Foot width: 41cm / 16in.
Simply classic slim fit suit from Burberry with jacket that has slim notched lapels, two-button jacket, welt pocket and flap pockets. Internal chest pocket, button cuffs and two back vents. Trousers have concealed button, clasp and zip closure. Belt loops, slant pockets and back button jet pockets. Buttons are engraved with the Burberry logo. Material is 73% wool, 27% mohair so dry clean only. Suit made in Italy. Available in sizes 46R, 48R, 50R, 52R, 52R.
Ralph Lauren Anthony Wool Gabardine Suit – $1595.00
Impeccably tailored by Ralph Lauren in Italy from all-season wool gabardine with hand-finished details and a clean, modern fit. Body width is lean, arms are slightly narrow and pant is cut slim with a lower rise. Two-button jacket silhouette with notched lapel, sloped shoulders, double-vented back and four-button detail at cuffs. Full lightweight lining with flap welt pockets at the jacket waist, single chest welt pocket. Interior has three flap pockets, one with button-tab detail. Flat-front pant with a lower rise has a finished curtain waistband and unfinished hem ready for custom tailoring. Two adjustable side tabs, angled front pockets and buttoned back welts. 100% wool gabardine. Lining: 100% viscose. Dry clean. Made in Italy.