No one can deny the power of a good suit. There are few pieces that make you feel as suave and sophisticated (or like an actual grown-up). But for most of us, tailoring moments can be few and far between – and it's time to change that. With new suit styles popping up all over the SS19 collections, from Virgil Abloh's Louis Vuitton to Paul Smith, we're flipping the switch via a true classic: the checked suit. Forget that image of a staid uni lecturer, here's how to try the trend in 2019...
HOW TO WEAR CHECKED SUITS FOR SS19
By Spencer Cain, 10 February 2019
High on our sartorial agenda is upgrading the traditional perception of a suit and taking it out of the boardroom to somewhere you actually hang out. How do you do that? Start by embracing tapered trousers and mixing in elements of athleisure, like a shirt in a technical fabric to offset the standard checks. The ultimate complement to the sleek blue palette is a pair of Nike Air Vapormax with epic purple detailing that serve up Future Hendrix vibes. Strong.
That 70s suit
If you've got something in the iCal that requires an extra-dapper look, don't fade into the limitless sea of coordinated black and navy tuxes. Look no further than the effortlessly elegant men of decades past, specifically the 70s. Widely known as the glory days of disco and unfortunate sequin overload, it was also heavy on the plaid. The ultimate expert touch here is a revere-collar shirt, preferably in a bold orange tone. When the 'fit is this fly, there's no need to stray beyond a sturdy pair of tassel loafers.
We can't say this enough – tailoring can be an all-day-every-day situation. The key is channelling style-setting bosses like A$AP Rocky, who know that chopping up patterns, colours and vibes is always the move. Keep it daytime-ready with the addition of a grey hoodie and a functional flight bag. A pair of white Converse seal the deal. Easy.