Part two: The wool suit

One of the oldest traditional forms of men’s wardrobe is that of the humble suit and from the beginning there has been one material that has suited ( ba-boomm-tish) the construction better than any other, especially in the current cold weather, you guessed it: Wool.

Now the modern form of suit, or lounge suit as it’s strictly called, evolved at the turn of the 20th century from the more formal frock coat, waistcoat and breeches (later trouser) combination, but it wasn’t until the end of the First World War that it become a widespread fashion, with it’s predecessor being relegated to formal evening attire. It’s also during this interwar period that you can see many variations of styles within the lounge suit: collared waistcoats, double-breasted waistcoats, single and double-breasted jackets, peak lapels, notch lapels, three-button, two-button and many more. In fact this variation on styles is the inspiration behind our very own ‘British classics collection’.

During this period, the lounge suit came in not only many styles but also in many different variations of wool fabrics, including Worsteds, Flannels, Serges, Gabardines & Tweeds and many patterns of weave. Here are some of our favourites…

Herringbone

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A distinctive V-shaped pattern which resembles a broken zigzag, herringbone is so called because it resembles the skeleton of a herring! We love it so much we’ve used it as one of the main fabrics for our ‘Stanley’ high-back fishtail trouser, ‘Albert’ revere-collared four-pocket waistcoat and single-breasted notch lapel jacket.

Prince of Wales check

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The quintessential British pattern for country sportswear since the turn of the century, it’s actually based on the early Glen Urquhart check (in fact in American it’s still called Glen Plaid) and derives its name from it’s association with Edward VII back when he was the Prince of Wales.

Windowpane

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One of the most popular forms of tweed, windowpane was first popular in France during the 1820s and is actually an overlaid pattern on top of a standard tweed fabric. Our ‘Stanley’ high-back fishtail trousers come in a lovely Olive green windowpane!

Whatever your choice of pattern a good wool suit is the perfect addition to any gentlemen’s wardrobe and can be worn in it’s three-piece form or as a two-piece over a woolly jumper or tank-top for extra warmth.

So wrap up warm chaps and see you next time!

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November 30th, 2016

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