The Suit Revolution

A suit is not just something you want, it’s must-have. Every man should have one or more in their wardrobe. Especially now that menswear is getting more and more modern, fluid, and experimental.

In recent years, we have seen radical changes to the classic gentleman suit. Here is a comprehensive visual record of the suit revolution.

Show these to your tailor next time. You’re welcome.

Edgy Design Features and Add-Ons

Kim Jones at Dior is one of the fashion visionaries who champion the suit revolution. Here is his creation worn by Nicholas Hoult; a number of stars who wore Dior Men at the 2019 Oscars seemed to have a sideway cape.

Suit belts are also becoming a thing. One of its early sightings was when Chadwick Boseman wore at the Seoul premiere of Black Panther.

Off-White was later quick to pull the idea with their signature utility belt; it gave their suits a more polished industrial touch.

A sash? Whatever that diagonal thing is, the design feature on another Kim Jones number worn by Robert Pattinson is certainly eye catching and unforgettable.

Less Button or No Button

Reducing half the number of buttons is starting to become a trend in suit tailoring. We spotted David Beckham wear a double breasted jacket that only has two visible buttons at the most recent London Fashion Week. Previously Mahershala Alli wore an Ermenegildo Zegna XXX in its Milan fashion show earlier this June.

Louis Vuitton dropped buttons completely. Joel Edgerton wore LV’s buttonless suit during this year’s Venice Film Festival. Despite having one of its pivotal elements removed, the suit made a minimalistic and chic appearance.

Another thing that Louis Vuitton did was replace buttons with zippers, as seen on Jaden Smith below. He wore a suit from Nicolas Ghesquière’s Spring/Summer 2019 womenswear collection at the opening of Louis Vuitton X in Beverly Hills. This is also a great example of gender fluid fashion.

Sharp Materials and Color Play

Sure, black is always a safe and cool choice, but have you ever seen Luka Sabbat wear leather black suit? Bold, daring, and surprisingly cooler than the best cotton or wool you could find in the market.

Who ever thought about making a suit in full silver silk? Haider Ackermann! The designer’s muse, Timothée Chalamet, wore a silky, gunmetal suit that instantly became a fashion moment. The actor looked just right and not over the top.

How about going half and half? Be it A$AP Rocky’s pink and white-winged dramatic Loewe suit from its Fall Winter 2019-2020 collection, or G-Eazy’s Fendi number below; half and half—given the right color—is an exciting take on modern fabric play. 

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