Tony Flynn on this season’s hottest trends
Top Trend for 2019: Tailoring
Tailoring is back – and back in a big way (hurrah!). Apparently only 10% of us are now wearing business suits but it doesn’t mean that we’re giving up on suits completely. We’re merely getting more experimental and having a lot more fun with our choices. This is QX’s guide to tailoring in 2019…
What’s the Occasion?
Firstly, as with all good design, ask yourself what’s it for? Do you need to stand out from the crowd on a night out in Soho? Are you wowing your work colleagues or upstaging the groom at his own wedding? Does it need to travel well? Does it need to be for business or pleasure or both? So many variables! Secondly, tailoring gives off the idea of full composure in social settings. It’s as much about wearing an attitude than a piece of clothing. So stand tall and exude confidence!
Mix and Match
Choosing separates is an excellent option. Separates are less formal and more versatile and should be made in contrasting but complementary tones and colours. Whether you’re changing up your workwear, heading to an upmarket event or even just running errands, knowing how to mix and match your tailored pieces will leave you with an abundance of outfit choices and safe in the knowledge that you look sartorially stylish. Word to the wise though; don’t mix stripes with checks, and if you choose a pattern or texture, only use it for the jacket – choosing too many contrasting colours and patterns will make you look like a golfer.
This is where style and comfort combine to create a dapper look for those chilled weekends. Whether you’re popping out to walk the dog or mincing around the shops, throw on a pair of chinos with a tweed blazer and you’ll look super smart going about your day of leisure. This one also works for those relaxed evening dinners when you don’t want to overdress but still impress.
Dressed to the Nines
Last but definitely not least there’s the classic formal look with coordinating accessories for those posh and polished occasions. Best bet here is a full-whack 3-piece suit (jacket, waistcoat and matching trousers). This one will definitely get you noticed as you’ll be looking super sharp and sophisticated – perfect for weddings and events.