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Suiting Fit For The Colder Season: The Charcoal Herringbone Suit

Posted by Igee Okafor on Nov 15, 2017 12:12:26 PM

Words by: Igee Okafor
Photography by: Daniel D'Ottavio

Transitioning into colder months, it is essential that we trade in clothing with lighter fabrics for heavier ones with tactile quality such as the herringbone suit. For those who are unaware, "Herringbone" is one of the most prevalent fabrics in menswear that can be woven in various forms. Its pattern is visually appealing without reading as flamboyant or overwhelming. 

An archetypal suit like the charcoal herringbone suit is likely to foster divided opinions amongst personal style enthusiasts considering its historic reference. Some will love it, and some will not - the dissent revolving around the idea that a classic, time honored suit has to be restricted to a specific place, time and style. You know the typical - particular suits strictly meant for going to work, styling with oxford shoes, a shirt and tie.

With that being said, practically speaking, the herringbone suit is one of the most clever, dapper, and physically easy to slip on ensembles ever designed. They work best as an elevated suiting option that can be well adapted for casual hangouts, and upscale social gatherings. It is best worn with a shirt and tie, consider a lightweight cashmere turtleneck with the suit for an updated seasonal and sleek touch.

In the name of expanding the idea of traditional styling with a bit of flair, the same idea translates to the addition of a hat. If you wear hats, pay attention to the way it compliments your personal style and frames your face. 

The reputation associated with traditional suits is fair due to the way men have lived their lives in the past paying attention to the "rules" of menswear, and considering the way these rules have been enforced and abused in the past, I do not blame anyone for their less than enthused perception of the item. However, in modern times, it's up to us to understand those rules, pay homage and adjust for our personal styles accordingly. It's as simple as this: to each his occasion.


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