Stylish Men’s Fashion: So who says men have to stick to the same old grey work suit every time they have to wear something a bit more formal?
Look around! There are some fabulous menswear designers out there – using exciting fabrics, contemporary cuts, quality classic tailoring and oozing style.
And summer racing brings all the best opportunities to show off the menswear in the style stakes. Linen suits, morning dress, lightweight blazers and snappy summer suits – whether you collect a diverse wardrobe or stock up on a few investment pieces, the Spring/Summer collections for men are hugely exciting right now so there is no excuse not to shine!
Here are five stylish menswear designers to follow:
Prestigious without formality, traditional yet with an exhilarating twist; the ‘King George’ weekend at Ascot is the racing occasion that encapsulates Simon Carter.
For SS18, his collection is imbued with a sense of Englishness and harnesses Simon’s renowned attention to fine detail and shows his flair for styling the modern gentleman.
Printed shirts are at the fore – colourful, playful and distinctive and his customary wit and flair are apparent throughout the toucan print tie.
Simon’s summer collection ensures any man stands out as a sartorial winner for this year’s racing season.
WE SAY: We love Simon Carter’s quirky designs that add fun and flair to understated suits, without compromising on style or quality. Choose a design to suit your personality, as people are bound to ask about it when you’re out and about at the races!
The label Nico Didonna is renowned for its luxurious tailored creations.
Hand made and unique are the qualities to associate with Nico Didonna’s designs, and garments are made with versatility in mind.
Many designs are based on classic inspiration infused with a contemporary feel, and the designer’s Italian heritage is integral to the identity of the brand.
Pictured here: The floral suit has wow factor while the second outfit is more classic, however both outfits provide a more avant garde alternative to men’s tailoring.
WE SAY: Nico Didonna can – and does – do classic Italian chic for men – but he also does plenty of pushing the boundaries, all the way through to positively eye-popping! He is utterly unafraid to use colour and pattern in menswear, the question is, do you have the personality to match?
PAUL COSTELLOE MAN
Dublin born Paul Costelloe’s work focuses on a strong sense of style and wearable designs with a fresh feel.
In the late 1960s, Paul went to Paris and enrolled at the Chamber Syndicate, the French equivalent of the British Fashion Council – Paul says he learnt most about fashion just by living in Paris in the era of Ungaro and Cardin. By 1969, still only 23 years old, he was design assistant to Jacques Esterel.
Two years later, Paul became a designer with La Renescente, the department store whose previous designers had included Giorgio Armani. By the time he had added the USA to his CV, New York and Philadelphia, it was time to create his own label, which he did by moving back to Ireland in 1979.
The Paul Costelloe label has since welcomed great success and acclaim. The brand has been invited to open London Fashion Week for the last seven seasons, an honour and a challenge which Paul always cherishes.
WE SAY: Paul uses the best of European fabrics ranging from Italian linen and cotton-silk blend, to British wool and Irish tweed. Shop by colour, pattern, fit and/or length – the large choice of suits, jackets and menswear will cater for any raceday from less formal through to the top festivals.
Royal Ascot is a special day of British elegance, upheld by the dress code. Dressing for the occasion is an important part of the raceday experience and how better to do so than with a quintessentially British brand.
Chester Barrie is a Modern Savile Row brand that offers contemporary English tailoring, favoured by gentlemen who know they need to look their best when it matters most.
Chester Barrie is for men who are looking for suits with style and personality but also classic tailoring, beautiful fabrics and fine attention to detail, making them perfect for a day at the races.
WE SAY: You know that tailoring from Chester Barrie is going to provide you with an investment piece that you can rely on again and again. The classic styles will ensure you are never out of place no matter what the occasion, while the hint of personality will make the style your own.
NEW & LINGWOOD
This year sees New & Lingwood’s second year as the Official Style Partner the Qatar Goodwood Festival, affectionately referred to as ‘Glorious Goodwood’ – a British sporting event in every discerning gentleman’s diary. Dressing for the occasion should be relaxed and elegant. Think: timeless appeal and a sense of style.
New & Lingwood dresses the English gentleman for all occasions, whether for smart business affairs or the racing season. While a jacket and tie is de rigueur, this does not mean that an overly formal outfit is required.
For Spring/Summer, New & Lingwood’s Edmonton linen suit is an exact facsimile of those used in suits worn for The Grand Tour by gentlemen travellers in the 1920s and ‘30s. Teamed with a crisp white shirt and a navy and burgundy boating stripe tie, it makes a stylish outfit for any racegoer.
Founded in 1865 by Miss Elisabeth New and Mr Samuel Lingwood, New & Lingwood remains one of London’s longest established and most respected English gentleman’s outfitters. Supplying bespoke and ready-to-wear shirts, hosiery, finest pyjamas, footwear and silk accessories to the most discerning customers.
WE SAY: New & Lingwood’s Spring/Summer collection makes us want to break out the Pimm’s: it’s so quintessentially English, with fresh colours, crisp linens, and that sense of fun. Enough to put a spring in anyone’s step!