If I had a choice I would like all my suits to be fully bespoke, made by the best tailors available. Unfortunately, money (or lack thereof) quickly puts an end to that dream, so I add to the wardrobe with ready-to-wear items as well. Luckily though, if you find the right off-the-rack suit and make a few alterations to it, it can look really good as I will show you with this New & Lingwood suit from House of Fraser.
The suit I will show you is the Arthur stripe suit by New & Lingwood. New & Lingwood is a renowned menswear brand, established in Eton in 1865 to serve the scholars of Eton College. Today it remains a traditional English gentleman's outfitters, offering a bespoke service as well as a ready-to-wear collection available at House of Fraser. The suit being navy, the most versatile of colours, this Arthur stripe suit can be used for most occasions but for me it's intended for a special purpose, it will be a spring/summer suit which I think works very well with a Panama hat (I will, of course, wear it at other times as well but for the purpose of this article, let's stick with the spring/summer theme). The suit is made from 100% wool but it's relatively light weight and will work perfectly during slightly warmer periods of the year. The suit has a nice lining in red, navy and light blue which I quite like. I always find a nice lining satisfying as it gives the suit that little extra. The jacket has notched lapels and three pockets with flaps. I always prefer a suit jacket with a ticket pocket. The trousers are bootcut and flat fronted which is just what you would expect from a modern suit.
As always when I get an off-the-rack suit, the fit isn't perfect, the trousers and sleeves usually need to be hemmed and this time was no different. Having these small alterations done is, however, a minor investment well worth it. I'm not a fan of an ill fitting suit, especially when it can very easily be fixed.
Below are some photos of the suit in combination with a Panama hat from Panama Hats Direct and spectator shoes from Barker. Any comments appreciated!
For this and many more suits, visit House of Fraser. It is definitely time to start thinking about the coming spring/summer season and if you don't have your outfits ready, take advantage of some of the many great offers at House of Fraser.