Windowpane and every checked plaid out there have come roaring back in a way that feels right again. Young brands like Gant Rugger and AMI are offer options in really modern proportions, while powerhouses like Ralph Lauren and Ermenegildo Zegna have updated their offerings by slimming down the cuts and doing away any extraneous bulk, even linings when necessary. It’s the first time an entire generation of younger guys have been exposed to such classic patterns, and the coming together of the old and the new is what makes these feel so fresh.
If you’re going to be springing for a single suit it should be between the classic menswear colors of navy or gray. Here’s hoping you’re also thinking solely about solids as a pattern-free suit is going to guarantee you get the most versatile piece for your money. As for the great debate over suit hues, it’s all about figuring out which works best for your needs.
Sid Mashburn spent the past half-decade trying to make a suit for those who can’t spend four grand—and he’s finally cracked the code. The result has all the hallmarks of the primo stuff from the 1960s: natural shoulders, handsewing, and a fit that looks at home from Mississippi to Milan.
Drake has never had an office job. But that hasn’t stopped him from being young and moneyed. Guys, take notes.
Although double-breasted suits have had a resurgence, we haven’t really seen a double-breasted sports jacket for awhile. Until now. Most guys think they have to be worn with a French-cuffed shirt and pinky ring. Not so. Try one with a tee that has a stretched out neck. And always make sure you’re buying one that is as slim as possible and a little shorter that way you can wear it unbuttoned.
Meet the winner of GQ’s unofficial award for best actor. In our humble opinion, The Artist’s Jean Dujardin gave the most unforgettable performance of 2011—and now he’s got a real Oscar nomination to prove it. Thanks to him, silent films are back. And look—so are plaid suits, which the French actor masters like a real matinee idol. See all the looks here.
Photograph by Carter Smith