From Versace to Valentino, take a peek behind the labels that have defined men’s formalwear. Through trial, tribulation, unexpected deaths, and iconic on-screen moments, these luxury houses continue to rule the fashion roost.
Founded in Rome, 1945
Classic cuts made for the ever-confident guy, charismatic businessman, and bona fide bad boy. Brioni is known as the official suit of James Bond (worn by actors Pierce Brosnan and Daniel Craig) and was made infamous by New York crime boss John Gotti of the Gambino family – who earned his nickname, “Dapper Don,” thanks to his extensive wardrobe of custom Brioni suits. These timeless pieces were also favorites of handsome Hollywood hall-of-famers Clark Gable and Cary Grant, and can be seen on today’s red carpets on the likes of Al Pacino, Kirk Douglas, and Donald Trump.
Founded in Milan, 1978
Contemporary, one-of-a-kind, stand-out-from-the-crowd pieces, these suits are for the man who likes to make an entrance. Worn famously by rap stars and musicians alike, the distinguished Versace name is associated with glamour and over-the-top chic. Elton John dons Versace duds encrusted with diamonds or crystals. Versace designs were also favorites of the late rap star Tupac Shakur and Guns N’ Roses frontman Axl Rose.
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No one ever said feeling out a dress code was easy – especially when it comes to the suit versus the jacket (and, more specifically, the sport coat versus the blazer). One thing is for certain, though: whichever form of suiting a guy chooses to don, there’s no way he’s not going to look pretty darn good in it.
The Sport Coat
Its origins rooted in hunting, this look’s most casual of the three. Wear it to dates and to brunches in the city. Best part? It counts as dressy casual at work.
A suit will almost always be appropriate at weddings, job interviews, and formal workplaces (in navy), and at funerals (in the requisite black).
A bit more formal than the sport coat, the traditional blazer is navy and usually comes with metal buttons (chalk that up to its roots as a boating club jacket). Chinos and jeans are both fair game with this one. In my personal opinion, it never, EVER hurts for a guy to have a blue blazer handy. Keep one in your office or your car; you never know when you’ll be needing it.
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By Sarah Stanley, Staff Writer
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