Article first seen via writer: BY JIAN DELEON
In many Australian workplaces, “Casual Friday” is more like “casual everyday,” but that doesn’t mean the suit no longer has a place in the modern wardrobe. If anything, now it’s about wearing it separately: the trousers one day with a leather jacket, the jacket another day with a pair of cuffed jeans.
That said, there’s never an inappropriate time to wear a full suit to the office, or even to happy hour. But there are a lot more options, like whether you should pair it with boots or sneakers instead of run-of-the-mill wingtips.
Designer: Antonio Ciongoli
Expect to spend: ~$1,600
What you should know: There have been many suit collections aimed at younger men, but few that refrain from speaking to them like they’re children. Eidos Napoli is a subset of storied Italian clothier Isaia, and the clothes are designed for an audience that’s not just youthful, but sartorially savvy. It’s the perfect balance of forward-thinking fabrics and break-’em-apart suits and trousers that can hold their own by themselves, but look absolutely killer together—sort of like the robotic dinosaurs that comprise the Megazord, but for your wardrobe.
Designers: Christopher Nying and Jockum Hallin
Expect to spend: ~$750
What you should know: Our Legacy is only a decade old, but its, erm… legacy is already well-established. Part of the appeal is the brand’s mastery of menswear basics, mixing Scandinavian minimalism with a worldly, street appeal. Hence, breezy three-button suit jackets are paired with coordinating relaxed trousers with elastic waistbands and fuller legs, as well as matching topcoats. Not that you’d ever wear them all together, but it’s nice knowing that should you want to go off the deep end, the option’s there. While these suits won’t pass in white-shoe firms, they’ll definitely stand out in a start-up culture. It’s the closest thing to a hoodie in suit form: all the casual attitude without the lazy look.
Designer: Daiki Suzuki
Expect to spend: ~$1,000
What you should know: Cult menswear brand Engineered Garments is known for its traditional workwear with nods to directional Japanese designers like Rei Kawakubo, and its approach to suiting is equally unorthodox. Getting an EG suit is almost like a hunt: You get the pants or jacket first, then search for the coordinating piece within the collection. Considering the brand uses plenty of beautiful fabrics like dark wide-wale corduroys and blocked herringbones to make everything from fatigue pants to faux fur-lined coats to shawls (yes, shawls), it can actually be a bit of a process. But the kicker is that EG’s sport coats and pants are as easy to wear as its rugged outerwear. Double pleats and cuffs add a welcome smartness to the B1P pant, while peak lapels and patch pockets make the Bedford jacket a menswear paradox of sorts. The hunt is on.
Designer: Jonny Johansson
Expect to spend: ~$900
What you should know: Acne Studios started as a denim brand, but creative director Jonny Johansson has transformed it into a Stockholm-based fashion powerhouse. Armed with a great sense of what’s happening in the world of street style (i.e. how real people wear their clothes), Acne excels at providing high-quality fabrics in relaxed and slim cuts—but it’s also absolutely unafraid to put staid suit jackets and trousers in a new context. No, sport coats and shorts with leggings underneath isn’t exactly a look most men can pull off, but it does catch your attention. On the more pragmatic end, Acne makes excellent travel suits, utilizing technical fabrics that you can easily fold into a carryon and unpack without worrying about wrinkles. These are the kind of louche, casual suits meant to be worn without a tie.
Designers: Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough
Expect to spend: ~$1,800
What you should know: Imagine what the suit of the future looks like. Now take a look at Abasi Rosborough and find out whether you were on-the-nose or way off-base. True, the manufacturing processes by which we make clothes haven’t advanced much, but the design sensibilities of former Engineered Garments design assistant Abdul Abasi and Greg Rosborough, who cut his teeth at Ralph Lauren, Simon Spurr, and Bespoken, are clearly ahead of their time. Inspired by ergonomics and things that are built to last, Abasi Rosborough’s standout ARC Jacket and ARC Trousers are made to move, but not in the cheesy “athleisure” way. The brand opts for 100% cotton and wool instead of blends, and smartly implements articulation in the waist, knees, elbows, and other key movement areas. Oh right, and the jackets are fully canvassed, which shows how serious Abasi Rosborough is about suiting.