Add some sartorial splendour to your summer with these tips from some of Winnipeg's most-experienced haberdashers.
"Guys want to stand out," offers Paul Stiller, owner of Winnipeg's Hanford Drewitt clothiers. "If they throw in an unexpected twist, all of a sudden they're getting compliments and saying 'Hey, I kinda like this look.' "
One way they're doing that, he says, is a trend towards mixing patterns and textures. My Broken Suit is a playful take by Van Gils, and includes a jacket and pant in a tight, monochromatic black check with a solid black vest. Replacing the traditional three-piece suit vest with a knit cardigan -- cashmere, perhaps -- in a contrasting colour is another technique.
Details, such as a splash of colour in a pocket square or a coloured thread for the pick-stitching along lapels, seams and around button holes, are other ways to stand out, Stiller says. The red pick-stitch in another Van Gils suit is an example. "It's not in your face, but it's a nice, little detail."
For summer, a fabric that's long been haute in Europe is starting to make inroads here: linen. Yes, that cool, light and wrinkles-at-the-drop-of-a-hat fabric that scares so many North Americans is the perfect choice for, say, an outdoor summer wedding.
"What a great fabric," says Manfred Lang, one of the partners at Vittorio Rossi Clothiers. "It's light and breezy and is a great way to elevate your style without weighing yourself down."
Just give in to the wrinkles: they add character and they're never going away.
Jacket: Lab Palzileri, navy blue and grey check, slim fit,
linen and rayon. $750
Shirt: Lab Palzileri, powder blue with textured finish,
slim fit, cotton/linen. $255
Pant: Lab Palzileri, steel grey/blue, slim fit, low-rise,
Belt: Lindenmann navy leather belt with a perforated finish. $95