LOOK OF THE MONTH: NOVEMBER

 

Single breasted Shawl Tux

This month, we present our luxurious shawl tux, just in time for party season. The nights may be drawing in, but that won’t stop us from celebrating into the early hours wearing this timeless three-piece dinner suit.

Fabric

11oz black wool and mohair blend from Smiths Woollens mill in the UK.

Detail

This piece is all about that magnificent, rounded, three-inch black silk shawl lapel – it oozes luxury. Along with silk jet pockets, the jacket has a one button closure finished with satin, along with matching sleeve buttons, four on each side. The jacket has vents to enhance the wearer’s shape, and inside, is lined with simple black bemberg, and as with most of our jackets’ internals, has two breast pockets, one pen pocket (or rather, what we might call a cigar pocket) and a ticket pocket. Created to complement the jacket is our four-button horseshoe waistcoat; made from the same luxurious fabric, cut low and sweeping, as its name would suggest, and hidden when the jacket is buttoned.

When To Wear

For special occasions and events. Tuxes are becoming increasingly popular for weddings, too, and we have kitted out many a groom. This particular piece was created for an annual tailors’ ball in the City, the epitome of a truly well-dressed occasion.

 

How to Wear

A crisp white dress shirt with a classic collar is the first port of call. We personally love a Marcella bib front (in case you’re not familiar with the name, it has a sort of golf-ball texture), and that is how we have styled this month’s piece, but you could also go for a pleated or plain front. The shirt we have chosen for this piece has black Dunhill dress shirt studs rather than buttons, and we’ve paired it with an oversized black silk bow tie, for an extra touch of pizzazz. The trousers should be cut from the same cloth as the jacket and waistcoat, and in terms of width, narrow tends to be popular but we have a feeling the wide leg might be making a comeback... We would also add a silk braid down the leg to complete the ensemble. And shoes? Patent is classic, but a leather loafer or a lace-up would look equally great with this piece. Just make sure you apply some extra elbow grease for a really high shine before you hop off to that party.