Menswear Look of the Week: The Velvet Suit

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Sometimes a statement look isn’t about the loud prints and bold colors. In this case, the velvet suit is all about the fine details. It’s subdued, but it’s also a gateway to bringing Old Hollywood style into the modern age and standing out while doing so. It’s timeless, sharp, luxurious.

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With the velvet suit as your foundation for this look, you’ve got freedom to adapt it to your own style and switch it up for different occasions. Here, we’ve paired it with a patterned shirt and bow tie combo, funky wingtip shoes and a cool leather backpack to make it hip, but still professional. You could even pair this look with a deep V-neck and modern-minimal sneakers, if that fits the bill for where you’re going. The beauty of this suit is that it’s like the “Little Black Dress” for men—something you can wear almost anywhere and dress it up (or down) however you please.

Although it’s a less common fabric for a basic suit (but one that’s becoming more popular these days), you’ll still want a modern fit for this look—slim in the jacket, slim in the legs and just the slightest bit of ankle showing. Buy it in a trim cut, or see your tailor. This kind of suit makes a statement, and because it’s a darker color, you’ll want a sleek silhouette. Wear this, and once people come close and realize you’re sporting luxe velvet, they won’t be able to take their eyes off you.

Moods of Norway velvet suit ($500 at 10denza); Ted Baker shirt ($148 at Nordstrom); Fred Perry brogues ($170 in similar styles at Sole & Blues); Dibi bow tie ($34 at Collective); Leather backpack ($498 at Coach)

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