Kontrol Homme Report: The Skinny Suit – Friend or Foe?

Written By:  Jovel Roystan, Men’s Fashion Writer

 

Last week, I read an interesting ThinkTank article from Men’s Wearhouse Chief Creative Director Joseph Abboud in the Men’s Week section of WWD. He shared his opinion on the state of the modern suit and how today’s skinny suit is becoming a sort of  “sartorial nightmare.” While everyone is entitled to their own opinion, I couldn’t help but wonder if he had a point?

Kontrol Homme Disclaimer: The article (and this post) is geared toward the skinny suit that’s TOO skinny. With how mainstream the fitted suit is nowadays, I wouldn’t consider a well-tailored, slimmer suit to be the same as a “skinny” suit.

Recently, I’ve noticed a greater number of fashion-forward guys moving toward this super slim silhouette that designers like Saint Laurent Paris are becoming more and more recognized for. It’s quite a shift in style for the mainstream guy, don’t you think?  A better question might be to ask if this says something about more traditional designers that still believe in and actively cater their assortment toward the old idea of the average man? Are these traditional brands missing out on market share? Probably not. Men’s fashion moves much slower in regard to trends and the large part of the male population is probably very comfortable with their loose-leg pants and “comfy” suit jackets.

 

 

In the article, Abboud offers up great insights on the world of men’s fashion and makes some great points about a fashion house’s responsibility to offer amazing suits with just the right fit that are worth the investment. I’m a total advocate of what many people refer to as the European-cut suit (slimmer fit, great tailoring, fine detail), but it’s essential that we don’t cut it too tight. It’s all good until someone loses a button!

What’s your opinion on the super slim trend and the skinny suit? Is it too much or does it fit in just right?