The suit is back, from bold and nontraditional to cool and classic

Forget business casual. This season, the suit is back.


These days, “the suits” doesn’t refer to stodgy C-suite attire. Menswear is taking fresh, new directions. Be bold and experiment with statement-making prints, including extreme pinstripes, bold checks, and oversized plaids. Play with volume, pairing a wide-leg silhouette with a double-breasted jacket. Traditionalist? Follow the lead of Michael Andrews, founder and CEO of Michael Andrews Bespoke, and stick with a classic shape, but make color the star. He notes, “Men are increasingly comfortable with alternative colors. They’re no longer limited to just navy and gray.” His offerings currently include royal blue, maroon, and shades of dark brown. Whatever your taste, nothing will ever feel more put-together than a suit.

Photograph by Christian Cody

Double time

The classic double-breasted look, updated with fresh colors or patterns, adds a dash of extra swagger.

On Skipper (center):
jacket, $2,550,
shirt, $850, and
pants, $850,
Phipps Plaza

Photograph by Christian Cody


Freshen up a slim-fit suit with rich colors like burgundy or emerald.

On Skipper:
matching suit, $1,790,
shirt, $150,
Michael Andrews Bespoke,
by appointment.
Shoes, $730,
Neiman Marcus,
Lenox Square.

On Wilder:
jacket, $3,690,
Tom Ford,
Neiman Marcus.
Pants, $440
Neiman Marcus.
Boots, $895,
Saint Laurent,
Neiman Marcus

Photograph by Christian Cody

Turn up the volume

With its structured shoulders, nipped waist, and wide legs, this look was inspired by the 1940s.

jacket, $3,400,
pants, $1,800,
Gucci, Phipps Plaza

Photograph by Christian Cody

Photograph by Christian Cody

Photograph by Christian Cody

In the black

Black is not just for formalwear. This version sports a casual cut with cropped trousers.

On Horvath:
jacket, $2,980,
pants, $1,350,
belt, $525,
shoes, price upon request
Prada, at select stores

Photograph by Christian Cody

Layer up

The double-layer jacket, left, gives new meaning to the term three-piece suit.

On Wilder:
jacket, $6,520,
shirt, $1,465,
pants, $1,185,
Louis Vuitton,
at select stores

On Horvath:
information on previous section

This article appears in our November 2019 issue.