Simon Spurr started his label in 2006 with a line of high-quality slim jeans. Since then, it's evolved into a full-on menswear collection including well-cut suits in versatile colors as well as statement-making shades and bold patterns. We caught up with the British-born designer during Fashion Week for some insight into how to feel more comfortable in suits, and pull off that balance of casual comfort and dressed-up class.
Suits from Spurr's Fall 2012 collection.
Two-button hands down. Three-buttons make your body too long, and one-button is traditionally more of an evening thing. You can't go wrong with a nice, slimming two-button jacket.
It's got to be appropriate to your individual sense of style and normally, your environment. I think when things look forced, that's when you get into trouble. When guys feel uncomfortable in a suit, it's probably because they've transitioned from a comfortable look to a full, extreme look. You can break it apart and wear the jacket with jeans like I do. Or wear a suit with some simple sneakers. Menswear is moving more towards the suit, but I think it's about finding your own style: you can play with nuances like socks, or ties that have a bit of personal expression, things like that.
There are some definite do's and don'ts: obviously the bigger the stripe, the more it accentuates your physique; double-breasted jackets on taller guys are better than on shorter guys. Really, it's just about experimentation and self-confidence. A little British swagger goes a long way.