Three Ways to Wear Your Investment Suit

The spring racing carnival marks the start of the summer social season, so we’re betting your calendar has its fair share of weddings, dinners and parties between now and January. One item that can take you anywhere: a well-cut, beautifully tailored suit. Yes, it’s an investment but it’s one of the best you can make in your appearance.

To ensure you’re getting the most from your suit, we called on model and surf lifesaver Jett Kenny to show three very different ways to wear it, from trackside to brunch. We chose a beautiful suit in deepest navy from UK brand Ted Baker, which, says Matt Wagner-Smith, David Jones buyer for menswear, “has an easy-to-wear and modern exterior paired with a very Ted Baker inner lining that showcases the unique signature style of the London-based brand. The inside of a Ted Baker suit is always a great reason to wear one – they’re very cool!”

Wear it now: Melbourne Cup

Mens Fashion How to Wear a Suit

Although a navy suit may be worn on any day of the racing carnival except Derby Day, it’s the traditional choice for Melbourne Cup, where Wagner-Smith recommends wearing it with “a plain shirt and colourful accessories to create a unique look.”

Jett says this is his favourite way to wear the ensemble. “ I thought the paisley tie and pocket square gave the suit a sophisticated and fresh look for spring racing – I wouldn’t have thought about mixing patterns before shooting this look.” After the racing carnival is over, he says, “I would definitely wear this suit to weddings and work events”.

Mens Fashion How to Wear a Suit

Jett wears Ted Baker suit jacket, trousers and shirt; Joe Black tie; Calibre tie pin; Joe Black pocket square; Calibre belt and shoes; Carrera sunglasses.

Wear it later: casual cocktails

Mens Fashion How to Wear a Suit

“By swapping out the suit pants with more relaxed tan chinos, you have the versatility to wear the suit to more casual summer events – especially since I live on the Sunshine Coast,” notes Jett.

Wagner-Smith recommends finishing this look with “more casual shoes (potentially no socks) with a printed shirt to get a great summer look for any occasion.” To add personality and a splash of colour, try a woven belt or a vibrant pocket square.

Mens Fashion How to Wear a Suit

Jett wears Ted Baker jacket; Country Road chinos and shirt; Joe Black pocket square; Calibre belt and shoes; Gucci sunglasses.

Wear it again: weekend brunch

Mens Fashion How to Wear a Suit

Now it’s time to get creative. Leave the jacket at home and pair the trousers with a fitted polo shirt and pristine white trainers for just the right level of sport-luxe to take to brunch. An athlete himself, there’s no denying Jett looks perfectly at home in this look.

Mens Fashion How to Wear a Suit

Jett wears Calibre polo shirt; Ted Baker trousers; Calibre belt and bracelet; Daniel Wellington watch; Axel Arigato sneakers; Carrera sunglasses; Trenery weekender bag.

When searching for a suit that will truly go the distance to work, parties and beyond, Wagner-Smith recommends focusing on a few key qualities:
· Fit – this is always the most important thing. It’s got to be comfortable and look good on you.
· Fabric – from wool to linen or one of the countless blends, you have multiple choices for fabric. Linen is great for summer, as is wool with a finer weave such as Super 120s-plus – they’re lighter weight and have a more luxurious and relaxed feel.
· Lining – don’t overlook the internals. For example, a Canali suit has a hand-stitched canvas lining that helps deliver a beautiful and luxurious finish.
· Shape – an unstructured jacket with buggy lining usually means that more work and attention to detail has been taken to help deliver a beautiful and well-finished product.   

Read our suit-fitting guide to make sure yours is tailored to perfection