Breakup to makeup with your suit | Cuts for Him

If you are hard-core tailoring look kind of person as myself, there is one skill you must master. Breaking up full suits to form mix and match combos. This skill is particularly important if you do not have a plethora of suits at your disposal.

I don’t know about you but I think there is so much fun in deconstructing (as it were) a suit to form a new look with different elements from another suit. Come to think of it, there isn’t much fun in wearing a full suit beyond picking a suitable tie and a pocket square to go with it. Ok maybe you might have a bit to play with if you want your socks to stand out but that’s about it.

It is interesting how friends and other people I interact with always assuming I have a lot of suits in my wardrobe as according to them I always have a new look. It always gives me great pleasure to tell them that it’s not how many I have but how I use them. The truth is that I do not have half as many suits as people think. The secret to the many looks is knowing how to break up to make up a look and it is quite easy as well.

To show you how easy it is, I have put together a look from two completely different suits in terms of colour spectrum and patterns. As you know Cuts for Him always try to give you the nuts and bolts of how to enhance your look with what you already have and this article is no different.

This look is a business casual look with a sartorial feel to it.

The full navy suit

The top half for this look is a white and navy plaid jacket from suit supply, whilst the bottom half is a tailored plain navy trouser from one of my favourite suits. If you have been following my blog for a minute, you would have definitely seen me use the navy quite a few times. Check out the article My London, My style to see the work I did using the plaid suit.

The Full Paid suit

I must admit that I made a bit of a gamble with the fabric types in this look as the Jacket is a blend of linen silk combined with cotton as the trouser is cotton. The rule usually is not to mix fabrics when mixing suits as it much easier to put a look together within the same family of fabrics. Having said that, who’s here to play safe anyway. Lol.

To accessorise the look, I opted for a brown tie, white and navy pocket square, and toned down burgundy shoes. Like I said, who’s here to play safe.

Enjoy your weekend and please let me know what you think about this look or the article itself.


Photography – Charles Cano | Model – Edmond Kamara | Location – London

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