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Don’t let burgundy go to waist

Posted on by Elliot Rowland

Don’t let burgundy go to waist

This weekend another Redwood and Feller suit proudly made its way down the isle with yet another beautiful bride, and of course, huge congratulations emanated from 89 Rochester row. On this occasion, the suit in question was a stunning three-piece burgundy number.

A burgundy suit may not be the first thing that jumps to mind when considering an ensemble piece for the corporate world, let’s say for the board room; but it undoubtedly injects new life into an evening wear wardrobe. As you can see here in R&F’s latest example, it’s an ideal standout piece for a summer wedding.

The great thing about this colour is its versatility. Burgundy sits somewhere between daring and classic. As a statement colour, it has populated wardrobes since first appearing in the English lexicon back in 1881.

Burgundy – taking its moniker from the French wine region of the same name – was worn, historically, for formal events in Victorian Britain. Gentleman often adorned deep red morning coats for outings at the break of day or in the early afternoon. Fastened by a single button and cut with a high waistline, these jackets epitomised elegance.

Fast-forward to 2017 and the hue is not only a formal favourite, but a key casual wardrobe colour as well, regularly worn in cotton tees or heavy wool knits.

As for sartorial style, single and double-breasted burgundy jackets are advisable for formal occasions when one wants to stand out from the crowd in a true statement piece. And when it comes to the three piece suit – R&F’s head cutter Elliott Rowland always recommends high-waisted trousers as it balances a suit beautifully.

After all, clothes are meant to accent the strengths of one’s body. Even for the more heavy set gentleman, a well tailored piece can still make a rounded silhouette exceedingly more lithe. And that’s where the high-waisted trouser truly comes into its own. An incredibly traditional, yet stylish detail that has the ability to set one man apart from another on any occasion.

Sure, to wear high-waisted (or high rise-rise - referring to the length of the crotch seam to the top of the waist-band) trousers anywhere between the 1920s and the 1950s, was the norm. Making their style debut at the beginning of this roaring era, trousers would typically sit at the ‘natural waist’ - basically meaning the belly button - the widest part of your torso and the correct place where your body is visually halved.

That’s why R&F’s house style is typically high cut in the trouser, with a slightly longer jacket. It creates a wonderful, complimentary silhouette for the wearer. When it comes to sartorial style, the ‘waist’ of one’s trousers isn’t meant to sag drearily on the hips.

It’s the same reason many woman opt for a similar style when choosing trousers. A high waist will accentuate both the seat and the length of the legs.

Of course, a lower rise cut will always have its place with jeans and other casual clothes, but when it comes sartorial style, high-rise is the way to go. This fit ensures that the clothes adorning the lower half of a gentleman’s body will always drape smoothly and create straight lines that compliment the silhouette.