The English invented the modern-day ‘suit’, so it makes sense that, when designers were looking to the past for inspiration this season, they drew references from timeless English tailoring. In particular, they were beholden by heritage textiles of the United Kingdom, such as English tweeds, Scottish houndstooth, various plaids and classic pinstripes and applying them classic wardrobe staples, such as blazers, vests and trousers. The challenge is to make the look modern and avoid appearing old-fashioned. Nobody wants to look like a stuffy old English earl who’s stuck in the past.
The key to the modernity of these pieces lies in their updated fit. Modern tailoring is cut closer to the body for a tighter silhouette, while other elements such as sleeve, jacket and trouser lengths are simultaneously becoming shorter. The overall effect of a modern tailored look is ‘shrunken’ compared to the classic tailoring styles of bygone years. Also look out for heritage fabrics in non-traditional colors; whereas traditional pieces are usually done in neutrals, modern designers are using brighter colors such as blue, red and green to breathe new life into heritage materials.
“The overall effect of a modern tailored look is ‘shrunken’ compared to the classic tailoring styles of bygone years“
Wear the #88 Cambridge shirt for the Heritage Fabrics trend.
- 1. A Solid Base – As this trend is all about interesting textures and patterns, it’s crucial to start with a basic foundation, which is why a white shirt is the key to mastering this trend. The Cambridge shirt is a classic, with a twist; made with a subtle heritage herringbone pattern on the shirt itself, it is the perfect base on which to build a look consisting of other heritage fabrics.
- 2. The Waistcoat – A waistcoat pulls all the elements of a suit together; famed menswear designer Tom Ford recommends that all men wear one if they want to achieve a slim and sharp look. Traditionally, proper English tailoring requires that men wear waistcoats, and so we say that there is no better time to wear a three-piece suit than with the heritage fabric trend.
- 3. Mixing Textures – To avoid looking old-fashioned, pair two or three different fabrics in similar tones together. Steer clear of mixing colors unless you are a seasoned professional; beginners should stick to one tone in various textures—it’s a fool-proof strategy, guaranteed. Pair these contrasting textures with a solid white shirt as your base, which will help to keep things classic.