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Every so often, the men’s style world at large gets a full head of steam and decides that it is time to declare the death of the suit. This is bullshit. The suit is not dead. But a lot of the old rules about suits—when and where to wear them, how they should fit, what versions of them you might need in your own closet—are so completely done that the rigor mortis has already started to set in.
You may need a suit; you may not. But if you want a suit, especially this time of year, when wishes are warm but it’s really damn cold outside, a corduroy suit is the way to go. Get one that’s nice and tailored, so you look your best at the holiday party. And if it just so happens to feel more like a sweatsuit than a suit suit? Well, all the better. This one from Joseph Abboud ticks all the boxes.
It’s built from years of experience.
Joseph Abboud has been in the menswear game for decades. And, yep, the line that bears his name has shifted a lot over the years. Sometimes, those moves have been for the better. And sometimes, notably when the man himself wasn’t actually in charge, those moves have taken his namesake label in, shall we say, interesting directions. But Abboud is well and truly back at the helm, having reacquired the rights to the brand and worked in recent years to inject his personality—classic, but with an enthusiastic eccentricity bubbling away beneath the surface—into the clothing he makes. Honestly, if you haven’t considered the line in a while, it’s worth another look.
It’s got classic components, but a modern feel.
Navy blue. Corduroy. Elbow patches. Considered separately, these all sound like hallmarks of a possibly fusty piece of tailoring. Except…well, the navy is a little dusty. T he corduroy is a fine-wale version from Italy, complete with some stretch. And the elbow patches look cool. Plus, there are the peak lapels and the slim, body-skimming (but not skinny) fit. It all comes together to create an impression of modernity informed by (but not bound to) the past. It works.
It’s the kind of suit you wear because you actually want to wear a suit.
The holiday season is a time to dress up, if you’re so inclined. (If you’re not, I’m not entirely sure why you’re still reading this. But, hey, thanks!) While you could absolutely dress up in the same sort of thing you’d wear to a job interview, it’s a whole lot more fun to raise a celebratory glass wearing something that telegraphs to the world that you actually enjoy this act of putting on a suit. Navy, corduroy, and a little suede—all tied up in a nicely tailored bow—send that message. Now all that’s left is toasting your very good ‘fit.