Tailored suits: make a style statement in a smart jacket

Smarten up your act with a selection of elegant men's jackets, whether your err towards check, pinstripe or tuxedo for your tailored suit

Tailored suits cream jacket by Fendi
Jacket, £1,950; shirt, £1,450; trousers, £950, all by Fendi. Fashion: Benoit Martinego. Originally featured in the May 2021 issue of Wallpaper* (W*265)
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Chances are, that after months in slouchy separates, you're considering splashing out on something a little smarter. The post-pandemic world calls for a return to more rigorous dressing codes, from tailored suits to smart jackets to shirting. Can't decide which tailoring style to invest in? Here, we present a selection of shapes and silhouettes, guaranteed to enhance your out-out wardrobe, from brands including Prada, Salvatore Ferragamo, Ermenegildo Zegna and Marni.

Tailored suits: how to smarten up your act

The nylon jacket

Tailored suits Prada nylon jacket

Jacket, £1,480; shirt, £545; tie, £165; trousers, £735, all by Prada. Fashion: Benoit Martinego. Originally featured in the May 2021 issue of Wallpaper* (W*265)

(Image credit: Alexandre Guirkinger)

A sure fire way to bring a relaxed ease to suiting? Opt for a style in a sports-inspired technical fabric. Case in point: Prada's suit jacket, imagined in the brand's signature nylon fabric.

The pinstripe jacket

Tailored suits pinstripe jacket

Suit; bag, both by Connolly. Fashion: Jason Hughes. Originally featured in the March 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*216)

(Image credit: Sean Alexander Geraghty.)

A pinstripe blazer is the pinnacle of the 1980s Wall Street wardrobe. Add a touch of 2021 insouciance with a pattern in a wider stripe. This tailored suit speaks of power but is pleasingly laid-back too.

The asymmetric jacket

Tailored suits asymmetric jacket

Jacket; trousers, both by Salvatore FerragamoFashion: Jason Hughes. Originally featured in the November 2019 issue of Wallpaper* (W*248)

(Image credit: Romain Romain Duquesne)

For the more avant-garde, a jacket with an aysmmetric fit ticks all your alternative buttons. Opt for a style that fastens off-centre. This will brings an eye-catching edge to your collar proportions and corresponding shirt and tie choices.

The workwear jacket

Tailored suits workwear jacket

Jacket; shirt; trousers, all by Jil SanderFashion: Jason Hughes. Originally featured in the March 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*216)

(Image credit: Joachim Mueller-Ruchholtz.)

If you can't quite imagine yourself in a fitted jacket, a more workwear-centric silhouette is for you. Think boxy, oversized and with a four-button fastening and opt for stiffer utilitarian fabrics like cotton-drill or canvas.

The skinny jacket

Tailored suits skinny jacket

Jacket; trousers; shoes, all by Prada. ‘Fudge’ chair, by Toogood. Fashion: Jason Hughes. Originally featured in the February 2021 issue of Wallpaper* (W*262)

(Image credit: Romain Duquesne)

Obsessed with the skinny silhouette that dominated early Noughties fashion? Button yourself into a narrow blazer shape and pair with an equally skinny trouser silhouette. The Noughties has never felt so now.

The white jacket

Tailored suits white jacket

Jacket; shirt; trousers, all by Louis Vuitton. Fashion: Evens JP Mornay. Originally featured in the March 2021 issue of Wallpaper* (W*263)

(Image credit: Nolwenn Brod)

When black-tie events return to our schedules, you'll want your tailored suit to stand out. Opt for a pristine white tuxedo jacket with a luxurious satin lapel. Avoid red wine and colourful cocktails at all costs.

The oversized jacket

Tailored suits oversized jacket

Left to right: jacket; trousers, both by Boss. Roll-neck; jacket; trousers, all by Issey Miyake. Jumper; jacket; trousers all by Ermenegildo ZegnaFashion: Jason Hughes. Originally featured in the March 2019 issue of Wallpaper* (W*240)

(Image credit: Dham Srifuengfung)

A slouchy, unlined jacket makes for a comfortable spring silhouette. Wear with a light underlayer, like a T-shirt or gauzy jumper, for laid-back modern ease, a look that’s enhanced when rolling up your sleeves.

The check jacket

Tailored suits check jacket

Jackets; collar; trousers, all by Marni. ‘Alanda’ vintage coffee table, by Paolo Piva, for B&B Italia. Fashion: Jason Hughes. Originally featured in the September 2017 issue of Wallpaper* (W*222)

(Image credit: Liam Warwick)

While check or plaid jackets might feel a touch fusty, they're instantly updated with feel-good colours. Steer away from browns and greys and explore a colour palette rich in turquoises, purples and greens.