Men's suits consist minimally of a jacket and trousers. Suit designs have evolved through history, and fashion has at different times favoured single-breasted or double-breasted styles, sometimes worn with a collared shirt and a waistcoat, cap or tie. In modern times, men began assembling their suits in a funky manner that reflects individuality and personality. To achieve a funky look, the gentleman should mix and match styles or look to history, television, or films for inspiration.
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The Steampunk look draws heavily on the Victorian era and its fascination with gadgetry. A historical figure whose look from this era has an adventurous appeal is Baron von Frohman. A scientist who created motors and dirigibles, von Frohman's classic look included aviator goggles, Edwardian collared shirt, canvas trench coat and mid-calf boots. To finish off this funky suit, add deerskin gloves and a pocket watch.
Zoot (or zuit) suits from the 1940s epitomise funkiness. The key characteristics of zoot suits are wide-legged, high-waisted trousers with tight cuffs and a wide-lapel long coat and padded shoulders. The zoot suit was frequently accessorised with a long feather, or tapa, pointy shoes and a long watch chain that reached from the belt to the side pocket, dangling to the knees. In the culture of the 1940s, Zoot suits symbolised independence and unruliness.
For those who love the King, a 1968 Comeback Suit creates a classic image for any era. Unlike other male singers, Elvis Presley shunned the tuxedo. Instead, he asked designer Bill Belew for something different. The results were a wardrobe that included a memorable skin-tight black leather suit and a series of gaberdine creations that featured tunics and belts reminiscent of a karate top and belt. In the years that followed, Elvis' suits became more elaborate, but rhinestones aren't for everyone.
During the mid-to-late 1980s, the TV show "Miami Vice" greatly influenced men's suit fashions. The Armani jacket worn over a T-shirt and white linen trousers began to appear throughout the United States. The overall look evoked the proverbial "bad boy," complete with beard stubble. Designers like Gianni Versace and Hugo Boss consulted on the fashions, and made bold moves into brightly coloured fabrics ranging from peach to fuchsia. This funky image became so popular that Macy's created a "Miami Vice" section for its stores.
The 1999 science fiction movie "The Matrix" brought out a variety of funky, edgy suits for men. One favourite, based on the character of Neo (played by Keanu Reeves), istarts with classic dark sunglasses. The rest of the outfit consists of a well-fitted black long-sleeved shirt, black dress trousers, black knee-high boots, and a trench style overcoat---the longer, the better.
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