The Suits of Harvey Specter
Posted: Aug 11 2013
It has been a while since I discovered a series that truly arrested my attention but when I first tuned in to Suits I was instantly captivated. It piqued my interest with witty dialogue, good character development and a fantastic wardrobe, all wrapped up in an excellent setting, albeit one that I usually find thoroughly dull, Law.
If you haven’t seen Suits, it is a captivating legal drama set in the heart of New York City at one of the city's most prestigious law firms. I found myself captivated by one particular character, Harvey Specter. An egotistical, uncompassionate and yet charismatic Harvard graduate who will do whatever it takes to win. He emits an aura of professionalism and superiority which is largely created by his dialogue but is backed up by a formidable wardrobe. If you would like to adopt a power suit like Harvey Specter then read on!
Part of the show that I found really interesting was how the wardrobe backs up the character. How the suits Harvey wears help to create the persona or aura that he exudes. Isn’t that part of the reason we wear suits? Isn’t it all about perception? The perception of Harvey Specter as being one of the best lawyers in town is created in part through his suits, the majority of which feature extra wide peaked lapels and classic white shirts with cutaway collars. But let’s dive in a bit deeper and see how Tailor On Ten can get you that Harvey Specter look.
Suit No. 1 is probably our favourite of the Harvey Specter power suits. It is a single breasted, one button, light grey sharkskin two piece. Further options are 5 sleeve buttons, flapped hip and ticket pockets, side vents and large shoulder pads. This look finds a middle ground between the peaked lapel selections and one with quite a lot of versatility. If you are looking to make a bit of an impression in the office this could be a good one to start with.
Suit No. 2 is quite a modern and flashy look for Harvey. It keeps the familiar peaked lapels but they are slightly narrower than the others, affording it a more modern feel. Personal preference but I enjoy a slimmer lapel, it helps to visually broaden the shoulders and looks sharp. This suit is a single breasted, one button, gunmetal grey mohair two piece with a little added length to the jacket. It has 4 sleeve buttons, single vent, flapped hip and ticket pockets, waist suppression and a dark contrast lapel button hole that matches the tie. All in all an ensemble that I really like, although I suspect that there might be a little bit of polyester in that weave creating the sheen but Tailor On Ten has a range of Mohair/Wool blends that should do the job and will definitely feel better.
Suit No. 3 is the penultimate Harvey Specter suit, a piece that exudes power and commands respect. I’ve always had an issue with authority and instantly dislike this suit but really appreciate the personality it creates. If you want everyone to know you are the boss, this is the suit for you (not advisable if you actually aren’t the boss…). This ensemble is a mid-grey chalk stripe single breasted 3 piece with extra-wide peaked lapels. The waistcoat is a peaked design, which matches the lapels nicely, with 5 buttons. Much like the first suit it has side vents, flapped hip and ticket pockets, 5 sleeve buttons and tied up with a really big knot.
We had to add in two more suits that are quite different to the rest. They are interesting because they are some of the only suits Harvey wears that don’t directly fall into the power suit category.
Suit No. 4 is a sensational suit. A beautiful light-grey flannel 3 piece. Unlike the rest it has a notch lapel and a roll that sits higher on the chest. Usually this higher lapel would be reserved for a 3 button rolled to 2 whereas this is a 2 button and we love it. The waist coat is a peaked 4 button.
Suit No. 5 is an old-school formal favourite. A real tribute to a time of high style that fits really well with the image of Harvey Specter, a jet black Tuxedo. Out of the peaked and shawl lapel the peaked is actually the more formal of the two and this is definitely a formidable lapel! The decision to go sans black satin is a great choice and of course features a white wing-tip collared shirt and black bow tie. As an aside if you are buying a Tuxedo, historically speaking you should also wear a waistcoat or cummerbund with it as you aren’t supposed to see any waistband or shirt through the middle. That said James Bond pulled it off!
So if you haven’t watched Suits try and get hold of it, it is a great show. If you like the Harvey Specter look and think you too are in need of a suit that says “Sit down and shut up”, Tailor On Ten has got you covered with a few classic white cutaway collar shirts and massive peaked lapel suits!