Live Action Getup: Ditching the Stuffy Suit

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What is this?

The Suit

When buying a suit, most guys default to a solid color, and hey, there’s some logic to that. If you’re considering versatility and how many and what kind of places you’ll be able to wear it, a solid navy or gray suit is failsafe.

But what if there were an option that acted like a solid but still had the detail and visual hook of a pattern? That’s what we love about this light gray check suit from SuitSupply, a company whose aim is to produce suits with fine fabrics, classic silhouettes, and reasonable prices. The linen fabric will move fluidly with you, cultivating those subtle wrinkles that give it its character. The light gray check is subtle but present, making a noticeable impact without shouting.

In this way, the check plays more like a texture than a pattern, and texture is something you can dress up or down. Picture a guy wearing a tweed sport coat or a chunky cable knit sweater. Is he wearing jeans or slacks? It doesn’t matter: he looks good either way because texture begets versatility.

Keep in mind that jackets or sweaters aren’t the only pieces that can make use of texture – it’s time to pick up a rooster:

The Tie

The knit tie, known as a “rooster” in the South, is a sartorial secret weapon. It can be deftly worn with a check suit or casually thrown on with jeans, and it’s this surreptitious firepower that sets the tone for the rest of your ensemble.

Imagine this Getup with a shiny 3” solid silk tie (which is dope if you miss 1997). It simply doesn’t work. The nonchalant wrinkles of the linen suit are complemented by the character (dare we say the grain?) of the knit tie.

Is a knit tie more casual than silk counterparts? Arguably. But that’s the point. Since the texture is the allure of the knit tie, you can mix your color and pattern schemes as much as you want. Don’t forget that the thickness of the knit tie lends itself to a rather bulky knot. Keep it easy with a half-windsor or a four-in-hand, and don’t worry about perfect symmetry on your knot: this isn’t prom. (Unless, of course, it IS prom, in which case you may be underdressed but you're going to look a hell of a lot more put-together than your bros in rental tuxedos.)

Read: 8 Essential Ties for Any (and All) Occasions

The Beard

At this price point, the Brio Beardscape really excels in terms of build quality. Beard trimmers tend to feel plasticky and fragile. You know that creaky, not-quite-solid feeling of mass-produced plastic stuff? The Brio is the opposite. It feels solid in the hand. Zero creaks. The build quality extends to the titanium rake and the guards, which are precision manufactured and click on with a secure fit.

Your grooming tools shouldn’t sound like your lawn care tools. While many beard trimmers emit a disruptive buzz, the Brio engineers have managed to cut noise dramatically. They’ve achieved this by swapping the standard metal trimmer blades for ceramic ones that create less heat and friction – and less noise. If you're worried about durability, Brio’s ceramic blades are four times harder than steel.

A major factor in choosing any type of trimmer is the power source. Corded trimmers offer infinite trimming, but for maximum portability a battery-powered trimmer is the go-to option. The problem is, many trimmers keep their price down by skimping on the battery. This is a non-issue with the Brio Beardscape. Three hours on the charging base gives you a full battery that will run for four hours. Compared to other trimmers, this is an insanely long time. It means that you can go away on a work trip for a week and leave the charger behind. Add in the Beardscape’s travel case and it’s honestly the most portable beard trimmer we’ve ever tested.

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The Beardscape’s digital display is easy to read and shows trimmer speed and remaining battery life. It’s a welcome feature, especially if you’re just getting in to trimming your beard. Having information about the motor’s speed helps you tailor your trim to your liking and adjust for different facial areas and hair densities.

Let’s face it (eh eh?) … the Brio is a good looking piece of hardware. That’s a plus, since you’ll see it on your bathroom counter every day.

Shop the Look

Linen Suit: suitsupply, $499

Dress Shirt: J.Crew, $69.50

Knit Tie: The Tie Bar, $25

Loafers: Dockers, $80

Watch: Daniel Wellington, $229

Tie Bar: Amazon 3 / $9

Pocket Square: Amazon $8

Sunglasses: Warby Parker, $95

Brio Beardscape Trimmer, $58 with Primer discount

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Andrew is the founder and editor of Primer. He's a graduate of American University and currently lives in Los Angeles. Read more about Primer on our About page. On Instagram: @andrewsnavely and @primermagazine.

  • Big O

    Would you recommend a brown belt to go along with this look?

    • http://www.primermagazine.com/ Andrew

      Yep, if you’re going to go belt brown / tan would be the go-to. An olive suede would also look killer.

      • Big O

        Then I just might have to go out and get me this get up. You are a GOD amongst boys, Señor Andrew.

        Thank you!

  • Zac Silk

    Seems like the perfect look going into fall. I normally wear a knitted tie with my suit anyway. But adding in a light grey suit to my Wardrobe of navy suits would be a nice change.

  • Baron Kanter

    I’m just curious why no belt to begin with?

    • Theo

      The No-Belt look can create an unbroken silhouette and a clean appearance. When the look is intentional, you can gain a few style points! But be sure that everything is fitted to your body type, or it can come across looking a bit more slouchy.