suits & style
Suit up! The great bromance of Harvey Specter (Gabriel Macht) and Mike Ross (Patrick J. Adams) will continue for at least one more season. USA has renewed the lawyer drama Suits for Season 6 just one episode into Season 5, the network announced Wednesday.
Last week’s season premiere, which saw Harvey attempt to cope with the void left by Donna’s (Sarah Rafferty) decision to work for Louis (Rick Hoffman) and Rachel (Meghan Markle) and Mike struggle to tell the office about their engagement, opened to 3.4 million viewers.
As is standard, Season 6 will be 16 episodes long and debut next year.
Harvey Specter ‘s style
Whether you watch the it TV show”suits” or not, you must have heard about Harvey specter, The hot shot lawyer with the sharp wit and sharper sense of style. known for his pinstripe suits, power accessories and sleek hairs, we can all learn something from his impeccable dressing.
While not always the case, Specter does have a default of a three-piece suit. The vest (or waistcoat) is single breasted and always of the same cloth as the suit – which communicates a level of formality and attention to detail more specifically than a simple two-piece or a suit with an odd vest. The uniformity of the cloth also creates a stronger contrast against his shirts and keeps the attention on him, not his clothes.
The cloth is always of a conservative or business variety. While he does occasionally embrace the subtle pinstripe, the majority of Specters suits are solid, dark colors. The cloth also appears to mostly be piece-dyed – meaning it was woven as one bolt of cloth and then colored after the fact. This creates more uniformity in the color and typically a bit more sheen as well.
The fit is spot on. It follows his natural lines and allows those who see him to know he’s a man who keeps himself in shape. However, they’re not so skinny that they appear casual or trendy. Unlike the Gordon Gekko power suits of the 80’s, Specter’s suits accentuate the good of what’s there, as opposed to creating a false appearance by adding visual heft with massive shoulders or excessive cloth. It communicates a more natural presence because Specter himself looks imposing, instead of scrawny and compensating.
He almost always wears a wider peak lapel. Both the type and the width of the lapel work to his advantage. While a peak is a bit more formal, it still sits solidly within the business world. It’s more attention-seeking than a notch, and needs to be worn by a man who’s comfortable with that attention being on him. The shape of the peak also contributes to a more masculine V-taper. It visually draws the viewer’s eyes up and out, making Specter’s shoulders appear broader and helping him look taller overall. By opting for a wider lapel, this effect is accentuated even more. A narrow option would look dainty next to his naturally broad shoulders.
Other details are minimal. He rotates through suits with and without ticket pockets but never wears anything that detracts from where he wants the attention – on him. No loud buttons, contrasting button holes, elbow patches, or other more-casual details. These are strictly business suits.
Although he does wear patterned shirts in the early seasons, he defaults more and more often to simple whites or light blues as the series goes on. This serves the same effect as the simplicity of his suits; it keeps the attention of the viewer on his face.
Not only does Specter wear a semi-spread collar, it’s tall. By looming more out of his jacket it makes everything beneath his head look larger, again contributing the V-shape most men are after when wearing a power suit. The collar’s height also allows him to wear a larger knot when he has a tie, and keeps it standing properly when he’s tieless.
Although he’s not seen without a jacket very often, the fit of his shirts is exactly as proportionate as his suits. There are no stress lines or pressure points that are indicative of a shirt being too small, but it also communicates exactly what kind of shape he’s in.
“Get your skinny tie out of my face and get to work.”
There is nothing small or slight about Specter’s ties. They are large and the windsor knot makes them take up a significant amount of space within his collar. With the four-in-hand being such a staple amongst men who wear ties more casually, the windsor or double windsor contributes to the formality and brook-no-nonsense tone that’s already been established by Specter’s suits and shirts.
While the ties’ size and knots may be bold, their color and patterning are not. He always wear silks and, while he may embrace subtle patterns or the occasional strong color like red, there is nothing distracting about the cloth chosen for each tie. Yet again, this serves the purpose of keeping all attention on Specter himself. The ties frame his face without distracting from it.
Unfortunately Specter’s hair gets worse after a couple of seasons. What starts off as a strong, Mad-Men-reminiscient side part gets swapped out for a boyish faux hawk. His earlier styles are more consistent with the seriousness of his overall appearance and his attitude.
Specter is always clean shaven. The beard is making a strong comeback for men in the Western world, but he understands the dedication and attention to detail that are expressed by shaving each and every morning.
His face isn’t perfect. He has a couple of visible moles that could most likely be taken care of rather easily with minimally invasive surgery. However, by not being too preened or pampered, he avoids looking like a sop who takes his appearance too far and relies on it alone to get the job done.
5 Things We Can Learn From Harvey Specter From ‘Suits’
We learn through imitation. We take certain aspects and traits from our role models and mould them to our own personalities. As gentlemen, we take lessons from both real and fictional role models who we aspire to be like to better ourselves.
An iconic fictional mentor that we can all learn something from is Harvey Specter from the hit show ‘Suits’. Why? Because Harvey is a GENT who possesses many characteristics that will lead to a successful life.
Harvey is a respected lawyer, known as ‘the best closer in New York City.’ ‘What would Harvey Do’ is a mantra worth keeping in mind. Here are the lessons we can learn from Harvey Specter.
Your Appearance Reflects Your Mentality
Dress sloppy, and you’re thoughts are unclear and misleading. Dress sharp, and your mindset will be clear and precise.
They say you only have once chance to make a good first opinion. Your appearance is crucial to your success. The way you present yourself has a direct correlation to the way people perceive you. Do you want people to respect and take you seriously? Then you need to first respect yourself, and dress to your standards of your self worth.
A good place to start is with a classy timepiece. Whether its standing out with a skeleton timepiece, or a classic quartz.
Keep A Level Head No Matter The Situation
Getting emotional and worked up in a tough situation does you no good. As they say, ‘there is no point crying over spilt milk’. Acting on this stoic mindset puts you ahead of the 99% of men who react to situations rather than taking control.
They say pressure makes diamonds, but this is only true for those who don’t let the pressure of the situation get to them. Like Harvey, you need to control your mind, and keep your composure at the toughest of times. Something not going to plan at work? As yourself: ‘What would Harvey Do?’ Drop the emotions, centre yourself, and figure out a solution.
Keeping calm in stressful situations is the key factor that separates the strong from the weak, and the men from the GENTS.
Don’t Complain About Problems, Fix Them
Want to be a valued employee? Learn to fix problems instead of wasting your time explaining problems to your superiors.
Would Harvey ever walk into a room and complain? No. He would spend his time more constructively by figuring out a solution to the problem. He would use the problem as an opportunity to stand out from the rest of the crowd. And THAT is why he is a partner in his law firm.
Next time you’re faced with a problem at work, do not complain. Expend that mental energy finding a solution, and then fix it. Doing this will put you ahead of most other men.
You’ll Lead A Boring Life If You Don’t Take Risks
The greatest risk you can ever take in life is taking no risks at all. It’s true that nothing worth having comes easy. Similarly, nothing worth achieving has no risk involved.
Want to reach success by playing it safe? Good luck. It’s our ability to analyse a situation, and take risks, that make us successful. If risk wasn’t part of the equation, then everyone would be successful.
The thing is that risk isn’t so bad once you commit. It’s like jumping a few feet from one platform to another 10,000 feet in the air. The drop would lead to death. But you know that you can make the jump. All you need to do is analyse the situation, and then commit 100%.
Apply this risk taking to your life, and you’ll achieve what most other men just dream of.
Sometimes You Need To Break The Rules To Get What You Want
Rules are man made. Once you realise that someone, no smarter then you have made them, it opens up a world of possibility. Don’t break the law. But rules…well you can bend them to get what you want out of your life.
Rules in your job or in social situations, are guidelines. Maybe you’re taking a business prospect out to lunch to discuss a contract. Your work rule says your budget is $100 for food and drinks. But this prospect wants to stay for a few more scotches and you think you can close the deal.
Whats more important? Going over the budget, or signing this client? Break or bend the rules when you need to.
Remember GENTS, What Would Harvey Do?