3-Piece Spring Suits feat. Brady O’Callahan
June 7th, 2013
If you’re a longtime reader of Articles of Style, you might recognize Brady O’Callahan from his internship interview a few years ago. The Ohio native had just graduated from Ohio State University and moved to NYC to pursue improv comedy, while simultaneously exploring his interest in menswear.
“I moved to New York to study improv comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre and pretty quickly got immersed in that whole scene. Shortly thereafter I also began working at MAB, thanks to an intro from a certain style blogger, and it’s been an amazing, eye opening experience.
The three-piece has become my go-to around the office… here are some of my favorites.”
1. The Everyman Suit
“If there’s one thing I’ve learned from my experience at MAB, it’s that every man should have a solid grey suit in his closet. You can wear it anywhere. And it’s pretty tame in nature, so you can afford to give it some life with some seasonal patterns and colors.”
Looking to add some “custom flair” to that bespoke suit order? Don’t adorn it with eyesore accents like colored buttonholes or contrast pick-stitching. Instead, add a waistcoat and make it a three-piece. It’s a simple way to add some swagger to a suit, and it makes a staple suit even more versatile, rather than creating a people-won’t-forget “statement piece”.
“I really dig how this shirt seems like a solid purple from a distance, but up close you can notice it’s subtle geometric print.”
On a separate note, what a great haircut! Short on the sides faded to longer on top looks flattering on just about everybody.
I’m not sure if it’s his Irish blood, but Brady tends to wear a lot of green.
He often pulls-off some unexpected shades of green. Like this grey suit, purple shirt and army fatigue tie combo. Not to mention the lime/forest striped socks.
2. The Contrast Vest
I call this the DIY three-piece suit. Pair an odd vest with a suit in colors/fabrics/textures that contrast each other gracefully (like cobalt blue linen and medium grey hopsack, for example).
Brady’s tailored fabrics are perfectly seasonal (a perk of working for a custom clothier) but he also brings some Spring non-chalance to the outfit with a button-down collar, plaid cotton tie and sockless penny loafers.
“I snagged this tie from my dad’s closet a while back. He bought it on his honeymoon in Bermuda. I love a hand-me-down more than most things, especially when it holds some sort of familial significance.
I also just really dig the bold spring/summer colors.”
Unlike some of the guys who work at MAB, Brady is not a clotheshorse.
What I love about his style is that he makes smart investments, in pieces that he can, and will, re-use over and over again in multiple outfits.
3. Autumn Colors/Spring Fabrics
More green from the Irish-blooded Buckeye, this time a shade that is perfect for a cotton suit.
“This is by far my favorite suit. A dusty forest green with big old peak lapels. It’s a bit of a statement suit, I guess, but I honestly don’t think it’s too in your face.”
“I’m working with a bit of an autumn color palette here, which I like. I don’t think Spring needs to be exclusivly pinks, oranges and yellows. We’d all go blind…but yeah, this look’s going to go hard in the Fall.”
I couldn’t agree more. I’m also a huge fan of Fall colors in Spring fabrics.
What’s one pair of shoes that are perfectly suited to a quirky improv comedian with a passion for menswear?
How about a pair of longwing brogues with inverted smooth/pebble grain leather blocking?
Look closely at these beauties.
“It’s a little detail that not a lot of people notice, but when they do, they’re all about it.”
Thanks for reading, and special thanks to Brady for participating!
Yours in style,
Articles of Style
Photography by Alex Crawford.