As the story of our 2014 Autumn collection from Van Gils progresses, the next signature look in the series is the broken suit. A classic style mostly showcased in the 70s, broken suits (unlike your typical matching suit) are mixed into a hybrid blend of fabrics, patterns, colors, and layers in a mosaic unison to create versatility and the illusion of multiple looks from one outfit combination. One major detail for this look is the fact that almost everything in this look comes included, priced together as a whole: jacket, vest, pants, and even the tie.

Van Gils Wenlar flanel broken-suit ( jacket, vest, pants, tie all included) $1095

Van Gils Wenlar flanel broken-suit ( jacket, vest, pants, tie all included) $1095

The signature details seen in Van Gils – no stitch, no story – Part 1 carry through, as you notice another lapel pin, multi-colored buttons and  stitched button holes. Following the traditional rule of thumb never to button up your bottom button, they have stitched up the bottom button hole on the suit and on the vest (don’t worry it comes out if you don’t like it), not giving you the chance to foolishly button up the bottom, and as a result, loosen up and pop a button. The motto of the brand is “no stitch, no story,” and staying true to this theme, each detail has a true meaning behind it with thought and character.


Signature bottom button hole stitch.

For our next look from Van Gils, we showcase the Dexin Coat. This stylish utilitarian piece has all the functions an overcoat will ever need (comfort, weather guard, and water resistances) while still having stylish details to bring a little life to any look. The polished finish on this coat gives it the ability to be formal or casual while still giving you all the protection you need from the elements. Below is a list of key features to look out for with this jacket or to remember while you’re on the hunt for your own fall jacket.

Van Gils Dexin overcoat

Van Gils Dexin overcoat

For our third and final look, we head back to the signature broken suit. This time, instead of a single-toned palette broken suit (from before), we move into a multi-toned look: Will is wearing a Navy pin-striped jacket, charcoal pant and an undershoot vest, paired with a charcoal wool tie. The tie is conveniently made from the same material as the pants and is perfectly matched to the pinstripe in the suit, which allows this look to transform from formal to informal seamlessly; simply switch the pants for a pair of denim (as showcased below).

Mix & Match - Take one outfit into three separate looks.

Mix & Match – The broken-suit can take one outfit into three separate looks or more. The possibilities are endless!

The combinations are endless with this simple ensemble, and pairing options are not limited to what they supply you with. The whole goal of this concept is to allow you to come to the realization that you don’t always have to wear it as a suit; it’s as simple as just mixing up what you already have. In-turn, your wardrobe will undeniably open up into a new light.


On the left we have Ronnie wearing the same broken suit.


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