Smooth. Sleek. Debonair. Astute. Just a few words that come to mind when describing the character of Ghost in the Starz hit series, Power. Undeniably, he is one of television’s best-dressed gentlemen.
You’ve seen him in every hue from charcoal to wine burgundy. Per occasion, dressed to win, Omari Hardwick, “Ghost” if you will, has a certain demeanor that disrupts anything standing in his way to make a power move. He appears unsuspecting, embodying the 'gangsters move in silence' lifestyle. He is consistently dressed to the nines, whether he’s acquiring new real estate or on the rare occasion in which he ends up ‘off-ing someone’s on-switch’. Hardwick’s character, Ghost, is groundbreaking and his wardrobe is impeccable, reminiscent of the mobsters of the old days but with updated panache. Ghost has the persona of a modern-day DeNiro in Casino and the charisma of John Dillinger. If you know your lineage, you know he’s in the running to become an underboss.
One thing about a man’s suit is that it can change the way its wearer is received in most environments. Now that I’ve gotten your attention, let’s get down to business.
When you put on a suit, you’re signaling to the world “It is game time and I mean business”. Though a lot would beg to differ, wearing a suit really does carve its own path. The aesthetics hold the testament. Whether short or tall, the character of a suit is in the delivery and details. There are different types of suits and various fits. Let’s identify them. There is the single-breasted, the double-breasted, the tuxedo and the leisure suit. Fits ranging from loose, modern, tailored to slim are the options available, depending on the preference of the wearer. Of these options, the combination single-breasted and tailored, tend to rank as necessary when selecting a power suit. The characteristics of the suit need to be strong. If ever you have spare time, it would behoove you to build a suit with an experienced tailor. It’s perceived as the boldest of its kind. When there’s an impression to be made, this is every gentleman’s go-to item. Coupled with influential neckwear and aggressive accessories, this is the difference between being serious and being taken as a joke. The reality of it is that not every man uses the power of the suit to their advantage. It requires a certain level of comfort in the attire to effectively utilize the caliber of the swatch work. If you’re not accustomed to dressing for the game, now is a good time to get some practice. The power suit isn’t for rookies.
As we examine the wardrobe of Omari Hardwick, we discover that he has a keen eye for subtle but effective details. From the pick stitching bordering the lapels and pockets of the suit jacket to the offset shoulder attachments, his suits are built to his stature and not the other way around. Some guys take to department stores to be comforted by what’s available to them and settle for the classic number-1 from the separates section in the suit department. Do yourself a favor and find a good nested suit with a thread count high enough endure the action. Do not be alarmed—the fabric weight of a suit is very important but not a disqualifier. The 20th century fabrics were heavier than and not as refined as your collectible wool, silk and cashmere suiting of today. There was once a limitation on color choices.
Go bold or stay at home
The basic charcoal gray, navy and black (but who wears black suits anyhow?) with simple plastic buttons is dated and has no personality. Recently, power has taken a new hue. The hues of suitings have graduated to bolder plum and cool blue and pewter gray tones. It’s not about how much you spend when purchasing your suit, but, rather, it’s all about the tailoring and overall fit. It’s possible to make a 300 or 400 dollar suit appear to have cost in the high four-digits. The draping and individuality are what sets your suit’s appearance apart from that of the high production OTR purchased suiting options of big box retailers. Nothing against it, but there are options available that fit the demands of the power player when it’s game time. The custom fitted gentleman knows exactly what I mean when I say this. Even altering a ready-made suit can add a bit more feature to a simple two-stage suit, equipped with fabric, lining and buttons. There is a major characteristic that determines the overall draping and how a suit jacket forms to you. The most common of these is a basic fused suit. The next is half-canvas and from there, full canvased lining. This allows a suit to retain shape or posture, if you will. These aesthetic and process improving checkpoints will aid in the selection of a distinguished masterpiece. A power suit will allow the individual to command attention and establish their position in any situation, on any matter. You’ll be perceived as the person whom others should be receiving advice from. Remember, you make your first statement before speaking a word…make an effort to communicate properly. Details matter. SUIT UP!
Photo Credit: STARZ films & Production, Various, Others Unknown.
By: Brandon Hosley
Look Sharp Haberdashery