Paul Feig, the man behind some of the funniest films in recent memory (Bridesmaids? Check. The Heat? Check. The all-lady reboot of Ghostbusters? Check check.), is pretty serious about his love of suits. He’s been wearing tailored clothing almost exclusively since the ‘90s, and over time he’s developed a signature style that’s heavy on traditional details rendered in bright colors and bold patterns. (That makes him easy to spot at film premieres: he’s usually the guy in a three-piece, double breasted suit, accented with a boutonniere and an effusively tucked pocket square.)
What separates Feig’s suits from the boring gray ones accountants tend to wear is are fine details that inject them with a dose of personality. He’s helping guys everywhere make tailoring more fun through a new collaboration with J.Crew that launches on Tuesday. Thanks to Feig’s own particularly natty sense of style, the offering of suits, shirts, ties, and accessories are a far cry from what you might see populating your local legal office.
“Suits have stood for bad things over the years, either an authoritarian figure or somebody you’d have to get through to get what you want, like the guy who’s gonna approve your loan at a bank,” he said in an interview with Men’s Journal. “I just want to tear that down and make the suit not such a taboo for guys anymore.”
To that end, the offering has lots of color, but nothing so bright that it’s unapproachable. Feig favors a double-breasted suit, but worked with J.Crew to create one-and-a-half-breasted versions that still look sharp when they’re unbuttoned—and they’re tailored in a way that lets people see the coordinating vests underneath each jacket.
“They can be a bit of a handful sometimes, because if you don’t have it buttoned, there’s so much extra fabric that flaps out,” he said.
The collection as a whole strikes that hard-to-achieve balance where every piece works with everything else, and slips in pretty seamlessly to a good working wardrobe. Feig, who keeps about 20 suits in rotation (and another 70 or 80 on the backburner, just in case some of them come back in style), knows that suits can be an investment. The accessories in it are designed to help guys get more value—more discrete looks—out of each suit.
Of course, none of this is to say that Feig is anti casual wear. He’s got enough athletic gear to get him through his morning workouts, and isn’t opposed to guys wearing joggers in public.
“The biggest crime I think you can commit—and crime is a strong word—the biggest laziness you can commit is to just not have a style. To just dress so that you’re not getting arrested when you walk out on the street,” he said. “You are a canvas walking around in this world. Why not paint something nice?”
A few new colors to consider, below.