Men’s Suits and Formalwear

Forget predictable office suits! At Atom Retro you can find a tailored mod or retro suit that expresses your personal style and individuality.

From striped boating blazers to classic sixties mod 3 button suits, at Atom Retro we have a complete range of styles and fabrics. Our tailoring brands, including Madcap EnglandGibson London and Ben Sherman, take inspiration from the sharp suits of the Mod era whilst bringing the retro look right up-to-date.

What Is A Mod Suit?

The 1960s was the peak of Mod-subculture and fashion, this was followed by the Mod Revival of the 70s. A generation of working-class young Mods (short for "Modernists") were inspired by sharp Italian tailoring. Attention to detail is the hallmark of a Mod suit, look out for the following features:

  • Eye-catching linings
  • 3 button fastening
  • Side vents
  • Ticket pockets 
  • Button detailing, e.g. covered buttons
  • Notch lapels
  • Slim silhouette


Getting The Suited and Booted Look: 

You can mix and match trousers, waistcoats, jackets and blazers to create a casual or formal look for any season. Our 2 or 3 piece suits are also perfect for grooms-to-be; browse our selection to find a look that will help you to stand out at your wedding (without upstaging the bride!). Here are a few pointers on style and fabric:

Donegal – a wool based tailoring fabric that contains small flecks of different coloured yarn to give a speckled texture that works well with colourful pieces such as a patterned shirt. Donegal suits make great outfits for the stylish groom and groomsmen at a vintage or retro inspired wedding. Donegal trousers and jackets are also ideal separates, team them with Desert Boots for an effortless smart-casual look.

Mohair – wool-based but lighter in weight than the Donegal, the Mohair suit makes a cool choice for a summer wedding or occasion. Mohair fabric suits were considered the pièce de résistance for mods in the 60s, who were influenced by Italian style and the suits worn by Mod Jazz heroes such as Miles Davis and Charlie Parker. The luxurious, lustrous look and feel of the fabric still appeals to mods today. Mohair has a smooth finish and natural sheen that creates a clean cut, sharp look and makes it perfect for formal or evening wear. Our Mohair suits come in a range of classic and non-traditional colours and tonic fabrics so you can stand out from the crowd; or choose a neutral colour and team it with a vibrant shirt and Chelsea boots for a more sixties dandy look.

Prince of Wales Check (POW) – a distinctive check design that is as popular today as it was in the fifties and sixties. The check is actually a 'glen plaid' which was popularised by Edward VII when he was the Prince of Wales in the latter 19th centuary and the name coined for him. It was adopted by mods in the 60s and 70s as an alternative to a traditional mod tonic suit and remains a popular style today. Worn by Bonds from Sean Connery to Daniel Craig, you can’t fail to look dapper in POW check. For a semi-formal look, pair the jacket and trousers with a simple shirt, brown brogues and a pocket square in your choice of colour.     

3 Button Suit – synonymous with the Mod era, the 3 button suit is a streamlined look that generally features narrow lapels and slim fitting trousers. Favoured by the likes of Ryan Reynolds, this elegant tailored look is back with a vengeance and is ideal for the taller man. Leave the bottom button undone to avoid looking too stiff. For a more buttoned-up look, we also offer 4 Button Suits

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Madcap England

Townshend MADCAP ENGLAND Mod Union Jack Blazer

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