The new smart
Despite the dramatic casualization of workwear generally, some professions still dictate that you look, well, smart. Just when you thought, especially with fashion’s obsession with streetwear of late, that you could throw out the suit, think again. The spring/summer catwalks were a love letter to tailoring.
When it comes to suits, a wardrobe of four great ones is a good shout: a classic navy and black two-piece, a three piece in a heritage check and a charcoal suit in a slimmer, slightly more modern fit. Don’t scrimp on quality, these are going to last you. It’s best to rest your suit for a day or two in between each wear as well.
Shoes are of the utmost importance here (judging a man by his shoes and all that). With your navy suit, black, rich brown or cognac Oxfords or Derbies look great. With your black suit, stick to black shoes. With a grey, heritage suit, opt for dark brown, maroon or black shoes and with your charcoal number, black or burgundy will set it off.
Ties, watch, cufflinks… again go for quality and modern. Smart no longer means stuffy.