1. Wear A Suit Well
The key to a suit looking good is fit. Classic is best and most useful – dark, two-button, single-breasted, moderate in details.
The idea is to think of this suit as a canvas to build different ideas of individuality around. It’s the way you wear it, not the label inside, that impresses.
2. Invest Wisely In A Watch
“A watch is like a piece of art,” argues Don Cochrane, managing director of British watch brand Vertex. “Choose it because you love it, not because you think it might make money.
Aesthetic, functional, rugged sports models go with anything and can take the hard knocks of everyday wear.
3. Don’t Shy Away From Colour
Whether it’s casualwear or formalwear, indulge in a bit of colour. Most men are unjustly scared of it, but colour can be timeless too. However, when it comes to colour, less is still more: “You just need a bit of it, in one garment.”
4. Spend Money On Shoes
“Timelessness is about simple design and all the more so with shoes,” argues Tim Little, owner of heritage shoe brand Grenson.
“The colour, the pattern, the sole – you don’t want it fussy.” It’s the shape of the toe that really counts – and round never goes out of fashion, it’s pointy toes or square toes that look obviously impractical.
5. Dress For The Setting
Style is not merely about self-expression; it’s also about being dressed appropriately for your environment. Think of clothes as being codes: you need the right combination to work with the setting you’re in – and that’s whether it’s a formal dinner or a lazy Sunday in the pub. The worst style is one which is out of place. Is this a kind of conformity?
6. Summer Must Haves
Dressing for the season can be tough, especially when there are so many options to choose from. Look out for tees, polos or shorts with pineapples or other fun patterns — something with a little pizzazz, but not too crazy. Apparel with unique designs helps you show off your personality and can be a great conversation starter for an event you’re a little nervous about!
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