Our autumn/winter campaign, ‘Parallels’ takes a look at the two sides of modern men’s style and how to dress for a life which crosses those lines. Smart casual has evolved beyond a simple “tidy jean” look into something much more nuanced and sophisticated, reflecting men’s need for flexibility and comfort as well as sharply tailored edges.
Whether you live on the casual side of the city or uptown on the more formal side, cross the lines with your style by integrating some softer edges to your "dressed up" look with these four suggestions.
Early Morning Commute
While surrounded by bleary-eyed commuters on your way to work, stand out by starting your day in style. A well-considered look is even more impressive when everyone else is just about getting it together. Make the most of those vital first impressions in a clean, simple grandad-collar shirt with dark jeans and canvas-suede leather sneakers. If there’s still an early-morning chill to the air when you catch the tram, we recommend wrapping up in this outfit’s piece-de-resistance: a short twill overcoat.
Socialising with colleagues can be fraught with difficult style choices. You want to maintain the air of understated sophistication (which you so effortlessly pull off in the boardroom) but add a dash of personality to seem more approachable. We’d recommend a confident statement with this oversized houndstooth-print shirt, offset by the relative understatement of these slim-leg chinos and leather derby wedge shoes.
Winter Date Night
Whether its your latest Tinder match or you’re on a temporary reprieve thanks to a gracious babysitter, make the most of the romantic opportunities by putting your best foot forward in style. A classic black turtleneck, matched with dark, slim jeans and leather sneakers, should do the trick. Slip a warming wool-silk blazer over your date’s shoulders while waiting for the taxi.
Elevated Everyday Style
Whatever the occasion, men’s style is no longer set on simply formal or casual. Play with the formality of suiting by dressing down a two piece navy suit with simple knitwear or dress up chinos with a tweed blazer and print shirt. Men’s style isn’t a series of parallel lines anymore.
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