The suit remains a lasting bastion of masculinity, the modern man’s uniform, an armour for which to take on the world. But in a world of billionaires turning up to business meetings in t-shirts and jeans, the sartorial stalwart can seem a little too stiff. Here’s how to turn up looking sharp but not like an extra straight off of the Wall Street set.
Step out in separates
Your blazer and your suit jacket? They’re not the same thing. Give your suit a day off once in a while and split things up. Take that trusty navy blazer and pair it with some failsafe tailored trousers in a shade of grey.
Sidestep the satin silk in favour of a more tactile option in the form of a knitted tie. Alongside an Oxford shirt, the pairing remains smart, without encroaching on that banker in the boardroom territory.
Yes, it’s entirely possible to upgrade your jeans from weekend wear to weekday staple – as long as they tick certain criteria. That being: they’re indigo, cut slim and tailored to kiss the top of your laces.
The tan brogue, a shoe that treads the awkward line between smart and casual, yet rarely makes it out of the front door during the working week. Dust them off, give them a polish and let them breath some Monday morning air while you give the black wingtips a well deserved respite.