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STYLE ADVICE

HOW TO LOOK SMART WITHOUT A SUIT

By Sam Higgins, 9 June 2017

Regardless of how sharp you may look in a suit, a busy summer schedule can leave you bored of the same formal fineries. If you’re partial to a touch of subtle sartorial anarchy, however, we’ve got just the thing for you. Here are three looks that’ll dodge the dress code, but keep you looking stylish without even touching a tie.
Model wearing a smart and scandi fit | ASOS Style Feed

Smart and Scandi

Discarding the rulebook doesn’t have to mean going the whole hog and ditching the smart steez altogether. Here, it’s all about the subtlety of switching some traditional pieces for more laid-back but equally sharp silhouettes. A red striped revere-collared shirt makes a strong statement at the heart of this look.
Model wearing a smart and scandi fit | ASOS Style Feed

A minimal, military-style jacket layered over the top and some smart tapered trousers below, however, pare back the print brilliantly. Finish with a pair of cream kicks to nail Scandi-style smartness.
Model wearing a punchy and pink fit | ASOS Style Feed

Punchy and pink

Alternatively, for those more willing to veer from the beaten track, a few braver tweaks to your classic kit will see you nail a punchy, party-appropriate look. So, go bold with a leopard-print shirt for a touch of 70s style before contrasting the piece with a more contemporary pair of cuffed adidas joggers.
Model wearing a punchy and pink fit | ASOS Style Feed

No longer strictly ‘loungewear’, the comfy cuts will bring an added statement through the iconic adidas striping, which will flow neatly into a fresh pair of white Nike Cortez on foot. When the evening chill hits, throw on a pastel pink blazer for a fresh finish.
Model wearing pastels and print | ASOS Style Feed

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Pastels and prints

We understand if you want to save this for peacocking at fashion week, as the white joggers in this catwalk-inspired take on smart sportswear might not best please the bride. The look will, however, make you stand out among show goers who favour a classic three-piece suit. The key to successfully nailing this take on formalwear is to embrace the clash of styles.
Model wearing pastels and print | ASOS Style Feed

Start by pairing the striped joggers with black loafers to tick one of SS17’s more fashion-forward styling hacks. Up top, a black printed shirt may seem a loud choice, but layered over a white tee and under a neat dusty-pink jacket, you’ll have engineered a look of boundary-pushing brilliance.

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