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INSPIRATION AND ADVICE

STYLISH GUYS IN SMART PIECES

By Steven Potter, 10 April 2019

With spring fully under way, it’s time to get smart. Or rather, prepare your look for more formal plans you might have in the works. Whether it’s a spring/summer wedding or a work do, suits are always a good shout. However, not all celebrations are the same, and sometimes separates are the way forward to nail a more formal vibe without being too fancy. Take a look at the five street-stylers below for some RSVP perfection.

A picture of a street styler wearing check trousers and a printed shirt.

Picture: IMAX Tree

Bottoms up

The absolute easiest way to smarten up your look is to swap out your trusty denim or chinos for a pair of smart trousers. Be it check, houndstooth, pinstripe or twill, it’s a sure-fire way of elevating a casual look. Just take a peep at the outfit above: it’s got summer date night, staff party or birthday BBQ written all over it – with minimal effort, too. Result.
A street styler wearing a lightweight trench coat with a shirt and smart trousers.

Picture: Getty

A jacket matters

With spring and summer temperatures varying wildly (depending on your location), unfortunately you can’t bank on a heatwave striking when your formal plans come around. So pick up a classic lightweight mac to help with any inclement climates, particularly for spring. Make like the guy above and team with a tonal shirt for more low-key dos, or use it as an overcoat on top of a suit if temps really drop.
A picture of a street styler wearing a suit with a T-shirt

Picture: IMAX Tree

Low-key suiting

The rules around suiting are vast, but that doesn’t mean you need to stick to them. For example, during the SS19 men's shows, fashion houses like Hermès and Acne Studios styled its suits shirtless. We know that might be a stretch for a family wedding but why not consider a T-shirt and trainer combo instead? Opt for a plain colour top like our man above and cop some trainers in the same hue to bring the look together. A classic Stan Smith keeps things classic, while chunkier styles will give your 'fit a more trend-led edge.
A picture of a street styler wearing a blazer, smart trousers and trainers.

Picture: Getty

Major blazer

If the whole matchy-matchy suit look isn’t your vibe, pick up a blazer instead. Much like a pair of smart trousers, it’s a one-piece win in terms of smartening up. Blazers really come into their own when worn tonally like the one above. If you’ve gone for a check design, try and find trews that match the accents. Much like the example, dress it down with trainers and a tee to get some extra wear out of the garm.
A picture of a street styler wearing a waistcoat and chinos.

Picture: IMAX Tree

An overseas hack

Championed by bearded indie bands circa 2010, the waistcoat has since evolved from its folky, alt-rock image. If you’re attending an event overseas where you can guarantee the weather, why not ditch the suit and blazer altogether and wear a waistcoat with a long-sleeved shirt instead? Take a cue from the guy above and go for contrasting muted colours. As the style channels more low-key vibes, a smart pair of brogues, Derby shoes or loafers are your go-tos in terms of footwear to elevate the look. Just don’t forget your shades.

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