With spring fully under way, it’s time to get smart. Or rather, prepare for some more formal plans you might have in the works. Whether it’s a spring/summer wedding or a work event, suits are always a good move but, not all celebrations are the same and occasionally, separates are the way forward to nail the more formal vibe. Take a look at the five street stylers below for some RSVP perfection.
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STYLISH GUYS IN SMART PIECES
By Steven Potter, April 10, 2019
The absolute easiest way to smarten up your look is swap out your trusty denim or chinos for a pair of smart pants. Be it check, houndstooth, pinstripe or twill, it’s a sure-fire way of elevating your 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. Done and done.
A jacket matters
With spring and summer temperatures varying wildly (depending on your location) you can’t always bank on a heatwave striking when your formal plans come around. In terms of outerwear, pick up a classic trench to help with any inclimate climates. Channel the guy above and team with a tonal shirt for more low-key situations or use it as an overcoat on top of a suit if temps really drop.
The rules around suiting are vast, trust, but that doesn’t mean you need to stick to them. During the SS19 men's shows, tailoring stole the limelight and brands like Hermès and Acne Studios (among many others) took the look a step further and styled them shirtless. We know that might be a stretch for a family wedding — but consider a T-shirt and sneaker combo instead. Opt for a plain color underneath like our man above and cop some sneaks in the same hue to bring the look together. A classic Stan Smith keeps things formal while more chunky styles will give it a more trend-led edge.
If the whole matchy-matchy suit look isn’t your vibe, pick up a blazer instead. Much like a pair of smart pants, it’s a one-piece win in terms of dressing up. Blazers really come into their own when worn tonally, like the 'fit above. If you’ve gone for a check design, try and find some pants that match the check accents. Feel free to dress down with some kicks and a tee to get some extra wear out of it.
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 and wear a waistcoat with a shirt instead? Take a cue from the guy above and go for a tonal look accompanied with white chinos and smart shoes. If you’re beach-bound, some loafers will tie the ensemble up nicely. Oh, and don’t forget your shades.