‘Money talks. Wealth whispers’ – it’s not only a tagline for a Swiss bank anymore. The trend of quiet luxury seems to be growing strong – look at the popularity of brands like The Row, Loro Piana and Brunello Cucinelli. All of this suggests luxury shoppers are turning away from bold in-your-face designs in favour of pared-back style. A key reference here is the wardrobe of the cast of Succession. I think it's a healthy direction given that fast fashion brands will find it hard to copy.
My go-to outfit is a light and crisp poplin overshirt paired with 90s-fit denim. Layer it up with a tee, overshirt and sweater on cooler evenings.
Always accessorise. Watches, sunglasses, belts and jewellery are all great for accentuating your core garments, and dressing them up or down depending on the occasion. Garment care is also important. When the outfit looks crisp, you do too.
Structured knitted short-sleeve shirts will be everywhere this summer. They’re taken from 60s Hollywood, but we’ll see them designed with modern takes and styled with fresher, cooler pieces for a current feel.
A lot of men don’t evolve their style with age. Guys in their 40s are still wearing versions of what they wore when they were young. The result? Too many middle-aged men in skinny jeans and tight shirts. With age comes the opportunity to learn from life and to develop a richer and more mature personality. I think that should be reflected in your style too, since it’s a part of your personality.
There are five key pieces every man should own. A dark blazer – make sure you get a good wool twill one in black or navy. It’s so useful for so many occasions. A white poplin shirt is a no-brainer. So are mid-blue denim jeans because they’ll never go out of style. An overshirt is more of a modern piece, but it’s extremely versatile once you know how to work it into your wardrobe. Wear it with your white shirt for a formal look, or dress it down with a t-shirt and jeans. Last but not least, every man needs the perfect white t-shirt – boring but so true.
To get out of a style rut, reduce your closet to the essentials. Ask yourself: what do I really need? Next, slowly add pieces from your favourite brands that you see as an investment, thinking of how these can complement your current wardrobe. Then add accessories for interest.
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