To be considered a well-dressed man, you need to have these five classic and essential pieces of menswear in your wardrobe. Here are LiveInStyle.com’s top picks.
1. THE BLACK SUIT
The colour black will always be considered as the most elegant and fashionable colour, it never goes out of style. Ensure you look your best with a slim-cut black wool suit in your wardrobe.
While the current catwalk trend is double-breasted suit jackets, for a classic suit, you should stick to a single-breasted jacket with three or four buttons. Wear this suit with a white shirt and dark colour tie for formal occasions, a coloured shirt with matching tie for more fun events. For semi-formal events, pair it with a slim knit or silk tie.
Try to buy the best suit that you can afford as you will get a lot of wear from this item. Hugo Boss is known for doing good, classic suits, as is Giorgio Armani. However one of the best things that you can do is to have a suit tailored for you. A bespoke suit that fits you perfectly is always a good investment.
2. THE TRENCH, OR DOUBLE-BREASTED COAT
A classic Burberry trench coat will never let you down. You can wear it with your black suit or over jeans and knits for more casual occasions. While a Burberry trench coat is a classic in itself, the same can be found in a range of colours, cuts and materials from many other brands.
Considering not everyone is a fan of all the bits and pieces, the trench style might have a bit too much going on for some people. In this case, try a classic double-breasted coat in wool. Stick to darker colours like black, grey or brown for more wear. But if you want to be adventurous you can try a coat in burgundy or a brighter blue, or go for leather if you want to really stand out.
3. THE EVENING SUIT
You need a tuxedo for very formal events when “black tie” is required, but an elegant evening suit in velvet or fine wool is just as useful for formal events.
If the material is very shiny, stick to dark colours ? otherwise you might look like an entertainer rather than a guest ? but you can play with more colour if the material has a subtle sheen or is matte.
4. THE SUMMER OR CASUAL SUIT
A casual suit should be lightweight in material, usually in linen or lightweight wool, and generally also light in colour. Summer suits can also be less structured than a classic black suit, so look for something looser and more casual in style.
This suit is also the one you can use for more experimental fashion. If you want something that’s fashion-forward, buy it in a summer weight for more wear.
5. THE BROGUE
You should always have a well-made pair of classic lace-up leather brogue shoes in your wardrobe. There are a number of styles including plain leather and those with perforated patterns highlighting the shoe’s design.
The brogue shoe is perfect with your suits. Stick to plain black, no perforated patterns, if you’re going to pair with your black suit.
You can also wear brogues with more casual trouser and shirt combinations or if you have a neat pair of jeans, brogues will dress them up when worn with a fitted knit top.
Article by: Lai Si
Lai Si is an editor of a top Singapore fashion website. When not writing attending the Milan or Tokyo fashion week, she can be found in Orchard Road looking at the latest Givenchy or Burberry Prorsum.You can find her on twitter @orientoccident
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