It’s true that good advice is like medicine for the soul. Particularly, when the subject matter is vast, easily generalised and quick to cause debate. So, what are the key men’s fashion essentials this season?
After laying out six men’s fashion essentials for a timeless and stylish wardrobe last week, we’ve put our fashion heads together for round two. Well-dressed from head to toe, here are six more fashion essentials for men.
#1 Tailored Shorts
Tailored shorts are the kind that look like trousers – cut off just above the knee. They are far dressier than board shorts or elasticated jersey versions, with belt loops, a zip-and-button fasten – and even tab pulls in some cases.
Coming in an array of colours in the new season, darker hues create a smarter rendition, while beige (under a white linen shirt) is super summery. Otherwise, take a sharp jacket and crisp cotton shirt, and you’ve an ideal alternative to formal trousers for attending garden parties and wedding receptions.
For these events, team tailored shorts just-as-smart Brogues, Oxfords and Derbies or suede loafers, driving shoes and low cut, slim sneakers for something a touch modern.
#2 Indigo Shirt
Cotton is such a versatile fabric for casual buttoned shirting, and comes in many weave strengths and dyes. Varied shades of indigo is the new season’s must-have, representing menswear’s current obsession with American works shop pieces and Japanese cotton.
From Chambrays to Western shirts to light and airy linens, eliminate any tacky add-ons – studs, logos, badges – from the shirt, and let the wash of the indigo play its part in making the shirt look – and feel – great.
Indigo aficionados should look to double-denim, placing an indigo shirt (loose and untucked) over faded black or raw denim jeans – ensuring the wash of top and bottom aren’t matching. Conservatives – stick to neutral-hued chinos or tailored shorts – rolling the ankle of the pant to match the roll-sleeved shirt.
#3 Unstructured Blazer
The answer to tailored comfort, the unstructured blazer lives on in the new season – acting as the lightweight, smart alternative to a bomber jacket or sweatshirt.
Often made from a single-layer fabric – cotton, canvas, linen or lightweight wool – the separate is perfect for spring’s warmth, while the occasional casual details (think exposed seams and patch pockets) accentuate the jacket’s lack of structure – and coolness.
Try pairing a navy or burgundy blazer with clean t-shirt and slim cut denim – in dark or lighter wash – the latter being more day-time appropriate.
#4 Suede Brogue
Suede is a hefty winter fabric. But not when it’s on your feet. Keeping it chic (though we do love a good camel suede boot) leave the textured animal hide to the Brogue – the dress shoe recognised for its punch-hole details.
A Derby silhouette in chocolate or tan is perfection – sat under summery trousers or jeans (cuffs rolled and no socks) – for a European aesthetic.
Dressing it up, go wingtip in deepest brown or black, paired with an dinner jacket in midnight blue velvet and silk lapel, a black bow tie and crisp white shirt. Let the party begin.
#5 Nylon Bomber
Jackets carry winter connotations but not the flight bomber. It’s shape takes on the legendary MA-1 fighter jacket, while its textile is more sports-inspired – a lighter nylon fabrics which acts as a windbreaker and also breathes well when made from active fabrics.
Cut in a slim and cropped fit, the elastic waistband and cuffs keep the silhouette cinched where it counts. Play around with contrast shades (between the cuffs and jacket fabric) and in keeping with the style, buy a jacket with the flight bomber’s signature zipped sleeve pocket.
Seen mostly in navy, olive and black, this jacket is typically casual. But it does hot-up a basic white t-shirt and jean combination; while acting as a monochrome active outerwear option (in nylon) for a jogger pant and sneaker collaboration.
#6 Smart Sweater
The sweater (despite its tendency to be labelled as winter wear) is the ideal top piece when the weather can’t decided what it’s doing. And the new season welcomes in smart sweater options too, meaning the suaveness of a jacket isn’t needed to balance out a slouchy sweatshirt.
Luxury fabrics (cashmere, organic cotton and Italian polyesters) are the key ingredients here, matched with tailored design in the shoulder – taking this once couch-bound jumper into the style arena.
Worn solo, play around with texture – looking to the fisherman’s cable knit if it’s chilly or a waffle knit for a finer gauge. Feeling spring-ish? The modern Breton stripe in a thin sweater weave is a cool transitional version of the French summer t-shirt – just with long-sleeves instead of short.