The beauty of a suit is its simplicity. The jacket matches the pants, so all you have to do is pick a subtle shirt and pair of shoes, add a couple quick details and you are ready to head out the door.
With the new age of cool, modern suits, however, we have so many more options than our power-suit-wearing predecessors. The jacket and the pants can be mixed and matched to create a look for just about any occasion.
To prove its versatility, I will show how even a bold in-your-face suit can be used to create a number of different looks…so different in fact that I was able to wear this suit 5 times in one week without anybody asking questions.
Day 1- Corporate
To wear a suit this bold to the office (provided you have a somewhat liberal dress code), keep the shirt white, the tie dark and solid, and shoes simple dark lace-ups.
suit Hugo Boss (jacket size 40R, taken-in at at the sides, sleeves shortened, pants size 33, let out at the waist and seat, hemmed 31”), shirt Thom Browne (size 2), tie Thom Browne (2.5” wide), shoes To Boot NY, sunglasses Ralph Lauren, pocket square restaurant napkin, socks Calvin Klein (one size), tie bar Tiffany & Co. (2” x 1/4”), belt Ralph Lauren (size 36), briefcase Filson
Day 2 - Business Casual
Yes, you can wear your suit pants as trousers. Pair them with a solid oxford shirt and finish the look with the sweater of the season; the chunky shawl cardigan.
Pants Hugo Boss, shirt Band of Outsiders (size L), sweater Ralph Lauren (size M), shoes JCrew, sunglasses Persol 649(size 54x20x145), socks Hugo Boss (one size), bracelets from street vendor in Soho NYC, watch Montblanc Timewalker, belt Ralph Lauren (size 36)
Day 3 - The Urban Prep
Tired of the same old blue blazer + khakis look? Try a sharp navy suit jacket with your patterned suit pants instead. Same concept, fresher execution.
Pants Hugo Boss, shirt Thom Browne (size 2), jacket Michael Andrews Bespoke (custom made), shoes Johnston & Murphy, pocket square restaurant napkin, bracelet stolen from my mother’s jewelry box, watch Montblanc Timewalker
Day 4 - Casual Friday
Wear a suit, don’t feel like a suit. Pair it with a t-shirt, a thin layering cardigan, and a pair of classic white sneakers.
Day 5 - The Weekender
A suit jacket is a blazer, and vise versa. Provided it is trim enough, you can wear it with just about anything, including a t-shirt, jeans, and hooded sweatshirt.
Hopefully this post inspires you not only to create new looks that you haven’t tried, but also to get more use out of the clothing that you already own.
jacket Hugo Boss, t-shirt Jockey (size S), hoody Champion Athletics (size S), sunglasses (in pocket) Persol 649 (size 54x20x145), pocket square vintage bandana, belt Banana Republic (size 36), jeans Ralph Lauren Polo (size 34×32), boots John Varvatos, bracelets from street vendor, watch Montblanc Timewalker
Yours in style,