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TREND | Blue

When it comes to wearing blue this season, it’s all about balance. Blues are set to dominate in menswear this season, creating a seamless transition from warm summer days to crisp autumn nights. From classic navy, to striking cobalt, to deep indigos, the new palette will offer a hue for every occasion. Keep reading for three ways to get on the blue bandwagon this winter.

Experiment with Texture:

Embrace the versatility of a classic blue denim jacket by paring it back with contrasting textures – soft wools and cotton shirts make great options for brisk autumn days. For colder conditions, embrace this season’s quilted trend, as seen on the international runways of Paris and New York, with statement blue outerwear pieces.

Brave the Double Blue:

For those days where one statement piece just isn’t enough, you can always rock blue on blue. Nothing says confidence like a complete tonal takeover. To try out the look, start with a pair of classic dark wash indigo jeans, teamed with tailored button down shirt and casual sneakers. 

In the Navy:

We can’t talk about blue without mentioning navy. Restrained, sophisticated, and as timeless as colours come, this shade can do no wrong. Make the most of navy offerings this season with statement knitwear – patterned or plain – and classic collared shirts. 

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MUST HAVES | Khaki

As Winter approaches, there’s no other colour you need to inject into your wardrobe other than khaki. Neutral enough to suit just about any style or occasion –  be it a slouch chino, an oversized tee or a throw-over jacket – the cool olive tone fits right in each winter without fail. Push up your collar and throw on a beanie because we’ve broken down the key khaki pieces you need this season and how to nail the trend.

Layering:

Winter is the epitome of unpredictable, so be prepared with light layers that are versatile. A puffer gilet is the gateway piece for mastering this look – layer over a long sleeve tee or light-weight knit and you’ll be ready for whatever the weather has in store. 

Textures:

The cooler weather brings with it a slew of fabrications to play with. It is the perfect time to work textures such as fleece, cashmere, cable knit and grosgrain into your outfit. Try a high sheen button-up as an alternative to a cotton shirt, paired with dark denim and combat boots for high contrast effect. 

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MUST HAVES | Made-to-Measure Suits

In a world where you can buy entire outfits online from the comfort of your home, the concept of made-to-measure can feel luxuriously self-indulgent. But there’s a reason we’ve seen resurgence in the popularity of bespoke tailoring of late. The reality is, there is simply nothing quite like personalisation. The answer to your wildest wardrobe dreams, made-to-measure clothing offers more than just the perfect fit, it delivers the perfect fit for you. Here are a few reasons why made-to-measure suiting is a great option not only for special occasions, but for your every day. 

For the Fit:

It’s no secret that good fit is hard to find. Hours can be spent trying on options from what feels like hundreds of different brands, until finally you find something that seems to work. But why settle for something average when you could have something created on-spec? When you opt for made-to-measure suiting an expert tailor will modify each garment to the shape of your physique. That means less time worrying if your cuffs are sitting right, and more time feeling confident in your chosen ensemble.

For the Feel:

Getting dressed isn’t just about looking good; it’s about feeling good, too. And there’s nothing quite like the confidence that comes from wearing a garment made just for you. Made-to-measure clothing gives you so much more than just perfectly-aligned buttons and hems that fall just so. When you step out in a garment made for you, you step out with unbridled confidence, in comfort and in style. 

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HOW TO | Assemble a Winning Work Look

Sometimes it takes something extra to stand out from the sea of suits flooding the foyer, the lift or the boardroom. Whether it's experimenting with textures or contrasting old-school style with contemporary accents, stepping outside your style comfort zone is a great way to get noticed – in a good way. Taking the first step towards becoming a fashion savant is the hardest, so read our guide to help you pick out some winning looks of distinction.

Begin with the Basics:

A contrasting blazer and trouser combo is the simplest way of experimenting with your daily work gear. It breaks up the linear aesthetic of more traditional suiting. 2The trick is to team items that, while each contributing to the overall look, aren't all competing for attention. For example, a navy check modern-cut blazer, teamed with the simple elegance of grey wool pants will create a pleasing juxtaposition. For a more sophisticated statement, try a double-breasted jacket teamed with trousers of the same hue to produce a chic tonal effect.

Pattern Perfect:

Contrary to popular opinion, sporting patterned shirts in the office can be a good thing. They add vibrancy and colour, and can give your everyday corporate look an injection of creative ingenuity. Just don't go overboard. Begin by choosing a shirt with a subtle-yet-distinct pattern, paired with lighter outerwear like a linen jacket.

The Finishing Touches:

Accessories are the punctuation to the structure of your wardrobe. They add depth, create nuance and offer an outlet for expression when more traditional dress codes are required. A simple way of adding detail is to start with pocket squares and ties, which can provide colourful accents to any outfit without too much fuss. Taking risks with your wardrobe can have both short- and long-term benefits. The confidence that comes from knowing you are looking your best and the impact of a great first impression can't be underestimated. It's also the only way to develop you own sense of style.

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HOW TO | Make Layering Simple

Truth be told, it doesn’t really get too cold in Australia. But when you think about it, this is even more of a reason to perfect the art of layering — you can mix and match shirts, knits and jackets to keep you warm without having to look like the Michelin man or a street style wannabe.

The key to layering lies in the rule of three — three layers, that is. Enough options for variety but not too many to be too overwhelming. Curious? Read ahead on our style guide to layering.

1) Start with a good base layer.

Think cotton tees, button-up shirts or long-sleeved skivvies. This should be the thinnest garment of your ensemble and is ideally made of breathable material to keep you cool underneath your top layers. But beware of wearing any old tee, this item should also be able to work as a stand-alone piece as you may end up stripping down to just this when it becomes unexpectedly warm.

2) Pick a good knit.

Over your base layer but underneath a jacket, this is your middle layer. A good knit is made from wool (or wool blend) to trap warmth and add depth and texture to your outfit. This season, look for details like cable knits, shawl collars, and ribbing.

3) Finish off with a great coat or jacket.

Women understand the power of a statement piece. When it's cold enough that a jumper won't suffice, a great coat or jacket is your statement piece. It's the first thing people will notice in your outfit and determines your overall silhouette. We're not suggesting anything over-the-top or attention-grabbing, a great one should speak for itself in cut, weight and fabric. Look for tailored overcoats or modernised leather jackets.

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HOW TO | Pack for Business Trips

Organisation is paramount when it comes to business and travelling. Read out four tips on how to master packing for out of town business trips.

1. Mix & Match

Don’t pack for every possible situation. Bring just a few pieces from the core set of essentials so you can mix and match to create multiple looks.

2. Layer Up

Pack multiple thin layers rather than a bulky coat and bring no more than two pairs of shoes, including the ones you’re wearing.

3. Good Fabrication

Choose fabrics that don’t crush or crease, like a wool stretch blend.

4. Fold Well

Roll casual clothing like jeans and t-shirts to prevent wrinkling and save space in your bag. Fold formal wear in half with other clothing in between.

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TREND | The Broken Suit

The tailored suit is transformed this season, reborn and comfortably undone. Mismatched suit jackets and trousers will allow men to have more fun with suiting, and to better showcase their own sense of style. 

Taking the best of suiting suaveness and adding a dash of spontaneity, this look is all about throwing caution to the wind in a gentlemanly fashion. From matching two different tones of the same colour, to wearing a checked suit jacket with plain pants, the broken suit offers a multitude of style options.

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MUST HAVES | Perfect Matches

When it comes to fashion, most men are creatures of ease and routine. We all know of the 5-shirt rotation for the work week, dropped off to the dry cleaners on Friday and picked up on Monday, and then paired with a tie chosen from a drawer-ful selection from one’s desk. It’s an efficient approach that takes the guesswork out of dressing, except when it comes to finding the right tie to match with your shirt. But there are some easy tips to follow to help ease this workwear conundrum. Read on for our fool-proof guide to shirt and tie pairings.

Solid Shirt & Solid Tie: 

The most basic pairing, but play with textures to add a bit of interest, like a knitted tie. Invest in a high-quality shirt and tie as plainer fabrics show poor fabrication and manufacturing more so than print.

Small Pattern Shirt & Solid Tie, and vice versa:

You can’t go wrong with matching a solid and a print but as a general rule, make sure your ties are darker than your shirts, and stick with similar or contrasting colours in different shades and tones. 

Small Pattern Shirt & Large Pattern Tie: 

Mixing patterns can be tricky but it adds an interesting detail to your look. If you are unsure, opt for a thin-striped shirt which can be as easily paired as a solid one.

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MUST HAVES | Defining Your Work Suit

Looking confident and professional are key to moving up the food chain and there’s nothing like a suit to tick both boxes. But not all suits are the same and where you work and what industry you are in can be good places to start to determine which suit suits you.

Banker:

Uncertain economic times and recent spectacular financial crashes have meant the banking industry has become more traditional and conservative in practice. Look the part and opt for a suit in a classic fit with wide shoulders and lapels, and a longer jacket length. Wear with a crisp white shirt and shiny lace-up business shoes.

Architect:

No one seems to know of its provenance but there’s a sartorial stereotype amongst architects and their penchant for wearing black. Stand out from the pack and select a dark blue suit which is just as versatile, paired with a black or brown shoe. 

Agency Creative:

The modern-day equivalent of Don Draper comes in a slim-cut suit and minimal style. Note the higher arm holes and slimmer leg, and paired with sneakers, it’s a casual look but one that inspires confidence, no matter what brief they throw at you.