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HOW TO | Ace Smart Casual

The ‘smart casual’ dress code is a complicated choice that can be testing even to those fashion experts. So, what do you choose? Jeans? Sneakers? A tie? Is a tee too casual? Read ahead on our core tips to help you effortlessly ace that smart-casual look. 

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The T-shirt:

A t-shirt can easily replace a collared shirt in a more business/formal outfit that you’ve worn in the past. Pair smart suit separates, or choose a blazer and chinos to combine with your tee, and enjoy a relaxed yet professional look for an evening party. Choose plain colours and let the rest of your outfit do the talking.

Knits:

A stylish knit is a great casual piece that you can play with. Get creative with details and add your own flavour with a layered button shirt and a neat pair of chinos. As knits are bulky, keep the bottom half light and streamlined so the overall look doesn’t seem too chunky.

Styling Up Jeans: 

Jeans are usually a casual option, but with the right pairings, your hosts won’t even blink at your jeans pairing. Opt for slim-fitted dark wash jeans, and keep things sleek, minimal and clean. Wear a lighter blazer over your jeans, roll them up to reveal some ankle and choose a stylish leather shoe to top it all off.

Sneakers

A simple fashion sneaker can help enhance a style and give the rest of your formal look a fun edge. Make sure you aren’t using your daggy, dirty pair, and have a fresh, clean pair ready. Pair with chinos or trousers to keep the look endlessly stylish, and choose a neat or coloured shirt that gives you the “smart” touch.

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MUST HAVES | White Shirts

Every man needs a steady rotation of crisp white shirts. Often part of life’s big moments: your first formal, internship, wedding, promotion, deal-clinching moment – the white shirt has your back. Read ahead on all the types of white shirts you need in your wardrobe.

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The New Standard:

Sure, white shirts are classic but they don’t need to feel standard issue. Choose a style that has a luxurious stretch for all-day comfort and a clean, impeccable fit. The result? A more sculpted, flattering look, and a feeling of comfort that you can take from boardroom to bar and beyond. 

Tuxedo Nights:

For your classier occasions, give traditional a modern twist with stylish updates like contrast panelling, comfortable stretch fabrications and hidden buttons that won’t break your clean silhouette. Pair with your black-tie suit and separates for easy Monaco-worthy class.

Weekend Cool:

There’s no better way to add a little sophistication to a weekend barbecue or relaxed brunch than a clean white shirt. Use a linen shirt for Italian-inspired beach-to-bar holiday outfits, or give weekends some polish by pairing a classic oxford with denim and leather boots.

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MUST HAVES | Tan Shoes

It may be stating the obvious that all great things are built from the ground up, but for a man's wardrobe it's particularly key. The fact of the matter is that your style barometer starts with your shoe arsenal. A tan brogue, derby or oxford is quite simply the new 'go-to' shoes.

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If you are looking for elegant versatility, there is no substitute. Anchor any grey, blue or navy suit with a classic tan brogue. Or if you prefer a more pared back look our lace-up oxford with an embossed leather upper delivers confident and modern style with all the right details.

As for all shoes the key is to make sure your pants or chinos are tailored correctly (you pant length should sit just above the shoe line). Where tan shoes come into their own though is how they migrate seamlessly from the boardroom to the bar. A pair of tan leather shoes look sharp with a suit but pair equally well with chinos and denim. 

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HOW TO | Tie a Bow Tie

We all love a ready-to-wear bow tie. They’re sharp, they’re practical, they’re well, ready-to-go. But there comes a time in every man’s life where the occasion calls for something special.

Your wedding day; your best mate’s wedding; your jaunt to Monaco – you get the picture. Sometimes you owe it to the occasion to tie the bow tie yourself. Naturally, this is where a mild panic sets in but with a few practice runs, it will be a breeze!

Go on, give it a try.

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MUST HAVES | The Traveller Suit

Long haul flights. Hastily packed suitcases. Spontaneous client dinners. Life happens and we think your suits should keep up. Read ahead on why you need a Traveller Suit: a tailor-made style move for the frequent flyer and modern man on the go.

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Business Class Comfort:

Long workdays are tough enough without enduring an uncomfortable suit. Look for a lightweight suit with a firm, comfortable stretch that looks as good as it feels.

Skip the Iron:

A clever anti-wrinkle, anti-crease fabrication keeps your Traveller Suit looking sharp, wear after wear – designed to withstand back-to-back meetings and the ‘left-my-suit-crumpled-on-the-floor’ test. The end result? A luxurious boardroom-ready look, that puts its best foot forward every time.

Beyond the Boardroom:

When a suit’s this good, it’d be a crime to hide it in the office. Mix and match your Traveller Suit separates for high comfort, high style looks, anywhere you like.

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HOW TO | Fold a Pocket Square

Often an overlooked style tool, a pocket square adds punch and finesse, and is an easy way to add newness to your wardrobe. Not only for black tie and special occasions, you can rock a pocket square with your everyday suit or smart casual blazer/chino combo. Read ahead on the four basic folds will have you covered for work, weddings and everything in between. 

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The Casual Fold:

Think of the casual fold as the easy way to look effortless. A simple puff fold will keep your look laid-back without being sloppy.

The Triangle Fold:

A sophisticated, stylish all-rounder that’s easy to master. Opt for the Triangle Fold when in doubt.

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The Double Peak Fold:

This two-point fold is seriously sharp. It’s tricky to execute but it’s an instant upgrade that shows you’re no amateur.

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MUST HAVES | Summer Necessities

With summer on the horizon, it is time to make sure your wardrobe is ready for all things work and play. Read ahead for all your summer necessities. 

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Black Tie:

The silly season is around the corner, a time where standard suits just won’t cut it. More the more daring, try a velvet tuxedo jacket or intricate brocade burn outs, rich hues, floral and geo prints. Layer your tux jacket with our great variety of detailed formal tuxedo shirts and slim tailored pants. Finish off your black tie outfit with a pair of high shine formal shoes and you are ready to take on the town.

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Dress Casual:

Inject life into office attire – think half-lined lightweight blazers in fresh colours and textures, printed shirts and slim chinos. Work a dark chino with a lighter colour blazer or a mid-blue/bright blue blazer with a light-coloured chino. Contrast keeps it fresh for summer.

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Friday Night Parties:

Bet big on print and pattern this summer, for maximum impact with fewer layers. Pair back with a plain stretch chino or modern tailored pant. Ready to wear. Time to party.

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HOW TO | Dress Your Suit Up and Down

Tailoring does not just need to be for the 9-5. If your office has a casual dress code, invest in a suit that can be worn on a multitude of occasions. Unleash a suit’s potential with these five tips to dress it up or down.

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Number One:

THE LOOK:

Two-piece suit, polo shirt and sneakers.

WHERE:

Summer evenings.

HOW:

This was Don Draper’s weekend staple, but give it a modern twist with sneakers and a backpack. To keep this smart, ensure everything is logo-free and neutral.

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Number Two:

THE LOOK:

Two-piece suit, colourful shirt and tie.

WHERE:

Cocktail bar.

HOW:

If you want to make an impression, mix in a bold print shirt and tie. There is a fine line between looking like you’re making a statement and looking like you don’t know what you’re doing, so stick to similar or complementary colours.

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Number Three:

THE LOOK:

Suit jacket, casual shirt and jeans.

WHERE:

Saturday night down the pub.

HOW:

Throwing a jacket over a shirt and jeans is a fail-safe smart-casual look. Keep things simple with navy, selvedge denim and a light-cloth oxford shirt in a neutral colour and with a subtle pattern. 

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TREND | Style Moves to Steal from Conor McGregor

Whilst he may not have been a winner in the ring on Sunday, Conor McGregor is definitely a winner in the style stakes. Like a style version of a training montage, these moves will help you punch up your own wardrobe.

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Have A Cut Man in Your Corner:

McGregor’s custom suits fit him like a 4oz glove, which is more than half the battle. Even the finest suit will fall flatter than Ronda Rousey after a roundhouse kick to the face if it isn’t tailored properly. Conversely, with a few judicious tweaks, an inexpensive suit can punch well above its weight. As a rule, set aside between 10 and 20 per cent of your budget for alterations. And if your quads are bulging at your seams, size up in your trousers and get them taken in. The only belt you should need is a championship one.

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Master The Right Combinations:

Repeat after us (until it’s drummed into your head harder than McGregor’s jab): your tie and pocket square should never match exactly. Yes, they can be similar; perhaps close in colour, or the same pattern but on a different scale. But they should never, ever be identical, or they’ll bring your outfit down.

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Put On A Performance:

McGregor’s dress sense often skews as loud and brash as his trash talk. But like the latter, the former is all part of the show. McGregor understands that if he looks like a champion, and sounds like one, then guess what? He might just be one. The old adage of dressing for the job you want is a cliché, but it’s a cliché for a reason. It hints at effort, attention to detail, competence: you’re signalling that you’ve got this game on lock so hard it’s in a rear naked choke.

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MUST HAVES | Father’s Day Presents

Stuck on what to buy your Dad for Father’s Day next week? We’ve got you covered. So whether the Dad in your life is an adventure-loving Action Dad, a stylish Dapper Dad, or a timeless Classic Dad, we have specially curated selections to help let dad know how special he is. Keep reading to find your Dad the perfect gift this Father’s Day.

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Dapper Dad:

The Dapper Dad has refined his personal style to an enviable art form, favouring select fashions and objects where quality comes first. A classic whisky, an understated watch, or a bold pair of socks for that extra pop of colour. This guy is all about small details and touches of pure flair.

Classic Dad:

A man of timeless tastes, Classic Dad eschews the flashier trends, preferring to honour tradition and a truly classic style. Think a classic leather weekender bag or timeless cufflinks. Dependable and solid, this dad always puts the family before himself – and that’s why Father’s Day is the perfect moment to spoil your Classic Dad.

Action Dad:

Motto: life is an adventure. Hold the recliner and the cardigans, Action Dad feels the call of the wild and prefers the breeze in his hair. If there’s a gadget, this guy wants to know how it works. If he’s ever referred to the family as ‘The Team’, then yours is an Action Dad.