They say travel broadens the mind. And for those of you who have spent several hours standing in an endless queue waiting for a delayed flight to board will fully grasp the truly mind-altering effects seeing the world can have. Perhaps less obvious, though, is that going abroad can also help reinvigorate your style. Comical stereotypes aside (we’ll take a rain check on the Frenchman’s black beret and garlic garland), exploring some of the world’s most stylish cities can help equip you with some killer wardrobe moves that you would have never learned if you stayed home.
Master Versatility (Like The Men Of New York)
Any New Yorker worth their smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel knows the bulk of their wardrobe needs to work year-round. Living in a truly four-season city, the men of NYC are nothing without a rotation that can take them from office to bar, summer to winter. The New Yorker’s is a more classic approach to style, rooted in smart-casual staples that don’t date easily and are versatile enough to work for a wide array of occasions. Follow their cue – stocking up on Oxford shirts, chinos and easily layered outerwear in neutral colours – and you’ll never be stuck for something to wear.
Embrace Everything (Like The Men Of London)
We’ve lost count of the number of times we’ve heard the word ‘eclectic’ used to describe London menswear. Difficult to pin down a definitive aesthetic, London’s inventive approach to mixing clothing often sees Londoners marked out as some of the world’s most stylish men. In their looks, sharp tailoring meets relaxed sportswear and monochrome colour palettes meet punchy prints – all of which are layered masterfully in readiness for inevitable sheets of rain. Adopt this unpredictability and you’re onto a wardrobe winner.
Look Effortless (Like The Men Of Paris)
Like most things the French excel at (wine and cheese non-negotiable), the success of Parisian men’s style lies in the fact that it shows a clear appreciation of good taste. Whether it’s a perfectly cut trouser or a glove-fit Breton shirt, Parisians pride themselves on their ability to start with the basics, adding in bits for flair (those lightweight scarves) as they go. Follow the best-dressed Frenchmen by nailing the cornerstones of your wardrobe first, and then individualise with a few eye-catching pieces. You’ll appear stylish without looking like you’ve gone to pains to get there.
Pay Attention To The Details (Like The Men Of Florence)
The maestros of playful personal expression, Florentine men make a point of mixing bold colours, textures and accessories, all the while paying close attention to how they best slot together. For them, the whole outfit – from shirt collars, cuts and patterns to ties, pocket squares and cufflinks – is far greater than the sum of its parts. Aim for their level of accessories expertise and you’ll take your suit separates to the next level.
Push The Boundaries (Like The Men Of Tokyo)
Tokyo has a reputation for being a melting pot of style anything goes. But then again, considering it is one of the world’s most densely populated cities, how else would the Japanese capital’s men stand out from the competition? Look east by mixing boundary-pushing design (oversized and dramatic silhouettes, traffic-stopping prints) with fresh takes on all-American classics. It’s a wardrobe made up of pieces that are equal parts iconic and innovative, perfect for building outfits that will get you noticed.