‘Great men are seldom over-scrupulous in the arrangement of their attire.’ Charles Dickens
As a woman I, like many others, have become an expert in obsessing over and selecting what to wear in order to conform to social dress codes, and not only that but I have perfected the ability to modify my outfit throughout the day depending on the occasion. However the men in my life tell me that it’s not as easy for a man to follow the same rules and know what and how to wear their clothes for different occasions, which is why I believe that men are often forced to dress in similar and safe fashion! So I’m setting out to explain in 3 blogs, what the difference is between, casual, smart-casual and formal. Here are a few simple rules on how to approach dressing so that it needn’t be as confusing or boring….
Part 1: Casual
If there is one time when you have complete freedom to express yourself and your style then this is it – in essence there are no rules! Of course the safe option is to have a couple pairs of jeans, some T-shirts, a jumper or two and mix and match them depending on your mood but I’m going to give you a few different options so you can stand out from the crowd!
Why not swap your standard blue jeans for joggers, cargos, coloured corduroys, chinos, grey wool flannel trousers or just jeans in a darker colour and close fit. These simple upgrades can go a long way in improving your style!
Of course I haven’t forgotten footwear – as a rule of thumb don’t be tempted to wear your running or workout shoes as it’s a lazy option and won’t do anything for your outfit! Keep it casual but fashion-forward and opt for sporty lace-ups in cooler months and slip-on plimsolls or open toed shoes in the summer if you feel like standing out a bit. For something that works all year round opt for a trainer from Nike or Adidas – an every day must-have!
The one question I often get asked by men is whether to wear long sleeved or short sleeved t-shirts? Of course the time of year plays a big part but in general I would say if you want a layered look then long is always a winner and still a big trend for SS15 – they are also a great trans-seasonal piece. Why not mix it up a bit though and look at incorporating the latest trends – contrasting details, bold prints, zipped hems, skater styles and baseball tees. Of course the fit will also impact the appearance with oversized and longline tops for a more relaxed casual style and slim fit eluding to a smarter look. Here are a few options to try to dispel the myth that short sleeved crew neck t-shirts in black, white and grey are your only wardrobe options.
Hoodies and Sweatshirts
You can’t have too many hoodies and sweatshirts as these are the ultimate in casual cool but can be dressed up or down depending on the look your want.
I hope you enjoyed my round up of how to dress casually, I’ve enjoyed writing it and hope you’ll continue to follow my menswear updates – Part 2: Smart/Casual coming soon!
Daniel Peres once said that the right pair of jeans ‘plays a starring role in a man’s life’ so much so that they have been known to ‘outlast girlfriends – even wives’! So with denim adorning our very own fashion pack and front lining every catwalk for SS15 I thought I would take a look at this rugged masculine fabric and check out the latest collection of sleek denim jackets, shirts and, of course, that all important pair of perfect jeans! I’ll also be addressing that crucial question of denim-on-denim – should you or shouldn’t you?!
Whether you choose a timeless design or an acid-washed number, a denim jacket is your year-round classic and a style favourite for SS15. Your can find some great styles in an array of washes and even some with additions like borg collars, jersey sleeves or black-on-black styles to add a bit more interest. Team with a longer length tee or shirt and suede boots for a flawless look that’ll keep you stylish all summer long.
This slim cut biker jacket from Lee is a must have for denim connoisseurs and looks seriously cool in a deep shape of indigo with a vintage printed interior.
Lee 125 X Donwan Harrell indigo denim jacket £125
This coated grey denim jacket is a great casual option – perfect for Spring. Team with a cotton shirt and a great pair of jeans for a casual man about town look.
Belstaff Tunstall dark grey coated denim jacket £325
For something a bit more rugged why not try this denim jacket with an authentic distressed cowboy finish! Finish off the look by teaming it with a checked shirt and a pair of cotton chinos.
Mr Porter: Jean Shop ranch slim-fit denim jacket £170
Mens denim shirts are super stylish right now and are a great casual addition to your wardrobe. With such an array of styles you can opt for the cool classic shirt or why not widen your search and check out longline and oversized styles in acid washes or all over prints to update your look. Embrace denim-on-denim and hail the 90’s by pairing it with your jeans, a leather jacket and a great pair of brogue boots.
This lightweight soft-touch denim shirt couldn’t be more on trend as True Religion draw inspiration from 1970’s style to create authentic vintage pieces.
ASOS: True Religion denim shirt colour block cut and sew £149
For something a bit more classic opt for this denim shirt in a distressed vintage look with great detailing to add that extra bit of interest. The dark wash gives it a rugged outdoor feel.
Superdry Brad denim shirt £59.99
For a well-worn look and old-school feel try this mid-weight denim shirt with corduroy appliqués and tonal patches. For those confident creative types out there why not try denim-on-denim and pair it with your favourite pair of jeans!
Mr Porter: Remi Relief distressed denim shirt £280
So finally a great pair of jeans – a man’s best friend and a wardrobe necessity! From skinny to relaxed, there’s jeans to suit all styles so you can look modern and stylish. A big look for SS15 is grunge, so look out for ripped jeans and dark coated denim but if you prefer that more classic look the shops are still selling those blue and black staples. Lastly, choosing the wash of a jean speaks volumes about the man wearing it so select carefully!
Think dress down Friday and opt for a pair of dark jeans which are properly tailored and team with a pair of brown suede boots and a cotton button down shirt without a tie.
Mr Porter: Richard James once washed straight-fit selvedge denim jeans £260
For something a bit more edgy try a worn-in look with these faded and ripped jeans. For a deliberate contrast pair them with a crisp white shirt and navy blazer.
Harvey Nichols: DSQUARED² distressed dark blue slim leg jeans £300
Grey jeans have become a contemporary classic providing a stylish alternative to the usual black and blue washes. In this slim leg style with tapered ankle you have the perfect pair of jeans to showcase your new trainers!
Diesel Tepphar grey slim leg jeans £140
So if you want to look effortlessly stylish this Spring then denim is the material to invest in – whether it’s for a casual weekend, a dress down Friday or a night out there’s a style and fit to suit you. I hope you’ve enjoyed my round up of this season’s most coveted denim menswear trends – I’ve enjoyed writing it and hope you’ll continue to follow my menswear updates!