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After a year living in loungewear, dressing up can seem daunting. The good news? A few simple swaps will take the formality out of formalwear and give casual classics a serious style upgrade

Team a polo shirt with formal pants

Historically, the polo shirt has been seen as a smarter take on the T-shirt, but as dress codes have continued to relax, the casual classic has become a viable alternative to a formal shirt. Whether you wear it with smart pants or a full suit, a polo shirt softens tailored pieces just enough to hit the perfect balance between smart and casual. Wear with smart leather shoes to pull the look together or sneakers for a more laid-back feel. For a more casual look, try teaming it with a pair of easy-to-wear cargo pants.

Elevate your workwear basics

Heading out for an al fresco dinner at your favourite restaurant? If a tailored jacket feels a step too far in the smartness stakes, consider the smart bomber jacket. This stylish, lightweight bomber features water-repellent Stormwear technology for drizzly days. Throw over a classic white T-shirt and team with slim navy chinos for a thoroughly modern take on the two-piece suit. Team your polo with our vintage-inspired jeans for the ultimate smart casual weekend look.

Switch your sweatpants for comfy-yet-chic work pants

Returning to the workplace means finding a sweet spot between the formality of a full suit and the relaxed feel of the loungewear looks that have ruled lockdown. A padded gilet adds a sporty twist to a sharp suit, not to mention a stealthy extra layer of warmth that'll have your back against over-zealous office air conditioning and keep you warm at garden barbecues and pub beer-garden get-togethers. A sleek merino wool polo shirt and sneakers maximise the sporty vibe.

Words: Miranda Eason


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