Not sure where to start now dressing up is back? The good news is that a few simple swaps will take the formality out of smart wear and give casual classics a serious style upgrade
Swap a blazer for a smart bomber jacket
The new smart wear takes smart staples and casual classics and mixes them in unexpected ways. Heading out for dinner at your favourite restaurant? If a tailored jacket feels a step too far in the style stakes, consider the smart bomber jacket. Throw over a classic white T-shirt and team with slim navy chinos for a thoroughly modern take on the two-piece suit.
Team a polo shirt with formal trousers
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 trousers 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 pared-back trainers to tip the balance towards casual.
Add a sporty twist to a formal suit
Returning to the workplace means finding a sweet spot between the formality of a full suit and tie outfit and the relaxed feel of the loungewear looks that have ruled while working from home. 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 polo shirt and sneakers maximise the sporty vibe.
Words: Miranda Eason