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THE NEW NORMAL

With designers turning their focus from dramatic style statements to effortlessly simple staples, it’s time to go back to basics, says menswear editor Ian Wright

JOIN THE CREW: THE
NECKLINE OF CHOICE FOR
EVERYDAY EASE

Nothing says stylish simplicity like a crew neck – from basic long-sleeve T-shirts to cosy colour-block knits and sweatshirts, it’s a confident, uncomplicated look

 

SETTING THE TONE
Grey marl, navy and black
form the base of the look –
with stonewash jeans as ‘decorative’ as things get

PLAY IT SMART
While most often seen in casual contexts, the classic style also works in more relaxed offices – a pair of neatly cut trousers is assuredly formal

LOAFING AROUND
Collezione leather penny loafers
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CRISP, CLEAN, CLASSIC
A simple white T-shirt is the foundation of any wardrobe. Look for quality fabric, wide neck ribbing and a longer sleeve to allow for a roll or two

RETURN OF THE MAC: THE
GO-WITH-ANYTHING
TRANSITIONAL ITEM

No matter what shade, a pared-back, single-breasted mac strikes the perfect balance between formality
and nonchalance

BRIGHT AND BREEZY
Kept plain, a vibrant hue brings the muted palette to life

OPEN UP
Resist the urge to button and belt up – it’s the fluid line of the mac that adds to the ease of the look

BUCKLE UP
M&S Collection leather belt
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SHADES OF GREY
Deceptively simple, the devil is in the detail – tone-on-tone colour combinations create maximum impact

WHITE-COLLAR WORKER:
THE MULTITASKING SHIRT AT
THE HEART OF IT ALL

Versatile, smart and iconic – the white shirt has it all. It’s the ideal base for a variety of on- and off- duty looks

 

MAN’S BEST FRIEND
If ever in doubt of what to wear, a white shirt will never let you down

Photography: Cameron McNee / Styling: Way Perry / Grooming: Amiee Hershan / Model: George at Select; James at FM

BUTTON IT
When fastened right to the top (minus a tie), the shirt is the purest illustration of smart casual

UNDERSTATED UTILITY
Rucksack with adjustable straps
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POP YOUR COLLAR

Done with confidence, the offhand roll of the sleeve and turn of the collar look more considered under a navy knit