Invest in high quality classics and let the rest of your outfit follow. Before you choose your statement-making seasonal pieces, consider the unsung sartorial staples which will anchor your look from season to season. Think little, not often: buy fewer high-quality pieces which will stand the test of time, and layer your fashionable finds on top.
Don’t underestimate the value of a well placed accessory. Outside of fashion week, the presence of classic accessories – pocket squares aside – are woefully under-represented. Part of the problem lies with their peerless ability to turn outfit into costume. But, by donning sparingly as part of a low-key outfit a classic fedora or a pair of driving gloves can add a time-tested aesthetic appeal unmatched.
Make a statement in monotone. Whether you opt for white on white in high summer, or grey on grey this winter, dressing tonally is the year’s most championed way to go minimal. Inspired by the pared-back aesthetic of Scandinavian countries, this trend can be given a distinctly British sensibility by opting for barely-there heritage pattern and detailing, as illustrated by the Liverpool trouser.
Take a tailored approach wherever you are. It’s hard to deny the appeal of top-to-toe tailoring in the boardroom, but this year keep your mind open to the merits of tailoring worn in all manner of scenarios. Choose from a diverse range of fabrics, textures and colours for days spent in the city or on elegant continental weekend breaks.
Think not of a smart and a casual wardrobe as separate entities, but rather select versatile items so that your wardrobe feels relevant more often. For example, invest in a classic yet contemporary jumper such as Chestnut which will feel just as stylish dressed down with jeans as it will dressed up with a pair of formal trousers.
Invest for the journey. Whether it’s a holdall for weekends away or a messenger bag to house all of your work paraphernalia, few things make more sense that investing in a bag steeped in luxury, quality and classic design. For this look to a bag crafted from leather, and year on year natural wear will only add distinction.