WHAT I’VE LEARNED ABOUT STYLE

Sir Paul Smith, 71, de­signer and founder of Paul Smith

Mens Health (Australia) - - Discover Hokkaido -

“The big­gest les­son I’ve learned over many years of dress­ing my­self is to ac­cept your age and dress ac­cord­ingly. For me, style is about un­der­stand­ing your life­style, know­ing your body type and then dress­ing in a way that feels ap­pro­pri­ate. That’s not be­ing con­ser­va­tive, it’s just be­ing smart. “When­ever you’re de­cid­ing what to wear it’s most im­por­tant that you should feel – and there­fore look – as nat­u­ral as pos­si­ble. If it feels forced then you’re never go­ing to look stylish. I like to think that I de­sign clothes peo­ple feel com­fort­able wear­ing. In fact, I’ve al­ways prided my­self on mak­ing kit that men re­ally love and want to wear, rather than leave on a hanger. “Ul­ti­mately, I be­lieve style can be found in sim­plic­ity. Even if it’s some­thing that we all wear a lot of – a white shirt or a navy blue suit, per­haps – you can look in­her­ently stylish if you do it with con­fi­dence. On no ac­count, how­ever, should you ever be seen wear­ing a tie with a large Wind­sor knot. That’s very im­por­tant!”

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