DAR­REN KENNEDY

Irish Independent - Weekend Magazine - - Column -

It’s a com­mon myth that a suit must al­ways be worn as a whole. Re­mem­ber when you buy a suit, you are in fact buy­ing two pieces of cloth­ing, or in­deed three if get­ting a waist­coat. Worn sep­a­rately, these items can be­come the hard­est-work­ing gar­ments in your wardrobe. With the line be­tween for­mal and ca­sual-wear be­com­ing in­creas­ingly blurred, now is the per­fect time to re­con­sider your wardrobe, and in par­tic­u­lar your ‘tin of fruit’.

This sea­son, the trend for tai­lor­ing to loosen up con­tin­ues, with wide-leg trousers and slouchy cuts be­com­ing ca­sual go-tos. Laid-back suits are now ev­ery man’s (and many women’s) down­time hero — worn, not with a shirt and tie, but with a T-shirt. Don­ning a trench is the eas­i­est way to inject some se­ri­ous old-school style into any out­fit — it’s an ageless clas­sic. Think Paul New­man, Humphrey Bog­art and Brad Pitt — all cham­pi­ons of the trench.

Look out for pieces with con­tem­po­rary touches such as leather de­tail­ing on the col­lar, epaulettes or cuffs. Dur­ing the re­cent Paris Fash­ion Week, French pow­er­house Cé­line fea­tured menswear for the first time in the brand’s 73-year his­tory, in­clud­ing many of our favourite pieces. Af­fir­ma­tion if ever it was needed. Dress down your tai­lor­ing by re­plac­ing your shirt with a tee or light­weight sweater. Opt for a dou­ble-breasted suit in navy with a slim-tai­lored pro­file, which works well when worn with a sim­ple white T-shirt and white train­ers.

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