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.