Do you open your wardrobe ev­ery day to a sea of bor­ing blacks and greys? Switch up your style this sea­son with our top tips for get­ting out of your fash­ion rut, says Gemma Jones

Friday - - Society Living Leisure -

Men, get out of your com­fort zone with our bril­liant sug­ges­tions to jazz up your wardrobe.


Tempt­ing as it is to stick to safe and sim­ple sta­ples, pat­terns will give your wardrobe an in­stant lift. From stylish stripes to check-me-out checks and pol­ished pais­leys, adding just a few state­ment pieces to your ex­ist­ing wardrobe can fast-for­ward your fash­ion sense in a snap. Take it slowly with printed shirts to start with – and the pat­terned blazer can wait un­til you’re ready to make more of a sar­to­rial state­ment.


If you aren’t con­fi­dent in the style stakes then ac­ces­sories are your saviour when it comes to adding char­ac­ter to an out­fit. Be­gin by in­vest­ing in a use­ful-yet-stylish man bag – prefer­ably one you can use at work and at week­ends – and then add some fin­ish­ing touches in the form of belts, pocket squares or quirky cuff­links. Lay­er­ing ac­ces­sories will turn an out­fit of dull basics into a dap­per en­sem­ble, and don’t be shocked if the com­pli­ments come fly­ing in – it’s amaz­ing how much dif­fer­ence the de­tails make.


Does your shoe col­lec­tion amount to no more than one pair of smart brogues for for­mal oc­ca­sions, and a clas­sic sneaker to go with ev­ery­thing else? Break out of the typ­i­cally limited male footwear mould and get a lit­tle more well-heeled with braver colour choices and qual­ity ma­te­ri­als. Stay safe with the clas­sic brogue, loafer or es­padrille, but jazz them up by choos­ing luxe leather or suede ex­te­ri­ors, ex­per­i­ment­ing with pat­tern or even go­ing bold with a splash of colour – darker shades of pri­mary colours blue, red and yel­low add in­ter­est while main­tain­ing mas­culin­ity.


Splashing out on a suit for work might come sec­ond na­ture to you, but your ca­sual closet deserves some TLC too. Do you live in jeans? Make sure they’re a qual­ity pair – bud­get denim al­ways shows. And take tai­lor­ing into your week­end too with a smart blazer, waist­coat or state­ment chi­nos mixed and matched with ca­sual shirts or low-key tees for the ul­ti­mate in laid-back style.

Shirt Dh220,

Ted Baker

Not sure which print to go for? Tar­tan and checks were the go-to pat­terns on A/W13 run­ways, so you cer­tainly won’t be alone if you opt for

one of them this sea­son

Blazer Dh2,700, CH Carolina


Shirt POR, Robert Gra­ham at Harvey



Tie Dh625, Alexan­der McQueen

Dh125, H&M

Bag Dh2,800, Coach

Pocket square Dh95, Thomas


Cuff­links Dh500, Hack­ett Cuff­links Dh500,


Belt POR, Geox

Scarf Dh670, Marc Jacobs

Bow tie Dh670, CH Carolina


A stylish bow tie in a low-key colour or some off­beat cuff­links will in­ject per­son­al­ity into your wardrobe while keep­ing it


Loafers Dh580, Fins at

Bou­tique 1 Have you ever strayed from the fail-safe brown and black shoe shades? Blue is just as ver­sa­tile but

adds panache to your palette

Boots Dh125,

Shoe Mart Check or denim-ef­fect fab­rics

keep it ca­sual yet cool

Brogues Dh3,100, Alexan­der McQueen

Loafers Dh1,850, Har­rys

of Lon­don

Leather high-tops Dh295, Pull and



Dh495, Ted Baker

Denim shirt Dh499, Sacoor

Broth­ers Pick up denim and cloth check shirts for ca­sual and keep cot­ton

classics for the of­fice

Jeans Dh850, Diesel Stonewashed jeans doesn’t mean fall­ing apart at the seams. Keep your den­ims good qual­ity and

up to date Blazer Dh1,035, Ted Baker

Cardi­gan Dh625, Sacoor


Waist­coat Dh550, Reiss

Red chi­nos

Dh325, Su­perdry

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