The Week­end Away

Men's Health (UK) - - M H P Romot I O N -

Un­less you’re the sort who likes spend­ing his week­end so­journs dressed like Ja­cob Rees-mogg, dress­ing down your suit is a must. You may well have booked the coun­try house ho­tel, the restau­rant may be full-on fayn dayn­ing, but easy­go­ing fab­rics – such as flecked wool and tweeds – are all that are re­quired. “The de­tails are key here to mak­ing you look and feel re­laxed,” says Tim Ar­den, head of pri­vate tai­lor­ing at Gieves & Hawkes. “A patch pocket, for in­stance, will in­stantly de­for­malise a jacket.” But re­mem­ber that when the jacket is do­ing most of the heavy lift­ing, it nat­u­rally be­comes the fo­cal point of the out­fit. It pays, then, to in­vest in a qual­ity piece be­cause bet­ter cloth will keep its shape longer, es­pe­cially in an un­struc­tured gar­ment. Tai­lor and de­signer Ti­mothy Ever­est ad­vises look­ing to the more re­cent trend for semi-tai­lored sports jack­ets in washed cash­meres or knit­ted fab­rics that ap­pear wo­ven. “Lay­er­ing with fine gauge knitwear or crew­neck cot­ton shirts can work per­fectly well in lieu of a starched col­lar and tie. You can pretty much trust the suit jacket to go with any­thing. Just wear it your way with con­fi­dence.”

STYLE - 10/ 17 SUIT £ 825 RICHARD JAMES JUMPER £ 230 APC AT MATCH­ESFASH­ION. COM WATCH £ 4250 TAG HEUER BAG £ 1495 MUL­BERRY

COAT £ 95 BUR­TON BLAZER £ 100 AND TROUSERS £ 100 H& M DENIM JACKET £ 225 RAG& BONE AT MRPORTER. COM FOULARD £ 235 PAL ZILERI

BLAZER £ 500 AND TROUSERS £ 290 AMI CARDI­GAN £ 170 JOHN SMED­LEY VEST £ 55 SCHIESSER POCKET SQUARE £ 29 SUITSUPPLY BAG £ 1350 MUL­BERRY

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