The Big Night Out
While it’s natural to want to dress up a little for an evening on the tiles, whether it’s a special occasion like a birthday or an anniversary, don’t be tempted to go full-blown TOWIE. These are more relaxed times: “There’s always a place for a touch of tailoring,” says Arden, however, turning up like Conor Mcgregor at a fight night press conference is definitely not the way to go.
To walk the line, think more about pairing an unstructured sports jacket with a soft drape and regular cut, flat-fronted trousers.
Hitchcock also advises avoiding traditional business colours, opting instead for tans, browns, or brighter/ lighter shades of blue. The weight of fabric is important here, too: you want something that is heavy enough to hold its shape and not crease easily (vital should the night turn into day) and yet light enough to breath – you’re out for a good time, after all.
“Tonics and mohairs are best for jackets, with flannels and gabardines for trousers,” says Hitchcock. “But if you take your nocturnal activities seriously and want to investigate bespoke options, 12 or 13oz cloths tend to work well all year round in the British climate.”