Savile Row-trained tailor Luke Sweeney’s sartorial steals
Comfort is key for me.
Every man needs to be comfortable because if he’s not, it will show, and that’s not stylish. I keep things pretty simple. I reference the guys back in the day: Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Steve Mcqueen, Saint Laurent. They kept things very clean and timeless. I’m not dandyish at all, and that’s why I feel at ease.
I stick to a formula:
a blazer with a soft shoulder, a powder-blue or white shirt with a buttondown collar, and sometimes a dark grey cashmere tie. The only dressy element is a paisley pocket square, which lends personality and colour. This will work for most situations you may find yourself in.
A polo neck is a great option for winter.
Keep it lightweight and a thin gauge, and wear it with a blazer for a timeless, debonair look. A sleeveless cardigan can be a good transeasonal piece, too. A light one can fit under a blazer and is more modern than a sweater.
Tailoring can be intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be if you keep things simple.
Ease yourself in by wearing a cashmere blazer and grey flannel trousers with a polo shirt or denim shirt, instead of a traditional white or blue one. People can overdo it, but you don’t have to go to such great lengths to be stylish.
Ralph Lauren has always been a huge inspiration for me.
When I was a teenager, I saved up to buy a classic Oxford shirt with a button-down collar. This kind of smart-buteasy, preppy take on fashion is a great way to dress.
My two pieces of advice for men are:
steer away from crazy coloured socks – it’s a bit ‘city boy with his first pay cheque’; and every man should own a tuxedo jacket. It’s an investment that changes how you feel and puts you in the mood for an evening.