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Sav­ile Row-trained tai­lor Luke Sweeney’s sar­to­rial steals

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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.

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