In preparation for the spring party season, we decode the new rules of suiting and how to get it right.
While tailoring may feel like a far cry from the comfort zone we’ve grown accustomed to, fashion tells us there’s always room for a great suit. An enduring item in every man of styles wardrobe, its timeless appeal lies in the fact that it simply feels good to get dressed in the suited-up sense. Like streetwear though, suiting has undergone its own evolution too. Gone are the days of outdated formality, this spring we’re talking about the cool (and yes, comfort) factor. From effortless ways to do smart casual to new takes on classic cuts, it’s officially time to start thinking about getting dressed again.
Spring is all about separates. Think colours, prints and textures blended together to create something new. The name to know? MJ Bale. Founded in 2009, their reputation for handmade suits crafted in locally sourced natural fibres is second to none. The official tailor to the Australian Wallabies and the Australian test cricket team, their ability to bring old-school charm to new world style makes for an appealing proposition when it comes to reinvigorating your wardrobe. As for the styling, hone in on neutrals that complement one another and look to subtle contrasts in the shirting and tie department. Deep blues and forest greens pop best against the spring’s crisp creams. Tie it all together with a stylish loafer and a classic pair of shades. Our picks of the season? Surf Loafer’s by Dune London paired back with Berluti’s signature round sunglasses.
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Robertson Sand Jacket
For a cool way to do smart casual, consider pairing a non-traditional shirting option with a streamlined silhouette. An evolution of the tonal trend, there’s a monochromatic mood for style this season. Elevated yet perfectly down to earth, khaki offers up the freshest update here. Pairing with a white tee and a textured polo makes for a look that’s relaxed yet notably well-considered. If you’re prepping for a return to the office, make sure you add the right portfolio bag to round it out. Otherwise, an iconic timepiece and fresh pair of kicks are all you need.
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Montorso Double Buttoned Jacket
Montorso Tailored Pant
Griffiths Polo Knit
For those ready to return to a more classic cut, look to a combination of subtle checks and balanced blues as an easy way to mix things up. While ties and shirting have always provided prime real estate for personality, don’t be afraid to experiment with jackets too. After all, there’s a certain elegance that comes with mastering an understated style and the checked blazer does this brilliantly. What’s key here is pairing a check that anchors the rest of your colour palette; navy blue always offers up a timeless take. Pair it with chic cufflinks and box-white kicks for a polished look that goes the distance.
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Key Patch Pocket Half Lined Knotch Lapelle Jacket
Oxford Cotton Shirt
Windowpane Check Jacket
Melange Stripe Shirt
Refreshing the way you do special occasions starts with pieces you know you’re going to love beyond the season. There’s something to be said for the adage ‘Look good, feel good’ and the latest arrivals from POLITIX, Calibre and MJ Bale deliver on that. With styles to suit every speed, rediscover the joy of dressing up with pieces that simply make you smile. Looking for that extra touch of luxury? Calibre‘s double-breasted jacket is the answer. Ready to dial up on dapper? POLITIX‘s windowpane checks promise a dose of sartorial elegance while MJ Bale‘s rough knit textures say ‘seasoned man of style’. Finish it off with a pocket square cut from ultra-fine silk and you’ll be ready to make your grand entrance whenever the moment comes calling, just don’t forget your cardholder.