Menswear has always been about rules. Strict office dress codes dominated workwear for decades, with businesses understanding that dressing smart has a positive effect on productivity, but times have changed and the traditional suit and tie is no longer the only option when wanting to look put together.
Today, smart casual attire is the new norm, and men want their clothes to work as well in the office as they do at the pub. But which blazers go with which trousers, and what shirt styles should you invest in? Thankfully, Charles Tyrwhitt has made things easy with its new collection of flexible wardrobe essentials.
If you’re looking for easy-to-wear, versatile clothing that works in a wide variety of social settings, you’re in the right place.
No More Rules
As part of Charles Tyrwhitt’s new collection, the brand invited award-winning Bartender and Drinks Consultant Rich Woods (aka The Cocktail Guy) to help show how this new approach to dressing – aptly titled ‘No More Rules’ – is practiced throughout his day.
Whether he’s managing bars, creating new recipes or meeting investors, style plays a vital part in Rich’s business endeavours.
“No two days in my week are the same and no two clients are either. Sure, it’s important to look the part, whatever the occasion, but style is also a reflection of our personality. With Charles Tyrwhitt’s hybrid collection I always feel suitably dressed, whilst still being able to reflect a bit of me.”
Rich Woods (aka The Cocktail Guy)
Charles Tyrwhitt’s new collection proves that versatility is the key to dressing well. It’s time to ditch the sharp, harsh lines of a 9-5 suit and replace it with comfortable, unstructured tailoring that’s just as at home in a meeting room as it is a cocktail bar after work.
In fact, these days you needn’t wear a suit at all. Tailoring separates consisting of a blazer and smart chinos can look just as professional as a two-piece, but without all of the associated stuffiness that comes with it.
Break the two up with an Oxford or chambray slim-fit shirt, skip the tie, and finish with suede loafers or Derbies and you’ll be ready for virtually anything.
4 Key Pieces For Flexible Dressing
Here’s a go-anywhere outfit made up of four key pieces that will never let you down. Wear it to a job interview, a first date, a wedding reception or a work event and be the sharpest guy in the room every time.
There are unstructured blazers, and then there are blazers that are so comfortable you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re wearing a cardigan. This is most certainly the latter. Crafted from an exceptionally soft merino wool, it is actually woven in the same way as your favourite knitwear, yet with the appearance of a regular blazer with its notch lapels and front patch pockets.
Try it on and you’ll never want to wear a suit again.
Ultimate Non-Iron Chinos
As far as slim-fit chinos go, these might be the ultimate version. Made from a comfortable stretch cotton, they’ll move with you, offering plenty of give in the same way a pair of sweatpants do.
The flattering fit tapers gently to the hem, while the fabric is stain resistant and will never crease, so you can be confident you’ll look your sharpest all day long.
For ultimate versatility, you should consider a denim shirt. While the fabric is usually associated with jeans and trucker jackets, lighter weaves make for great smart casual shirts that work as well in the office as they do on the weekend.
This one, with its cutaway collar and tailored fit, is perfect when tucked into chinos, but also works untucked over a white T-shirt. It’s the wardrobe staple you didn’t know you needed.
Suede Derby Brogues
Brogues might just be the perfect in-between shoe. They’re smart, yes, and finish off tailoring with aplomb. But they equally complement indigo denim or chinos, especially when made from a soft brown suede.
This pair is Goodyear welted for longevity and come with a grippy rubber sole, making them especially useful when on the move.
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