The art of dressing: a men’s style guide

From luxurious loafers worn with skate-influenced layers to the best Italian tailoring dressed down with sneakers and clashing prints – the recent fashion week shows have given us carte blanche to break the rules. So welcome to the art of dressing, you rule-breaking rogue.

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From the tailors to the terraces

As Kim Jones continues to give Dior’s tailoring a sportier edge and Riccardo Tisci sets a fresh new tone at Burberry – the street-syle galleries of fashion week are becoming less about the moustached-gent-complete-with-sock-suspender types. Why? Because we’ve become a bit bored of the uniforms. And why can’t luxurious silk tailoring pair up with a skater shirt? Or a football scarf be worn by those of us who’ve never set foot on the football terraces? It’s time to mix, match and forget about those outdated fashion ‘red cards’.

In the ’90s there was such a specific idea of a man, but since then, fashion has evolved dramatically and today one cannot define men in just that same, clear way.

Donatella Versace speaking after her Milan show

Just in: the most hyped accessories
Buckets of bucket hats, sports-inspired touches and artistic prints.

First look: Eleventy - pantsjacket and scarf / Paul Smith - sweater / Prada - sneakers (coming soon) 
Second look: SSS World Corp - jacket and pants / Tiger of Sweden - turtleneck / Maison Margiela - sneakers / Jil Sander - sweater

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Whatever suits

From drawstring waists to relaxed-cut blazers, a new wave of tailoring brands is keeping the gentlemanly dream alive in a less prescriptive way. Take, for example, Eleventy, which blends the best Italian craftsmanship and luxurious materials with workout clothes influences. And then, on the otherhand, you have the likes of SSS World Corp – the brand ‘inspired by pimps, surfers and heavy metal’ – celebrating the power suit alongside its sports tops and technical fabrics. You see the suit isn’t dead, it’s just evolved.

Traditional rules no longer apply, which is refreshing and empowering for us all…with business dress, for example, the idea of a suit 'uniform' in the office no longer applies.

Marco Baldassari, founder of Eleventy

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Eclectic Avenue

Marni, Valentino, Dries Van Noten: the masters of print are at it again. So rather than tone one statement item down with plain black and denim, we say clash them together, see what works, and don’t be afraid to dress with a touch of eccentricity. This is how print is made to be worn: bold, unabashed, and with a real sense of fun.

Just in from: Prada
The brand that always treads its own path.

SSS World Corp - shirt (coming soon) / Eleventy - sweater / Maison Margiela - pants / Homme Boy Co - chains / Church's - shoes (coming soon) / Acne Studios - bag

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The art of the unexpected

‘Normcore’, the trend of anti-fashion fashion, seems to have died a death with a collective yawn (there’s only so many worker jackets we can own), but the roots of the look have developed into something altogether more interesting. See: khaki ‘Dad’ pants, trad knits and classic formal shoes suped up with a bold graphic top or animal print (that shirt is bananas, SSS World Corp). Unexpected, yes, but a whole lot more intriguing.

Just in from: Versace
The original rule-breaker goes back to its roots.

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Sport your own style

Fluro sneakers, sports piping and even gym-ready accessories – these are the workout clothes touches that can easily blend with more formal items for a fresher look. Take, for example, the ‘traditional brogue and dress pant’ combo – doesn’t that feel a bit over-dressed for now? Instead, wear with smart joggers. Or how about slinging a duffle bag – or even belt bag – over your suit on the way to work? This is dressing made for our modern-day routine.

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