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|14 Sep 2017|4 mins

Spring Events: Casual Cool

Sneakers and chinos have never looked so good
THE ICONIC
14 Sep 2017
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Not all events call for a suit and tie but that doesn’t mean you can do a full 360 and rock up in jeans and a tee either. As much as we’d love to stay in our sweats day in, day out, some occasions require a little more effort in the style department.

That’s where this season’s relaxed tailoring comes in. Think smart separates, like chinos and a sharp blazer, linen shirts with the sleeves rolled, and even sneakers (so long as they’re next-to-new and not completely thrashed).

When the dress code says smart-casual, these are the key pieces that will set you apart.

News
|14 Sep 2017|4 mins

Spring Events: Casual Cool

Sneakers and chinos have never looked so good
THE ICONIC
14 Sep 2017
Share:

Not all events call for a suit and tie but that doesn’t mean you can do a full 360 and rock up in jeans and a tee either. As much as we’d love to stay in our sweats day in, day out, some occasions require a little more effort in the style department.

That’s where this season’s relaxed tailoring comes in. Think smart separates, like chinos and a sharp blazer, linen shirts with the sleeves rolled, and even sneakers (so long as they’re next-to-new and not completely thrashed).

When the dress code says smart-casual, these are the key pieces that will set you apart.

When we’re talking “relaxed tailoring” we don’t mean a loose fit. A good way to decide whether a blazer is less formal and more casual is by looking at the fabric. Cotton and linen are a good sign that the tailored jacket of your choice will be a good match with chinos. Also consider the texture of the fabric; if it’s got a visible texture, like a more noticeable weave or flecks of another colour, then it’s considered smart-casual.

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Solid Cotton Poplin Shirt by Polo Ralph Lauren

As with jackets, cotton and linen blends are your best bet when choosing shirts for these types of spring events. Avoid looking too laid-back by sticking to long-sleeved styles with a collar, you can always loosen the top button and roll the sleeves once the formalities are done.

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Once you remove the obvious no-no’s, like jeans and trackies, when it comes to pants, there’s little room for error. Light coloured chinos are our fail-safe for spring festivities, but blacks and navies work well too. Keep the fit on the slimmer side and avoid any styles more relaxed than a straight-leg. Turn up the cuffs for a neat finish; if you need anything more than a double-roll then it’s time to them to the tailors.

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Archie Brogues by Grenson

As we mentioned earlier, sneakers are acceptable at these events if they’re in good nick, and even then, we don't mean a pair of new Nike Air Max’s that are fresh out of the box. If you’re still not sure, then stick to our edit or avoid them altogether and opt for a sneaker-brogue hybrid, like the rubber-soled styles by Grenson.

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The trend for the season is to go sockless but if that gets too uncomfortable then go for a patterned pair that will add character to your turned-up cuffs. You can skip a tie altogether but if you’re worried you won’t look dressed up enough, then avoid plain silks and choose a patterned design or one with a knitted texture.

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