Sorry girls, it seems like the guys have won all the plaudits for smart dressing so far this year. Men want to look good – really good – and if you check out the ‘who’s who’ of the UK’s ‘best dressed’, you’ll see that age and size are no barrier to fantastic style.
Success lies in cut and fit and choosing pieces that are simple but strong. Follow this concept through formal, casual and occasion wear and you’ll create a seasonal wardrobe that could rival Eddie Redmayne at his coolest.
Keep this summer simple and focus on two main looks – work and weekend. Formal has gone crazy this year with a mega return to the suit. There’s never been a better time to cut it with jackets, trousers and all the trimmings in a range of fabrics and designs. And there’s nowhere better to start building your outfit than Skopes at Dalton Park. With over 60 years’ experience in top tailoring, casual wear and accessories, you’ll find Skopes can help with every preferred style from classic, semi-formal and casual to edgier, sharp and snappy.
Start with a great jacket. For work choose classic, tailored or slim-fit designs in mainstay block colours such as navy, blue, charcoal and grey or lighten your look with stone or a blue stripe. And if you’re not quite ‘standard’ size you can still look decidedly dapper with Skopes’ ‘Big & Tall’ range, available in a variety of colour-ways. And don’t forget if you want to ‘up’ the formality, then simply add a waistcoat. They’re not essential these days but definitely add a smart dimension to any suit and any occasion.
If you spend your time travelling to work on public transport, you know how much wear and tear you put on your clothes. Skopes have created an ingenious sartorial solution – the ‘commuter jacket’. This single breasted classic-fit jacket is designed with high wool content, water repellency, a stain resistant coating, two-way stretch, anti-crease and a unique ‘odour resist’ finish, making it the perfect jacket for everyday use. What’s more, it comes with an additional number of internal pockets and elasticated loops for headphones. Pair with the matching active stretch waist trousers for a formal suit that’s as hardworking as you are!
Big this summer will be the blazer, more sporting than a formal jacket but equally dashing. A classic of the fifties, now updated to super cool status, the blazer has been given a big thumbs up by the high street. So if you want smart but a suit is too formal then team your blazer with jeans and a casual shirt or crew neck sweater – and you’ve fixed it. Choose a bold red/navy stripe or laid back linen look, all available at Skopes.
What about trousers? You’ll want some matching formal styles for your work jacket so go for traditional options in navy, navy stripe, charcoal and herringbone. Choose classic or slim-fit options with flat front and tapered hems. And again, if you’re taller and broader, you’ll still find the perfect fit and style at Skopes.
But who said trousers should match? It’s summer – so relax! Go for weekend colours such as cornflower, pistachio, coral and ecru – great with casual short sleeved check shirts – but they’ll also look great with a jacket or blazer. And this year, break the mould and mix and match your off-duty fabrics with a selection of crisp chinos, moleskin, corduroy and denim. And no – we’re not letting you off – get those legs out into the open with some smart but comfortable shorts in holiday colours. Designed in peached cotton twill with stretch waist for ultra-comfort, you’ll want to wear them forever.