With a clear homage to the classic cuts and lines of the elegant 1950’s; mens fashion in the workplace is bringing the look firmly into the 21st century.
The all-time classic 3-piece suit is still the most popular choice for a sophisticated outfit and has been pervading latest fashion collections as well as high street stalls. Some designers such as Nicole Farhi and Canali have chosen to go for extremely sharp lines whereas British houses like Austin Reed and Ted Baker are sticking to classic cuts.
The 3-piece style has also been used to successfully revive the town and country gent look. Combining rural look with a city style and tweeds with large check patterns, this eye catching style has been revamped by designers such as Salvatore Ferragamom, Kris Van Asschem, Kenzo and John Varvatos. The bold ties designed by Etro and Alexander Boyd are a perfect addition to this look, just as the returning ankle boot Pierre Hardym Pointer Footwear and YMC or the brogue shoe revived by Marc Jacobs.
The 2 piece suit is still a favourite among men and latest styles have made it available in a diverse range of materials and patterns such as Mohair from DKNY, Prince of Wales check by Paul Costelloe, authentic tweeds by E Tautz and houndstooth by Emporio Armani. The main approach has been to associate darker colours to these traditional cuts in order to emphasise de the latter. However, there are some variations with single breasted and high double breasted jackets which perfectly suit bright shirts from Ralph Lauren and Hugo Boss as well as sleek loafers designed by Gucci and Daks and fancy silk ties from Ermenegildo Zegna, Roberto Cavalli and Valentino.
You’ll also find a range of waistcoats in different fabrics and fashions from the tailored Peter Werth to contemporary Universal Works plus Dolce and Gabbana jacquard creations. While blazers can cross the boundaries and be dressed up or down as they take on new genres with military and nautical modes from ASOS and River Island, high shine cotton from Diesel, wool from Dries Van Noten and ornate collars from Antony Morato and Issey Miyake. More casual, skinny tie styles will complement from HUGO and Junk de Luxe.
There are a range of accessories that will also accentuate your work attire and it’s often the ancillaries that can most reflect your personality such as cufflinks, scarves, belts, gloves and socks. Cufflinks can be elegant or playful with designs at opposite ends of the scale from Lanvin to Paul Smith. Scarves can go from loosely hung to create a more casual appeal from Jack & Jones, Missoni and Faliero Sarti to dress scarves or neckerchiefs that give a more refined look with styles from Fendi, Dior Homme and Juma. The right gloves and belts can add class with examples from BOSS Black and Brady, while your socks may only see the light of day when you are sat at your office chair or on the commuter train but they needn’t get ignored. Look to colourful brands like Happy Socks and Ashi Dashi to liven up your footwear.