In my opinion, a great menswear outfit seamlessly blends dressy elements with casual ones.
A tailored jacket with a polo shirt is a great example.
Here’s three examples and some tips to pull it off.
1. Soft Suit, Structured Polo
The key to a great suit + polo look is pairing the right suit (lightweight and unstructured) with the right polo (button-down collar, deep placket, slim fit). The button-down collar is probably the most important of those details; it keeps the collar in place and standing upright, visually framing the face.
This block-stripe polo adds a cool sporty touch that off-sets the formality of the suit, creating a look that I can wear just about anywhere.
This tobacco linen suit might be my favorite for summer. I’ve been wearing it for a week straight (as a suit, blazer, and trousers).
I find that lightweight fabrics are very underrated in menswear. Editors and bloggers are always writing about their excitement for F/W fabrics (flannels, tweeds, cashmeres, etc) but this Winter I couldn’t wait to break-out the lightweight goods (hopsacks, linens, silks – more on silk soon).
I got this belt at KMart (two for $4.99 – see our “Money Can’t Buy Style” post). It’s made of cheap plastic, but I get more compliments on it than any other belt in my collection (including an $800 alligator number).
A brown penny loafer (like these Bass classics) is the most versatile shoe a man can own, in my opinion.
When I’m in a rush and can’t make a decision on footwear, I almost always grab these – whether I’m wearing a suit, jeans, or shorts.
- Tortoiseshell sunglasses by Persol
- “Tobacco” linen suit by Michael Andrews Bespoke
- Block-stripe polo by Uniqlo x Michael Bastian
- Brown woven belt from KMart
- Brown Penny Loafers by Bass Weejun x Barneys