Having scoured the latest collections and reviewed timeless classics, The Outfit will build you a new ensemble every week. Four items, revealed Monday to Thursday, will culminate in a look every Friday. Best make some room in your wardrobe.
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ASOS Duster Coat
We've spent many an evening attempting to exhaust the depths of ASOS' vast online selection. With new looks added on a weekly basis, the range of men's fashion can be a touch... overwhelming. As such, we've called upon the expertise of their menswear design director John Mooney to select some of the site's best new offerings, starting with this versatile duster coat.
"Ideal for those summer evenings, light weight and deconstructed, the duster jacket is the perfect carry-about jacket and throw on layer," says Mooney. "It can dress down a formal look and dress up casual."
ASOS Shirt In Oversized Fit And Grid Check
Such is the shifting rail of seasonal fashion, a shirt which would have seen you laughed off the street five years ago now sees itself reaching the heights of peek cool.
"Key for the summer season, both grid checked and oversized, this goes great with jeans trousers and shorts," says ASOS menswear design director John Mooney. "The ideal vacation shirt."
ASOS Leather sandals
"With a sock or not?" That’s the question being asked by ASOS' menswear design director John Mooney - and we'll leave the answer as to how you wear this leather gladiator sandal up to you (leaning heavily toward 'not').
"A great modern version of the gladiator with wedged lightweight sole," says Mooney. "It can finish off a very modern contemporary look."
ASOS wide leg smart trouser
Trousers are changing. That's the wisdom offered by ASOS menswear design director John Mooney, who's picked out a new piece from the season to represent the bang-on trend.
"As the trouser shift moves away from slim designs and leg widths get wider, our new wide crop is a great way to invest in this and new season trends."
A set of summer threads assembled by ASOS' menswear design director John Mooney.
Ma.strum Packable Rain Tunic
Temperamental. Short. A myth. However you choose to describe the British summer, you stand a much better chance of enjoying its unconventional charm with some MA.STRUM kit in your wardrobe.
From hardy denim to technical outerwear, their range will stand up to everything the season can throw at you. Their owner and CEO John Sharp has helped pick out an outfit that will see you through the 'warm' months ahead.
"An essential for the unpredictable British summertime, a lightweight in ripstop nylon that can pack away inside its own bag when not needed. An ideal throw-on when the heavens open…"
Ma.Strum Multi Pocket Military Shirt
While we can't promise you warmer weather, one aspect of summer we can bank on is more daylight hours - which always seem to translate into more time spent in beer gardens. MA.STRUM CEO John Sharp's next pick is thus an essential piece of summer work/casual wear.
"A great shirt for the spring to summer shift, lightweight and breathable with a distinct military style that will see you from the office to your local with ease."
Ma.Strum Compass Embroidery Tee
For those occasions on when the sun finally makes an appearance, you're going to want a tee shirt that actually fits. MA.STRUM's CEO John Sharp has a personal favourite.
"A go-to classic - a soft handle cotton tee with a subtle MA.STRUM compass embroidery to the upper chest. This is a top option worn underneath a shirt or as a standalone layer, weather permitting, of course."
The summer suit from Claudio Lugli
Well first there's the wedding of your university friend you haven't seen in god-knows how many years. Then there's that day at the races. And the awards event. And that's just June.
In short, you need a new suit. With their range of colourful prints and Italian sensibilities, Claudio Lugli is on hand to help out - with offerings like this fitted beige three-piece. Job done.
Formal shirt by Claudio Lugli
It's hard to get a white shirt right - a careful balancing act between a washed-out, plain affair and an over-designed reject from Laurence Llewelyn-Bowen.
Claudio Lugli navigates this line perfectly, with subtle elements such as red threading and a hidden floral print adding to an otherwise formal staple.
SUKIES SHOES by Claudio Lugli
Pizzas, operas and arguments - all things in which should be left to the Italians, along with designing your next pair of formal shoes.
These Sukies from Claudio Lugli are a case in point: all leather, hand painted with an embusted fringe and tassel, you may find yourself overdressing on a trip to the shops just to wear these in.
HILLER TIE by AQUASCUTUM
Matching a tie to a patterned suit can be a tricky business. Best avoid clashing geometric prints and go for something with a bit of texture, like this knitted silk number from Aquascutum. Works with any plain shirt you've got in the wardrobe - just remember to match it with a dark belt and shoes.
Whether its for a summer wedding or a warm weather formal, you'll never regret investing in a versatile lightweight suit. That, or you could turn up to the next barbecue looking seriously sharp.
Surf's up. By which we mean, time to book yourself that beach getaway you've spent most of your Monday fantasising about.
To ensure you turn up on the sands looking the part, we've asked Animal's head designer, Karl Read, to select his favourite pieces from their latest line - opening with this Laskalla tee.
"Illustration T-shirts are one of Animal's strongest growing categories," says Read. "With a strong team of in house artists, it's not surprising to see why. This a great example of the humour that Animal is known for. Available in white and French Navy, it's a Mid fit, in a lighter weight 100 percent cotton fabric. Perfect for summer."
Darwin hybrid shorts
'Hybrid shorts' will probably conjure an image of a tragic zip-off trouser construction last seen in a charity shop circa 2001. We're happy to report that Animal's Darwin shorts are not a descendant of this wardrobe malfunction - they're far more useful, as head designer Karl Read explains:
"With the appearance of a conventional walk short the Darwin performs just like a high performance board short. It's quick drying, lightweight, comfortable and uses stretch fabrics giving you a fully functional, versatile short whether you are in the water, or chilling out in the bar afterwards."
Aeon Front Zip
Animal are getting back into the wetsuit business. Which is good news - given that British waters are still on the cold side of freezing. Head designer Karl Read talks us through their new summer offering:
"The AEON includes features such as a liquidised seam system that uses a flexible specialised liquid compound to guarantee seam security, A-Lock Zip and A-Flex Pro, Contour control seams using body mapping technology, AK knee pads and a seal skin neck to prevent rubbing and rashes."
No one enjoys having to spend an hour looking through half a mile of beach for the car keys after a day of damp surfing, only to find them in that pocket of your coat (trust us, we've done it). Best get yourself a sand-friendly bag for that seaside trip.
"'The 'Knoxe' has a casual look with great functional features," explains Animal's head designer Karl Read. "16oz of canvas, a fold-top opening, PU trims, padded straps, a padded laptop sleeve, and waxed cotton adjustable cord side storage."
An assortment of beachwear for both on and off the board.
Herschel & Clarks Originals Desert Boot
Gin and tonic. Sunshine and barbecues. Sunburn and sun cream. Fashion is getting in on the trend of strong summer partnerships, with a wealth of collaborations filling high streets. Take this pairing from outdoor specialists Herschel and Clarks Originals: their reworking the classic desert boot combines a suede upper with a smooth leather tongue and rubber crepe sole. A simple, clean shoe that can easily be dressed up or down (read: wear with jeans or something smart).
UNIQLO×Michael Bastian polo shirt
"A designer collaboration? Best hide my wallet" is a common response to the summer's biggest partnerships. Not in the case of Uniqlo's renewed line with Michael Bastian - featuring this tasty new polo shirt. A simple, inexpensive design of banded stripes and light cotton fabric, it's ideal for building up one of those embarrassing tan lines you're actually quite proud of. Here's hoping the sun sticks around long enough to make it happen.
Nigel Cabourn x Fred Perry 1953 Half Zip Training Top
Nigel Cabourn loves table tennis. A lot. So much so that the British fashion designer has partnered with Fred Perry to create a whole range of wiff waff-inspired threads - like this half zip training top. Made from fleece-back cotton sweat with an elasticated cuff and hem, it's an essential piece of close-fitting sports luxe.
A selection of some of the best subtle, clean collaborations from the summer's releases. Because two heads are often better than one.
SLIM FIT DENIM JACKET GODDARD pepe jeans
Denim - the most ubiquitous of fabrics that is so very hard to get exactly right. This week's outfit is by no means meant to be worn all at once (quadruple denim is a look best left for '90s Justin Timberlake), but should introduce you to some new worthwhile items - like Pepe Jean's slim fit jacket. Casual, hardy and goes with just about anything.
Levi's BARSTOW WESTERN SHIRT
Once a questionable style decision, now a casual staple, the humble denim shirt has always been championed by the likes of Levi's. The Barstow Western shirt draws on the brand's American heritage western yoke details, sawtooth flap front-pockets and a snap-front closure.
TOMS DARK DENIM CANVAS AVALON trainers
Headed to the park? Best pick up a pair of these. The heavy denim canvas of these TOMS can survive a string of summer kickabouts, taking grass stains and spilt ketchup in its stride. And yes, you can wear them with jeans.
APC New Cure Jean
These slim cut jeans from Parisian style kings APC are made from a refined raw denim (so no washing them at 60 degrees, okay?). Styled with a higher rise, tapered leg and a narrow opening at the cuffs, they're the 'mature' denim you've been looking for.
The denim selection
A pick of denim essentials you'd do well to include in your summer wardrobe. Definitely not to be worn all at once.
Larsson & Jennings LJX custom watch bar
Custom. Bespoke. Words often bandied about with casual abandon as labels attempt to convince you to part ways with your cash in return for something vaguely unique.
This week's Outfit contains a handful of the real thing - custom offerings that have to be hunted down, like the LJX bespoke bar of the Larsson & Jennings store on 53 Monmouth St, London. Available in-store only, the service allows you to match your preferred watch to a range of Swedish and British leather strap designs. A vast number of possible combinations, your only limitations will be your imagination and the depths of your pockets.
Custom hand-painted shoes from B Street Shoes
Skip the inevitable disappointment of finding your preferred trainer colourway sold out and commission your own custom, hand-painted number from B Street Shoes. Working with Nike, TOMS, Converse and Vans models, you can either pick from the store's designs or outline your own dream trainer. Guaranteed to be different to every other trainer on the high street.
Atelier made-to-measure glasses
"I don't suit glasses" is the oft-used line of a man easily bored by the prospect of trying on umpteen glasses with an impractically tiny mirror on hand to review the results. We don't blame you - but you shouldn't give up the search. Instead, point your browser over to the custom-made designs of Atelier: their webcam system will measure your face from the comfort of your desk, building a set of glasses that promise the prefect fit.
Spoke custom-fit chinos
Struggling to find the perfect fitting trouser? You should check out the custom service of Spoke: as well as picking your waist and leg measurements you're able to dictate your 'build', adjusting for larger thighs or keeping things close to your leg - all without the awkward process of having a tape measure graze your plums.
Because there's always someone trying to be different...
STANTON SHORT IN HEATHERED IRISH LINEN By J Crew
It's time to start talking about shorts. Not wearing them - but rather flagging up that those tired old denim cutoffs you've been wheeling out for the last few summers need binning. Summer's high streets are set to be filled with lightweight, breathable cottons and linens, like this Stanton Short by J Crew. With a soft rumpled, look, they're set to become the anchor of your summer look.
Added detail: Made with Irish linen from Baird McNutt, they're supposed to look a little worn in (which means you don't have to feel guilty about not ironing them).
Long Sleeve Linen Shirt by Uniqlo
You're right, linen is a bit of a faff to look after. Which is why Uniqlo set about searching for a material that wouldn't buckle at the first sign of a machine wash. The result? A soft French linen, lightweight but capable of a quick tumble.
Added detail: Keep it lose - don't bother tucking a linen shirt in or you're just asking for creases. Oh, and it's available in 12 colours, if you're picky.
Aviator Classic by Ray-Ban
Quite possibly the most iconic sunglasses design on the shelf, you can think of this is a moment of sun-inspired indulgence. Sure £125 is a lot to spend on some glass and metal, but when the metal is gold and the glass is UV protected, it's a worthwhile investment. First launched in 1937, it's not like they're going to go out of style.
Added detail: The Ray-Ban online store offers a full customising service, allowing you to change the colour of the frame, lenses and frame tips. Engraving included as standard.
Slaten Free Denim Canvas Shoe by Clarks
You know the score - you need to attend to a barbecue-related incident at the end of the garden and you can't be bothered to tie the laces on your trainers to race down there. In steps (literally) the Slaten Free: a step-down feature on the heel lets you kick them on and off with ease, while a breathable footbed lets you get away sans socks. The perfect shoe for those of you who spend half of summer barefoot.
Added detail: Not a fan of denim shoes? Their available in olive as well.
With the temperatures gradually rising, time to thin our your layers in favour of some linen and light accessories. Best take a brolly, just to be safe.
Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit
The regret is probably starting to kick in now, but that's not going to change the fact that the summer charity run you signed up is now cresting the horizon. This week's Outfit won't work miracles, but it could help in getting you over the line. Take these Nike Free 4.0 Flyknit trainers: super lightweight, its knitted construction hugs your foot for maximum support, while the contoured midsole encourages a natural footstrike.
Added detail: The hexagonal 'flex' grooves that cover the sole of these runners help you foot move naturally in every direction. So, less sore feet and blisters. And they only weigh 173 grams (which isn't much).
Gear Shift Boxers by 2UNDR
Chaffing: the uncomfortable nemesis of the long distance runner. If a hefty dose of talcum powder isn't seeing you through your chosen distance, time to invest in a pair of these. The Gear Shift underwear does just that, shifting your gear out of harms way with the JoeyPouch - a pocket of wicking fabric that prevents skin-on-skin contact.
Added detail: The Spandex-blend fabric and athletic cut give the Gear Shift a comfortable, compression-like fit.
A400 top by Skins
In addition to looking like something Bruce Wayne might slip into late at night, the SKINS A400 t-shirt has much fabric tech squeezed into it as the average Batsuit.
Breathable technology keeps you warm when it's cold and cool when it's hot (we don't know how either, but it works), while silicone grippers on the hems stop it from riding up - so no more adjusting mid-race. Something called "warp knit fabric construction" also cuts out any risk of chaffing.
Added detail: It'll help keep you alive as well - 360-degree reflectivity from glass beads make it easy for drivers to see you on your night runs
Merino Wool running shorts by Ashmei
Forget your plastic-based synthetic fabrics, Ashmei has stuck with good old fashioned wool to keep you comfortable on your run. A 100 percent merino wool layer sits next to your skin, keeping you cool when it's hot and warm when it's cold. A lightweight microfibre over-short layer gives added protection (and keeps you decent).
Added detail: A pocket sits at the rear of the shorts for your keys and phone. Just remember to take them out before collapsing on a park bench.
Gallivant suitcase by Reiss x SteamLine
Spring is in. The chaps at Greenwich said so. So if you haven't already, it's time to start considering your summer city breaks and sunny escapades. While we'll leave the destination up to you, best head in the direction of Reiss for your luggage solution. Their new collaboration with SteamLine includes this classy carry-on: vulcanised fibre board, studded leather and metal details, the Gallivant could be the best-looking item you take on holiday.
Added detail: "But can I use it as cabin luggage?" At 23 inches by 15.7 inches by 7.8 inches, it should squeeze in to most overhead allowances.
Hook Line and Sinker Wash Bag
Passport? Check. Swimming trunks? Check. Wash kit? You'll be sure to remember this oft overlooked essential if you're packing this neat roll. The angling-themed Hook Line and Sinker bag is made from a hardy khaki canvas with four different compartment for your toiletries.
Added detail: True to its name, a handy hook lets you hang this over your sink(er).
Bulldog swimming short by Orlebar Brown
Since Orlebar Brown set up shop some eight years ago, they've moved men's swim wear from the shallow end of tragic to the deep end of style. Their new line includes a set of prints from Italian specialist Emilio Pucci, bringing some colourful flair to the poolside. To be worn with a tan and relaxed expression.
Added detail: Made from pure cotton, with metal zip fastenings and waistband, these double as shorts for wearing to the bar.
UNIVERSITY CLASSICS Espadrilles by Toms
While we remain firmly in sock season in the UK, the warm climbs of your next break might allow you to crack out some lighter footwear. Consider spilling the latest Toms espadrilles into your bag - easily packed, with a canvas upper and latex arch support, they're perfect for the beach or the hotel buffet.
Added detail: With a suede insole, these won't fall apart on your second trip out like your last pair of flip flops.
Brixton Oath Longsleeve Tee Shirt at Surfdome.com
Founder of TheDailyStreet.co.uk, Adam Scotland is well versed in the shifting world of American street style. For this week's outfit, Scotland takes us through some of his favourite picks from Spring 2015, like this longsleeve tee from Brixton Oath. "Brixton make some of the best looking clothes in the business and their simple logo treatments are always great," says Scotland, noting the logo that appears on the back of the tee. "This Oath Longsleeve tee shirt is one of my personal favourites."
Vans Old Skool at Surfdome.com
Next up in Adam Scotland's guide to streetwear - a trainer staple. "You can never go wrong with a pair of white Vans, whether you like to beat them up beyond recognition or keep them pristine and fresh," says Scotland. "The Old Skool is my favourite silhoutte; I will wear this shoe forever."
The Hundreds Strike Snapback
If you're in doubt over headgear, The Daily Street co-found Adam Scotland recommends keeping it simple. "I am rarely found without a black snapback and have an almost endless supply of different designs. I love the mixed application of the printed hyena graphic and embroidered old lettering on this new one from The Hundreds."
Nike SB RPM Backpack
"I take a laptop with me everywhere so I'm always in need of a functional and durable backpack that doesn't skimp on the design," says Adam Scotland, co-founder of The Daily Street. "This piece from Nike SB covers all of those bases."
A handsome, clean streetwear selection from The Daily Street co-founder Adam Scotland.
WOVEN COTTON JACKET By Our Legacy
There's a sniff of spring on the air. Best not inhale too hard though, else it'll be gone within the week. A much more suitable form of preparation would be in netting yourself a new warm weather jacket, like this woven cotton number by Our Legacy. Minimalist, lightweight, this is perfect for slipping over a tee or casual shirt.
Added detail: A clean design, the only extra features are a single-button collar, button cuffs and breast pocket (which we forbid you from using for your pens).
Stan T-Shirt By Tommy Hilfigre
Been ruining your upper body in preparation for that beach holiday? Us neither, but it's an enviable idea. The lines of this Stan t-shirt from Tommy Hilfigre will help enhance the physique of anyone with a sculpted frame. If you're nervous of showing off a bit of a belly, just go up a size on your normal fit.
Added detail: A 100 percent cotton build, Tommy's branding sneaks in in the form of a small flag on the left sleeve.
Rhapsody Sunglasses by Hook LDN
While summer temperatures are still a good calendar-turn away, dazzling sunshine is starting to become a weekly fixture. If you've misplaced last year's sunnies, or just fancy something new, best consider the subtle handmade frames of Hook LDN. Sturdy three-barrel hinges, acetate build and available in a range of conservative colours.
Added detail: Offering full UVA and UVB protection, a neat leather travel case will help fend off any unwanted scratches.
2-EYE DOUBLE SOLE boat shoe by Sperry Top-Sider
Though it might sound like a character from Captain Pugwash, you should take Sperry Top-Sider very seriously. Creators of the "modern" boat shoe in 1935, their 2-Eye Double Sole stays faithful to the original design, with a hand sewn construction and leather lacing.
Added detail: While you'll want to avoid getting any water on the suede upper, the clever wave-siped bottom soles provide plenty of grip on slippery surfaces.
The Spring Selection
It's officially spring. The calendar said so. As such, you might want to stock up on some seasonal staples.
Killer Stretch Indigo Jeans by Alpinestars
The bikers are back. Not the hellish-type - the busy walks of January's London Collections: Men saw fashion types rubbing shoulders in leather jackets and boots. To get in on the act, we reached out to model, stuntman and motocross rider Jacob Young to give insights into versatile biker attire - like these stretch jeans from Alpinestars. "Alpinestars are my chosen brand for any motorcross gear when I ride, and I think it's cool that they have the lifestyle collection too. Their jeans are a great fit and and last the test of time."
Frontal Matchless Tee by Deus
Taking the biker look quite literally, this Deus tee is the right kind of open-road fandom. "Deus is a new and bold lifestyle brand," explains Jacob Young. "This illustrated bike tee is a necessary key item for any stylish chap this summer; biker or not."
Head to the Deus Ex Machina site for even more 'cycle related prints and clothing.
Black Colorado Boots by CAT
"A good pair of tough black boots are a staple for anyone who rides," explains Jacob Young. "CAT have really taken my eye this season." Don't worry, they fit in to the footwear of a gasto pub just as well as a biker bar.
Bronx’ socks by Stance x Eat Dust
"Eat Dust are a group of bikers who run a high end menswear brand from Antwerp," says Jacob Young. "They're really making waves at the moment. Stance make really good quality socks, so this collaboration is a match made in heaven!"
Stuntman and model Jacob Young has given us his round-up of wardrobe essentials for the contemporary biker. Suitable for rides on the open road, or quiet drinks at your local.
Adidas Mod Trefoil Crew SPZL
You can put any ideas of polyester tracksuits and DayGlo jackets out of your mind - Gary Aspden's collaboration with adidas Originals is the kind of sportswear that you want in your daily wardrobe. The spring/summer 2015 Spezial collection draws on sporting staples, like this crew jumper, and adds a contemporary design twist.
Added detail: You can see the full range in action in this atmospheric short film
Adidas Indoor Court SPZL
We're no strangers to special edition Adidas trainers here on ShortList.com, but every now and again a limited release gets us itchy to click the Buy button. Take these reworked Indoor Court of the SPEZIAL collection: decked out in a wash of white leather and breathable mesh, these are the perfect urban sneakers.
Added detail: With a shock-absorbing sole straight from the squash/tennis court, you'll struggle to find a comfortable trainer.
Adidas Jog-On Tee SPZL
We regard slogan tees with the same scepticism we do the selfie stick: they're fascinating too observe in the wild, but we'll be damned if we'll ever be caught with one. We're making an exception of the Adidas Jog-On tee - just the right level of humour with a smattering of vintage sporting credentials.
Added detail: A cotton build, best heed the slogan's advice and avoid using this for your next run.
Winter might be on the way out, but the skies are hardly clearing for the onset of spring. Made from a durable wind- and waterproof cotton, with a plain weave lining fabric, the Haslingden jacket of the Spezial collection is a hardy slice of streetwear.
Added detail: Should things eventually brighten up, the hood is detachable thanks to snap-off fastenings
A Spezial Mention
Gary Aspden's collaboration with Adidas Originals takes your fond memories of the "good old days" of sportswear and brings it right up to date. It might not be as cheap as you remember, but it's infinitely more stylish.
Liquiproof footwear protection
This week's Outfit is going to help you keep your clothes looking store-fresh - from denim protectors to this sole-saver: Liquiproof spray coats the fabric of your shoes in an invisible layer of hydrophobic SiO2 particles, preventing oils, water or dropped food from staining your new kicks. You can watch it in action here.
Added detail: Suitable for use on (deep breath) cotton, canvas, synthetics, tweed, leather (not patent), suede, nubuck, satin and silk.
Mr Black Denim Refresh
Want to spot a denim purist? Explain in intricate detail how you subjected your new jeans to a 40 degree "Intensive Stain" cycle - they'll be the one swinging a punch before you finish the story.
They probably use something like Mr Black's Denim Refresh to keep their jeans in near-new condition - a non-chemical spray, it protects denim from oil, stains and bacteria, extending its lifespan and prolonging time between washes.
Added detail: Dreived from plant extracts, it even kills off unwanted odours - not that we remember the last time we had cause to sniff our jeans.
Red Wing Leather Protector
Be it a questionable (scratch that, we've just discovered they're back in) biker jacket, satchel or set of boots, Red Wing's leather protector is going to ensure your cherished cowhide lasts longer than the rest of your wardrobe. A few sprays of this pushes water, grease and salt to the surface where it can be wiped clean.
Added detail: Don't worry - its clever formula won't stain your leather a darker colour like other conditions might.
HYDROPHOBIC LENS CLEANER by Oakley
Until science provides us with X-Men mind powers, this is will have to do. Oakley's spray creates an hydrophobic layer on your glasses, repelling all water, dirt and oils and preventing unwanted smudges. Far more effective than the old breathe-and-rub technique.
Added detail: One bottle is good for about 50 applications.
A selection of sprays and rubs that'll protect your outfit from the hardships of the world. Stains, mainly.
Stryker Suit by Reiss
Like limited edition steelbooks and retail loyalty cards, a man can never have too many suits. To ensure you're sorted for that next wedding/formal excursion/trip to the races, Reiss' head of menswear design Alex Field has put together a dapper selection from the 2015 collection.
"A dark navy suit is a menswear perennial and is always in style," says Field. "The Stryker suit is cut in a modern fit for a contemporary-meets-classic silhouette, while the tonal check design offers subtle interest."
Edinburgh black leather shoes by Reiss
"Black leather Oxford shoes have been a constant in men’s footwear collections for decades because of their timeless appeal and endless versatility", explains Alex Field, head of menswear design at Reiss. "A pair which draw on simple design will ensure a clean, unfussy finish to a formal look."
Antonio black textured tie by Reiss
"A knitted tie is a great way to add subtle texture to a tailored look," says Alex Field, head of menswear design at Reiss. "For maximum impact choose a pure silk tie which offers a luxurious, classic way to add interest to your outfit. Woven in a patterned design, this Antonio black tie offers a contemporary take on an iconic accessory."
Milano Slim-Fit Shirt
"The white shirt should form the cornerstone of a man’s workwear wardrobe," says Alex Filed, head of menswear designer at Reiss. "A blank canvas, it’s the ideal base for experimenting with accessories and suit fabrications. Make sure that you choose a shirt with a high cotton content, and for a modern look choose a slim-fit cut."
In the navy
"The navy suit is a timeless style, but when cut in a modern fit and woven with a tonal check design it will look current," explains Alex Field, head of menswear design at Reiss. "Complement a navy suit with a white shirt and a black silk knitted tie. Finish the look by donning some black leather Oxford shoes. These colour pairings offer timeless finesse while the fit of the suit and tonal check look bang up to date."