How to Make The Most of Your Suit | One Suit Styled Formal to Casual

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In my recent video 'Burgundy Suit Five Ways' I gave some suit styling tips on how to dress a suit up formerly and down casually. A purple or burgundy suit might not be the go-to colour for office wear. Whilst purple is becoming more mainstream, voted colour of the year in 2018 by Pantone, it's still too ostentatious for regular 9-5. 

However, it's ideal for a date night, maybe a special event or if you're attending a wedding as a guest. 

The suit I've chosen is an Austin Reed London which you can procure from their made to measure service. They now do fittings door to door. I've also done a recent review of that service on blog which you can read about here

In this video, I've styled a burgundy suit from Austin Reed London 5 different ways. I've tried to show how you can style the suit smart as well as casually. How you can wear the burgundy blazer with a pair of black jeans, so it's all about making the most out of your suit...not just for smart occasions but also going out for a night out.

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The smartest version. I've used my Hawkins & Shepherd blue and white cutaway collar shirt to give the look some lift. However, the key element here is the wine red college stripe silk tie Hammond & Co. by Patrick Grant. I think this tie is an absolute bargain at £22, considering how much you pay for silk ties elsewhere. (Turnbull and Asser charge 5 times that much). 

The college look has a preppy vibe, but also gives off a subliminal 'man that knows something about something' aura. This look would be great for a race day event. Maybe a dinner at the members club. Purple is a colour associated with wealth and this styling looks like you belong in Home House baby. 

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If you're not wanting to go super-smart, conscious that you might be overdressed, then simply notch it down a few with this look. I've dispensed with the shirt and tie but kept the look and the tones clean with a black roll neck jumper from Marks & Spencer. 

Again a very accessible price at just under £40. Available also in Navy and Plum. But the black offers contrast and will be perfect for those nippy Autumn morning commutes. 

It's also a great business casual outfit. I've worn this to a couple of client meetings and it puts everyone at ease. 

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How about this bobby dazzler. This is a great date night look. I've opted for one of my own Hawkins & Shepherd button down shirts without a tie. It's fitted and feels great. It's a great way to bring a casual element to a smart look without looking like I've just clocked off. 

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Now we're getting into the last of the casual stylings. I consider this look a perfect 'meet and greet' style. Maybe a look you'd wear to the cinema, perhaps even down to the pub. I've swapped out the trousers for some ASOS black jeans and introduced some M&S white trainers. 

This is a good strong look for you gentleman who don't feel comfortable wearing suits, but want to start dressing with a smarter, with a bit more intent. 

You can check out all the links to the products I've worn in the bio in the video. If you like this video please give it a thumbs up and subscribe, it will encourage me to do more.

How to Wear a Pinstripe Grey Suit 5 ways | Men's Style & Fashion Lookbook

Every man's wardrobe should include a grey suit, versatile tonal greys are easy to style but there are some colours that work well and some not-so-well. The pinstripe gives the suit blazer a touch of class to what otherwise can be quite a traditionally boring colour tone. So if you are heading to the office or want inspiration for what to wear at a wedding or special event then this is the blog for you.

This grey pinstripe suit jacket is from ZARA and comes with matching trousers, although I've mixed and matched the blazer with a plain pair of grey trousers which I already had in my wardrobe. Alternatively a pair of black trousers or even dark blue jeans would also work.

Please find all 5 looks below and links to shop each look.

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How to wear a navy suit 5 ways

Here is my latest edition to my 'How to wear an item of men's clothing 5 ways' playlist and if you haven't already watched last weeks post on how to wear a grey suit 5 ways, go check it out. This week I'm showing you how to style a navy suit for work or for a wedding. A navy suit is the most versatile of all suit colours which is why most men have one or more hanging in their wardrobe. Bold colours work well with navy and in particular red, orange and yellow - however so do earthy tones such as brown or green. So here are my 5 looks to arm you with some basic palette choices when wearing a navy suit.

 

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So there you go, my 5 ways to style a men's navy suit - let me know which one you prefer and here is a recap:

How to wear a grey suit 5 ways

Every man's wardrobe should include a grey suit, a tonal grey suit is extremely versatile and easy to style but there are some colours that work well and some not-so-well. So if you are heading to the office or want inspiration for what to wear at a wedding then this is for you. With a grey suit, I would avoid wearing really dark, bold shirts - such as dark navy or black. Stick to white or pastel coloured shirts then add some of your personality with a tie and pocket square accessory.

 

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So there you go, my 5 ways to style a men's grey suit - let me know which one you prefer and here is a recap:

How to Wear a Denim Jacket 5 Ways

Denim jackets can be quite hard to style correctly but looks great when done right. Surprisingly the denim jacket is quite versatile, you'll be wrong to think otherwise. When styling a denim jacket with jeans (double denim), I would recommend wearing a different shade of denim for your jeans so there is a contrast in colour to your denim jacket. Mainly a casual urban look but in look5 I have styled the denim jacket in a formal way to experiment slightly to show you how good it can also looks with a shirt and trousers. Let me know what your favourite look is?

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So there you go, my 5 ways to style a men's denim jacket - let me know which one you prefer and here is a recap:

Photography by Rebecca Spencer

How to Wear a Leather Jacket 5 Ways

Most men have some kind of leather jacket as part of their wardrobe and if you haven't it may be the right time to invest. Leather jackets have long been an everyday man's casual jacket of choice and one of the main reasons is because it is easy to style with almost anything casual looking. Leather jackets can be worn all year around and are built to last, in fact most leather jackets get better with age and here is how I have styled my leather jacket from Superdry, 5 ways.

 

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So there you go, my 5 ways to style a men's leather jacket - let me know which one you prefer and here is a recap:

Photography by Rebecca Spencer