Wardrobe Picks - Our Favourite Smart-Casual Combinations
Posted on February 02 2018
A uniform is more than something you wore at school; it’s your identity.
The Master Debonair staff pick out their essential uniforms that they return to time and time again. Finding the perfect uniform is all about experimenting and unearthing a foundation upon which you can build.
I’m taking my 'uniform' slightly lighter for SS’18, starting with this Guide London Light Blue Checked Jacket, perfect for formal occasions or a smart casual look. If it’s a wedding, christening or just a special event you’re going to, make sure to match your light blue jacket with a Knightsbridge Neckwear Champagne Tie; the ultimate combo.
I’ve never been one for just a plain white shirt, this blue floral Fratelli number has little flashes of detail and can be worn without a tie to show the contrast pattern in the collar.
I have always believed that you should wear at least one major talking piece everyday and the Barker Brogue with paisley lasering will definitely get tongues wagging!
Most days I find myself wearing the above items or a variant of them.
A key piece of my ‘uniform’ is a quality pair of jeans, they go with absolutely everything.
It’s the upper part of my body where I really start to experiment. I have liked colourful, bold patterns ever since I can remember. These days you need a little more of la dolce vita in your life, there’s no point waking up on a morning and feeling basic, start your day as you mean to go on: AMAZINGLY.
I enjoy layering my outfits and this Fratelli Brown Tweed Style Waistcoat is perfect for doing so. I’m never seen without my bag (duhhh I’m a girl), if I didn’t have it with me at all times where would the kitchen sink live?! The Brenais Harris Tweed Briefcase is the perfect size for everyday, whether you’re going to work, travelling or just wanting to take some books back to the library, this bag is all you need.
I’m not really a morning person; I am pretty incapable of making decisions before 10am and a coffee. Filling my wardrobe full of my favourite staple pieces which reflect me and my style means I can get dressed subconsciously everyday before work.
The Gibson London Fleck Wool Waistcoat is timeless, the texture of the waistcoat and detailing add that little extra something without being overly loud.
Black is the uniform of fashion, so it wouldn’t be right if I didn’t add a little into all my outfits. The Claudio Lugli white shirt with black and red detailing is a favorite of mine, I normally layer mine with a waistcoat or just on its own and roll the sleeves up to show off the detailed pattern.
Every wardrobe should contain a pair of Guide London stretch Jeans, they are perfect to wear in the office, out for dinner or even running a marathon; these jeans will never let you down! Since a lot of my ‘uniform’ is understated, I like to add a bit of attitude to my footwear and these Barkers checked shoes are just the way to go.
These days I definitely prefer to dress “smart casual” as it allows my look to be adaptable and versatile throughout the day. The four pieces I have picked this week reflect this.
The waffle fabric of the Herbie Frogg Waffle Navy Jacquard Blazer gives it some depth along with the surface print.
I am living for the polo-neck-with-a-jacket look right now and with the Guide London Roll Neck Cotton Sweater I can look like I’ve walked right out of the ‘60s.
Men’s trousers have gone through the Hedi Slimane, clean line, drainpipe look for the past 15 years or so, I’m glad to see PTUs and pleats making a comeback. The fabric of these Briglia 1949 Archivio Trousers in Beige/Brown is also so soft!
I’m a weirdo when it comes to socks: I’m very particular. I love all the Happy Socks styles but these polka dot socks remind me of the opening credits to “Dr. No” and will give a flash of colour when I’m sitting on the metro on my way to work!