Change up your style by embracing your inner maverick…
1. Black & Navy
Conventional wisdom says you should not wear these two colours together because they’re too similar and will cancel each other out. Au contraire! Try a navy suit or bomber jacket with black trousers or jeans for a striking ensemble. Similarly, dark navy pants can look great with a sharp black shirt.
2. Belt & Shoes
The rule is that they’re supposed to match – so brown belt, brown shoes, and so on. While this is broadly true, you also don’t need to match hues exactly. A walnut-coloured belt with darker brown shoes can work just fine. If you’ve got the moxie, try a coloured belt that picks up a detail elsewhere, such as a crimson or ruby belt with reddish-brown brogues and a patterned or striped shirt containing darker reds.
3. Sneakers & Suit
Obviously, a pair of cheap Dunlop Volleys are going to make your suit look terrible. But a pair of cool designer or structured sneakers can add a real rock ‘n’ roll vibe that says you’re all business and all party. Granted, you don’t want to front a meeting with your investment bank CEO in this attire. But for more casual work environments, it can look great and remain appropriate. As for going out? The sneakers and suit gives you a real edge. Don’t be afraid of colour, either. A bold red or green can make your suit pop—especially if you coordinate with a shirt or tie.
4. Shoes Without Socks
While this look is increasingly popular, it’s still classified as a rule. Reckon you can rock the look? Give it a go, especially now it’s coming on to the warmer seasons. Don’t just reserve it for going out, either. A suit worn with sharp dress shoes and no socks is still very on point. It won’t always be the case. Now’s the time to be daring. Just make sure your trousers are the right length— you want to show a bit of ankle, not your whole hairy shin! A tan also helps make this look work.
5. Unbutton Or Overbutton
Conventional style etiquette says you should always button your top suit button, sometimes button the second and never the third. But take a look at the runway and you’ll sometimes see designers send their models out all buttoned up. Hell, sometimes they even rock four buttons, all fastened. That said, see how it looks on you and remember you are going to need to unbutton when you take a seat. Conversely, style dictates that you button a jacket. Try unbuttoning – there’s a lot of drama in an open jacket, flapping a little rogueishly as you make your entrance!