Suited and booted

Menswear

The dress doesn’t always have to steal the show.

Be the leading man at your next formal affair in these smart, stylish outfits.

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On-trend tailoring

Whether it’s a slim silhouette or a more relaxed cut, the suit is back. For summer, lightweight wool offers the right drape and maximum breathability while linen and cotton will keep you cool when the heat is on. For formal flair opt for the full three-piece by adding a matching waistcoat, and go sock-free with ankle-skimming suit trousers.

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Make them green with envy

This season’s must-have suit is sage – a sophisticated green that’s easy on the eye and a refreshing change from charcoal grey and navy blue. Running the gamut of green from summery eau-de-nil to military-style olive means there’s a shade for every situation. Choose a pin-sharp tailored silhouette or ring the changes with combat suit details, smartly paired with khaki tones.

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A blazer of glory

Double-breasted suits and blazers are reasserting themselves on the suiting scene. Always worn buttoned up, double-breasted jackets accentuate a well-honed waist, while their short length draws attention to the legs. Traditional navy has timeless appeal (although you can certainly ditch the brass buttons), but a natty check or plaid fabric is thoroughly modern.

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All white now

Heavy on the dry cleaning bills, but so worth it, the white suit makes a memorable statement. Worn with nonchalance and pepped up with brightly coloured or black accessories, a pristine white suit will set you apart from the pack. Daytime or night time a pale suit is the epitome of elegance, but if you’re not quite ready to channel your inner Jeff Goldblum (now there’s a man who can rock an all-white look), cream or barely there beige make a good substitute.

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Tie it all together

Open shirts are all very well, but for a formal look a tie remains the perfect finishing flourish for suited attire. Whatever style of suit you’re wearing, a well-chosen tie can make a nifty nod to the latest trends without the need for major investment. Choose from floral-printed, tie dye, fluorescent, pastel, polka dot, silk or knitted. A skinny tie and skinny suit combo looks super sharp – accessorise with a tie clip and you’re all set.

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Make room for grooming

Don’t underestimate the power of great hair and skin to sell a smart suited look. For really pulled together presentation, well-kempt hair is a must (you can’t beat a new haircut), and the same goes for beards. When it comes to facial hair, the trend is towards shorter, more defined styles, while the bare-faced should pay attention to buffed and moisturised skin. A splash of cologne adds indefinable elegance – find one with floral and citrus notes for seasonal freshness and don’t go overboard on application. You’re after just the right amount of ‘sillage’ or scented wake as you make your entrance.

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