#MyMustHaves Campaign with M&S
Last night I was delighted to be working with the wonderful Marks & Spencer's team again in their flagship store on Dublin's Grafton Street to welcome in the new season and celebrate the #MyMustHaves campaign. With nearly 200 guests, we took over the rooftop space where the wine flowed alongside delicious canapes to celebrate the arrival of Autumn Winter and with it, some sartorial delights.
This season in menswear, the line between formal and casual-wear is becoming increasingly blurred so now is the perfect time to reconsider your wardrobe and in particular your ‘tin of fruit’. This season, the trend for tailoring to loosen up continues, with wide-leg trousers and slouchy cuts becoming casual go-tos. Laid-back suits are now every man's downtime hero - worn, not with a shirt and tie, but with a T-shirt. Shapes and silhouettes referencing the eighties are big news as fashion blends tailoring with retro sportswear pieces.
Look 1 – Double Breasted Suit
The easiest way to dress down your tailoring is to replace your shirt with a tee or lightweight sweater. I opted for this double breasted suit in classic navy. It’s got a slim tailored profile so works well when worn casually with a simple white t-shirt and clean white trainers (Box-fresh white trainers are the perfect way to deconstruct a formal outfit). Feel free to wear the jacket open for an even more informal look. I like to finish a blazer with a pocket square for a pop of colour.
Look 2 – Suit Trousers & Polo
It’s a common myth that a suit must be always worn together. Remember when you buy a suit, you’re in fact buying two pieces of clothing (or indeed three if getting a waistcoat). Worn separately these items can become the hardest working garments in your wardrobe. I choose to wear the suit trousers with this purple short-sleeve polo. Ideal for desk to dinner days.
Look 3 – Trench Coat
Donning a trench is the easiest way to inject some serious old-school style into any outfit - it's an ageless classic. Think Paul Newman, Humphrey Bogart to Brad Pitt, all champions of the trench. This navy one has been brought bang up-to-date with leather look detailing on the collar. A plain white tee goes without saying – always have a fresh one in your wardrobe regardless of the season. It can form the base of a whole plethora of sartorial choices. Think slim-fit, but not Geordie Shore-style tight!
Look 4 – Parka
The power of the parka is not to be underestimated. Whether you're seven or 70, this is a style that doesn't date. Opt for navy and wear your favourite denims and a sweater for a low-maintenance look. I paired mine with this polka-dot navy one to add interest to the look and keep it contemporary.
In these items you have all you need to create looks to cover you for everything from office parties, family dinners to weddings.
See my complete #MyMustHaves AW18 Edit here.