Sometimes it’s just easier to have an outfit that pretty much sorts you out whatever you are doing. Like if you’re going to a meeting, going to a bar, going down the shops. Someone once said, when you leave the house, dress like you’re going to fall in love. While it may be fair for the single chap, it’s relatively moot on me. However the sentiment of dressing to impress still stands.
To impress, you don’t have to dress to the nines. But it helps to have an outfit that cover some bases. Here’s mine –
Jacket – Zara “Black Tie” Blue Blazer – £30 (sale) [closest in current range]
T-shirt – H&M Basics – £4 [H&M]
Jeans – Red Herring/Debenhams – Light Grey Straight Fit Chinos [Debenhams]
Belt – Spitalfields Market Burgundy Leather – £15 [most outdoor markets have a leather makers]
Shoes – Oliver Sweeney – £179 (sale) [Buy at Oliver Sweeney]
It’s important to have some versatility in an everyday style outfit. I can take the jacket off and just have the t-shirt, I can roll the sleeves up if I need. The shoes are perhaps the hardest to chose, hence the hefty price tag. I waited for their New year’s sale and got them half price.
I wanted something smart, a bit different, but comfortable and lasting. As someone known for wearing Timberlands all too often, these are a change for me and were also my first real pair of leather boots.
The Jacket is from a Zara range that is classic but has some style quirks, like the suede peak lapels. It’s made of marginally thicker material than a regular suit jacket, which is needed for an everyday jacket.
Wearing black t-shirt is a massive staple for me but as I’ve said before – not all t-shirts are created equal.