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A Style Guide Of How Not To Overdress

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Wearing formal attire is great if you’re attending an important event or party this time of year. But if you’re stuck in the habit of being too reserved and feeling the need to reach for that tired suit at every opportunity; we’ve devised a style guide with inspirational ideas of how to keep your smartness up but with a more relaxed take on your look.

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Add Denim

Your old faithful denim jacket is hanging in your closet just waiting to be worn this autumn. Just because summer is long gone doesn’t mean you can’t incorporate this somehow into your daily look.

With the temperature playing havoc at the moment – it’d be surprising if you haven’t already dug this out for some wear.

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A mismatched suit in tweed, wool or herringbone goes particularly well with the addition of an unlikely denim layer. It sounds crazy but actually really works, your look won’t be compromised instead this will create an edge and a sense of individuality.

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synder grey trouserskidde desertblend beanie hats

Sleek Sneakers

So the footwear trend has been rife the past year or so, with so many varying styles developed – it’s often hard to choose your next pair of comfies. If you are wanting to dress for an occasion but it’s not all that formal and you can compromise a little on footwear look no further than the new sleek trainer.

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These have been around for some while but often get overlooked by the trendier sporty versions in the shops. Go for something all leather and understated that will work well with a tailored trouser; these are a great investment throughout the seasons.

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red mosley sweatersfairline reiss trouserswoven plimsolls

melton car coatsfishing trilby hatestate large brief

High Contrast Layering

Teaming a patterned scarf with an understated overcoat with funk up your look and give an instant contemporary feel. Look out for paisley, tartan and camo prints for this autumn.

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Mix Textures

Who said that smart attire can’t be worn well with casual outer layers? A heavy sheepskin or suede coat works well with dark autumn staples. The lighter the coat the more high contrast you look will be; so dress to suit your personality and choose what you feel most comfortable with. A smart pair of shoes and low-key accessories can help tie it all together.

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One Last Thing…

The key to not overdressing is injecting a little personality into your daily look; whether you opt for prints, casual layers and mixing textures. With a standard smart trouser there are so many style options to customise the formality of your attire. By considering the fashion tips above with our specially selected products, we hope you’re one step further towards getting out of your standard daily style habits. And closer to dressing smart with a hint of the quintessential, contemporary or eclectic aesthetic.

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