Make a smooth transition from the office to the cocktail lounge
A navy suit is your workhorse suit. It’s a blank slate that provides the perfect canvas for a variety of situations and occasions. But nowhere does it shine quite so bright as in the realm of being dressed down. Here are four easy ways to dress down your navy suit and wear it more casually.
Denim shirt. Let’s be clear, a denim shirt is the shirt you need in your wardrobe. For my brand of suited but slightly sporty, there’s nothing better. While there are a range of options, from lighter to darker, if you’re going to have just one, make it right in the middle colorwise. It looks great with anything, especially sans tie with a navy hopsack suit.
Funky pocket square. I am personally guilty of being generally conservative when it comes to pocket square selection. Typically, I just lazily grab whatever is on top in my drawer, which tends to be a solid white cotton square, navy or brown dots, or a white and navy patterned number. It’s easy, it’s simple. And they work with everything.
But, you know, every now and then – for those times you’re really feeling it – you need a square with a little more personality. I think what generally trips me up with “wilder” prints is that they look, well, pretty wild when they’re laid out flat. But once they’re given a nice fold, the pattern can come together in unexpected and fairly eye-catching ways.
Sporty watch. If you’re going to have one watch, it should be something simple and classic. That’s my stance on a first watch, vintage or otherwise. But after you get bit by the watch collecting bug, you should diversify with something sportier. This vintage Clebar Chronodiver I stole from the shop for the day is honestly going to be hard to part with. I may snatch it up for myself before any of you can!
Loafers. Combined with a denim shirt and funky pocket square a classic pair of loafers lends a healthy dose of casual ease.
Thanks, as always, for reading. Have a great weekend.