We get it. You buy a suit, the jacket and pants come as a pair, and that’s how you wear them. Together, always. But it’s time to breathe new life into your tailoring by splitting them up. Putting together a suit coat with a new pair of trousers, where the colours, or even the patterns, are different, opens up a world of possibilities.
The trick is to keep them complimentary — if it’s a solid and a pattern you’re pairing together, keep the base colour the same (i.e. navy blazer and a navy check trousers), or if it’s two different colours, keep the tones the same (i.e. dark with dark, light with light). It’s a next-level style move that takes your wardrobe to an entire new level of versatility.
Looking to break out of your rotation of black, navy, and grey? Pick up a suit in a dark green to mix it up — the shade is similar enough to the other staple colours to work in a corporate environment, but unique enough to help you stand out.
You can never go wrong with a tailored navy trouser. They’re versatile and neutral enough to ground almost any jacket out there, and a pair with a tab front means you can skip the belt when you want a minimalist vibe.
If you want to start wearing printed shirts, but aren’t sure wear to start, find one that picks up on the colour of your suit (luckily, this one has both navy and green in it) so that it compliments the rest of your look without clashing.
The rest of this look is fairly subdued, so why not go all out with the tie? The pattern is an interesting blend of organized and graphic prints, but it won’t overwhelm or stick out like a sore thumb since it incorporates the same shades of green and navy.
A pocket square is always the perfect finishing touch. The small polka dot pattern picks up on the pattern in the shirt, while its tonal colouring is subtle enough that it doesn’t compete with the shirt or tie.
Gotta love a blue suede shoe. This loafer is a summer staple that will look just as good with a suit as it will with your favourite pair of dark denim. This version adds some visual interest with the fringed and tasseled leather tabs on the vamp.