A FINE PAIR It’s not just suits that can be matchy-matchy. Pair your smart- casual tops and bottoms for a dressed-down take on the suit – bonus points if they come in a right-now pastel hue. Cotton jacket and cotton trousers, from Prada. Cotton top, from Boss.
DEFINING DETAILS They might take up minimal real estate on your body, but footwear can transform a look. Here, blue suede loafers take a suit from work-ready to where’s- the-party. Cotton suit, from Boss. Cotton shirt, from Loro Piana. Suede shoes, from Tod’s.
MATERIAL WORLD Luxe fabrics can make a world of difference to otherwise casual pieces. Here, a cropped jacket and a shirt are elevated in calf leather and lustrous taffeta, respectively. Leather jacket, taffeta shirt, cotton-blend trousers and leather sneakers, from Bottega Veneta.
MATTER OF TONE The dusty pink that has been branded Millennial Pink continues to make its presence felt, and can either be used to dress up easy casuals (as seen here) or add ease to more formal looks. Ermenegildo Zegna Couture cotton top and linen-blend trousers, from Ermenegildo Zegna. Suede shoes, from Tod’s. Leather bag, from Gucci.
Instead of matching your grey pieces with predictable black or white, energise the look with a cheerful shot of citrusy colour such as lime green.
Ermenegildo Zegna Couture silk jacket, silk trousers and leather sneakers, from Ermenegildo Zegna. Cashmere-blend pullover, from Loro Piana.
Call it the revenge of the nerds. Elements once associated with dorks – think tucked-in shirts and high-waisted trousers – are having their moment in the sun. Cashmere- blend top, cotton trousers and leather belt, from Bottega Veneta.
CLEAN SLATE They can feel a bit Miami Vice, but when worn with a dash of summery swagger, white trousers or suits serve as fresh foundations for warm-weather wardrobes. Suede jacket, cotton pullover and cotton-blend trousers, from Hermes.