For a man, a smart outfit can be a powerful business and social card, if it's right. All it takes is one look to commend or condemn: a good first impression is essential. As the cooler temperatures begin to set in, it's time to review your wardrobe, because the colours and styles that were cool for the summer will not work this season. So the eternal problem raises its head – what do I need to look good? To help you decide, here is a rundown of some of the key items that will help you stay confident that you're looking streetwise and sophisticated.
You may have caught a glimpse in last summer’s 007 flick, but the fact is that Tom Ford’s O’Connor suit should be a staple in every man’s wardrobe. Made in Italy, the suit is fitted with a notch lapel and flap pocket, and it comes in exquisite fabrics and prints for an overall look that is at once smart and versatile. No surprise that it became one of James Bond’s list of must-haves. Take a look at Tom Ford's shirts, in cotton with slim cut, round collar and French cuffs. And for cosier moments, Tom Ford suggests a turtleneck and proposes a few options in wool, mohair and cashmere.
From Milan, Italian maison Boggi proposes a new alternative for this season’s gentleman. Inspired by classical models, the Boggi man opts for a slim look, with a casual feel that is at the same time suavely elegant. The rich fabrics create a luminous and sophisticated effect. Classic shirts are rejuvenated by a shorter collar, which highlights the sumptuous craftsmanship. Add one of Boggi’s ties in silk or wool.
Welcome black! This season, Dior surprises with a menswear collection that is all about minimalist sophistication. The Dior Homme is the absolute aesthete with a slim silhouette, ‘invisible’ zippers and hidden pockets for an overall modern feel – perfect for today’s businessman. The outerwear is just as impressive and oozes with touches of Dior’s couture heritage: ideal items for completing your look. If you still feel you need something extra, opt for a Dior belt. They were very visible in their runway show and they add an extra touch of sophistication.
Burberry’s latest collection is all about the celebration of their sartorial heritage, which creates a perfectly tailored look even though this is a very different range with respect to the ‘made-to-measure’ services of their recently-launched Burberry Tailoring line. For their autumn/winter 2013 collection, the British label has carefully selected fabrics such as cashmere, wool, velvet and their famous cotton gabardine, best seen in their topcoats, duffle coats, jackets, cabans and of course their trench coats, all featuring their exquisite craftsmanship. Complete your look with the new vintage-flair Boston bag, perfect for weekends out of town.
For their collection, Pal Zileri has turned to a 1930s British country look. The colour palette is limited to three main colours – anthracite grey, Naples blue and dark brown – in varying tones, expertly combined with beige, cream, lilac, violet and wine. Garments have been sartorially sculpted, with wider and higher lapels; jackets have become shorter, while trousers have wider turn-ups. In keeping with British fashion from that period, jackets are made exclusively from cashmere or a wool/cashmere/silk blend. Suits are made from Biella textiles of superb quality, light very comfortable, adapting to your every movement.
And when it comes to travel, nothing speaks luxury like the Trans-Siberian Express. Dubbed ‘the Tsar’s train,’ it forms part of the inspiration for Brioni’s collection. The Brioni gentleman is masculine, confident, but above all sophisticated. The maison’s expertise is visible in every garment combining “Brioni’s sartorial history to offer a contemporary elegant attitude,” as Creative Director Brendan Mullane explains. As the mercury level drops, the key to style is savvy layering; choose from chevron wool parkas, field jackets, duffle coats or even reversible bomber jackets, worn over tailored suits in fine wools, cashmere, vicuna, silk and other exquisite fabrics.
By way of conclusion, there are some great fabrics and a lot of exemplary tailoring out there: all that's needed for perfect seasonal style is your own impeccably good taste.