Style Guide: The dapper gent © Burberry

Style Guide: The dapper gent

Gentlemen, give your winter wardrobe a refined edge with three timeless style staples - a white shirt, camel coat and cashmere scarf

by 05 November 2014

After cooing over the gorgeous Romeo Beckham in Burberry's festive campaign, dressed impeccably in a classic trench and cashmere Burberry checked monogrammed scarf, I came to two conclusions... Firstly, even though his mother was once a dancer, I don't believe that is Romeo busting out the moves, and secondly and most importantly; when it comes to male style this autumn, classic is definitely the way forward. Romeo and his fellow Burberry clad gents looked the epitome of style and sophistication in their simple yet striking combination of white shirt, camel trench and cashmere scarf. Chaps, this is the season to do away with your roguish wears and hone a more refined and sophisticated style.

And it couldn't be easier. Simply invest in a few well-tailored staples and you can be assured of sartorial elegance for every occasion.

The white shirt

A classic well-tailored white shirt is a pre-requisite. As the epitome of versatility, it can be dressed up or down, with off duty casuals or evening attire and under luxe layers or on its own. Go for a classic Oxford shirt to keep your look timeless, or opt for a semi-cutaway or spread collar for a more edgy finish or a penny or Granddad collar for a vintage feel.

The camel coat

You can't put a foot wrong in a timeless trench, and every gent should own one, but for something more winter chill friendly, opt for a camel overcoat. Worn over your workday suit, on a starry school night dinner date or over off duty weekend casuals, a wool or wool and cashmere overcoat will compliment your entire wardrobe. For a super smart approach go double breasted.

The scarf

Whether knotted over smart tailoring or wrapped up over your day-to-day shirt, sweater or jacket, a luxurious cashmere scarf will take your style to new heights. It is the ideal way to inject your own character into simple staples and will brighten up winter's more sombre palettes. Choose pops of colour, bold patterns and luxurious soft textures, and for the ultimate in personalisation, a monogrammed heritage Burberry check.

Well-tailored wool, cotton or silk blend trousers, crisp chinos and sleek leather shoes or boots (go for Chelsea boots, suede desert boots or contemporary Brogues and Oxfords), are also worth investing in to complete this refined and debonair style.

See our slideshow of key autumn/winter looks and Burberry's Christmas 2014 campaign here: