Although we are still in August the shops are already stocking new season collections. I would advise to always have a minimum of 3 different suits for Autumn as your staple wardrobe – Dark brown, Dark Grey and Navy – these colours are practical and never date.
Here’s some suggestions on what to add to those wardrobe basics in 2016 to update your Autumn look.
1) Tartan and checks – creates a bit more interest with your outfits. I would advise to be a little more subtle if you are planning on wearing a full suit in a patterned fabric, as below.
With separates you can go a little wilder, either a jacket or trousers (not both). A waistcoat in a checked cloth would look great with a simple tone like navy. (Adding a pattern to an outfit makes it look as though you have a whole different suit on when you mix and match with your basic wardrobe).
Tartan is also a great alternative for a dinner suit. You don’t see many of them but it’s worth considering to stand out over a standard black tux.
2) Copper tones – hot on the catwalk this season. I have a pair of trousers in this colour and it goes with much more than you think. Looks great in summer with a short sleeved top or pair with a black jumper for colder weather.
3) Greens – I like to add a splash of this in the form of a cardigan or tie and pocket square. Dark green has an elegance to it, which looks very regal. As this is such a striking colour I would go with separates – Green tweeds also look great. A splash of this colour is enough to create the desired effect (less is more). Earthy tones all go really well together, green will go with brown, grey, navy or black! Feel free to mix patterns and colours too.
Ways to wear green smart and casual:
4) Military – I like to pair some chinos with a nice cashmere jumper or throw on a military style overcoat with any outfit. Very versatile for day to evening and the colour will suit most skin tones.