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Essential Style Advice - From The Experts

Essential Style Advice - From The Experts

Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, so we asked some of the most stylish men we know to weigh on on their essential advice for how to dress well. And, even better, we got Luke Pasqualino to show you how it's done. Our advice will help to make you the sharpest dressed man in the office, the bar, hell, even on the bus. Contrary to popular belief, looking good is not about how much you spend or how many trends you can follow at once.

True style is in the detail, from the quality of your buttons to the length of your jacket to the cut of your trouser leg - plus a hefty splash of confidence.

But don’t take our word for it...

1 Pop in a Pocket Square 

"The sharpest man in the room never overlooks the details. I always add a white Marcella handkerchief to the breast pocket of my jacket. It’s a fail-safe way to smarten up your look.”
Nick Hart, Spencer Hart, Savile Row

(Top image - Black suit, £1,900; white cotton shirt, £180; black silk tie, £90; white Marcella pocket square, £25 all by Spencer Hart)


2 Assert your individuality

"My design ethos is all about mixing classic elements with unexpected twists to create a sense of surprise. For instance, I like to imbue traditionally sharp-cut English tailoring with odd idiosyncrasies; an unusual lining, different coloured buttons, a contrasting fabric lapel or collar such as leather on a traditional wool blazer. For me, it’s about having the confidence to be different.”
Sir Paul Smith

(Blue double-breasted blazer, £955; Oxblood trousers, £229, both by Paul Smith. Navy/white striped T-shirt, £40, by Sunspel)


3 Invest in good shoes

"At fashion shows, you spend a lot of time waiting for them to start and staring at people’s feet. At the moment, one shoe brand is hugely popular among the men’s fashion editors. Made by Irish designer Maud O’Keeffe, her shoes are handcrafted in Italy in small batches, and have what she calls ‘a hand-me-down and ready worn-in feel’. Understated and stylish, a pair of O’Keeffe shoes will sharpen up any look.”
Jeremy Langmead, Mr Porter editor-in-chief

(Black wool jacket, £1,140, by Yves Saint Laurent at Blue cotton T-shirt, £38, by Sunspel. Slim-fit blue jeans, £85, by Levi’s. Orange cotton-blend socks, £15, by Pantherella. Grey brogues, £445, by O’Keeffe at


4 Be bold, go bright

"A sharp suit in a brighter colour makes you stand out from a crowd of navy and black. For instance, a strong blue is flattering without being ostentatious, and is best worn with a white fitted shirt and skinny tie.”
Richard James, Savile Row

(Blue wool/mohair suit, £945; white cotton shirt, £135; green silk tie, £85; multicoloured silk pocket square, £42, all by Richard James. Black socks, £12, by Falke. London Derby black shoes, £540, by Mr Hare)


5 Get a Tailored Blazer

"A tailored blazer will add sartorial charm to an ensemble and serve you well in almost any environment. Having a selection of silk pocket squares to wear with it allows you to feel stylish, individual and confident. My favourite is a Brunello Cucinelli light grey cashmere blazer, which doesn’t ever go out of style and is made to the highest quality.”
Jason Broderick, Harrods menswear general merchandise manager

(Grey cashmere tailored blazer, £2,650, by Brunello Cucinelli. Camel cashmere sweater, £390, by Polo Ralph Lauren. Blue shirt, £89, by Arrow. Brown trousers, £259, by Paul Smith. Bordeaux silk knit tie, £85, by William & George)


6 Find your formula

Don’t be drawn into chasing fads or fashion. Find a formula that works for you, a uniform you can rely on — say a double-breasted, slim-fit jacket, T-shirt and grey worsted trousers — and execute flawlessly every time.”
 Patrick Grant, Norton & Sons, Savile Row

(Blue linen double-breasted jacket, £1,600; grey/blue wool trousers, £450; navy blue cotton knit, £180, all by E Tautz)


7 Check your Hems

Correct length trousers can make the look: they should be long enough to kiss the shoes yet short enough to show your socks when seated. Great socks are often the first thing you notice about a person. I suggest a pair that work in harmony with the shoe as opposed to the trouser.”
James Spreckley, Reiss menswear director

(Light blue sweater, £89; blue pique shirt, £85; blue slim-fit trousers, £110, all by Reiss. Red socks, £15, by Ede & Ravenscroft. Velour navy shoes, £185, by Russell & Bromley)


8 Mix similar shades

The sharpest man in a room is always the one with the best attitude. Dressing with an individual style without wearing a ‘full look’ underlines your personality. My ultimate tip would be to mix shades of the same colour. It always looks chic, effortless and sophisticated.”
Lucas Ossendrijver, Lanvin Homme menswear creative director

(Yellow cotton/cupro overcoat, £1,125; grey T-shirt, £270; yellow cotton-mix trousers, £655; grey/yellow high-top trainers, £560, all by Lanvin)

Photography by Simon Lipman
Fashion by Gareth Scourfield