We think you'll agree that the health of menswear has never been ruder . The modern man is dressing better, sharper and in a savvier way than ever before, but we can all still learn a thing or two, both about how we dress and the industry at large.
That's why Esquire Townhouse with Dior brought in four of the biggest names in #menswear: British style legend Oliver Spencer, Mr Porter's Brand and Content Director Jeremy Langmead; Contemporary tailor and brand owner Charlie Casely Hayford, and Jason Basmajian, Creative Director of esteemed Saville Row bespoke house Gieves & Hawkes, to discuss the finer points of menswear and men's style, in a panel hosted by Esquire Editor in Chief, Alex Bilmes.
Here are some highlights.
Charlie Casely Hayford on the beauty of a style uniform
"I like the idea of having a uniform, the permanence of knowing I can wear the same thing every day. I can wake up in the morning and know my wardrobe is very simple. I have 100 pairs of red socks; six pairs of military boots; black t-shirts and navy tailoring. That's it, really."
Oliver Spencer on branding
"Every brand wants to tell a story, and every brand goes through a phase of writing their story all over their clothes in regards to branding. In my opinion, to be seen and not heard is the best thing."
Jeremy Langmead on suits
"There's nothing easier to wear than a suit. It matches, it pulls you into shape."
Jason Basmajian on the most common men's style mistake
" When people ask me what to buy, I say first spend some time and money getting your clothes to properly fit. It's a great start. Men got lost in the details."
Oliver Spencer on the state of modern suiting
"I don't think the suit is dying at all. I think we're just wearing them differently. More men wear deconstructed suits, with t-shirts or pumps – but they're still in a suit. The code of work uniform has changed."
Jeremy Langmead on how to dress
"People were told you should dress to be comfortable. That's not true. You should dress to make other people comfortable. It's an underrated as a virtue. You have to reflect the lives of the people you interact with every day."
Charlie Casely Hayford on the 'Instagram effect'
"I think the idea of British style has dissipated. Instagram has homogenised street style. You see the same looks in Milan, Paris, New York. In my Dad's time, you had looks specific to pockets of London. That's a foreign concept to me. My friends around the world dress the same because they've seen it online. I think it's a real shame. There is an 'international look' now. They have no parochial reference points."
Jason Basmajian on the role of ties
"I enjoy wearing a tie for pleasure, not as an obligation. It's a way to pull in a colour or a texture. I look at it as any other accessory. It's the joy and fun of a tie because you happen to like it, but it isn't vital like it used to be."
Oliver Spencer on dressing to impress
"I see more men wear suits at night now, when they go out for dinner. I think you should dress up for a night out or for a social event, it's a sign of respect."
Jeremy Langmead on commuter style
"The man in the street is better dressed than he was. Certainly more adventurous. It's been fantastic, but I still get quite depressed on tube trains. Every morning on the commute I wither. All these ugly shoes still permeate."
Charlie Casely Hayford on the worst shoes a man can own