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How to Dress 'Off-Duty'

Lounging around at the weekend doesn't mean you have to look like a slob. 

There’s a lot to be said for spending a couple of grand on a beautifully cut bespoke suit. Not only will it last you a lifetime, it will also fit so well that you won’t feel like you’re wearing a suit at all.

Only problem is, a Savile Row three-piece isn’t ideal for slobbing out on the sofa when you want to watch the Game of Thrones box set.

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What you need is an updated wardrobe of everyday basics. This season, alongside producing immaculate tailored pieces, brands such as Pal Zileri, Ralph Lauren and Brioni have branched out with more relaxed ranges.

And with silk polo shirts and cashmere hoodies on offer, they’re as sumptuous as you’d expect.

Knitted jacket by Ralph Lauren Black Label
If the dress code is too formal for you to turn up in tracksuit bottoms and a T-shirt, but you can’t face the idea of a structured jacket, opt for one of this season’s strongest knitted blazers (a cardigan with a lapel) by Ralph Lauren Black Label. (£755, Ralph Lauren)

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Tracksuit by Brunello Cucinelli
Splash out on a pair of Cucinelli cashmere tracksuit bottoms and you’ll spend every second in them. In fact, don’t be surprised if you’re tempted to team them with a blazer and head in to work — they’re that good. (Hooded top, £980; tracksuit bottoms, £878, Brunello Cucinelli)

Driving Shoe by Tod’s
The ultimate in louche summer footwear, a pair of butter-soft suede driving shoes worn with a pair of equally soft denim will look smart, but feel as if you’re wearing a (very luxurious) pair of socks. (£235, Tod's)

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