If your office attire is looking a little jaded, we've got a few suggestions.
1 A Zegna knitted tie (above)
It’s official: smart is back. Despite a few slovenly types who insist a onesie is the height of sartorial sophistication (see p50 for Jeremy Langmead’s take on the phenomenon), the big looks of the moment come double-breasted, single-breasted or canvas-lined. A proper tie, like this knitted silk option from Zegna, is a great way to punch-up your outfit. Worn with a suit or with a blazer and chinos, it’s a failsafe way to get your smarts on. (£125, zegna.com)
Essential because: It’s time to hang up those woollen winter ties — for a bit, at least.
2 Canali’s woven belt
There’s very little that a chocolate brown woven belt won’t go with. Worn with an Oxford shirt and chinos, or indigo jeans and a grey granddad shirt, it’s an easy way to bring texture into your outfit without drawing attention from the main event. This one, from Canali, is ideal. Wear it well and it’ll last you a lifetime. (£150, canali.it)
Essential because: Otherwise your trousers will fall down.
3 Gucci’s burgundy suit
Bored with black and blue? Given up on grey? A bit scared of brown? We may have just the suit for you. This slim-cut deep burgundy Gucci two-piece is the perfect way to pull off summer elegance. Wear with a white shirt, a scarf, tan lace-ups and no socks. (£1,625, gucci.com/uk)
Essential because: It’s different, in a good way.
4 Thomas Pink's boxer shorts
You know you’ve got a good pair of boxers when they last more than 10 washes without wearing, tearing or losing their colour. Enter Thomas Pink’s beautifully fitted, herringbone shorts in pale pink cotton. Soft, dense — but not so heavy you’re aware of them under your trousers — and understated, these are the kind of pants you could happily be run over wearing. Or at least not be ashamed to walk around the gym changing room in. (£20, thomaspink.com)
Essential because: Esquire’s style editor swears by his.
5 Ralph Lauren leather briefcaseA manbag is all well and good, a backpack is useful if you commute and a man clutch… well, a man clutch is just ridiculous. The one accessory every self-respecting man should keep in his luggage arsenal is a good briefcase. This Italian-made tan calf leather version from Ralph Lauren Purple Label is compact, flexible and understated. Featuring a signature copper look with removable key bell, it’s an ideal day-to-day option. We approve. (£1,235, ralphlauren.co.uk)
Essential because: It’s the perfect fit for your current copy of Esquire.
6 Cartier's tank watchEvery man should own a refined dress watch, and this, Cartier’s classic Tank, is the timepiece to fill that slot. Originally created by Louis Cartier in 1917, the Tank was the first rectangular dress watch of its kind and the wristwatch of choice for Cary Grant, Warren Beatty and Harry Truman. Beautifully simple, unadorned and entirely curve-free, the white face, black leather strap and elongated steel case of this legendary model will look the business peeking out from under your cuff. From (£3,000, cartier.co.uk)
Essential because: Its casing was inspired by the French army’s First World War Renault tanks. It doesn’t get more manly than that.