Perhaps it was the domination of Mad Men, or maybe that odd moment when Pete Doherty was considered a style icon, or simply because we were fed up with looking a bit slovenly, but for the past few years the sharp suit and tie combo reigned supreme.
Now, an unstructured double-breasted jacket teamed with a good quality T-shirt and a pair of tapered trousers is about as smart as it need get: and what a relief.
The star of this new era of laid-back dressing is the humble loop-back sweatshirt. Worn with smart chinos and sneakers, or with jeans and penny loafers, a slim, preppy sweatshirt sported in the style of a young Paul Newman can make as strong a style statement as a three-piece suit, so long as it’s worn in the right place.
Opt for something plain in jersey marl for venturing out in public, or go for a fully-blown logoed sweat when lounging around at home.
Henri Lloyd; £75
Plectrum by Ben Sherman; £70
Photography: Sam Armstrong