Some clothing combinations just work. Blue jeans and white sneakers, a navy suit with a pair of brown derbies, boat shoes with chinos.
That said, though most classic pairings are great, sometimes it pays to mix things up a bit. This season, for instance, it's all about combining key pieces with unexpected garments, trends and accessories.
To help you get started, here are three of this season's most effective (not to mention unusual) combinations and how to make them work for you.
The key to the success of this look is all in the shape of the trouser. You need a slightly thicker fabric like a dense cotton or wool hopsack, a sturdy crease down the front and around an inch high turn-up - to show a bit of ankle, but not too much. Opt for a slip on sneaker (a big trend for SS'14) in a similar tone to the trousers and keep the look smart on top too. Avoid ties and other sartorial affectations at all costs. The simpler the better.
A properly cut suit with a nipped in waist and a skirt that covers the seat will look the business worn with a cropped bomber in a slightly darker shade. For the best results wear a super tailored double breasted suit in a dark fabric and team with a synthetic bomber in an even darker hue. Look to either Lanvin or Eremenegildo Zegna's SS'14 collections for inspiration.
This sounds bizarre, but the past few seasons have seen the designers move away from the taughtly tailored looks of previous seasons. Right now, it's all about breaking loose. Don't start wearing your pyjamas out (SO last summer), but wear the tailored jackets of previous seasons with soft ,luxurious basics - the kind of pieces you might actually wear to bed - such as slightly scoop necked T-Shirts in supersoft fabrics and smartish trackpant style trousers in dark shades.