Keep it individual
Classic does not mean boring or bland. There are plenty of styles to choose from for all body types. Whether you have a smaller or larger frame, opt for a cut and a colour that suits you, and that you feel comfortable in. Make sure you stick to these two basic rules and you’ll be set: keep the colours neutral and ensure that your clothes are a good fit. With these in mind, you’ll be good to go!
Formal, but not too formal
Not every classic outfit must be black tie appropriate. The perfect suit will see you through rush hour in the morning, the big meeting in the afternoon, a dinner date in the evening and even a few drinks afterwards. Swap formal black for charcoal or deep navy blue, and avoid anything too dressy – tuxedoes and dress shirts have their place, but it’s not for day-to-day wear. You’ll want an ensemble that fits you well in a fabric you love, and that you’re comfortable doing almost anything in. A shirt and smart trouser combination is built to last, so bear this in mind when shopping.
Make sure it's versatile
Ideally, you’ll have a variety of smart trousers, jackets and shoes in your wardrobe to give you a range of options each day. However, if you’re new to the classic style or simply don’t want to own too many smarter pieces, find one outfit you really love and build on it from there. It needs to be comfortable and you need to feel good wearing it, so choose a good mid-season combination that will see you through the year, in a neutral colour that works with a variety of different shirts and accessories.
A timeless outfit will never go out of style
While not many of us have a Savile Row budget, the classic British style is within the reach of every man. The combination of a smart jacket, trousers and shoes has been around for a long time and is unlikely to go out of style any time soon. Pay attention to your accessories too: an excellent belt can make a huge difference, especially if you’re looking to show off your matching shoes or even slim down your waistline. A tie or pocket square can add a splash of colour and individuality, and in colder weather, choose an excellent winter coat and a thick scarf to layer over your classic outfit and you’ll be ready for anything.
Get out there and make a statement
Now you’ve got a few key tips under your belt, you’re ready to go out and find the classic style that’s right for you! Just remember to ensure a good fit in a neutral colour, and make sure it’s versatile enough for everyday and special occasions. Smart jackets and trousers are a man’s best friend, so take care when you’re shopping and don’t forget to browse our excellent selection of trousers and jackets. You’re sure to find the right combination for you, at a price you love and in sizes all the way up to 4XL. And once you’ve done that, head over to our winter coats page to find the perfect top layer to add to your outfit when the temperature drops!