“Always think ‘less is modern’ when you look at the style of a suit,” says Lloyd Boston, author of The Style Checklist (R177 www.oneshop.co.za) “The fewer the details, the more classic your suit will be, making for a long-lasting investment.” Jacket R1 700 C-Squared at House of Monatic, shirt R200 D66 at Edgars

1. Forget the one-dimensional tux – a well tailored, classic black suit is just as appropriate and a more modern take for a formal occasion.

2. Make sure your tie is solid black. To look totally polished, wear a black suit, a white shirt and black tie to pull off the Great Gatsby look.

3. Buy tropical-weight wool. It’s the most adaptable suit fabric – sturdy, but so lightweight that you can add a thin layer under it.

4. Tennis-style sneakers are a cool and comfortable way to show some style rebellion. Make sure they’re a solid colour, simple and scuff-free.

5. Face the weather with an overcoat that doesn’t blend into the crowd. Instead of black or grey, try camel instead. It goes just as well with grey, brown or black.

6. Add pattern to your shirt: small checks look more contemporary than strips. The smaller the checks, the dressier the shirt will look.


Jacket R1 700 and trousers R699 both C-Squared at House of Monatic, shirt R200 and tie R70 both D66 at Edgars, pocket square R300 Fabiani, brogues R1 600 Carducci at House of Monatic, Hugo Boss watch R2 350 S Bacher.


Jacket R1 700 C-Squared at House of Monatic, cardigan R699 Country Road at Woolworths, V-neck T-shirt R99 Old Khaki, straight-leg jeans R650 Levi’s, sneakers R450 Superga.


Coat R999 Truworths Man, jacket R1 700 and trousers R699 both C-Squared at House of Monatic, checked shirt R799 Ben
Sherman, brogues R1 600 Carducci at House of Monatic.

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An unexpected pop of colour adds personality to basic black or, if you prefer to make a more subtle statement, choose classic black onyx. these cufflinks work well for day and night.

Black R700 Fabiani
Blue R1 038 Shimansky
Red R450 Carducci at House of Monatic