Men’s fashion is a minefield. Take our advice and the only time you’ll blow up is when you intend on doing it.
By MH Staff - Posted on 22nd October 2013
We dressed features writer Ian McNaught Davis in three different looks to see how he and, more importantly, she felt about each.
1 Jacket, T-shirt, slim-fit jeans
He says On most days, whatever I wear is usually determined by whatever is not in the washing machine or on my floor. Working in a creative industry you can pretty much get away with anything, and that includes having a lazy dress sense. I don’t own a blazer because I have always felt they are a bit too formal for me. That’s just because I am a fashion philistine, and I have discovered that a blazer like this one is a lot more versatile than it looks on the rack. When the MH style advisors added the easy-going sneakers and the checked shirt, the outfit felt a lot more relaxed and so did I. For me, the look has the right balance of smart and casual, and it would be something I’d wear if I didn’t know where the night would take me.
She says I love the jacket – its tailoring, fabric and colour is great and the pocket square is a nice touch – paired with the edgier T-shirt and contrasting sneakers. I'm all for layers, but the checked shirt isn't working for me. A bit like the beard: if he's a hipster lumberjack, ditch the jacket and roll up those shirt sleeves; or shave the beard and rock the laidback tailored look.
2 Sleeveless knit, tie and jeans
He says” I don’t see myself wearing this for an evening of rugby, draughts and greasy prego rolls. Wearing a tie took a bit of getting used to ¬– it’s not part of my everyday dress code ¬– I like wearing clothes that can slum it when they have to. However, what I did like about this look is that the clothes actually fitted me properly. I have got a fairly slim build so I’m forever tucking, rolling and pulling clothes to make them not swamp me. These clothes had a good overall trim feel to them, and the sleeveless knit helps to hold everything together. Comfort makes a big difference and next time I buy clothes I’ll walk a bit further to find an outfit that fits me like this one did.
She says I like the quirky take on a formal look: conventional white shirt with an unconventional tie colour; grandpa knit vest with slim-fit jeans that have a modern wash; tie-pin with casual watch and rolled up sleeves. The youthful haircut contrasting the grisly beard, it looks like he works in an unconventional office and that he has a story to tell. After-work drinks? Perfect. Saturday night in a bar? Overdressed.
3 Leather jacket, shirt and chinos
He says "When I was briefed on this look, I wasn’t entirely convinced. I don’t wear chinos because I’m not a dad. I don’t wear leather jackets because I don’t own a bike. And I don’t wear red shirts because I don’t fight bulls in Spain. Fortunately my fashion editor is more open-minded than I am, and he convinced me otherwise. This look feels comfortable, fits well and the jacket is not opposed to slumming it, and that’s what I like about it. My next sartorial investment will be a leather jacket. Tastefully complimented with a motorbike, hopefully.
She says The leather jacket is edgy and stylish, yet understated and original when paired with chinos. He's caught my eye, but instead of meeting his gaze, I'm distracted by the red button-down which is drawing too much attention. The jacket should be the centrepiece, and I think it's dated with the shirt. A slim-fit T-shirt would have been a better option – take off that hip jacket, and he's dressed for Christmas dinner at his grandparents.