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Casual Tailoring Layered Prep

11th March 2014 | Posted in Menswear
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The stigma of tailoring is fading fast- once only reserved for the most formal of events, any element of tailoring was considered to be a suave luxury to those in the know; from sleek suits for the high powered office dweller, to blazer jackets for the upper class rowing club gent- sleek tailoring rarely factored into the everyday man’s daily wardrobe.

However, recent shifts in fashion have made that all change. With casual tailoring coming to the fore front of some of the best laid back looks going, any look that doesn’t deploy a sleek, sharp and sublimely cut silhouette is old news.

Casual tailoring makes use of the strongest pieces of sartorial style, tweaking them to work effortlessly well on more relaxed looks, whilst managing to become the key elements of some of the most classically inspired and prudent looks.

Try taking a leaf out of styles that pre-date the current casual tailoring trend, and grab a look that packs a punch with a heritage inspired look.

This layered up ensemble offers a modern twist on classic preppy spring style. A crisp collared shirt provides a simple base for the look, whilst an eye catching patterned crew neck jumper adds an intricate level of detail. A blazer jacket, with a vintage inspired three button fastening adds a true level of classic American prep, with a crisp easy to wear deep navy tone:

Paul Smith Jeans Tailored Fit White Plain Shirt

Simple, elegant, crisp and sharp, this plain white shirt by Great British designer Paul Smith is the perfect base to start any well appointed look. With a simplistic colour that is sure to sit well with any extra layers, this Paul Smith shirt looks great when worn fully buttoned and layered underneath a crew neck knit. For an extra dose of iconic styling, try adding in a classic club tie or bow tie for a small addition that can make a huge difference.

Paul Smith Jeans 313N Patterned Jumper

The middle layer of this ensemble provides the added eye catching details, and is perfectly displayed by the deep cut of the blazer that lies over the top of it. Designed by Paul Smith, the all over pattern adds a retro touch to this look, whilst the navy trim around the neck line and cuffs gives off a well appointed notion that sits effortlessly well with the white shirt.

Ralph Lauren Gilford 3 Button Blazer

A classic sports jacket completes the preppy inspiration behind this look, and comes courtesy of Ralph Lauren, who have become synonymous with the preppy lifestyle. A classic 3 button fastening gives this jacket a throwback style that epitomizes the peak of preppy style, and allows this blazer jacket to look just as good when worn open as it does when fastened. With an undeniable aura of class, this Ralph Lauren blazer is the epitome of casual tailoring. Layered up with this ensemble, it almost acts as a piece of lightweight outerwear, allowing you to shed the layers quickly in the sun, or to wear a scarf with when the temperatures suddenly dip.

Consider some finishing touches to this look, with some well appointed accessories. Start off with a sleek pair of shoes that are in keeping with the preppy feel of this look. The H by Hudson Florio navy suede shoes are ready for the challenge, using a blend of modern materials to transform a classic tassel loafer style. A deep shade of navy helps keep the tonal look of the outfit alive, and ties in perfectly well with the navy Ralph Lauren blazer.

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