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Jaiden James

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Suits and Sneakers

Add a contemporary twist to a menswear staple from just £4

Sophistication doesn’t have to mean stuffiness; times have changed since suits meant restriction with body hugging blazers and tight waistcoats worn with suspenders. Off duty or on, mixing tailoring with relaxed elements helps remove the classic overtones, allowing for you to look slick without appearing rigid or dated.


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The suit’s a garment that’s transcended trends and has always found a way to adapt to the present day. Think Eighties shoulder padded incarnations, Nineties deconstruction and minimalism and Noughties super slim cuts. Now comes the blending of the smart and casual by pairing formalwear with casually cool footwear. Being suited without the boots is a way of feeling relaxed yet still sharply dressed.


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Trainers aren’t just for training anymore and they come in a variety of offerings from luxe looking low tops that pair perfectly with any suit and exude a certain level of smartness, to plimsolls that offer a laidback look that’s comfortable without being sloppy. Teaming trainers with a suit used to be all about after office hour’s relaxation, removing the wingtips, monk straps or Chelsea boots for the comfy, trustworthy trainers. Now there’s no need to sneak on the sneaker, as it’s perfectly acceptable to arrive at most offices in a pair of your trusty kicks. 


There’s an art to pairing the casual and the smart, depending on where you’re going and what you’re doing. This will also help inform the trainers you select for the occasion. If you’re off to work or a more formal function think pairing tailoring with a crisp shirt and tie. For this look it would be wise to keep your footwear slick, think tennis shoes in neutral tones or some stream lined mid-tops. 


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For a sportier vibe think skater shoes or baseball offerings. You can balance the look out by adding a sports edge such as wearing a track top or gilet underneath your blazer. This instantly adds to the relaxed vibes and a layer that’s easy to remove in the office environment to sharpen up the look once more.  


Another look is gym ready trainers, adaptable to both the office and your workout session. Think athleisure, a buzzword in the fashion circles, which allows for classic and casual codes of dress to be updated with a sporty feel. You can be gym ready in minutes by pairing a workout vest or t-shirt worn under a shirt and leggings under trousers.

Comfortability and fashionability can be assured by putting on a pair of casual kicks with your suit, so there’s no time like the present to refresh your look with one of our suits and a pair of our trainers. 

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Jaiden James

STYLE EDITOR

September

20/2016

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