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A COS blazer, Ray-Ban sunglasses and a Gant watch
Lifestyle

Menswear Says Relax

From soft suits to slip-on shackets, workwear has loosened up for the new era. Here’s how to dress accordingly.

A Ted Baker jacket, COS shirt, H&M ring, Ted Baker trousers, Coach bag, and COS loafers
From head to toe: Ted Baker Jacket, £245; COS Shirt, £55; H&M Ring, £19.99; Ted Baker Trousers, £140; Coach Bag, £450; COS Loafers, £135

Double Down

If you’re buying a suit jacket this season, make it double-breasted. Double-button detailing is a nod to classic vintage tailoring that can just as easily be worn to a work meeting, wedding or weekend brunch. Inject a SS22 update by opting for a checked print, or team it with a vibrant shirt in cobalt blue or purple.

A River Island jacket, AllSaints t-shirt, Dolce & Gabbana sunglasses, Tissot watch, River Island trousers and Aldo trainers
From head to toe: River Island Jacket, £50; AllSaints T-shirt, £45; Dolce & Gabbana Sunglasses, £233 at John Lewis & Partners; Tissot Watch, £535 at John Lewis & Partners; River Island Trousers, £40; Aldo Trainers, £80

Lighten Up

There’s no denying our work/life balance has changed (hopefully for good) and this spring sees the traditional two-piece suit evolve from formal to playful. Think fresh shades of baby blue, pale pink or stone, rather than sombre greys and blacks. To elevate a light suit, team it with a crew neck tee in lilac, this season’s standout shade, for a pop of subtle colour.

A Reiss jacket, Uniqlo shirt, Charles Tyrwhitt pocket square, Reiss trousers, Tommy Hilfiger bracelet and Reiss shoes
From head to toe: Reiss Jacket, £378; Uniqlo Shirt, £24.90; Charles Tyrwhitt Pocket Square, £19.95; Reiss Trousers, £78; Tommy Hilfiger Bracelet, £69 at John Lewis & Partners; Reiss Shoes, £178

Statement Shackets

Last year’s shackets had a utilitarian vibe, but for Spring/Summer 22, the look is distinctly more opulent – think elegant suedes, sumptuous silks, assertive prints and bold checks. Team a standout shacket with pared-down trousers in classic khaki or navy blue, a short-sleeve shirt and a pair of suede boots for a sharp, considered look with maximum versatility.

A COS blazer, Boss shirt, Ray-Ban sunglasses, Gant watch, COS trousers, Reiss belt and Kurt Geiger sliders
From head to toe: COS Blazer, £150; Boss Shirt, £99; Ray-Ban Sunglasses, £137 at John Lewis & Partners; Gant Watch, £220; COS Trousers, £89; Reiss Belt, £60; Kurt Geiger Sliders, £149

Supersize Me

Breathe easy as the mercury rises – the suit has gone supersized this summer. Ample blazers and wide-leg trousers in relaxed fabrics replace traditional boardroom tailoring. For dressed-down days, throw oversized jackets over this summer’s must-have sleeveless top. Slouchy slacks worn with a slick pair of pool slides are the ultimate in luxe-meets-louche detailing.

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