For a lot of men, it can often seem like fashion is something that’s best left to women, but a little bit of attention to your wardrobe can go a long way. One look that’s easy to achieve and looks great on every man is the smart-casual look. Starting with a pair of decent pants – stick to dark colors such as charcoal grey, as this is sophisticated as well as practical. It goes with anything. Chinos are great here, or alternatively, you could try a pair of dark jeans.
It’s also important to get the shirt right. There’s a wide array of shirts available for men these days, but if you’re going for the smart-casual look, go for a button-down rather than a tee. A good material such as cotton or a silk-blend will look good with anything and if you go with neutral colors, your look will be able to take you from the office to a restaurant for dinner and back again. Midnight blue is a good color, as is bottle green or deep burgundy.
You might think that no one notices your shoes, but a bad pair of shoes is sure to make you stand out for all the wrong reasons. Stick with a sleek black shoe as you can be sure this will look stylish without being obvious. You could choose either a discreet lace-up or smart loafer; both of these will look fantastic with almost any outfit and allow you to go from smart to casual in an instant. Consider it an investment as a good pair of shoes will last ages.
No one wants to freeze for fashion, so make sure you include a good sweater or two in your smart-casual wardrobe, letting you wrap up warm while still looking great. Try a V-neck sweater over a button-down shirt in complementary colors for an instantly brilliant look. Or why not keep your neck warm with a stylish turtleneck; they not only keep out the cold but look great, particularly in muted colors such as black, green, navy or grey. You can also wear them with anything.
You may not pay much attention to accessories, but they really can add a lot to an outfit, lifting it from boring and ordinary to the height of sophistication. Try a pair of sleek leather gloves for instant style and warmth. Another great accessory for the cold fall and winter months is a wool scarf that you can use to keep warm as well as looking fabulous. Try a scarf in dark blue with lighter blue pinstripes for a flash of brighter color, adding an individual flare to your look.