There are two ways to approach a business look – the super-classic, straight-forward suit, tie, hard shoe combo. Then there is the slightly more casual, contemporary take on business wear which allows room for flexibility and feels more “of the time”. This dressing incorporates ready-to-wear pieces and separates that are smart enough for formal meetings, but they also fit as easy transition into appropriate and comfortable wear for an after-work event or cocktail party.
One thing I particularly like about this style of uniform is the ability to mix and match; a work wardrobe comprised of easy contemporary staples that work really well all together is very practical, I love being able to put anything on and knowing it all works together. Check out these combinations and highlights from South Korean label Solid Homme.
An unstructured coat or blazer provides simple elegance, making it a staple for everyman’s wardrobe. This easy-fitting version has a relaxed regular cut and is lined in satin for an impeccably smooth drape. Concealed fastenings create a clean-lined look, while elegant tonal grosgrain trims hidden in the sleeve seams testify to the brand’s fine attention to detail.
An understated style icon, the cardigan adds a stylish layering element to your look. Solid Homme’s black cardigan is crafted with touches of luxurious cashmere and features a felted navy front panel, adding an element of cool contrast to the design. The snap-fastening placket is lined with grosgrain trims, typifying the South Korean label’s quiet approach to contemporary details.
For a modern take on the smart business trousers, look no further than this pair, cut with a slim, slightly cropped leg for a contemporary shape, and finished with an elasticated drawstring waist, giving them a laid-back feel.
An alternative to a backpack or briefcase, this tote bag will easily hold a change of clothes and a laptop, perfect for the active businessman combining work with a weekend away.
With their traditional heritage, Chelsea Boots are both boardroom-ready as well as ideal for hitting the city streets. This black leather pair features elasticated inserts and pull tabs, so they’re easy to get on and comfortable to wear.
Sam Lobban is Buying Manager at Mr Porter and responsible for planning and execution of the buying strategy for the designer and shoes departments, as well as overseeing and managing the strategy and buying for contemporary, sport, underwear and swim departments.
This article was published in The Produktkulturmagazin, issue Q3 2016. Picture credit © Mr Porter