Menswear: Looks That Take You From Day To Night

10th March 2017

Reaching Friday means you made it; you powered through the week and achieved what you set out to do. Lose the stuffy Monday getup and go for a more casual, laid back look. Now, we don’t mean untidy - we’re talking an outfit that still says ‘I mean business’ during the day but is relaxed enough to take you to happy hour later. The right Friday outfit is an art; you want to look like you’re here to get things done, but you’re going somewhere better later. That means, in Laymans terms: contemporary, clean, and comfortable and never uptight.

The Power Suit

You already need the 2 or 3 piece suit for business and formal occasions. These are your ‘power’ suits. You should invest a decent amount here because you’re not just paying for 2 or 3 great suits; you’re also getting a long list of possible combinations for other situations. You take elements of these power suits and combine them with a variety of looks so you can mix and match; it’s a great way to keep your looks fresh. A smart man requires a smart wardrobe and a smart wardrobe is one with versatility and longevity.  Create contrast using one dressy element with a casual element:

  • Dress shirt plus chino pants
  • Blazer with a casual shirt and jeans
  • Blazer, dress shirt, skinny tie and dress pants
  • Loose the tie and unbutton your dress shirt for a more relaxed look

The goal is to look and feel like a million bucks. And off the rack suits are not making the cut. The name of the game is customization with a signature style. An expertly tailored suit gives a polished, clean-cut look versus the cookie-cutter suit that only looks good on the mannequin.


A man’s shoes are the foundation of his style… every man should own certain key styles to set the foundation to his closet. They’re an essential piece that can set the tone on your look. The styles should range from casual to formal, come in a variety of materials and colors, and have soles that can survive all weather conditions.

These are some key shoe styles that should be used as your building blocks:

  • The Oxfords: Not your everyday shoe, but still a necessity when it comes to any formal event. The cap toe style is perfect companion to your suit or if you want a dressier workplace shoe, then the whole-cut style is your goto. Made from leather, they’re normally black or brown.
  • Derbies: Perfect for dressing up a pair of jeans or adding an audacious look to your suit, Derbies are a completely versatile shoe. Less formal than Oxfords, they’re distinguished by the fact that the shoe lace tabs are stitched on top of the shoe itself.
  • The Chelsea Boots: Made from either suede or leather and detailed with elastic bands and pull tabs for an easy, flexible fit. Perfect for the “suited and booted” look.

Tailored Dress Shirts

Think about your dress shirt as your support system. It’s what compliments your sport jacket, it frames your face, and with shape it enhances your masculine silhouette. You’re dress shirt is an essential piece because it can be worn under a blazer or by itself with a tie or without a tie for a business casual look. Regardless of how it’s being worn, your dress shirt should fit perfectly to define your silhouette.  A neutral colored cotton dress shirt lays the perfect foundation for your day to night look.


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