Sometimes when you purchase a suit, there’s this little thought that you must wear the suit together the way you purchased it, and that it must be worn only to formal occasions. However, we are here to tell you that this isn’t the case. Suits can be deconstructed and styled in ways where you can wear pieces from the suits across a variety of different social occasions. This tutorial will guide you on how 1 suit can be worn 3 ways, so that you don’t have to let that suit sit in your cupboard and go to waste.
The suit combination that has been chosen for the blazer is a light silk and wool blend fabric in a grey marl colour tone that suits most skin colour complexions. Now the most important aspect about suits is that it must fit well; check out the previous “What to wear to a cocktail event” article on what makes a well-fitted suit.
The first look in this collection of 1 suit worn 3 ways features the full suit pant and blazer paired together to create a fresh formal look that works great for spring and summer occasions, such as spring racing carnivals or weddings. To contrast the light grey suit, match the blazer back with a plain white shirt to act as a base to help make layered coloured accessories pop against the white shirt. In this look, a bright floral necktie and matching pocket square ties in well with the grey marl suit. For accessories, you want to use matching and complimenting colours. For instance use silver tones in the accessories to match back with the grey suit and black accessories to match back to the black patent back boots.
For the second look, the spring grey marl blazer is used as the main suit piece featured. This look has been created for a more of a smart-casual occasion, so by choosing chambray buttoned up shirt as the base for this outfit, it creates a relaxed and casual look. Chambray shirts are a great staple for any man’s wardrobe as it is versatile throughout many different looks and can be worn comfortably during the warmer and cooler seasons. To create a more casual vibe for this outfit, pair light-weight crème chinos to form a relaxed and coordinated look. A quick styling tip for this outfit is to roll the sleeves of the chambray shirt over the blazer to create an accent effect on the wrists to bring through more of the chambray shirt and to show off the accessories on the wrist. For accessories, follow the rule of thumb with matching colours and coordinating them together. When going for a more smart-casual vibe, choose a dark brown belt and chocolate brown boat shoe loafers to tie the look together and back to tan watch accessory chosen.
For the third look, the suit pant is the main suit piece featured. Keeping this look spring fresh, the key colours chosen are grey, white and blue. For the torso, choosing a printed shirt adds detail and acts as a feature for the entire ensemble. Colour coordinate the main colours on the print and use those colours to build your outfit up. By pairing a solid blue cardigan with the printed shirt which features blue prints, these colours complement each other and bring forward the blue in the print as well as working well against the white and grey tonal colours throughout the outfit. To finish off the look, go with black and silver accessories seen through the belt and watch and also pairing them with the black oxford shoes (shoes chosen in video is from CROFT). A quick styling tip to keep the look feeling relaxed, push the cardigan sleeve bunched up around the elbow, exposing the fore arm and emphasizing the accessories.
There are many other ways in which you can use the pieces from your suit that can be styled across a number of different ways and occasions, but we will save that for a later date. Don’t be afraid to add your own personal style to any of these outfits! So remember to have fun, be bold and stay humble when styling your suit pieces.
Posted by: Bree K
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