There are certain quintessential combinations that are very hard to beat. Gin and tonic. Bacon and eggs. Suits and shirts.
Though these things all go together beautifully, that’s not to say that sometimes it can’t be fun to mix things up a bit. After all, gin is delicious in other cocktails. Bacon tastes great with almost anything. And a suit can look really sharp without the classic fall back of a shirt.
Thinking about giving this look a go?
The first thing you need to be aware of before you decide to give your shirts a break is that this is an advance style move. In order to pull this look off, you’ll need to give it some careful thought and make sure you do it in an intentional way.
With that caveat out of the way, let’s get into the style advice. Broadly speaking, if you choose to skip the shirt, you have three main options: a t-shirt, a sweater or a polo neck sweater.
Here are some things to keep in mind:
- For a more formal look, keep things plain. A black crew neck sweater or t-shirt can be a great smart casual evening look.
- If you’re looking for a quirkier twist on a daytime suit, it’s hard to go wrong with classic breton stripes.
- A polo neck sweater can be a stylish and practical option in winter: it’ll be much warmer than just a shirt.
- Want to mix a smart suit with a more casual piece? A casual sweatshirt could be a good choice: just make sure it’s reasonably close fitting. Bonus points for rolled back sleeves with this look.
- This can be a great way to bring colour into an otherwise monochrome look. We suggest jewel tones as these look good on most people.
- For a more casual look, a simple white t-shirt is a great choice. Just remember that the neckline you choose will alter your look: compare this crew neck t-shirt and suit with this V-neck t-shirt and suit to see what we mean.
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