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How to wear (for men): Suit separates

The suit is an essential item in every man’s closet. And when worn right, it can make a man look exceptionally dapper. Think Richard Gere from American Gigolo (in Armani), George Peppard in Breakfast at Tiffany’s and Ryan Gosling in Crazy, Stupid, Love. There’s even an ongoing tv series named after the suave two (sometimes three) piece.

Colours might not be for everyone, especially for those with rigid working attires, but if you’re interested in making a statement to your outfits, why not try splitting up the suits you currently have in your closet? Here are five different ways to work suit separates.

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Head Prefect

A navy suit is always the safest option. But have some fun and add a little spin to your outfit with this Thom Browne appliqué blazer that resembles the one you had from the closet of your high school days. Instead of matching it with a pair of trousers in similar hue, swap it out for a grey piece to add flair to your outfit.

Get the look: Thom Browne double breasted appliqué navy blazer, S$4,441, Paul Smith white cotton shirt, £125 (S$224), Canali slim-fit grey wool trousers, £221 (S$396), Canali polka dotted tie, S$153, Montblanc stainless steel rectangle cufflinks, £142 (S$253), Dsquared2 brown calf leather brogues, S$764.

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A Hint of Detail

An ecru suit may be aesthetically pleasing, as it looks clean and pristine. However, wearing the same suit too often can result in looking stale and boring. This is when you can try splitting up your ecru suit and pairing it with a black blazer that has contrasting collar details. This Givenchy blazer will add a dash of colour to your outfit without being overly conspicuous.

Get the look: Givenchy contrast collar black blazer, S$3,178, Canali blue bengal-striped cotton shirt, £104 (S$187), Caruso ecru slim-fit cotton twill trousers, £108 (S$194), Louis Vuitton Tambour Blue Chronograph 44, POA, Thom Browne pebble-grain leather longing brogues, £816 (S$1,462).

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Warm and Cool

Don’t be afraid to mix warm hues and cool tones with each other. The end result can surprise you, especially when you mix two tonal colours together. This Maison Margiela blazer in sand colour will look great with a pair of grey Giorgio Armani trousers.

Get the look: Maison Margiela notch-lapel sand blazer, US$1,333 (S$1,905, inclusive of trousers), Tom Ford white slim-fit cotton shirt, £299 (S$538), Giorgio Armani grey tailored trousers, S$551, Lanvin black velvet tie, £75 (S$135), IWC Pilot’s Watch Chronograph Edition Ju-Air, POA, Gucci Princetown tiger embroidery shearling sliders, £611 (S$1,102).

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Keep the Blazer

For those who have a vibrant suit (think bright yellow, mandarin orange or cerulean blue), give it a fun twist by splitting up the pieces. This Simeone Napoli blazer can be matched with a pink Richard James shirt and a pair of Valentino jeans.

Get the look: Simeone Napoli double breasted cerulean blue blazer, S$3,010 (inclusive of trousers), Richard James pink cotton shirt, £100 (S$179), Valentino Rockstud slim-fit jeans, £714 (S$1,295), Bottega Veneta round titanium and acetate glasses, £348 (S$622), Paul Smith silk printed pocket square, £42 (S$75), Givenchy slip-on derby shoes, £482 (S$875).

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Pants for Another Day

For the next day, you can tuck this Etro striped shirt into your Simeone Napoli trousers. Match this with a navy blue tie (we have chosen this piece from Dunhill) to look more formal if you’re scheduled for a work meeting.

Get the look: Simeone Napoli cerulean blue trousers, S$3,010 (inclusive of blazer), Etro slim-fit multi-coloured striped cotton shirt,  £163 (S$291), Dunhill navy cashmere tie, £137 (S$250), Loewe Toledo logo-embossed document bag, £1,136 (S$2,060), Berluti polished leather oxford shoes with red sole, £1,505 (S$2,693).

Sean Tham

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