Jeremy Hackett knows mens style, so who better to talk fashion with at LC:M? We asked him for his top tips, so you can look suited and booted.
On the day of his spring summer 2015 show at LC:M, we sat down with chairman and founder of Hackett London, Jeremy Hackett and talked navy blazers, capsule wardrobes and how to wear colour.
What is your inspiration behind your spring 2015 collection?
We have quite a few sponsorships, for instance we have been sponorsing the polo since 1986. The Cambridge Boat Race, London Rowing Club, Aston Martin racing and our most recent sponsorship is the Queens tennis. So what we’ve done for spring 2015 is put across more of a guide and ideas of what you could wear to those occasions. Really what we’re doing here today, is not so much a fashion show but a style show.
We’re all familiar with the capsule wardrobe for women, but what about for men? What are the key pieces you think men should have in their wardrobe?
Navy blazer and some nicely cut cotton chino style trousers. A navy blue suit is vital too. Every man should own a dinner jacket and not hire it. It really amazes me when people hire something when it’s a really special occasion, a lady wouldn’t hire a wedding dress but a man goes and hires a morning coat to get married in the day he’s going to get photographed the most in his life. Rather than buying one from a good tailor or having one made and the goes same with dinner jackets, they should be basic parts of any mans wardrobes.
What about accessories?
There are very few accessories a man can wear without looking over done but cufflinks are very nice, very discrete. Cufflinks should always match your watch, for example silver cufflinks should be paired with a steel watch. I couldn’t wear silver and gold together, I couldn’t go out! Another thing is that guys spend a lot of money on suits and then buy a cheap pair of shoes, it completely destroys it. They often say that women look at mens shoes before they look at anything else! So a quality pair of shoes are vital.
What are you top tips for buying a suit? What should men look out for?
What is important is the shoulder, the shoulder line and the fit on the shoulder because everything follows on from that. Make sure the sleeve length is right, there’s nothing worse than seeing sleeves that come down right to the fingers, and you see it often on men. And overly long trousers as well, you see trousers buckling up at the end three or four times. You should be getting suits tailored to fit perfectly.
What are you top tips for dressing for summer office wear?
If you do have to wear a suit there are some great fabrics around, like cool wool. It’s often much cooler than wearing a cotton jacket, the fabric is really breathable. When it comes to shirts, I don’t like short sleeves shirts with a suit, a lot of guys do it, it’s much nicer to roll the sleeves up - it looks more effortless.
What is your perfect weekend look for summer?
I’d say a navy blazer and a khaki chinos.
What would be your top tip for getting stylish in a hurry?
Put a blazer on, you can wear it with a nice knitted polo if you don’t want to wear it with a shirt. The thing about a blazer, especially if it’s not too structured, you can wear it a nice pair of shorts as well and it still looks great. There’s lots of different ways to wear a blazer and for me it’s the version of the ladies little black dress.
And if you were to update your blazer, is there any other colours you should try?
There’s lots of different blues, not always the deep navy, but French blues, cobalt blues, that are interesting than just navy. But the idea is most guys on a whole like a blue jacket as a basic wardrobe item so it’s just playing around with the different shades.
You like to use flashes of colour in your collection, who you have any tips about guys incorporating colour into their wardrobe if they’re a little apprehensive about doing so?
If you’re afraid of it I would do it in moderation, maybe start of with a colourful pair of socks and work your way up! If you’ve got something that’s classically cut, I think colour is easy. Try it with a sweater under a blazer - one of those fine knit sweaters and it doesn’t have to be in an outrageous colour to work.
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