Monday 22 December 2014

Part 1: Transform your wardrobe for life

Corina Gaffey

Published 05/09/2014 | 02:30

Leather Jacket: Michael Fassbender
Leather Jacket: Michael Fassbender
Smyth Gibson white shirt €150
V Neck Jumper: Bradley Cooper
H&M €19.99
Hackett Blue Leather Belt €95
€150 from Cos
Silk tie: Penrose €110 Mr. Porter
Silk Tie: Ryan Reyonlds
Brown dress shoe: Debenhams €195
Sunglasses: €165 Rayban
Navy blazer: Ben Affleck
The pea coat: Aaron Paul
Pea coat: Debenhams €187.50
Denim Jacket, Apc €220
Beige pants: Chinos, €69 Cos

Get your staples in order, and the rest will follow

No.1 - the Leather Jacket

A leather biker isn't just a jacket - it's a sartorial statement. A slick item for every wardrobe, it will only get better with age. Choose a cut that compliments your style and shape, and you'll have it for ever.

Insider tip

When it comes to investing in a leather jacket, don't be afraid to go down a size. It should feel snug as leather loosens out, but obviously not at the expense of comfort

No. 2 - The White Shirt

Your greatest multi-tasker, we all know the white shirt works with everything so should save you money and mirror time. Just invest in the best cut you can afford.

No. 3 - The V Neck Jumper

Worn with a tie, open neck shirt or t-shirt, the options are endless. Plus it will work as a layering piece when it gets a bit nippy. Go for an easy wash fabric so it's fuss-free.

No. 4 - The leather Belt

A good suit shouldn't need one, but that doesn't mean you can't add some finishing touches to any formal or smart-casual look with a leather belt.

No. 5 - The Work bag

Invest in a smart carry-all that you'll have for years and is so much more stylish than bulging pockets and laptop cases.

No. 6 - the Silk Tie

Modern and chic, don't underestimate the power of a luxe, woven silk tie that will lift even the most boring of suit and shirt combinations.

No. 7 - the Brown Dress Shoe

Brilliant with navy, even better with grey, a pair of tan shoes will work just as well with smart chinos as it does with traditional tailoring.

No. 8 - the Sunglasses

Some shades never go out of style. Pick a pair that suit your face shape, like classic Wayfarers, and you'll have them forever.

No. 9 - The Navy Blazer

The equivalent of the little black dress for women, opt for a blazer with a more unstructured shoulder for maximum versatility and comfort. Casual, smart, formal - whatever.

No. 10 - The Denim Jacket

Reliably classic and very versatile, the denim topper is an integral part to any casual outfit line-up. Throw it over a sweater, jumper or printed shirt for casual cool, just avoid stone-wash or over-embellishment.

No. 11 - The Pea Coat

A dark pea coat is the ultimate cold-weather investment and because it's warm, longer than a jacket and it works well over a suit.

No. 12 - the beige pants

A great alternative to jeans, especially if you don't want to wear suit trousers. Buy a slim pair of chinos you'll be able to wear anywhere from your desk to the pub to the golf course...

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