Tuesday 12 November 2019

Meet the swacket! Finally, a men's alternative to formal workwear

The modern workplace has changed seismically and so too have the uniforms we wear. While the trouser suit has made a comeback for women, men are finding modern alternatives, writes our Fashion Editor

Beige Maurizio Baldassari swacket, €549, available in navy and forest green, Stenströms floral motif shirt, €199, silk scarf, €149, Jacob Cohën blue denim jeans, €429, To Boot New York beige sneakers, €339;
Beige Maurizio Baldassari swacket, €549, available in navy and forest green, Stenströms floral motif shirt, €199, silk scarf, €149, Jacob Cohën blue denim jeans, €429, To Boot New York beige sneakers, €339;
Navy Maurizio Baldassari button-up blouson with two pockets, €489, Richard J Brown denim cashmere jeans, €349, Louis Copeland slim-fit button-down blue shirt, €139, Saddler laptop bag, €219;
Grey Stenströms reversible gilet, €339, Gran Sasso full-zip knitwear, €269, Louis Copeland circle pattern shirt, €139, Jacob Cohën blue denim jeans, €449
Navy Maurizio Baldassari full-zip gilet, €699, and beige swacket, €549, Stenströms floral motif shirt, €199, silk scarf, €149, Jacob Cohën blue denim jeans, €429;
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Hybrids are an increasing part of our busy, modern lives. They are useful and link classic conventions to contemporary influences on everything from cars to clothing.

The business landscape for male dressing has changed hugely and while suits are still popular for corporate interfacing, a new concept of comfortable business casual has come to the fore.

It's all about "dressing for the day", according to David O'Connor, the general manager of Louis Copeland stores. He points to how key knitwear has become central to the layering style story.

The term 'swacket' may be new to some but as the name suggests, it is a sweater crossed with a jacket and the Maurizio Baldassari beige one (left) is a perfect example of the merits of this hybrid, which is constructed like a jacket, right down to the seaming inside which resembles a sport jacket. The two-pocket navy one has Teflon coating, which means it is waterproof, while the move towards cashmere gilets adds a touch of luxe, like the Stenströms grey offering, and you can elevate its styling with thoughtful layering.

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Grey Stenströms reversible gilet, €339, Gran Sasso full-zip knitwear, €269, Louis Copeland circle pattern shirt, €139, Jacob Cohën blue denim jeans, €449
Grey Stenströms reversible gilet, €339, Gran Sasso full-zip knitwear, €269, Louis Copeland circle pattern shirt, €139, Jacob Cohën blue denim jeans, €449

The Baldassari 'swacket' (bottom far right) is 100pc cashmere and is layered with print and texture. Another bonus with this gilet is that the stretch at the sides means it works equally well under or over a jacket.

Navy Maurizio Baldassari full-zip gilet, €699, and beige swacket, €549, Stenströms floral motif shirt, €199, silk scarf, €149, Jacob Cohën blue denim jeans, €429;
Navy Maurizio Baldassari full-zip gilet, €699, and beige swacket, €549, Stenströms floral motif shirt, €199, silk scarf, €149, Jacob Cohën blue denim jeans, €429;

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