A three-piece suit can sometimes be a bit much. You want to look smart at your cousin's party, but ultimately, it's about him. And when you have to give a presentation, it's certainly not meant to be too formal. Fortunately, you can also wear the trousers, waistcoat, and blazer of your suit in combination with other clothing items. This way, you'll look good without appearing overdressed.
A mix-and-match suit. That's what it's called when you wear your blazer, trousers, or waistcoat in combination with another clothing item. How you do this depends on your style. Of course, there are a few things to keep in mind. We've listed them for you.
1. From mixed to a unified look
With a mix-and-match suit, it shouldn't look like you just pulled something out of the closet. If you want to make a whole outfit, choose a shirt, tie, and pocket square from the same color family. For example, combine burgundy with brown tweed so that everything blends nicely together. Are you someone who can't get enough? Then we have another piece of advice: with purple and yellow, you'll go a long way 😉
2. Fabric matters
Take a close look at the fabrics. A jacket with a light texture goes well with trousers made of a smoother material. Looking for something comfortable? A cashmere pullover always blends easily. In the summer, be careful with linen jackets. Don't wear linen trousers underneath, but opt for your cotton chinos. It looks much better.
3. Keep it simple
Is a black pair of trousers with a gray jacket and a white shirt boring? Not at all. Your mix-and-match suit is already different from the norm, so you don't have to do much more to look dressed up. The key is to keep it simple. So, yes, 'boring' black-gray-white is perfectly fine!
4. Plaid: always a good choice
A jacket with a plaid pattern is always a good choice. However, you have to be a real fashion king to be able to combine one pattern with another. If you miss the mark, you'll miss it big time. Our advice? Play it safe: when you wear solid trousers with your checked jacket, you'll look like a boss no matter what 🙂
5. Hip, but not a hippie
Bright colors are trendy, but not always classy. If you still want to wear that bright red pullover, do it in combination with a jacket from the same color family and gray trousers. This way, you're hip but not a hippie 😉
6. Accessories: less is more
From a vintage watch to a special family ring, you wear them with pride. If you want to give them the attention they deserve, remember the 'less is more' rule. When you stick to one or two accessories, you can be sure they will stand out. Shine with those!