Before you read this, make sure that you have read the 10 commandments of a cultured hipster’s style.
A white button down shirt which complements your silhouette, either made out of fine woven cotton or linen would be recommended. But ensure that this is not a formal dress shirt. You can find out by looking at the collar – is it very taut and hard? If so, you’ve got the wrong shirt in your hands.
Match this untucked shirt with a pair of chinos perhaps. Navy would give you the most cultured feel. Also ensure that the pants are slim leg, and not straight leg (that would be too baggy in the opinion of the cultured hipster).Cuff the hems, and invest in a pair of white double strapped Birkenstocks.
If it’s slightly chilly, you could always opt for a burgundy crew-necked sweater or a beige trench coat.
To top it off, don a pair of round-ish sunglasses that give off an artsy feel (refer below to brands recommended) and carry a vintage camera in your hand (to carry it around your neck would be too touristy). Place yourself in a hipster suburb, hang around the contemporary art galleries and record stores and you’ll fit right in.
Brands to watch out for:
Clothing: Jac+Jack; Fred Perry; Scotch and Soda; Incu
Sunglasses: Oliver Peoples; Persol; Garrett Leight; Moscot
Let’s get this straight. A two piece suit not always for formal occasions. And this depends on the cut and material. For a smart-casual occasion, a two piece navy suit would be recommended. Since it’s smart-casual, you can opt for a lighter navy or a royal blue. The fabric should be somewhat thick if you are going to have a two pieced suit, composed of something like a cotton poplin or a mix of linen and cotton. The reason as to why I am promoting the natural fibres is because they are breathable and last much longer that synthetic fibres. (fabrics such as silk, cashmere and wool are saved for the formal occasions.) The cut should be quite fitting against your body, accentuating your waist, and the pants should also be tapered and slim leg.
BEWARE: never ever wear a suit jacket and pants together of the same colour but of different material. It makes the wearer look amateur and unkempt.
Now to the shirt. Since it is smart-casual, you can have a bit of fun with the shirt. A floral shirt is always nice, or something spotty. Express yourself! Or if you’re not wearing a suit jacket, get a bowtie! It’s fun, different and most importantly of all, looks good!
Also, wear a belt. It’s not required but it brings the outfit together nicely. With regards to socks, if you have printed shirt, match the socks to the shirt. Socks can be fun! Grab some spotty or stripey ones, or even some with rabbits on them. Try them out and see what suits you! And for shoes, to match a navy suit would be to wear a pair of brown shoes. The lighter the colour, the more casual you become. Also make sure that your shoes are not too bulky, because you must take into consideration your tapered pant leg. The proportions wouldn’t be right…
Brands to watch out for: Paul Smith; Tommy Hilfiger; Ralph Lauren; thrift shops (they usually have really good cheap two-piece suits).
For formal wear, you must almost always have at least a two piece on, or even a three piece with a tie or bowtie. It is highly recommended that you get a suit custom-made so that you can choose whatever style, fabric and additional features that you would like.
For fabric, you can choose seasonal or all year round fabric. Some are made of wool, even for the summer fabrics, but don’t be put off by this because wool is a very warm material. High quality wool is wool that is not very dense, therefore providing the comfort and luxury of the material as well as being very breathable.
If you’re going to get a suit made, remember it takes time, so order and get a fitting ahead of time, and also if you are going to get one made that is pricey but good craftsmanship, I recommend that you get a more classic colour and style (once again navy is great). Talk to your tailor about this. The best cut would be a somewhat fitted jacket which gives a flattering silhouette, and slim leg pants, but not too tapered. A good tailor would be able to give you the right proportions.
With regards to the tie, ensure that the tie is not too thin. Thin ties make you look like a young boy. Choose something wider, but not too wide. If you use a bowtie, choose a conservative one, but with flair. For example, a forest green bowtie is already different to the conventional black bow ties. You can also match your socks with your bowtie. For shoes, choose dark coloured (preferably black) ones. If you’re going to choose a brown, ensure that it’s dark brown because this is a formal affair.
Remember, all of this is just a small guide. Always make sure that the clothing suits you and your character.Good Luck!