Worn two ways: the modern suit

It’s no great secret that men’s wardrobes are growing increasingly relaxed. We wear suits less day- to-day, and office dress codes are becoming steadily more casual. All of which means it’s more important than ever to make your tailoring go further, and to invest in suits that can be broken up and worn in different ways.

Figuring out how to work a suit into your regular wardrobe rotation isn’t always a straightforward business. We work to a few rules here at Trunk to help customers choose wisely. First, softly structured suits cut in the continental style are easier to wear than more traditional structured tailoring.
Second, classic colours and softly textured fabrics don’t date.

This handsome navy birdseye suit from Caruso ticks all our boxes. To show you how to make it go further, we’ve styled it for two different environments: a modern professional office, where shirt and tie are still required, and a creative smart-casual office. Mixing the suit with a rollneck, simple sneakers and a canvas tote makes for a great day-to-evening look, too. We’ve broken both these looks down for you below.
Read on for Trunk’s tips and tricks to dress a modern suit up or down.

Dressed up

Choose your overcoat wisely
A sharp suit needs an overcoat to match. This season, our charcoal single-breasted coat from
Mackintosh is one of this season’s chicest options. It’s cut with a relaxed line through the body,
single-breasted front, rever collar and raglan sleeves lend the design a soft, sleek quality – perfect
for layering over an unstructured Italian suit. It’s made in the United Kingdom from a warming mix of Loro
Piana wool and cashmere – British craftsmanship meets the best Italian cloth.
£675, shop now

Soft Italian shirts work well with unstructured jackets
Finamore’s Neapolitan shirts are a cult favourite among menswear aficionados – known for their
contemporary fit and soft Italian-style collars. This piece is from the brand’s ‘Giza 45’ range, cut in
the best Egyptian cotton made from two-ply 170s yarn. It’s super-fine, lightweight and the long
cotton yarns lend the shirt superior softness, too. In sky blue, it’s as versatile as can be – perfect
with grey, navy and chocolate brown suiting.
£265, shop now

Wear some texture in your tie
Drake's ties need no introduction. Cut and slip-stitched in London’s East End, they’re the definitive
choice when it comes to handsome handmade neckties. In a classic navy grenadine (woven
expressly for Drake’s in Como, Italy), finished with white and sky blue stitched polka dots, it’s a
classic choice for the office: beautifully made and understated.
£135, shop now

Polished black Oxfords are timeless
Getting your dress shoes right is important, too. These ‘Chelsea’ Oxfords are timeless classics,
perfect for formal surroundings. Edward Green’s been making its shoes in Northampton since
1890, using the very best continental calf’s leather and form-fitting, comfortable lasts. These shoes
pair a supportive instep and tight heel clipping with elegant almond toes. Nowadays, dark brown
shoes are as wearable in most office environments, but if in doubt, it’s best to wear black.
£900, shop now


Dressed down

The rollneck is the new dress shirt
When it comes to smart-casual style, the rollneck is the new shirt. Chic, easy-to-wear and perfect
worn beneath everything from a tailored jacket to a canvas overshirt, a fine-gauge rollneck’s
perfect for day-to-day wear during the cooler months. Our own brand Trunk rollneck is knitted in
Scotland from pure merino wool that’s soft to the touch yet strong. It’s machine washable too.
£250, shop now

You can wear sneakers with a suit
CQP’s minimal Scandi sneakers pull off a clever trick, they’re a casual footwear staple, but smart
enough to pair with tailoring, too. In suede, they’re an elegant out-of-hours alternative to formal
shoes. This forest green pair picks up on one of the key colours of the season, and works well with
both navy and grey. Try them with your new Caruso suit on a smart evening out, and pair with
selvedge denim jeans on the weekends.
£255, shop now

Olive goes with everything
Pick up on the colour of your dark green sneakers with an olive canvas bag. This sizeable
weekender from Italian brand Felisi is a practical choice with its lightweight nylon construction. It’s
totally unstructured, trimmed with dark brown leather, and comes with both a shoulder strap and
leather handles to carry as a tote, too. If you need to wear a suit to travel, and want something
smart, but not stuffy, this is a wise choice.
£615, shop now

Casual accessories relax a formal jacket
A playful scarf is just the thing to add a softer edge to a tailored look. In rich navy, spotted with polka dots, this design by London Haberdasher Drake's is suitably casual. Mixing the softness of silk with the warmth of wool, it’s a simple luxury that’ll set off a dark suit perfectly, whilst keeping you warm in cold weather.
£235, shop now