Put a continental spin on the turtleneck by pairing it with a jacket and trousers in similar tones. Oh, and if you’re looking for an alternative to the too-cool backpack, try a carrier like this leather holdall.
Suede jacket and cotton trousers, from Berluti. Wool turtleneck, from Bottega Veneta. Leather sneakers, from Moncler. Metal and tortoiseshell glasses, from Prada. Leather bag, from Louis Vuitton.
04: SMART CASUAL
In a shifting world order, the suit has taken on a more relaxed form. Break it up and mix your jacket and trousers with other looks, or finish your ensemble with a pair of dressy sneakers.
Wool jacket, wool pullover, cotton shirt and wool trousers, from Boss. Leather sneakers, from Berluti. Metal and tortoiseshell glasses, from Prada. Leather bag, from Burberry.
05: OUTER SPACE
Put a different spin on the hoodie jacket sported by young tech titans everywhere: A hooded vest offers a similarly insouciant edge and, frankly, works much better in our weather.
Bill Gates seems to have an unlimited supply of coloured pullovers and shirts to match. We would improve on that style with pieces that have a closer fit – and maybe an occasional quirky pattern or two.
Wool suit, cashmere pullover and cotton shirt, from Gucci. Cotton trench coat, from Burberry. Leather shoes, from Louis Vuitton. Metal and tortoiseshell glasses, from Prada.
07: BASICS, BUT BETTER
While we champion a certain daring when it comes to clothing choices, there’s also something to be said for familiar classics. A key quality that separates one navy suit from a multitude of others? A good fit.
Silk suit, wool pullover and cotton shirt, from Z Zegna. Metal glasses, from Giorgio Armani.