Words by, Jana Woodbury
Photography by, Henry Sol
The article below is a featured guest post enunciated, and written by content coordinator, Jana Woodbury. Specially written for www.igeeokafor.com. Edited and Approved by, Igee Okafor.
Traditionally, when we think about wearing suits, we think there has to be a certain caliber occasion to warrant what should otherwise be a wardrobe staple. This false notion means that you probably own just one (likely outdated) suit, and dust it off whenever a friend gets married or you’re on the job hunt.
However, the tides are changing, and a rotation of suits that match all facets of your life and style is more doable than ever before thanks to the recent rise in rentable attire. According to The Black Tux co-founder Andrew Blackmon, “there’s a change in how men feel toward formal clothing in general, and a general feeling of experience over ownership.”
"We're finding men are renting from us for a lot of other occasions as well, whether it's a job interview or even a date, and they just want to wear something nice." - Andrew Blackmon for Business Insider
Blackmon noted that because of this mindset shift, his company has expanded their collection of suit and tuxedo rentals to include more styles to meet this demand. So, now is the perfect time to think of some fun and fresh ways to introduce suits into your regular style routine. Here are some ideas to get you inspired.
High Class Casual — The great thing about a suit is it’s two articles of clothing, meaning you can mix and match with the rest of your wardrobe depending on your mood. Pair your suit pants with a chic sweater, or wear your suit jacket with worn-in denim.
- T-Shirt Chameleon — Knowing how to dress up your regular tee can be a challenge, but this is where the classic suit and T-shirt combo comes in. Pick a solid-colored crew neck that pairs well with your suit. Good combos include white with navy, grey with black, dark green with grey, etc.
60s Cool — For a mod throwback, pair Chelsea boots with a slimline suit and skinny tie. On the flipside, neutral and casual footwear paired with a suit is a one-way ticket to contemporary when done right.
Playfully Patterned — Checkered suits and other patterns can feel intimidating, and rightfully so - they aren’t that easy to pull off. This is when more neutral, casual basics like crew necks or Henley tops will help make this look more subtle and doable.
Get Sporty — To give your suit a sportwear-inspired makeover, layer a plain, sleek track jacket or zip-neck sweater under your blazer.
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