It’s so easy to plough your way through the year without acknowledging the rolling seasons in your choice of workwear, opting for the same suit, shirt and tie combinations regardless of the date. However we’re in favour of a more nuanced approach to your suiting game: thoughtful dressing that reflects the time of the year not only serves practical purposes (keeping you cool/warm), boosts your confidence and stamps some individuality on your personal brand… it actually makes a difference to how you are perceived in the workplace by your colleagues and bosses (seriously, there have been studies).
With that in mind, we’re toasting to spring with three different approaches to workplace suiting - from the above looks, left to right - that balance classic corporate charisma with more relaxed spring vibes.
Navy Suiting Separates
Nothing says ‘I’ve gone up a level since winter’ like a mismatched jacket and trouser. At a wedding or event, or at a relaxed workplace, you might want to play with totally different colours - navy and grey, or tan and olive - but for classic Monday to Thursday wear, we’ve opted for a very subtle navy on navy combination: check navy jacket, and a slightly lighter navy trouser, pulled together by a simple shirt and textured tie. The Amalfi-ready tan loafers sans socks (the Keyser Brandy, a bit of a house favourite at Aquila HQ) reiterates some Italian credentials, though they’re interchangeable for something more traditional if your company demands it.
Gallivanting in Grey
While the first suit in your closet should be a quality navy suit (it is insanely versatile) the second should be a fine grey suit: dress it up with a white shirt, tie and black Oxfords, or dress it down with loafers and an open collared shirt. Here, we’ve gone for something in the middle of the two, trying to dress to the incoming warmer weather while still keeping the boss happy: a playful check shirt paired with a conservative textured tie, with a pair of relaxed brown loafers. You could substitute in just about any shoe, though, from sturdy brown Chelsea boots to more formal black Oxfords or Double Monks.
Playing with checks on checks can be a tricky business, but it can also be a shortcut to relaxed spring style if done right. Notice here (far right, above) the difference in the size of the checks: the wide and subdued windowpane check of the suit, and the tight, colourful check of the shirt. This variation ensures the two don’t get muddled up in a big textural Magic Eye. Worn open collar, with a brown belt and a European riff on the classic Penny loafer (the Calloway Brown), the result is an elegant yet bold approach to spring style. Just throw in a pair of brown or black Oxfords or Brogues for those days that the boss doesn’t want to see your ankles.