The new working gent
Forget funereal suits. Here are some cool options for the modern chap. By Arthur Tam and Kawai Wong. Photography by Calvin Sit
The Great Gatsby
It doesn’t take a pinstripe suit and a cigar to say ‘I’m the big fish’. This look – nostalgic and romantic – exudes a gentlemanly air by using a vibrant-yet-tame spring palette. For added sophistication, pair with a fitted waistcoat, which is also a good substitute for a blazer when it comes to surviving the summer sweat.
Cotton tie, $360, Coolday, Sir
Baby blue jacket, $2,990 and waistcoat, $1,290, all Initial
Printed shirt, $2,400, Caruso
from Lane Crawford
Oxford brogues, $4,250, Paul Smith
If your office dress code allows only funeral-colour suits, at least experiment with a chic silhouette to counteract the mind-numbing dullness. A short double-breasted jacket and a pair of tailored, high-waisted harem trousers can cure the box suit syndrome. Remember, ‘tailored’ is
the key word.
Navy double-breasted jacket, $6,690; floral shirt, $2,350 and harem trousers, $3,950, all Paul Smith
Silk Tie, $1,100, Jill Sander
Shoes, stylist’s own
Forget the dated Bow Tie (aka Donald) Tsang look. Stay away from ill-fitting jackets and opt for martini-friendly alternatives. A fitted jacket that hems at the trouser pockets helps to trim your silhouette. For colours, go for baby blue or faded hydrangea. You’ll never go wrong with a pair of nice beige chinos.
Pink-checked blazer, trousers, belt and pocket square, price upon request, Kent & Curwen
White shirt, $2,290, Givenchy
Bow tie, $390, Initial
Leather shoes, $3,250, Paul Smith