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Do's and Don'ts: Casualwear

The most important thing I’ve learnt about style? It’s all about attention to detail. And I’ve filled this guide with some of the most important details I’ve learnt about dressing well.

Now we all hate being told what to do. It’s part of being a man. Therefore I’d like to impress that the following style tips are mere guidelines rather than stiff rules. After all, it’s the overall ensemble that’s important.

–Nicholas Charles Tyrwhitt Wheeler

Casual wear

DO stock up on polo shirts in varying colours. Smarter than a t-shirt and extremely versatile, they are perfect for the weekend. Opt for 100% piqué or pima cotton.

DO take care of knitwear. Wash wool and cashmere gently by hand only using detergents specially designed for knitwear. To dry, lay the garment out flat.

DO avoid getting hot and bothered in summer by buying a few short sleeved and linen shirts. Linen is a particularly good choice as it’s light, absorbs moisture and resists dirt.

DO get your shoes right. Brown brogues are a good investment because they can be dressed up for work and also look good with jeans. Loafers, deck shoes and driving shoes are ideal for summer as they’re comfortable and relaxed.

DON’T overlook the humble cardigan. It is great for layering and looks good over a shirt or t-shirt and underneath a jacket.

DON’T assume that just because it’s the weekend you can look scruffy. Keep a few casual shirts in your wardrobe. If in doubt, invest in a white or blue Oxford shirt which will look good with chinos, jeans and cords.

DON’T always wear jeans at the weekend. Chinos are a smarter alternative, extremely versatile and easy to dress up or down – they look just as good with a shirt as they do with a polo shirt.

DON’T wear round-neck jumpers with shirts, v-necks are a lot more flattering. Round-necks look best with a simple t-shirt underneath. If you’re wearing knitwear in the winter choose cashmere or merino wool. Cotton is best for the summer.