Menswear Look of the Week: Suit Yourself

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The most important part of looking sharp in a suit isn’t about the matchy-matchiness of your shirt to your tie or ensuring your shoes and belt are the same shade of leather. What is important is the originality. Consider this your recipe for blending bold separates and breaking the suit barrier.

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Opposites attract, and nothing exemplifies that better than this combination of the navy Glen-plaid jacket with the rust herringbone pants, both broken from other suits. As neutrals, the colors mesh flawlessly, but you’ll give off an extra pop with the textural differences in wools. Set it off with a fairly basic white and blue plaid shirt in a smaller print than the jacket—enough to stand out, but it will still go with the initial aesthetic.

Don’t be afraid to take a risk with your shoe game. Instead of wearing the typical lace-up brogues with this look, opt for rich leather boots. Personally, I like to sport wingtips with jeans and henleys to dress up a more casual outfit and pair boots with suits to break up the typical shape. These Red Wing boots do just that. They give an unexpected twist to a traditional look (and almost a style-cultural expectation). Cuff the ankles of your pants to show off the boots, and you’re guaranteed to outshine the schlubs—and even other dapper gents!—sporting the average suiting getup.

Moods of Norway jacket and pants ($200-500 in varying styles at 10denza); Red Wing boots ($325 at Devil City); Shades of Grey shirt (varying prints at Collective); Timex watch ($148 at J.Crew); Rib-knit scarf ($12.95 at H&M)

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