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STYLE ADVICE

HOW TO LOOK SMART WITHOUT A SUIT

By Sam Higgins, June 13, 2017

Regardless of how sharp you may look in a suit, a busy summer schedule can leave you bored of the same formal fineries. If you’re partial to a touch of subtle sartorial anarchy however, we’ve got just the thing for you. Here are three looks that’ll dodge the dress code, but keep you looking stylish without even touching a tie.
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Look 1: smart and Scandi

Discarding the rulebook doesn’t have to mean going all the way and ditching the smart steez altogether. Here, it’s all about the subtlety of switching some traditional pieces for more laid-back, but equally sharp silhouettes. A red, striped revere-collared shirt makes a strong statement at the heart of this look.
three ways to dodge a smart dress code asos style advice

A minimal, military-style jacket — layered over the top — and some smart tapered pants below however, pare back the print brilliantly. Finish with a pair of cream kicks to nail Scandi-style smartness.
three ways to dodge a smart dress code asos style advice

Look 2: punchy and pink

Alternatively, for those more willing to veer from the beaten track, a few braver tweaks to your classic kit will see you nail a punchy, party-appropriate look. So, go bold with a leopard-print shirt for a touch of '70s style, before contrasting the piece with a more contemporary pair of cuffed adidas joggers.
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No longer strictly "loungewear," the comfy cuts will bring an added statement through the iconic adidas striping, which’ll flow neatly into a fresh pair of white kicks on foot. When the evening chill hits, throw on a pastel pink blazer for a fresh finish.
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Look 3: pastels and prints

We understand if you want to save this for peacocking at fashion week, as the white joggers in this catwalk-inspired take on smart sportswear might not best please the bride. The look will, however, make you stand out among show-goers who favor a classic three-piece suit. The key to successfully nailing this take on formalwear is to embrace the clash of styles.
three ways to dodge a smart dress code asos style advice

Start by pairing the striped joggers with black loafers to check one of SS17’s more fashion-forward styling hacks. Up top, a black, printed shirt may seem like a loud choice, but layered over a white tee and under a neat, dusty-pink jacket, you’ll have engineered a look of boundary-pushing brilliance.

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