By Megan Gustashaw. Photos by Dan Roberts.
Finding new ways to style your favorite suits can be a challenge; we love a knit tie or a vintage-inspired pocket square but even those moves get stale after a while. One trick you could try—and now is really the best time to do it—is to layer your suit up with one of your most stylish, least conservative spring jackets. It’s a look you see in the street-style scene constantly because it imparts a next-level sense of style without actually being very difficult to execute. Here are two ways to do it that are practically fail-proof.
For Traditional Suits: Go Over
If your suit is structured and cut slim, ditch your wool topcoat in favor of a sporty short jacket on top for a younger, cooler look. Just make sure the jacket isn’t shorter than the blazer, and that it has enough room to accommodate a suit underneath (if you can’t give someone a high-five, it’s too tight). We like how Lucky Blue Smith’s jacket matches his suit because it makes the whole thing feel less contrived. You could do this with a green jacket and a brown suit or a denim jacket and a gray or navy suit just the same.
For Unstructured Suits: Go Under
Because of the lack of lining and padding and the roominess in an unstructured suit, you might be able to get away with laying a jacket underneath your suit jacket. This fine fellow in pink at Paris Fashion Week had the right idea. He chose a not too bulky denim jacket (or it could have been a vest) and paired it with a T-shirt in the same shade to make the jacket feel more at home. You’ll notice that he doesn’t look like a stuffed sausage in the slightest; that’s when you know you’re working with pieces that can be worn in this order.
This story originally appeared on GQ.
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