Z Zegna

Formal Wardrobe

Fall winter smart casual tailoring

It's that time again… Nights are getting cooler, days are getting shorter, and summer is drawing to a close. Usually this would be cause for concern, but every dark cloud has a silver lining — what better way to ring in the new season than by updating your Fall wardrobe?
If there's been one major fashion story for the men over the past few seasons, it's been smart casual tailoring, although a title such as that requires a little explanation. Smart casual tailoring is still infinitely more dressed up than the average guy's uniform of jeans and tees; it's best described as broken-up suiting — mixing mismatched pants and jackets, layering up with sweaters, losing the tie, and just generally keeping things a touch less formal than your traditional business wardrobe.

Z Zegna: mens' collection AW13 highlight illustration for the formal wardrobe selection

Z Zegna's take on the men's movement is immediately apparent — the first look consists of a blue jacket, black pants, and geometric sweater, anchored with calfskin derbies with a rubber sole. Elsewhere, dark wool suits are paired with check shirts worn tieless; tonal check suits are worn with tricolor patterned knitwear; and even the most formal outfit, an anthracite grey suit, is worn with those same rubber-soled lace-ups, and a leather attache that bears a striking resemblance to a shopping tote.

Here's how to achieve the look:

  • 1. If you own one navy suit and one charcoal suit, you've just bought yourself four different outfits: All you've gotta do is mismatch the pants and jackets.
  • 2. A brown, maroon, or patterned sweater will work with almost everything you own, and keep things looking relaxed.
  • 3. Go tieless, but even better, take a leaf from David Lynch's book and keep the top button of your shirt done up — informal formal at its best.
  • 4. Don't forget that you can play around with your shoes — Z Zegna's rubber soled versions look formal but feel as comfortable as sneakers. It's the best of both worlds.
  • 5. Patterned suiting is very of-the-moment, and looks just as good worn head-to-toe, or broken-up with more casual elements.


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