It's never been easier to look good on a budget if you have a good eye. Scanning the high-street for beautifully designed pieces takes a knowledge of where its strengths and weaknesses are. The aim is to perfect a well proportioned look, making it look more expensive than it actually is, while keeping it simple and sleek. Who cares what it says on the label when you're looking this good?
Zara - Double Breasted Blazer - £119
Topman - White Premium Texture Shirt - £34
Marks & Spencer - Autograph Leather Bar Stitch Oxford Shoes - £69
John Lewis - Black Velvet Scarf - £40
Burton - Black Tailored Fit Formal Trousers - £20
Cos - Striped Knitted Tie - £29
Pay your respects but let's mix it up a bit. Add a nod of personality and inject an element of fashion. The safe and traditional is too dry for you and doesn’t reflect your status as a style leader. The alternative day look turns it up a stylish notch and won't have you standing out for the wrong reasons. Play with pattern and texture while keeping the shapes fitted and sharp.
Bottega Veneta - Fleck-Print Suit - £2040
Burberry Prorsum - Polka Dot Poplin Shirt - £350
Reiss - Cutler Tie - £55
Mr Hare - Fela Shoe - £405
Okay, so you're an evening guest. You need something that's going to look good next to the sausage rolls in the evening buffet and show them what they missed by not inviting you to the daytime. The look is sophisticated and chic but not too dressy. Balance the tuxedo with a collarless shirt and dancing shoes for that after-dark party atmosphere.
Jigsaw - Men's Washed Grandad Shirt - £85
You want to be respectful and make the effort but you don’t to be drowning in sweat or look dishevelled the minute you leave your room. The trick is to keep it light and simple and have one item, like a double-breasted jacket, which dresses it up. Play around with accessories like pocket squares or lightweight scarves. Think Englishman abroad - ‘Room With A View Chic' with the Panama hat.
Left - Hackett SS 12
Rick Taylor - Bold Stripe Jacket - £295
KG Kurt Geiger - Milan - £110
TOMS - Classic 101 - £110
Etro - Printed Silk Pocket Square - £55
Liberty London Collection - Pale Blue Chinos - £115