The Art of simplicity – A Guide to Understated Style

Men are simple creatures, anything for an easy life, so it is no surprise that simplistic and plain clothing looks so appealing – it’s easy to wear and there’s very little room for error. There is absolutely no need to over complicate things when it comes to your style, if you think the key to having a wardrobe that turns heads is about filling it with show-off logos and all-over prints then you couldn’t be more wrong! Fortunately for us it is much easier than that. Sticking to un-fussy, plain clothing can create a clean, modern look that can (if you get it right) make just as much of an impact as a daring pattern or print. Here we have the ultimate guide to understated style – a few tips on how you can pull off wearing simple clothing and banish the prints for good, whilst not compromising on style.

The Right Colour Combo

Getting your colours right when putting an outfit together may seem like pretty obvious advice, but messing it up could have you standing out in the crowd for all the wrong reasons, and you don’t want to be that guy! The key is to pick 2-3 colours that complement each other to base your outfit around, as oppose to going for a crazy mash up of colours and paring tones that were never meant to be together. In the outfit we’ve selected here we’ve gone for blue and grey, which is set to be one of this season’s trending colour palettes and is perfect for the spring/summer months. Grey and green with hints of black will also be right on the money this season as well as mixing up khaki with shades of brown and beige.

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Attention to detail

In-your-face patterns and heavy branding might not be your thing but plain certainly doesn’t have to mean boring. Choosing plain clothing with a little bit of extra detail – such as the stitching on this sweatshirt from CP Company or the multiple pockets on this jacket from Boss, will have people thinking your look is anything but plain and simple. Chucking in some stylish accessories will provide the perfect distraction from your effortless look, if your everyday accessories such as your go-to pair of trainers and all-purpose bag are chosen wisely they will bring the simplest of outfits that extra bit of life they need.

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Keep it slim

You may be a little bit tired and worse for wear on a Monday morning, your outfit for the day is the last thing on your mind, however this is no excuse to walk around looking like your about to hit the sack in your comfiest, loose clothing (even if that is exactly where you want to be!). Considering the fit of your clothing and going for slim or skinny will remove any accusations of laziness from your simplistic style.

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Layer Up

Despite your dislike of patterns and logos, adding a simple layer such as a hooded sweatshirt under your jacket or an open oxford-shirt over a plain tee will create a look that appears much more considered. Getting a bit creative and thinking of different ways of wearing and layering your simplistic clothing will give off the image of a man who knows what he’s talking about when it comes to style. An outfit made up of clean, simple layers beats a patterned tee with jeans any day.

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All Black Everything

The all-black look is still massively popular this season which is good news, as it has to be one of the easiest trends to get right… ever. Going for all black is a fool proof way of wearing plain clothing whilst still looking like you’ve got your own style. The perfect pair of black skinny jeans and a black jacket fit for all occasions are your essentials; you can then mix it up with literally any item of black clothing whether you’re going for smart or casual. Having some hints of white in the detailing of your clothes like the white buttons on this Farah oxford shirt or the white stripes on these trainers from Adidas will bring some well-deserved attention to your stylish all black look.

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