There are some clothes that are real passe-partout and that work perfectly in both the casual and the elegant version. The classic staples of menswear such as the waistcoat, the striped shirt and the blazer jacket are essential basic items for your wardrobe and are always present in the collections of brands such as Eleventy, Z Zegna, Etro, Michael Kors, Prada and Golden Goose.
Made of different fabrics, light or heavy, these classic pieces will never be out of fashion. In this year collections, the attention of designers is focused on the details, on the special processing of the fabrics, the impeccable tailoring, on interpretations coherent with the tradition or more unusual in the combination of colors and prints. The classic is in this way reinvented to be always new.
Depending on the combinations with other garments and accessories, those pieces can become trendy or have a chic appeal, be sportive or traditional, adapting to every occasion and every style. Follow our suggestions to find the look that suits you best.
The vest has very old origins. Already in use in the 16th century, it’s during the Age of Enlightenment that it enjoys its greater fame: long and flared, worn under the jacket and richly decorated with precious embroideries in silk. Today the waistcoat is shorter and tight, less colorful and decorated, but it still remains an unmissable garment for the elegant man. Then in the denim version, it becomes almost jaunty!
Denim waistcoat by Eleventy, Linen blend striped T-shirt by Alexander Wang, 03. Rockstud Untitled jeans by Valentino, H320 Leather Mid Cut sneakers by Hogan, Wool blend waistcoat by Z Zegna, Fred button-down cotton shirt by Burberry, Slim cotton trousers by Pt 01, Nubuck Derby shoes by Tod's.
The striped shirt
The striped shirt was born in the late 19th century, but it became fashionable in the Twenties when it was worn by the young students of the British Colleges and by employees to go to work. The stripes can be wide or narrow, monochromatic or variously colored. Anyway, it remains a great classic, especially with embroidered initials. The trendiest models combine stripes and other prints and have a fitted line.
Paisley patterned striped shirt by Etro, Bee embroidery V-neck vest by Gucci, Gaubert stretch cotton trousers by Dondup, Suede espadrilles by Prada, Slim-fit cotton blend shirt by Michael Kors, Fine virgin wool cardigan by Fay, Micro patterned slim fit chinos by Paolo Fiorillo Capri, Polacco lace-up shoes by Tod's.
The blazer was born in the mid-nineteenth century as a sports jacket suited for hunting activities and country walks. It was therefore made of warm and soft wool fabrics such as tartan or tweed and in linen and cotton for the summer version. The elegant black versions replaced the smocking suit for informal evenings and immediately became a cult. The blazer is an unfailing garment, which is suitable for a thousand combinations and can be worn as outwear, in spring and autumn, or under the coat in cold weather.
Golden check wool blazer by Golden Goose, Merino wool crewneck by Tod's, Slim fit chino trousers by Paolo Fiorillo Capri, Leather loafers with tassels by Green George, Stretch virgin wool formal blazer by Prada, Houndstooth cotton shirt by Etro, Wool blend trousers by Armani Collezioni, Double buckle loafers by Doucal's.