The New Rules

Recently Topman have done a big marketing campaign promoting the “New Rules” which promotes 5 new style commandments to upgrade your look without requiring a full wardrobe overhaul. This really appeals to me as this is how I update my wardrobe seasonally by mixing in new pieces with items I already have.

In this post you can see how I’ve followed one of the “new rules” by wearing double denim. I shot these images whilst visiting Glasgow with photographer, Heather Fairley. You can view more of Heather’s work below –

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Denim jacket and jeans both from Topman

The rules are as follows –

Tuck it in – Tucking your t-shirts or shirts into trousers. This I have been doing for a while as it feels a bit more put together than leaving your top out. This will also help to define your shape and play up any tucks or pleating to trousers.

Double Up – Layering denim on denim. It’s ones of those ones where you don’t know if it’s right or not. Trust me if worn correctly it can look amazing. This can easily be achieved with breaking up a denim jacket and jeans with a white t-shirt underneath. Make sure there’s not too much of a contrast between your shades of denim.

Crop and Contrast – Styling formal trousers with sneakers for the season’s key silhouette. Now this is one rule I am enjoying. A while ago I fully converted to  white Adidas Stan Smiths which just seem to go with every kind of trouser. Easy to throw on with not much thought to it. The crop trouser isn’t for everyone and works better on longer legs.

Keep on Track – Mixing tailoring and track tops for a contemporary take on smart. This is a style that I am not too familiar with trying although this look seems to be really apparent this season especially through street styling and seems to have had a big influence on the mens high street. I’m never one to dress too formal and always find that key layering really makes an outfit.

Layer Game – Upgrade your shirt by layering a hoodie, sweat or long sleeve tee underneath. This rule I do all the time. With menswear it’s all about the details that make or break an outfit and I think layering definitely makes it. This is also good in winter when layering can also help keep you warm. I’d say about 4 layers on top is the max – t-shirt, shirt, hoody, jacket and you’r set to go.

With See Now Buy Now and Seasonless collection these rules are a good guide to follow when assessing your wardrobe and how to dress. Also good if you are a bit timid towards trying new things as all the above tips can easily be applied to items you already have in your wardrobe.

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