If there was ever a man to talk to about men’s formal wear, it’s GQ magazine’s Fashion Editor Barnaby Ash. Impeccably groomed and cool as cucumber, Barnaby knows good menswear like the back of his hand. We had a chat with him to see what really maketh the man…
Myer: Sartorially speaking, what don’t you leave the house without?
Barnaby Ash: My watch – no matter what the occasion, I won’t leave the house without it, even if I’m just in shorts & a t-shirt.
M: When you wake up in the morning, what’s the first thing you do?
BA: First thing I do every morning before anything else is take Alfie (my dog) for a walk, swiftly followed by a well-brewed cup of tea.
M: What’s your number one racewear styling tip?
BA: Racewear is all about the flourish, so don’t be afraid of adding a bold pocket square or tie to the look, let alone a fresh flower in the buttonhole – minimalism has no place at the races.
M: Which apps can’t you live without?
BA: Google Maps, and other travel related apps – I can get a little confused on occasion. Beyond that it would be Instagram, it’s bloody addictive.
M: Which new season trend should men try?
BA: Tennis shoes and tailoring. This trend has been milling around recently but it’s found its feet this season. Pair a classic white pair with unstructured tailoring for a modern look OR try double breasted tailoring; it’s the new three piece when it comes to garnering a little sartorial attention. Look to well-fitted slim cuts to avoid appearing too boxy.
M: Which trend from seasons past should men leave behind?
BA: Drop crotch trousers. I’m not a fan and you shouldn’t be either, unless you think creating the illusion of short legs and a long upper body is going to have the ladies queueing up at your door… even so, you’d be wrong.
M: Finish this sentence: Men’s footwear should…
BA: Finish the look. Never scrimp on your shoes unless you want people to know about it. A mid-market suit with a premium pair of shoes will create the illusion of a more luxurious look, whereas a low end lace-up can can drag a more premium look down.
For more of Barnaby’s suiting tips, check out our video below.
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