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HOW TO GET THE GENTRY LOOK
ELEVATE YOURSELF FAR ABOVE YOUR PEERS
As fashion becomes increasingly casual, one sure-fire way to set yourself apart from all the other men out there is to head in the other direction. Styling yourself after the British gentry can elevate you far above your peers in terms of style, and what’s more, you don’t need to come from old money to get this look. So, read on to find out how to get the gentry look without the bank balance of an aristocrat.
Learn how to wear a suit
If you want to nail this suave and sophisticated look, then there’s only one place to start: the way you wear your suit. While the world of formalwear can seem like a complicated and confusing place to the uninitiated, if you stick to a few basic rules, you won’t go far wrong. Luckily, in the digital age you don’t have blue blood to find out what’s what. The Roosevelts has brought together the best charts and infographics about styling your suit in one place. Take the time to digest this resource and you’ll be well on your way to dressing like a British gent.
Keep it clean shaven
For better or worse, men can afford to be a lot more lax with their shaving habits nowadays. If you’re looking to step up your style and appropriate the gentry look, you’ll have to go against the grain and carefully curate your facial hair. If you like a bit of face fuzz, then make sure you trim and style it every day to keep it prim and proper. If you prefer to stay clean shaven, then it’s strongly recommended you upgrade your equipment, as you’re going to be stepping your routine up to once a day. Invest in a high-quality kit, such as the those you’ll find in Taylor of Old Bond Street’s selection of shaving sets, and you’re sure to feel the benefit, especially if you have sensitive skin or are prone to razor rash. To complete the upgrade, read The Art of Manliness’s guide to shaving like your grandpa for a step-by-step guide to getting the best possible shave.
Upgrade your casual wardrobe
If you really want to get the gentry look, it’s important that you think further than your suit collection. Upgrading your casual wardrobe is just as important, but arguably a lot more confusing. Let’s start at the bottom — the shoes. Pick a pair of boat shoes in quality black or brown leather and they’ll go with just about any pair of casual trousers, chinos, or even jeans. If you’re new to this style, check out The Idle Man’s guide to wearing boat shoes. If these aren’t quite your thing, try some loafers or chukka boots instead. When it comes to trousers, it’s impossible to look past chinos for the weekends. They’re comfortable, stylish, and come in every colour under the sun. Go for a pair in navy or tan to keep it classic, or make a bold statement with a red or white pair. If you want to know more about this smart-casual staple, read The Trend Spotter’s guide to choosing the perfect chinos. Complete your casual outfit with a linen shirt. A shirt made from this cool and soft material won’t be nearly as stiff and formal as a dress shirt, making it breathable enough for weekend wear well into the summer. If you want to add this gentry staple to your wardrobe, shop the Joseph Turner linen shirts collection, where you can pick up two for £100.
So there you have it, our guide to getting the gentry look. Follow these tips and you’ll set yourself apart from the other men out there in no time at all.