Men’s smart casual is a tripwire laden subject in this era of blazer and shorts ensembles. Previously, Mango HE SS12 provided good examples for smart casual dressing; but recently, I got to learn of a Korean men’s outfitter by the name of Comodo Square. There’s little information on them but when it comes to menswear, a picture speaks more than a thousand words, it’s a tutorial especially when it comes with campaign looks.
Smart casual: Break it up, Pair it down- Comodo Square SS13
I call it sharp casual- a suit can be dressed down or up when used as suit separates- that is using the jacket and pairing it with another pair of trousers as shown here:
1. Formal Double Breasted Jacket with casual pants
2. Jacket and pants with casual V-neck layers
During my early career where I worked marketing for a company running nightclubs, I wore all shades of v-necks under my blazers. Smart casual demonstrated here by Comodo SS13 pairs the dramatically formal one-button peak lapel with tailored trousers and then layers the ensemble under the jacket with a detail laden cardigan and v-neck tee combo- smashing!
3. Serious Navy with Khaki chinos
The navy blue suit is something every Monsieur should own in his wardrobe. While the full suit is the ultimate weapon in business or dinner formal, the navy blazer paired with khaki or in trend-worthy burnt orange or mustard is the quickest and easiest way in dressing down navy or blue jackets.
In case you haven’t noticed, Comodo Square does pretty kick ass ready-to-wear formal suits as well but I think their impeccable sense of style really shines in their campaign looks of separates. [More Comodo Looks]