Country Road menswear feature

Go desk-to-date with Country Road menswear, explains designer David Loetje

Country Road is nice clothing. It’s simple, easy-to-wear, adventurous enough when it needs to be and has enough of that ‘suits everyone’-kind of vibe to explain why they’ve lasted so long in the Australian market to the degree they have.

We had a chat with the man behind the designs, David Loetje about it all and how to take their super versatile pieces from the desk to the date…

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What should you pack to take to work in preparation to go out?

“I’d say a change of shirt; something a little dressier for evening works well or a darker colour. A simple way can be to lose the tie and place a silk pocket square into your coat pocket.”

How important is having a jacket option?

“Having a jacket option is key. When going out looking smart is important and the jacket is crucial to this. Having accessories like pocket squares can really give your look flavour and add that extra element.”

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Thoughts about open collar versus a tie?

“I like both. It’s really a matter of timing and occasion as well as what you feel comfortable in.”

Is a man’s outfit complete with or without a watch and ring? What can he wear in place of these items? 

“I’d like to think you can step out without either. I’d recommend trying a leather or woven wrist band. These are definitely trending right now.”

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What colours should you stick to when getting ready to go out from work?

“Think easy. I love a crisp white shirt, or a light based print pattern. Whether it is a printed shirt, a check or plain dark colours can ground your outfit.”

Jeans or chinos? Why?

“Good question… whichever you wear they have to be modern. They need to fit you properly and suit the outfit and the occasion. For instance I can interchange a black skinny jean with a black skinny chino quite comfortably. The tapered rolled chino look is more fashionable whereas the jean is more street and everyman.”

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Is the character sock still a thing? 

“Definitely. Even more so now. It’s all about revealing a glimpse of your personality.”

What’s your favourite work-to-dinner look?

“At the moment I’m wearing a charcoal tweed jacket (with light grey paisley print pocket square), a crisp white textured shirt, black skinny chinos and black brogues. I do love a smart casual check shirt though.”

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James

 

 

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