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SHOW YOUR STRIPES

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Wool flannel sweater, wool pullover, nylon track pants and leather shoes, from Hermes. Cotton socks, stylist’s own.

A sweater and track pants sound like a combination for slouching on the sofa. But, when these separates are cut close to the body and (in the case of the sweater) rendered in a smart pinstripe, they are too chic to keep home.

VESTED INTEREST

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Silk-blend vest, wool shirt, wool trousers and wool scarf, from Giorgio Armani.

A few years before creating the power suit of the 1980s, Giorgio Armani popularised a relaxed take on suiting by removing the padding from jackets. Today, the designer continues exploring the boundaries between sharp and slouchy by juxtaposing tailoring with fluid lines.

STAND AT EASE

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Wool blazer, cotton tee and cotton track pants, from Brunello Cucinelli. Wool scarf, from Giorgio Armani. Z Zegna leather sneakers, from Ermenegildo Zegna. Cotton socks, stylist’s own.

With increasingly blurred lines between work and play, formal dress codes are more open to interpretation than ever. A blazer, paired with banded track pants and dressy sneakers, makes for an au courant choice in professional or personal settings.

REINVENTING THE RULES

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Ermenegildo Zegna Couture velvet blazer, wool sweater, and corduroy trousers, from Ermenegildo Zegna. Leather shoes, from Prada. Cotton socks, stylist’s own.

Since the launch of his Ermenegildo Zegna Couture line, Stefano Pilati has challenged menswear norms. One of his key looks is the Broken Suit, where jackets and trousers of different material or print – but in the same shade – are paired to easy, eclectic effect.

FLAMBOYANT FINISH

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Silk-blend blazer, silk shirt, cotton track pants, silk-blend tie, silk pocket square and leather shoes, from Etro. Cotton socks, stylist’s own.

The new track pants are not oversized options for those “I’ve overeaten” days. They should fit well at the waist, be of the right length, and skim the body. Whether you choose a plain style or a dressier option in a subtle paisley is up to you.

SUM OF ITS PARTS

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Wool blazer, cotton-blend vest, silk-blend tee and cotton track pants, from Dolce & Gabbana.

We are fans of the three-piece suit, but its formality makes it slight overkill for everyday wear. That’s not the case with this updated three-piece ensemble, which trades traditional tailored pieces for a button-down tee, a cardigan-like vest and slim track pants.

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