SuitsWhat To Wear with Every Sport Coat You Own
We talk about foundation pieces a lot here at GQHQ, a.k.a. the pieces worth investing in that go with just about everything else hanging in your closet. And today in Luton, England, the Duke of Cambridge made the case for why they work so well when he paired his (navy chinos, crisp white dress shirt, silk knit tie) with a standout windowpane pattern linen sport coat.
See, when underpinnings are this elemental, any remotely swervy piece you pair them with instantly becomes the highlight of your fit. In budding street style star Prince William's case, his neutral layers let something as classic as a sand linen jacket with fine light blue lines look like a sartorial hype piece. It's a move worth copying for every sport coat or jacket currently in heavy rotation, whether it's something as simple as an olive cotton blazer or as 202-level as one of Gucci's embroidered bombers. If you're looking to ape the would-be-king's style, here's where to start:
A white shirt that's just right, which means one that's neither too formal nor too fashion forward. A spread collar always gets the job done.
Kamakura royal oxford spread collar shirt, $130, available at kamakurashirts.net
There are plenty of reasons we're big fans of the solid silk knit tie, but first and foremost is because it pairs up with every single dress shirt you already own.
Lanvin silk knit tie, $170, available at neimanmarcus.com
Foundation pieces need not only come in navy, gray, and black. A brighter blue pair of trousers will still act as the perfect base for flashier fare.
Boglioli slim stretch cotton trousers, $325, available at Mr Porter