7 Clothing Items That Will Liven Up Your Look

A piece of clothing, even with the slightest of detail, can take your outfit to new and interesting heights. This technique for incorporating interesting detailed garments into your outfit is one of fashion’s best kept secrets, and it’s not as difficult as it may seem. It could be something as simple as picking one of your favorite pieces in a more textured or unconventional material or even one with added hardware, such as a studded leather jacket, corduroy trousers, or even a blackwatch plaid blazer. Alternatively, the actual design of the piece can be something that separates it from the crowd, making it stand out — think asymmetrical cuts or a traditional old-school fit as opposed to a modern, slimmer-cut.

If you’re ready to embrace added detail to your look, the key to pulling off any detailed piece is to make sure that the rest of your look is as simple and classic as possible. If you combine too many unique looking pieces, then you risk looking cartoonish, or worse, like you have no idea what you’re doing. For example, if you opt for a shearling coat, make sure the rest of your outfit is paired down and slightly neutral — think a T-shirt, thin knit, and a slim-fitting dark wash pair of jeans.

No matter what stage you’re at in your sartorial development, here are some fantastic detailed pieces to incorporate into your wardrobe.

1. Salvatore Ferragamo Shearling-Collar Leather Moto Jacket in Burgundy

Source: Neiman Marcus

This leather moto burgundy jacket with a dyed lamb shearling Iceland collar, constructed by Salvatore Ferragamo is not only a fantastic substitute for your go-to black moto jacket, but this shearling collar keeps you warm. What better way to up your outfit game than by wearing this season’s hottest jackets. This one’s made in Italy — so you know it’s some fine Italian leather — and further details, which include a quilted back yoke and sleeves, make this jacket an artistic masterpiece. Dress it up and throw it over your business attire, sans blazer, or wear it with your favorite T-shirt or jeans.

2. Polo Ralph Lauren Bedford Slim-Fit Checked Wool And Cashmere-Blend Blazer


Source: Bloomingdale’s

Polo Ralph Lauren’s checkered blazer in this season’s it design — tartan — is a piece for the self-assured man. Tailored for a slim fit and made from a soft wool and cashmere blend, the blazer’s material is sourced from a centuries-old U.K. mill that stays true to traditional English tailoring. Also constructed with a felt undercollar and notch lapels, it’s softly padded and perfect for when you just can’t handle wearing a plain old, neutral color blazer.

3. Balmain Cotton-Panelled Leather Biker Jacket


Source: Mr Porter

If you’re a black leather biker jacket devotee but are still interested in that little something extra in detail, Balmain’s reinterpretation of the iconic biker jacket with added zipper detail, makes this one a stand out. Pair this one easily with your favorite kicks and slim fitting jeans.

4. Theory Zaine Bydolsk Slim Fit Corduroy Pants

Source: Saks Fifth Avenue

Theory’s weather appropriate slim fit corduroy pants are not only seasonally appropriate, but also look much different than your normal run-of-the-mill pants. Designed with a flat front and clean lines, these slim corduroy pants with closer wales are sleek and sophisticated and are ideal for off-duty dressing.

5. Zara Round Neck Sweater

Source: Zara

Zara’s viscose fine knit sweater has an added faux leather upper chest strip, which adds excitement to a typical black sweater. Wear this one with jeans, chinos, corduroys, or any high-low casual outfit you can get your hands on. You won’t regret it.

6. Tim Coppens Wool And Cashmere-Blend Bomber Jacket With Detachable Gilet

Source: Mr Porter

This is a very special piece by Tim Coppens; you not only get a wool and cashmere blend biker jacket but you get three styles in one with the clever convertible. The base layer is a versatile midnight-blue jacket made from a soft, yet insulating, wool and cashmere blend that is topped with a detachable reversible navy or olive shell gilet. This one piece allows you to not only match it with a variety of outfits, but also wear it intact on cold days or as separates on warmer days.

7. Hugo Boss Chunky-Knit Wool And Alpaca-Blend Rollneck Sweater


Source: Nuji

This chunky rollneck sweater by Hugo Boss will not only keep you warm and cozy on the chilliest of days, but the added basketweave design pattern will give your cold-weather look a textural upgrade. Designed to fit without being too snug, this chunky knit is crafted from a breathable blend of wool and alpaca that you can wear on its own with a pair of slim trousers, or you can pair it with formal work attire.

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