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Master British Style and Colour

Posted 15.02.24

In its 130-year history, Turnbull & Asser has earned a reputation for bold colour combinations and exuberant patterns, evoking the personality of the gentlemen wearing them. A nod to the traditional British dandy aesthetic that cemented Turnbull's style credentials right from the start, mixing tones and textures is a form of self-expression that continues to define our menswear vision – a fusion of immaculate tailoring and craftsmanship imbued with archival references and cosmopolitan flair.

Wondering where to start? Learn how to integrate more colour into your wardrobe with this handy guide, curated by our in-house team of style experts from our Jermyn Street store with a 27-year tenure at the brand and our US style authority with a career spanning the menswear industry. Read on as they share their wisdom – failsafe formulas to effortlessly make an impression.

Artful Accents

Informed by his love of murals and street art, our Head of Retail UK’s creative direction combines Turnbull's glorious heritage with a forward-thinking attitude to appeal to the modern aesthete. Think classic, timeless staples punctuated with flourishes of studied individuality that elevate them beyond the ordinary. The resulting looks are purposeful, polished and refreshingly playful – perfect for those seeking relaxed sophistication.

Neutral Palette

Top style tip: subdued neutral shades allow statement patterns to shine without taking you too far out of your comfort zone. Our off-white James Trousers, paired with a light-toned shirt, will work with nearly everything. Worn here as an overshirt, this moss-green Polo is a reliable alternative to black or navy. Meanwhile, subtle patterns and colours – choose from our vast array of ties, pocket squares and socks – add liveliness.


 Tone on Tone

According to our Head of Retail, UK, a textural tonal-blue palette is a terrific starting point to play with colour. A light-blue shirt completes the Navy Polo perfectly, letting the fabric of the trousers take centre stage – the natural connotations of brown lend the look a rustic charm. Accessories-wise, consider a bright pocket square or an orange handkerchief to complement the brown, or opt for this silk cravat, a blue leather belt and smoke-grey socks to enrich the navy.


Bright Idea

Our Head of Retail UK believes every detail matters, and this lime-green pocket square is a refined punctuation mark to an outfit built around a predominantly navy colour palette in the form of our Cashmere Joseph Coat and Henry Trousers. Imagine the same ensemble worn with a more formal Pinstripe Mayfair Shirt, or dismiss the shirt altogether in favour of a downtime knit, should the occasion allow. Tonal neckwear – such as this silk scarf or Turnbull's signature tie – calms and consolidates the look.


New Workwear Rules

Our Head of Retail UK’s take on office attire seamlessly blends everyday elegance with a contemporary use of texture. Here, timeless tailoring is softened by the plush corduroy of this Navy Bern Blazer and the inherent richness of Turnbull's silk ties. A pair of classic Henry Trousers can be easily dressed up or down as your diary dictates – swap the tie for a cosy knit and add box-fresh trainers for a dose of laid-back ease.


Relaxed Tailoring

For a masterclass in how to incorporate colour into traditional tailoring, look no further than this expertly crafted, fully canvassed suit – styled with our Mayfair Shirt, woven with dark green stripes, and complemented by this Teal Paisley Tie. If you choose a pocket square, opt for a design that slightly contrasts.. Then, continue the colour theme with your accessories, such as socks and – why not – a coordinating umbrella?

Sophisticated Simplicity

Our New York team of style experts demonstrates that nothing beats simplicity and versatility in your wardrobe. Here, they give us their picks from the latest Turnbull & Asser collection – foundational pieces that can be easily mixed, matched and reinterpreted for any occasion, from an informal business lunch to drinks with friends on the town. The first lesson: accessories are usually the easiest way to reinvigorate your outfits. For more inspiration, read on.

The Best Basics

Every gentleman requires a checked shirt in his repertoire, and our Mayfair fit transcends trends and seasons. Paired with elegant yet modern trousers, it's the perfect blank canvas for all kinds of outfits – just accessorise accordingly. Prized for their superior craftsmanship and quality, Turnbull & Asser belts are a worthy companion: opt for a smooth, understated finish to complete your work ensembles, switching to textured, woven designs after hours.


Touch of Texture

Arguably the perfect formal shirt for colder seasons, this Mayfair Cashmerello will keep you warm yet smart in the cold weather. Wear yours with a navy knit for a simple tonal look, adding a dash of flair with a stylish tie that lends it an extra layer of texture and impact. If you need to dress things down, skip the tie (Our tip: knitted versions are easy to roll and carry) and leave the collar unbuttoned.


Pattern on Pattern

Want to embrace your inner dandy? To give the look a modern makeover, we suggest animating classic staples with a few well-chosen motifs. Our Mayfair Shirt, with its navy blue windowpane check, will clash delightfully with a pair of chalk-striped trousers. Keep the rest of your look simple with a cashmere knit in an understated shade of blue. Alternatively, a patterned silk tie will take it a step further.


Study in Contrast

If you're ready to make a bold statement, our Barrington Blazer in a sophisticated brown and navy check wool will generate plenty of interest. This navy silk cravat, woven with a vivid two-tone check pattern, intensifies the effect, while a lighter-coloured Polo Shirt – notice our new open collar design – and a mint green pocket square help to both soften the look and add a point of contrast. Last but certainly not least, choose from our wide range of belts and socks, creating unexpected colour combinations.

Need Assistance?

Need personalised advice and guidance on putting together a perfect ensemble? Get insider expertise at the Turnbull & Asser London and New York stores. Whether elevating your formal wardrobe or adding a dapper edge to everyday looks, our talented teams are on hand with tips and recommendations tailored to you.

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