It’s tempting to wear your blue or navy suit with a plain white shirt, one or two buttons deep, every single time you slip it on. The color combination looks handsome and fresh, and the kit works for all your events. Work meetings, weddings, rooftop drinks, yep, yep, yep. Here’s one simple but indisputable argument for avoiding the move: It makes you look like…that other guy over there. That’s the problem with an incredibly flattering look like this—it’s also incredibly common. Here to show you how to do the blue suit in a very unforgettable, yet no less sharp way is Henry Golding, star of Crazy Rich Asians. With one simple swap, he took his navy suit to an entirely new level. The crazy-rich guy one. You want to go there, right? Of course you do.
The good news is that looking crazy-rich doesn’t require you to actually be crazy-rich. Golding’s Tommy Hilfiger shirt—the pièce de résistance here—is on sale right now for a very reasonable $130. And this type of stripe, this boxy cut, and casual camp collar is ev-er-y-where right now. For every white or blue button-down shirt you own, there is one of these shirts just begging to take its place (and by begging, we mean marked down or already very affordable). Go for something that’s cut just like a bowling shirt as Golding’s is, or just grab a long-sleeve, point-collar shirt that’s done in this type of symmetrical, colorful, medium-size stripe. Either way you’ll be firmly outside of the classic, white-shirt zone, and making a stronger impression as a result.
One final note: Really any shoe will work here, from your leather sneakers to your classic lace-ups, but if you really want to amp up the sophistication, it’s loafers FTW. Chocolate brown, high shine, worn without socks, just like Henry Golding here. Conformity is okay when it isn’t head-to-toe.