A reader recently ask me on Twitter for examples of rugged-refined outfits.
The rugged-refined aesthetic is one of my favourite ways of dressing as it most accurately reflects my style.
If you’re interested in learning how to dress in this manner, here are some examples of how I like to pull this type of look off:
Rugged Shirt and Tie
Barbour jackets are one of my favourite rugged outerwear items. These jackets were originally made for rural life but have since been co-opted by city dwellers as fashionable street wear.
I’ve been encouraging my readers to incorporate the Barbour jacket into their wardrobes. The key to pulling a jacket like this off is masculinity. You’ve got have some testosterone in your body in order to wear it well.
One of my favourite looks is pairing a Barbour jacket with a shirt and tie. It’s a wonderful way to combine rugged and refined aesthetics.
Here’s how I’d do it:
In this look I’ve combined the Barbour Classic Beaufort Waxed Cotton Jacket with a light blue dress shirt from Brooks Brothers, grey wool trousers by J.Crew, a navy rep tie by Brooks Brothers, a pair of Allen Edmonds Strands, and a full grain leather dress belt from Land’s End.
This is a great masculine look for the office or any place that requires a business casual look.
Cardigan sweaters are typically seen as refined items that pair well with things like button up shirts, ties, blazers etc.
But they can also be worn with a more rugged aesthetic too.
Here’s an example of how you can wear one with a more blue-collar, work wear feel:
In this look I’ve paired a cashmere cardigan sweater by J.Crew with the same light blue dress shirt from Brooks Brothers from the first look, a pair of raw selvedge jeans by J.Crew, a full grain leather belt by Florsheim, and a pair of Red Wing Iron Rangers.
This is a great look for casual Fridays at the office that can also transition wonderfully for a night on the town.
Feel free to throw your favourite pea coat on as an additional layer if needed.
Is it possible to style a business suit in a more rugged fashion?
Pairing a basic navy business suit with a chambray work shirt is a smart way to combine rugged and refined aesthetics.
In this look I’ve paired a navy suit from Suit Supply with a chambray utility shirt from J.Crew, the same full grain leather dress belt from Land’s End that you saw in the first look, and the same oxblood Allen Edmonds Strands from the first look as well.
This is an absolutely deadly look that can bring life to an often stodgy or stuffy business suit.
I recommend giving an outfit like this a go the next time you need to don a suit for a non formal event.
Every guy should have at least one pair of quality chinos in his wardrobe.
Chinos are not only easy to dress up or dress down, but they can also be styled in many different ways depending on your personality and aesthetic (think sporty vs rugged vs rakish etc.).
Here’s how I’d wear a pair of chinos with a rugged-refined aesthetic:
In this look I’ve paired a denim jacket by J.Crew with a crisp white button up shirt from Brooks Brothers, a pair of olive green stretch chinos from J.Crew, a braided full grain leather belt from L.L. Bean, and a beautiful pair of suede Chelsea boots by Clarks.
This is a great look for the weekend when you’re meeting friends for lunch or have a date in the afternoon.
Refined Field Jacket
A field jacket is about as rugged as it gets when it comes to men’s outerwear. After all, these jackets were a part of American military uniforms since the second World War.
Much like Barbour jackets, field jackets have now become fashionable street wear items.
The great thing about field jackets is that they can also be dressed up to
Here’s how I’d do it:
In this look I’ve combined a field jacket from J.Crew with the same white button up shirt from Brooks Brothers from the previous look, the same navy suit trousers from Suit Supply from the third look, the same braided leather belt from L.L. Bean from the fourth look, and a nice pair of brown leather Chelsea boots by Ted Baker.
Again, this is a great look for the office or any occasion where you need to dress with business casual attire. The combination of the field jacket, Chelsea boots, and the braided leather belt will separate you from the masses wearing polar fleeces and squared toed shoes.
If you’ve never thought of combining rugged and refined aesthetics I recommend you give it a shot. These “high low” looks are a great way to flex your style muscles and make yourself stand out in a good way.
Here’s to looking sharp!