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Three Jackets, Three Pants: How Dior Is Deconstructing Formal Tailoring

At Dior, mix and match is the new mood.
IMAGE Dior/ Brett Lloyd
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How do you choose what to wear in the morning? You grab this shirt and put on that pair of pants. And, because you are a man of discernment (and never the man who would just wear whatever is on top of the pile), you realize another shirt will work better in this setup. 

Mixing and matching clothes is the reality. Things do not come as a set. A modern wardrobe must be flexible. The many parts—the shirt, the pants, the shoes, the watch—should play well with each other. Dior knows this. In its freshest move yet, the Paris luxury house applies what it calls a “game of composition” to the highest tradition of fashion, couture.

Three Jackets and Three Pants

It’s a simple idea: three jackets and three pairs of pants—and then you go from there. The jacket styles in the new Modern Tailoring collection include a structured double-breasted jacket with Dior’s signature strap darting out from a generous lapel, a three-button workwear jacket, and the most comfortable of the bunch, a zip-up Harrington.

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The pants options are as uncomplicated as they come: a suit trouser, a relaxed chino, and a jogging pant, which the house describes as “an invitation to a gentle way of life.” All are available in classic menswear fabrics, a black wool and mohair blend, a textured micro houndstooth, and a Prince of Wales check.

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Most important, you don’t need to be a fashion virtuoso to make things work as everything and anything goes together. You just need to match it to the mood: maybe the Harrington and trouser for something dressed up but not fussy and perhaps the three-button jacket and the jogger for the ultimate breaking-the-rules vibe.

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All These Yummy Details

Of course, this would not be Dior without Diorisms cleverly embedded in the pieces. Observe the jackets, which feature a black CD pin on the lapel, as well as buttons from the iconic Bar Suit, that nipped-waist satin jacket that ushered in the New Look by monsieur Dior. The DB and workwear styles are also lined with the label’s cannage motif, a design inspired by the rattan chairs in the house’s salon.

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Photo by Dior/ Brett Lloyd.

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On your feet, Dior suggests nothing else but its latest sneaker drop, the B27, which is another mix-and-match, high-and-low idea that we support. The shattering of the preciousness of formal ideals is refreshing and realistic, cool and bold. With this set, the luxury house reflects real-world use by real-world men. This is how you dress now.

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