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  • Photography by Mr Laurence Ellis
  • Styling by Mr Dan May, Style Director, MR PORTER
  • Words by Mr Mansel Fletcher, Features Editor, MR PORTER

For at least 200 years men have known that dressing well involves dressing discreetly. Whether preparing for a day in the office, or a dinner with friends, most of us want to look right, without attracting the limelight. However, this is not achieved by merely neglecting your appearance - that will attract the wrong sort of attention. Instead the answer is to wear the kind of classic items of clothing that are easily combined, perfectly designed and built to last. These are the clothes that we call The Essentials.

However, this season we're demonstrating that The Essentials, from rollnecks to black Oxford shoes, don't represent dowdy casual wear, or the clothes your father would wear, but can instead speak of contemporary style. Click through the slides, above, to find out why.