“A t-shirt makes a jacket look less formal. I personally prefer a white fitted t-shirt with a crew or v-neck. Try pairing a t-shirt with a print of your choice with a formal coat and you’ll end up looking sharp.”
Architecture, by the way, is always an inspiration for a minimalist designer. You can easily guess his favorite architectural trend – Bauhaus, who puts functional before decorative. Barrett’s admiration of Bauhaus is expressed in men’s collection fall-winter 2013: sharp, perfectly cut items complemented by geometric patterns, which resemble works of Mies van der Rohe and Walter Gropius.
His fairly conservative fashion sense (“A man should dress like a man” – he once said) still has a fresh, funny, ingenious edge. It is what sets Neil Barrett apart.