Weekend style guide: what to wear when you're off duty

You remember those days; no responsibilities, late teenage years where the weekend was sacred and smooth, as you focused on the bliss ahead.

Fast forward to today and weekends often have anticipated pressure about the week ahead, you're mindful of family outings, kids and partner's needs.

So what does the weekend style wardrobe look like today? Comfortable and stylish, functional clothes that facilitate your lifestyle.

One of the biggest mistakes men do is underdress on a weekend. Maybe they've been in a restrictive suit all week and it's time to really unwind. But there's comfortable – and then there's comfortable.

You want to be relaxed yet gentlemen don't wear tracksuit pants with Blundstones, a singlet and a baseball cap.

Here is a list of must-have pieces to help you through your weekend.

Denim days

No surprises here: denim is a must, especially on the weekend. This wonderfully versatile blend is a national treasure for both men and women through all seasons. What to watch out for when it comes to choosing the best pair is the cut.

Your proportions are going to dictate the best shape for you and when you find the best fit, you'll be a loyal fan of that brand for life.

Stripe stars

The French do it so well, so why ignore it. A striped wool and linen-blend sweater from Comme des Garcons will take you places. From breakfast to evening al fresco dining, stripes in navy and white adds style to your overall look.

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Bring in a denim jacket from D2squared, a camouflage man-bag and a pair of leather sneakers and you're set.

Throwing shade

But what really sets off a look? Sunglasses. I mean, you can wear the simplest of garments with a great pair of detailed sunnies and it will lift your style game like nothing else. Leaders in the industry right now are Dior.

What's the T

T-shirts are staple Aussie weekend warrior-wear, yet don't get complacent. We've seen the Ralph Lauren white T-shirt-and-jean campaign decade upon decade, but don't ignore your personal style. Opt for a bold animal print, graphic print, floral or 3-D image.

OAMC have just delivered a masculine printed cotton-jersey tee in black with a white eagle front and centre. Pair this back with some Golden Goose Deluxe sneakers, Diesel jeans, a Theory Suede Jacket and you're set.

Fancy flannel

Keeping it casually cool but need to lift your style? Calvin Klein Collection's slim-fit wool-flannel trousers are the signature piece in a weekend look that moves from casual to smart. Slip on a Valentino Appliqued dragon printed cotton-jersey T with matching Valentino sneakers. Boom!

Tennis match

As for footwear, tennis shoes are the mo go-to everyday footwear option matched back with a slim-line suit, a casual collaboration of cotton and denim or structured joggers with a perfect white button up shirt. Best in the market; Golden Goose, Adidas Stan Smith and Nike.

Dressing down

And guys, if you want to stay in bed all day, then loungewear is a must. Sheridan Australia accommodates this category along with Ralph Lauren, ASOS, Uniqlo and Calvin Klein.

H&M will also deliver on this appealing category, but if luxury is an important factor then Italian luxury lingerie brand La Perla has taken the bold step of launching men's loungewear with a mix of refined yet casual staples, from check-silk robes to patterned shorts, cashmere tracksuit bottoms and kimonos.

Scroll through the gallery above to get some weekend warrior inspiration.

Experience within retail trend analysis companies has earned Louise Edmonds cred in the luxury menswear sector. The founder of  utilises her passion and understanding of fashion to deliver a fresh, edgy take on men's style.