September 17, 2008 by jotan23
THE FIVE SUITS YOU NEED IN YOUR CLOSET
Get these and you’ll possess the building blocks of unimpeachable office style.
KNOW YOUR SIZE
It sounds obvious, but it’s not. The most crucial element of a suit is its fit, and not many sales guys understand how a suit should fit or, more specifically, how you want yours to fit. Before you step into a dressing room, get a handle on the various components of a suit.
Think about the style of the suit you’re buying. The first thing you need to consider is the number of buttons on the suit. This will determine a good deal about the cut and fit.
Think about the vents on the back of the suit jacket.
Think about the type of lapel.
WHAT A TAILOR CAN (AND CAN’T) DO FOR YOU
A tailor can make a good suit great, but he can’t work miracles. The link shows the areas you should direct your tailor’s attention to.
CHOOSING A SHIRT COLLAR
Make sure you have these three collar types in your business wardrobe. And know how to pair them. Not all suits and ties go with all collars.
CHOOSING A SHIRT CUFF
Know these three types. Make sure they fit correctly. And have your suit sleeves tailored so they show a quarter inch of cuff.
THE PERFECT SHIRT-AND-TIE WARDROBE
You can’t have too many blue, white, or blue-and-white-striped dress shirts in your business wardrobe. They work with everything, but especially with the selection of modern ties. Build on these versatile basics. You can mix and match them at will. That’s the key to a perfect business wardrobe.
SHOES THAT WORK
The right pair of shoes can bring your look together; the wrong pair can wipe out all of your best intentions. Don’t blow it when it comes to your feet. And whatever shoes you choose for the office, add toe and heel taps to the soles, and use shoe trees when you’re not wearing them. You’ll significantly increase the shoes’ life span.
SOCKS FOR SUITS
Opt for over-the-calf ribbed business socks. You don’t want to show any leg when seated. Don’t get carried away with bold colors or patterns—keep it classic. And match the color of your socks with your suit, not your shoes.
A cotton pocket square can add a dash of elegance to a business suit. Just keep it simple: Stay away from patterned silk ones, and wear yours like the gentleman here—square, not puffy or multipeaked. And never buy a matching tie-and-pocket-square set.
TO BELT OR NOT TO BELT?
Like pant cuffs, belts are a personal preference. Slimmer suits or trousers with side tabs don’t require a belt. If you are going to wear a belt, keep it slim and tasteful for the office. And generally speaking, it’s preferable to match your belt to your shoes when dressing for business.
You’ll need these when wearing a dressy French-cuff shirt. Just choose ones that are tasteful and refined—you don’t want to be too flashy. And no, your links don’t need to match your watch.
As we’ve insisted all along, less is more. Nothing should attract a disproportionate amount of attention—you want a clean, balanced, and classic look. All of the timeless watches will help you strike precisely that. They’re slim, and they fit right under the cuff of your dress shirt.