Whether you are closing a sales deal, meeting with potential clients for lunch or leading an important discussion in the boardroom, one thing is for certain – in the world of business, first impressions are everything. For men, the easiest way to convey a professional image is to wear a well-tailored suit.
A corporate suit is an investment worth making
A business suit is a serious investment and, as such, such be treated with a certain degree of care. The best starting point when begin the selection process for a new suit is to develop a clear understanding of its overall purpose. While this may appear to be obvious, the business and fashion worlds have evolved greatly over the years. The suit has many places in the modern world. For example, it might be worn to a wedding, to a legal proceeding, to a holiday party, to an important performance or, most commonly, to the wearer’s place of business.
Regardless of the reason, the most important consideration is that the wearer must always look more presentable wearing the suit than they do wearing anything else. Looking your absolute best is the main intention of wearing a suit in the first place.
Here are a few guidelines that can be referenced when shopping for a new corporate suit.
Points to Ponder
1. The Shape of the suit: The traditional go-to’s will always be single-breasted, two-button suits. However, a single button version can really dress things up. If you are looking for the proverbial ‘power-suit’, you will find that with the addition of a waistcoat you will leave your audience eating out of your hand. Double-breasted suits are really hot right now. As a general rule, it is recommended to mirror the width of your tie with the width of your lapel.
2. The fit of the suit: It is best to select something that is slim, but not tight and restrictive. Recent years have seen jacket lengths shorten. The current trend being anything with a centre back length resting between 72cm and 75cm. Trousers, on the other hand, are for the most part worn slim, straight and not so long that they drown the ankle line.
3. The suit pattern and fabric: Solid colour suits are more captivating when they make use of fabric textures. Broken twills, tweed or herringbone are the top fabrics to look out for. Blends can also be important, for example a mix of wools and mohair will create a finished look that is crisp, sharp and slightly sheens. Linen or cotton, however, will soften the formality and make it a little more comfortable to wear. Try to avoid loud patterns and obnoxious colours. However, keep in mind that traditional favourites like a Prince of Wales check is very in right now! Style hint: Pins are out, checks are in!
Choosing the right accessories
Almost as important as choosing the right suit is choosing the correct accessories to wear with it. Men don’t have the luxury of ‘spicing’ up their suits with an array of jewellery, bobbles, scarves and fancy hair updos. They can, however, add a little pizzazz and flair with a stylish pair of shoes and a nice tie. The key thing to remember when adding accessories is colour and material. For example, black shoes made from leather are best for black or grey suits and brown shoes may be worn with blue suits. Ties, on the other hand, offer a little more room for creativity. However, it is best to stick with patterns that are not too ‘over the top’ in standard colours.