The New Suit

These modern takes on classic tailored wear will see you back to the office in style.

The last 18 months have changed the way we live, work and get dressed in the morning – especially as far as our office wardrobes are concerned. Now, however, as we begin to head back to work in-person, sports jackets, button-down shirts, leather shoes – and even the occasional necktie – are back in the rotation. If (like so many of us) you’ve discovered the pleasures of a WFH uniform of elastic-waist trousers, sneakers and stretchy shirts in recent months, don’t despair. This fall’s best looks combine classic tailored sophistication with homey accoutrements like Samuelsohn's stretch-jersey suits and Zegna’s crisp tees for modern tailoring that’s anything but business as usual.

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For your next big meeting, leave the shirt and tie at home and broadcast your confidence with an immaculate turtleneck underneath a perfectly-tailored Italian suit. To complete the look, opt for a slightly shorter hem on your trousers to show off a pair of glossy lace-up boots with brogue detailing.

Samuelsohn’s Comfort Super Soft Stretch Suit does exactly what it says, offering a luxurious feel and unprecedented suppleness for all-day wear, while Emanuel Berg’s 4 Way Stretch Shirt proves that a button-down can be just as comfy as your favourite Henley. Better still, adapt this look for any occasion by adding a tie and dress boots, or swapping that button-down for a crisp tee or turtleneck.

Meanwhile, Italian flair meets classic American prep in this season’s Canali collection, where the perennial trousers-and-sports-jacket combo is accented by the addition of a pair of premium suede sneakers.

This plum-coloured look (right) works by balancing the crisp lines of a Z Zegna suit with the softness of a cotton t-shirt and the flowing form of runway-approved sneakers. For maximum visual impact, stick to a palette of neutral tones, make sure your kicks are box-fresh and tuck in that tee.

Modern business is about adapting to change and staying agile, and you’ll keep a full range of motion with this complete look from BOSS, featuring a jacket, pants and shirt combo that’s as versatile as it is refined. Subtle patterns, details and textures are key to elevating this look, from the micro-dot shirt to the elbow patches on the jacket.

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