Look the Business: The New Rules of Office Dressing
HARRY MAGAZINE FALL / WINTER 2019
What will you wear to work today? It depends on the day ahead. You may need a suit or a jacket and tie if you’re meeting clients or the rest of the board. If you’re on the road or just going into the office for a couple of hours, something more casual is called for. But you still need to look like a leader, well dressed and well put together. As the English say, you need to look the business.
The great Canadian company makes a point of sourcing superb fabrics. The subtle navy-and-blue windowpane of this suit gives exceptional visual depth. The fabric is pure wool but it has the feel and sheen of a silk blend.
It’s always worth getting the inside information. Samuelsohn tailors this classic merlotand-mid-blue gingham sports jacket using a gorgeous wool-cashmere fabric from Carlo Barbera, the mill that also produces cloth for Kiton.
This suit’s jacket and pants can be purchased separately – and worn that way, too, giving you many different looks. With the full suit, the bold check of the charcoal fabric sends a decidedly self-confident message. The trousers are available with belt loops or a drawstring waist.
Hold the fabric of this jacket between your hands and you can feel the soft depth of the silk, cashmere and wool in the blend. Pick up the subtle cream in the jacket’s glen check pattern with a cream-coloured knit or turtleneck.
A turtleneck softens the whole look and frames the face – a sign of confidence.
Zegna presents the epitome of the business suit, impeccably tailored in the company’s premium Trofeo merino-wool fabric. A subtle merlot overcheck – echoed in the tie and pocket square – adds warmth to the grey.
This suit is from the company’s Exclusive Fabric line, meaning the fabric – a woolcashmere blend in a rich royal blue with tonal blue pinstripes – is exclusive to Canali. These suits receive even more attention from the tailors, with extra handstitching around the armholes and collar, and decorative topstitching on the seams – subtle but delightful enhancements.
At the softest end of the jacket spectrum, Fradi’s offering – made with a mixed-blue herringbone stretch fabric – is as easy to wear as a cardigan. Wear it over the most casual outfit and you’ll still look well put together.
Wearing your trousers so short is a personal choice; no-show socks and sneakers is the right decision.
The jacket’s fabric is a sumptuously soft virgin wool in a rich plaid of brown, red, navy and tan. A zip-out burgundy knit bib emblazoned with the Corneliani name turns the jacket into outerwear, perfect for a fall morning.
Patch pockets and soft construction give Canali’s comfortable Kei jacket a slightly casual air. This version is made with a luxurious wool-silk-cashmere fabric with a mauve, blue and heather grey glen check. A jersey knit and brushed cotton trousers complete a trio of soft textures.