The suit is the
uniform of success in the business world. The type of suit
you wear can immediately state that you either "belong" or
you don't. Most people feel comfortable with those who think
the way they do, live the way they do and, yes, dress
the way they do. The suit you wear is part of this pattern.
So, in building a wardrobe with a look of success, you should
choose the look that identifies you with the leaders in your
Which suit should
you choose for the proper image? Your image may be the
traditional natural shoulder look of the Eastern Establishment
(once called Ivy League)...or your profession , your company
or your personality may call for the more assertive Fashion
look with its tailored shoulders and frequently sleek fabrics...or
the Designer look with its sophisticated European-influenced
silhouette and detailings may be the right image for you.
In some occupations, the prevailing look may be more middle-of-the-road,
less of a statement than a compromise-which is fine. You
may not be able to name the look that the successful men
in your field wear, but you can certainly recognize it
and emulate it.
Let's avoid getting
into particular details because with the passage of time
those details are subject to modification and change. For
instance, there are periods when lapels are wide and others
when they are narrow, when trousers are trimly cut or fuller
in dimensions. At various times, suit coats may be deeply
vented or barely vented in the center and sides, or at times
without any vents at all.
|Don't concern yourself
with details because if you deal with a reputable retailer,
you can be assured that the suits he sells you will be in keeping
with the current trends. However, it is up to you to select
a style that conveys the type of image that's right for you...that
can give you a sense of security...that he will help you to
select the right right suits and the correct accessories and
furnishings to complement those suits.
There is also
a relationship between your size and shape of the pattern,
fabric, and color of your suits. If you are heavy and short,
vertical lines tend to have a slimming, lengthening effect.
So do dark colors and fabric with a flatter finish. Slimmer,
taller body types, on the other hand, can take plaids,
checks, lighter colors, and nappier fabrics.
The choice, and
the image it conveys, is yours.