If you missed previous blogs, simply scroll through the more recent “FASHION” Blogs for guidance on style, lapel, and pant style topics.
As far as what color/pattern suit you need…here is what I recommend to my clients:
1) List the suits you own that you feel comfortable wearing this Fall/Winter. Don’t include a suit that is threadbare, nor one that no longer fits, nor one that while in great shape has 4″ lapels.
2) You should have at least one navy or black solid suit. You should have at least one charcoal gray solid suit. You should have one “fancy” pattern suit. This could be a simple navy, black, or charcoal stripe or a navy or charcoal box plaid or glen plaid.
3) If you have these three basics: (i)Navy or black solid. (ii) Charcoal solid, and (iii) Navy, black or charcoal “fancy”, you should consider a suit that would give you a different look but one that will be appropriate in all work situations. This season, such suits would include:
Small BIRDS’ EYES…slate blue, charcoals, light grays are standards that will stand the test of time and are appropriate in all situations.
Clean stripes with vivid striping colors…navy, black, charcoal are the ground colors, but you can add a stripe that picks up on your favorite shirt color…lavender, royal blue, red, rose, gold, etc. This striped suit should not be too bold unless your personal style supports a bold look.
Finally, while there are many other patterns to consider , this season we are seeing a return to “seasonal” wardrobing. This means a return to suits made out of a warmer fabric known as “flannel”. If you find yourself walking to court, or to a customer’s business one or two blocks in the Northeast and don’t like the cold, try a flannel. Go back to step 2 above and look for a basic in flannel.
Please feel free to send my your questions about building an efficient yet affordable wardrobe.
Vinnie Rua- Founder, Christopher’s Custom