Workwear attire have taken a more casual turn of late with jeans and a button-up shirt being worn beyond casual Friday. Blame it on the rise of ’startup’ work cultures, open-plan offices, and flat organisational structures where a relaxed working environment is encouraged, but frankly, an untucked shirt paired with stonewashed jeans can easily look sloppy and doesn’t exactly say go-getter.
Modern working conditions aside, looking confident and professional are key to moving up the food chain and there’s nothing like a suit to tick both boxes. But not all suits are the same and where you work and what industry you’re in can be good places to start to determine which suit suits you.
Uncertain economic times and recent spectacular financial crashes have meant the banking industry has become more traditional and conservative in practice. Look the part and opt for a suit in a classic fit with wide shoulders and lapels, and a longer jacket length. Wear with a crisp white shirt and shiny lace-up business shoes.
Try: Firenze Jacket and Trouser by D'Urban
Due to the transient nature of their work, consultants need to be easily adaptable to their ever-changing work environments, and so do their suit. Three-piece suits are again on-trend and can be transitioned easily from one office to another. Wear the jacket or waistcoat on its own, or layer all three for a versatile work look.
Try: Gibban Suit by Ted Baker. Shop the look below.
No one seems to know of its provenance but there’s a sartorial stereotype amongst architects and their penchant for wearing black. Stand out from the pack and select a dark blue suit which is just as versatile, paired with a black or brown shoe.
Try: Kennedy Suit by Geoffrey Beene. Shop the look below.
The modern day equivalent of Don Draper comes in a slim-cut suit and minimal style. Note the higher arm holes and slimmer leg, and paired with sneakers, it’s a casual look but one that inspires confidence, no matter what brief they throw at you.
Try: Brandon Suit Jacket and Jack Trouser by Uber Stone. Shop the look below.