They say the clothes make the man, and we tend to believe that. How we are dressed largely dictates how people react and respond to us. Dress in the work place is certainly the difference between getting that promotion and being forever exiled to the mail room. Even 80′s pop group Roxette did a song all about dressing for success aptly titled “Dressed For Success”!
In the end You want to look good, and you want clothes that reflect your ambition and your drive. No matter your current salary or clothing budget, you have options. Check out our round up of fresh fashion for success below!
Two-button wool suit ($410) and leather briefcase ($398) by Kenneth Cole; kennethcole.com. Cotton shirt ($70) by Perry Ellis; perryellis.com. Silk tie ($15) by the Tie Bar; thetiebar.com. Leather shoes ($108) by Kenneth Cole Reaction; lordandtaylor.com.
*You know, give or take. And if you end up spending a little more, consider it an investment in future earnings.
Double-breasted wool suit ($895) and suede wing tips ($225) by Joseph Abboud; josephabboud.com. Cotton shirt ($95) by Boss Black; hugoboss.com. Knit tie ($65) by the Men’s Store Bloomingdale’s; 800-232-1854. Coated-canvas briefcase ($185) by Jack Spade; jackspade.com.
The more time you spend standing up and presenting important information to important people, the more likely you will benefit from the commanding impact of a buttoned-up DB jacket. If, however, you sit at your desk all day: not so much.
Two-button wool suit ($1,695) by Boss Selection; hugoboss.com. Cotton shirt ($80) by the Men’s Store Bloomingdale’s; 800-232-1854. Silk tie ($105) by Thomas Pink; 212-838-1928. Leather shoes ($700) by Church’s; church-footwear.com. Canvas-and-leather briefcase ($350) by Billy Kirk; billykirk.com.
Never settle for a black suit when a dark navy blue (with or without pinstripes) is an option. Also: Never settle, period.
Double-breasted wool suit ($1,860) by Paul Smith London; 646-613-3060. Cotton shirt ($225) by Eton of Sweden; 212-758-3866. Silk tie ($160) by Paul Stuart; paulstuart.com. Leather briefcase ($1,900) by Salvatore Ferragamo; 800-628-8916.
Two-button three-piece woolcashmere-and-silk suit ($3,295) by Ermenegildo Zegna; zegna.com. Cotton shirt ($230) by Eton of Sweden; 212-758-3866. Silk tie ($195) by Ralph Lauren Purple Label; ralphlauren.com. Leather shoes ($1,175) by Santoni; 800-248-6969.
The three-piece suit is the sartorial equivalent of a bullhorn: It raises the volume of everything you say and do.
Your Budget: $5k/suit
Whoever designated the blue shirt as the official uniform of the professional man has clearly never seen a pink or even purple shirt in action. Wise up, fellas, and take a chance.
Double-breasted bespoke wool suit ($6,500), cotton shirt ($625), and silk tie ($225) by Cesare Attolini; 646-707-3006. Leather monk-straps ($1,685) by John Lobb; johnlobb.com. Steel Luminor Marina 1950 3 Days automatic watch ($7,800) by Panerai; panerai.com. Leather briefcase ($2,760) by Louis Vuitton; louisvuitton.com.
Two-button cashmere jacket ($3,890), cashmere sweater ($1,495), cotton shirt ($480), wool trousers ($660), and leather shoes ($980) by Brunello Cucinelli; 312-266-6000. Steel Bentley Barnato 42 watch ($7,045) by Breitling; breitling.com.
When you own the place, you can wear what you like.
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