The Corporate Essential
Notch lapels are the white work shirts of the suiting world. You can wear one to work every day and never look out of place. They are generally considered the least formal of lapels, but are probably the most practical and versatile. Swop out the suit pant for a different coloured dress pant or chinos, or jeans, and you’re good to go for casual Fridays or the weekend. Rather than the perennial black, consider a medium grey, the Switzerland of suits, which works with nearly any skin tone and shirt colour given its neutrality. It also works wonderfully with brown or burgundy-toned accessories.
One point to note, whether you buy your suits off the rack or have them tailored at a bespoke service, is that you should always have your body measured against the suit. According to master tailor of Brioni, Angelo Petrucci, only around four per cent of the world’s population have perfectly symmetrical bodies. You may not realise it, but one shoulder might slope more than the other. Get your suit altered and fitted to your body, whether it’s to take in the hem of your pants or tighten your blazer around the vents slightly. One thing they can’t do much about is the length of the sleeves, unless it is on a canvassed suit.