The Cor­po­rate Es­sen­tial

Rules For The Modern Man - - Rules For The Modern Man -

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.

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