By looking at tradition through an innovative eye, classic menswear can be renewed yet stay faithful to its core values. Because formal dressing does require formal rules. And perhaps nowhere as prevalent as in the world of business, where the ability to match the suit to the occasion (and the tie to the shirt) is a skill as essential as it is undervalued.
A man’s best friend on such occasions is undoubtedly a good gray suit, preferably reinforced by a color-coordinated vest. This foolproof (and timeless) uniform is not above a smart personal touch, be it a choice selection of intricate details or a study of careful combinations.
The number of buttons on the jacket, the shape and size of the revers, a more or less structured shoulder, and optional cuffs and darts on pants are all possible variations on the theme that have an important effect on the ensemble. Finally, the capacity for mixing and matching comes into play: although a white shirt is never out of place, no one would blackball a little creative experimentation to add a hint of individuality to even the most traditional of outfits.