The following article has been produced in partnership with David Jones
Hello, 21st-century man. You’re a professional success and take the time do things well. Which is no easy feat considering the number of appointments filling up your diary in any given week. With a rendezvous a minute, dressing for your diary comes by learning the art of the suit wearing and the accessory items that make you look and feel the part.
For those weeks when your time isn’t your own, your professional style – and the way you personally present yourself – can be 100 percent you.
D’Marge has teamed up with David Jones to help you not only find the perfect suit, but more importantly, how to wear it. Consider it the go-to guide for the modern man; whatever luncheon, presentation and post-work date comes your way.
Schedule It In
The David Jones fold includes quality Australian brands and major international designers, making the department store a smart choice for getting your next suit, or an accessories and shoes upgrade. Here’s why, gents:
Personal Shopping Service – customers can book a personal shopper to either build a wardrobe or give style advice, whilst they relax in David Jones’ luxurious Personal Shopping Suite.
Alterations – customers can enjoy the perfect fit with David Jones’ Fashion Alteration Service, available in selected stores.
A Custom Suiting Experience – Enjoy the perfect fit with Made-to-Order suiting, allowing you to decide on the elements of your suit and the pattern from a range of master patterns from selected brands such as Uberstone, Anthony Squires and D’Urban. Or Made-to-Measure suiting, where a tailor can build your pattern from scratch and can customise your suit based on your lifestyle from selected brands such as, Canali, Ermenegildo Zegna, Gieves & Hawkes Joe Black and Rembrandt.
Arrive In Style
Looking good, on arrival, will get you places. It all comes down to first impressions. Which is why the act of simply leaving the house in the morning and taking on the day’s work challenges requires a fail-proof business look that’s sharp, contemporary and classic. A navy two-piece with notch lapels, just like this suit from Joe Black – is your go-to suit on the modern move, styling it with men’s formal pieces that are tried and tested.
Such timelessness comes via a pastel blue button-down — instead of common white shirt — creating a three-piece tonal blue finish with the injection of a navy tie. When in town, black leather shoes are best, a metal tone lapel pin and breezy, blue pocket square proving poignant accessories for today’s white-collar hero. Hello, sartorial savant.
When you’re the top-scoring exec, you’re often called upon to represent the team. Which is why company presentation prep is important. On-point means appeasing the corporate code without boring your clients. It’s about schmoozing the listener, not snoozing them to death with a stuffy business suit, and an equally unenthusiastic PowerPoint.
A navy suit – just like the one from Studio Italia, is a great alternative to everybody-wears-it black. Layer with a crisp cotton shirt in aquatic gingham check and polka dot blue tie, keeping the pattern-contrast between the combination on scale and neat. Then, base out the neo-office look with dark brown leather lace-ups as a stylish alternative to black. Go impress them.
Business Lunch Suave
The client presentation’s done and dusted, and a lunch the following day is all that’s stopping you from clinching the business deal. Now’s the time to show your stylish side, following yesterday’s corporate gig, injecting a navy check into the wool suit mix, like the one from Anthony Squires.
Opt for a fool proof white cotton shirt to equalise the pattern tie and natty silk pocket square, plump folded instead of straight and neat for a nonchalant accent. As for your lunching feet, brown – yes, even in town – shoes are a navy suit win. Just keep them dark (not tan) for business dressiness and perfectly polished. Now, what’s on the menu?
Mid-Week Dinner Chic
But your diary isn’t all work, work, work. There’s play to be had, and maybe even a mid-week date. You can’t go wrong with monochrome for a first, or second (congratulations on getting there, mate) date. This is where a black suits shines. Ted Baker’s slim fit, two piece is bound to please your candlelight buddy.
If your heading straight from work, swap out the button-up shirt and tie and for a navy cashmere knit for a more open neckline. Up your shoe game with leather desert boots (which are also very work-appropriate this season). With a trouser break that kisses the shoe lace, they’ll look like lace-up shoes from the outset, until you sit down and get the night underway. Bon appetit.
Casual Fridays just got a whole lot more versatile with this business casual outfit, which doubles as smart casual for post-work drinks. An office-ready blue jacket from Daniel Hechter teams breezily with stone Uberstone trousers.
No tie required (hey, it’s Friday) James Harper has your suit accessory interests covered with navy blue shirting in a slight pinstripe; jazzed up by an orange leaf pocket square and matching orange flower pin, which can be added to your lapel after work hours. Now, the run out the office door – and into the bar – is a breeze thanks to clean, neat white kicks.
Devoted to a sociable and luxurious lifestyle? Satiate your inner bon vivant with a velvet dinner jacket in molten black with gabardine shawl lapels, just like the one from Hugo Boss. A bow tie’s a must – and manually tied in Boss style, the collar stiff and standing tall (nothing crinkled or limp).
With the all black, textural goodness, inject some metal with a silver tone belt buckle. Shoes are your oyster, sticking with patent oxfords to satisfy those purists or a matte Derby with a slightly chunkier heel for les contemporains.
For more career wear and business suiting, visit David Jones