What makes a business suit different from any other suit? Colour, fabric and fit are the main distinguishing factors. Colours worn in business today include light grey, dark grey, navy and black. A two or three buttoned suit in grey or navy is practically a necessity for anyone who wants to succeed in business. I’d even go so far as to say that any business wardrobe that doesn’t contain at least one of these tones is incomplete. Before buying anything else, it’s a good idea to build a foundation in the conservative colours. If the word "conservative" makes you feel resistant, go for a light grey: it creates a more stylish effect while remaining adequately business-like. Whatever you wear, your wardrobe should reflect your business sense and you don’t want to appear overly risky. In other words, save your bright colours for your shirt, tie and pocket square.
tweed is rarely seen in business, although it may occasionally be acceptable depending on the workplace. Nor is plaid associated with business, especially not a legal or corporate environment. If you’re a professor or a teacher, tweed is perfect. Lawyers and bankers should go for a worsted wool or a flannel suit. Also, avoid brown – it has casual implications.
Two or three buttons, two jacket vents and a notched collar will take you far. If you want a more powerful look, add a peaked lapel like our model above. Don’t bother with a three piece suit unless you’re the boss – in which case you can get away with more. As for the fit, aim for a slim but not skinny silhouette. This increases your smartness and sends off an unconscious message that you don’t waste energy on unnecessary things. Even your wardrobe should say efficiency and profit. In the meantime, have fun. Your suit might say work, but it’s also built for play.