For the nine-to-five and beyond.
FOR THE NINE-TO-FIVE AND BEYOND
• WORDS: L. HOLMES
In the continually evolving landscape of what we wear to work today, it can often feel as though traditional sartorial rules have been thrown out with the proverbial bathwater. But fear not, because regardless of whether you work in a conventional office or a trendy creative hub, there’s still a piece of kit that will always hit the mark.
Drum roll please for the humble suit, a mainstay of menswear that never lets you down. And this season it comes with added flexibility by way of stretch fibres as well as all sorts of ways to wear it. So when it comes to that vexing tailoring/workspace conundrum, we’ve got your back.
MAKE MOVES AT HQ
If you spend your working day toiling away at an ultra-smart HQ, then our new stretch suits should be the lynchpin of your working wardrobe. Constructed with extra comfort in mind, their inbuilt flexibility will help you navigate the highs and lows of your day both mentally and physically. Remember though, to keep the rest of your look simple; team with a tonal tie but jettison any colourful pocket squares or jazzy socks.
ANY STYLE, ANY SCHEDULE
And for those of you whose working arena is more Silicon Valley than the City of London, then all that’s needed is a few carefully considered tweaks to guarantee you’re still dressed for success. Maybe ditch the tie – unless you’re asking for that pay rise – for one of our button-down shirts. Or perhaps switch the shirt for one of our superior quality T-shirts, safe in the knowledge that you’ll still look polished enough to show the CEO you’ve got what it takes. The addition of a jaunty neckerchief is, of course, entirely optional.
REWORK THE SUIT
Finally, you might want to follow the lead of our Italian cousins and embrace the spezzato way of dressing. Literally translating as ‘broken’ this is the art of pairing your suit jacket with trousers of a contrasting colour or fabric. But if this feels like a step too far, keep the matching suit and swap that classic white shirt for one of our printed versions instead.
In short? Wherever you work and whatever your style, the new stretch suit is flexible in more ways than one.