This one goes out to my corporate, full-suit-and-tie-every-day readers.
In a conservative place of business with a strict dress code (which is often accompanied by an interesting “clothing hierarchy” among its employees – those of a large investment bank for example), it can be a fine line between fitting-in (as you need to) and subtly standing-out (as you want to).
For a young guy in a big corporation, it can be tricky to look stylish and “cool” without raising question or concern among the more “traditional” (i.e. “older”) partners.
I don’t think I’ve ever met anyone who walks that fine line better than my good friend Gabe Schulman.
“Working in sales, I handle my own book of clients, although I do work for a larger firm. I think that is reflected in my office style – my clothing choices walk the line between being my own man, and reporting to a superior.”
We shot Gabe going about his business every day for a week, Monday-Friday
Nothing says business like a solid navy suit – it’s the one that every man should own. It is the most versatile of suiting fabrics. It’s appropriate in every season, works in any weather, looks great with black leathers or brown leathers and works with just about any shirt & tie combination. Not to mention it makes perfect separates as well – the jacket can easily be worn as a blazer, say with jeans or khakis, and the pants look great under just about any other jacket.
Get it in a three-piece, and you’re really maximizing versatility. “I like the 3-piece because it keeps me warm enough during the Fall that I don’t need an overcoat; just gloves and maybe a scarf…I also like to mix-and-match waistcoats which is something that alot of guys don’t do”.
On the balancing act:
“This is one of my favorite pairs of shoes – but they’re a little flashy. I usually pair them with a solid, more conservative suit – it helps anchor down the outfit and keeps it from being too “loud”…while at the same time it also helps show off these bad-ass shoes”.
- Brown leather globes by Uniqlo
- Shades by Mosely Tribes
- Suede/leather captoe brogue shoes by Tom Ford
- Three-piece navy suit by Michael Andrews Bespoke