As workplaces become more relaxed in their dress code, the need to own a suit has become less of a commodity and more of a luxury item. Believe it or not, there use to be a time when your boss would be mad at you wearing jeans and an untucked oxford shirt to work. Now, you warrant awkward stares alienation when you wear a tailored suit to the establishment that supports your livelihood.
One of the biggest fallacies in menswear is that suits are either too costly or uncomfortable. Ok, well maybe fallacy was too harsh of a word and those are valid concerns, however, investing in three suits can not only expand your wardrobe but will may you look more presentable and save money in the long run.
Trust me on this.
I work in advertising and a majority of my morning routine is figuring out what it is I am going to wear. It's not that I don't have options, it's the fact that I can't remember what the heck I work just one week ago! The problem with the casual dress code is that it requires you to buy more than you really need. For you bankers and lawyers out there who have a close to five suits, a wealth of shirts (any other things) and a couple pair of spit shined dress shoes; I despise you. Actually, I want to be like you. At the age of 26, I have finally figured it out and made a vow to adopt a more professional around the clock look. Why? Because it's cheaper and more age appropriate.
Let's do the math.
A nice pair of jeans in today's overly priced society runs for about $100 if not more. If you're working in a professional setting, you'll more than likely be wearing those jeans with an oxford shirt which runs, on average, for $60, and paired with a pair of casual shoes for $120. Without blinking an eye, you just spent $300 on one outfit to feel comfortable and "less corporate".
Now let's compare and contrast. A suit from my personal favorite Suit Supply, runs for roughly $450 (avg. between $300 - $600). Pair that with a $50 slim fit dress shirts from Charles Tywritt (4 for $200) and a pair of nice dress shoes from Aldo for $150, you're looking at an investment worth $650.
But it's not always about price, it's about utility.
I just created four new outfits for $650, compared to one outfit for $300. Creating a suited wardrobe can be a fun yet frustrating process, but in the long run you'll thank me for advising you properly and suggesting that professional style should not be despised, but admired. Going against the status quo just allows you step out in style. Why should one be afraid to wear a double breasted suit, tie, and cropped slim fit pants to an advertising agency! That kind of style should be admired.
To help you elevate your style, I suggest looking into the following brands and styles. Style isn't contingent on the quantity of clothes you have, but the way you represent the quality of clothes you have.
Extra Slim Fit Spread Collar Shirt
The Charles Tyrwhitt Extra Slim fit is their trimmest fit. Featuring slim sleeves and a tapered waist, these shirts sit close to the body and provide a smooth and modern silhouette. Back darts help the shirt align to the contours of your back, resulting in a smarter look with a fitted shape throughout the body (no baggy material around your back or waist). This fit is great if you have a slim build and like a close-fitting, contemporary looking shirt.
Twill is created with twin threads woven under and over to produce a distinctive diagonal pattern. It's highly durable, and the sturdy structure of this weave means twill shirts will drape beautifully. Twill is more substantial than other weaves, meaning it’s slightly warmer and less likely to crease.
The spread collar is wider than the classic collar. The tips of each side of the collar point outwards (not down) so more of your tie is visible. This collar can be worn with or without a tie; however it looks best with larger tie knots such as the half or full Windsor knot.
Collar point: 3.07 inches
Collar spread: 5.31 inches
The Havana Fit
LIGHTWEIGHT FITTED JACKET
The Havana suit features a fitted jacket, with a light construction and most of the Havana's are unlined. This creates a very comfortable jacket. The lack of lining gives this suit a natural look, while the fitted cut keeps it looking stylish and elegant.
The Havana's natural shoulder is completely unstructured. The lack of any padding gives the jacket a natural slope and comes off as more relaxed than its more heavily padded counterparts.
Patch pockets give the Havana cut a more contemporary appeal than jackets with jetted or flap pockets. This also makes the jacket perfectly suited to pair with jeans or chinos.