Do you have an interview coming up?

Deciding what to wear is not as simple as it used to be. These days there are as many different dress codes as companies.

Wear a dark suit for an interview in sales, finance or other conservative environments. An interview in a creative industry such as publishing or media may not require a dark suit, but dressing too casually would be a mistake. A blazer and nice trousers can look professional with or without a tie, depending on the job.

Lapels seem to be getting narrower – going from 3 1/2” to 3 1/4”. Coats are trimmer in the body and a little shorter. Trouser legs are getting a little more narrow from the knee down. To complete this “Mad Men – 1960’s look, we are seeing some thinner ties too.

It is a good idea to buy an extra pair of trousers with a suit. The trousers wear out faster than the jacket, and if the trousers are torn, the extra pair will enable you to keep wearing the suit.

The vertical ribs of corduroy fabric are called wales. Their thickness can determine how the cloth is worn. Pinwale, which is dressier than the wider wale, has 16 ribs per inch. Corduroy suits are usually pinwale. Casual corduroy trousers usually have 8 ribs per inch. The thicker wale has a richer color. Corduroy looks better […]

The color of your belt should be darker than your suit. A dark belt is dressier than a lighter colored one.
You will get a sportier look from a light leather belt or rough grain or textured leather with dark trousers.
Crocodile, alligator and lizard are the luxury end of dress belts.

Whatever the dress code is at your place of work, put some thought into what you wear. A put-together look can send the message that you pay attention to details, in your image and in your work.

Tweed is not just one pattern but a weave of wool that can assume the form of many patterns. Tweed sportcoats are better than suits for the South because of the heavy weight. The tweed that most people are familiar with is the classic herringbone, which is the one in the front of the picture.

The license on my car is “Cuffem”, so it shouldn’t surprise you that I wear cuffs on all my trousers. That being said, cuffs or no cuffs are mostly a personal preference.

A pocket square is an easy and inexpensive way to make your outfit complete. You can wear it with or without a tie. Pocket squares come in cotton, silk, linen, and challis in solids or patterns. Some solids have a contrasting trim color. I can show you several ways to fold them, and I do […]

The most popular shirt cuff is the one button barrel, followed by the dressier French cuff. The barrel cuff also comes in two button. The rounded or mitered cuff are variations on the barrel cuff.