Updated: Jul 4, 2020
Some of us put on a suit daily, while some of us wear one occasionally and some of us only “pull out the old suit” every few years to attend a wedding or a funeral. Male executives tend to fall into the former category, and often tell us how they’ve slipped into the same routine of “is it the grey, blue, or black suit today”?
Regardless of what your day-to-day look requires or if you actually put on “a suit” there are ways to own “the suit” you wear while holding true to your personality. Whether you’re inherently sporty, creative, or super polished – you can use a suit to enhance and extend your personality along with your professional influence.
If you’re in finance, legal, or a profession where you handle people’s money and life choices, it’s imperative that your look reflects a sense of competence and trustworthiness. When choosing the color of a suit, go for something dark (navy, charcoal, or black). Go with a solid or pinstripe pattern, and style your suit to be classic and appropriate.
If you’re in fashion, advertising, or a similar field, your suit’s color may be more sophisticated: blue grey, burgundy, or even a blue-brown. Mixing and matching your patterns makes more sense here, and to enhance your individual style, you can play with different colors and fabrics to bring out your natural personality.
If you’re in a customer-service oriented business, you’ll want to go for a friendly and helpful tone in your look. Go for a solid-colored suit, but add a warm color for any accessories; a pocket square, tie, or watch will do nicely. Keep the pattern of your shirt and tie friendly – checks and plaids often go best, and keep the styling and fit comfortable and relaxed.
If in doubt, always think about the objective you’re trying to achieve and the professional traits you want to be known for. Based on those traits, your suit should portray you as professional, befitting your personality and your lifestyle.