The lost art of dressing the business suit
Call us contrary if you like, but at New & Lingwood we think that in this age of increasing informality and the so-called ‘death of the tie’, there’s a very real pleasure in going against the grain. So often in life, it pays to stand out from the crowd and to be an individual. In fact, we think that the maxim ‘dress for the job you want, not the job you have’, has seldom been more appropriate.
To this end, a well-cut business suit dressed with a considered shirt and tie is de rigeur in any independent thinker’s wardrobe, and our Autumn/Winter ’19 suiting is cut to be both understated and elegant in equal measure.
Of course, the backbone of any professional wardrobe is a charcoal grey worsted suit, something versatile and un-fussy. Might we direct your attention then to our Chorlton single-breasted two-piece suit? The Chorlton is cut in pure wool sharkskin, woven in England – a classic choice for a business suit. It’s a clever fabric – hard-wearing and crease resistant, but still sophisticated. With the jacket’s classic English silhouette, carefully balanced lapels, and straight flap pockets with an out-ticket pocket, it’s as timeless as can be.
Next on the list should be a handsome navy suit, and whether you’re looking for a sensible navy wool birdseye suit, or a relaxed chalkstripe flannel three-piece to elevate your working wardrobe, New & Lingwood is here to serve. Our Hassall and Crewood suits are versatile options in plain English navy, while our Saltram suit separates makes quite the statement.
Of course, not every man needs to restrict his working wardrobe to classic navy chalk stripes and restrained charcoal flannel. For those customers who enjoy wearing a little colour, our separates collection benefits from three stand-outs suits, with jackets and trousers available individually, to mix sizes where required.
Our Sutton single-breasted suit is again cut in our house style with notched lapels, two-buttons to fasten and an out ticket pocket, with single-pleated trousers. In handsome olive green flannel from British mill Marling & Evans, it’s a true winter luxury, which is easily paired with a sky blue shirt and chocolate brown tie. Our Saltram separates are also cut in flannel – a soft navy blue with mustard bouclé chalkstripes – put them together for a business suit with flair. Completing this trio is our Croxdale suit, which offers an elevated alternative to plain grey with its subtle windowpane check flannel cloth.
Whether navy, grey, striped or checked, our message is clear: if you want to look this business this winter, wear a New & Lingwood business suit.