Let’s face it, none of us would go to any sort of lengths in how we dress if we didn’t care about making an impression on others. Especially when it comes to a bespoke suit - going to the trouble to getting measured up, discussing material types, patterns and colour schemes, waiting for it to be made to order - the reason we go to all that trouble is that we want other people to think we look great.
But beyond simply looking smart and stylish, is there anything else your choice of suit says about you? The truth is, humans are highly judgemental creatures, and we instinctively make snap decisions about other people based on all sorts of factors, from mannerisms to style of haircut. On this level of subconscious communication, people can read all sorts into the suit you wear, making assumptions about you and your personality based on everything from the colour to the cut to the type of tie you have on.
Ever wondered what you suit says about you? Here’s a completely subjective run through some of the messages your suit may (or may not) be beaming out to all and sundry.
Plain Black and Navy Blue
There are good reasons why black and navy blue suits dominate tailored wardrobes. Not only are they solid all-rounders that work for pretty much any occasion, they are power colours which convey a sense of authority and gravitas. In business, black and navy suits are the sort which will encourage others to take you seriously when you speak. In social situations, they speak of an inner confidence - you have no need for showy, attention-seeking bright colours, but then again you are not a retiring wall flower hiding away.
On the other hand, so common are plain black and navy suits that they can make you look like one of the herd, and these are not exactly colours that say much about your fun-loving and imaginative personality.
Brown and grey
If your intention is to come across as the Mr Dependable type, solid, likable, unassuming and trustworthy, then brown and grey are colours for you. Grey in particular, in all its shades, is becoming increasingly popular for business suits because it acts like a neutral uniform - without the unspoken pretensions to authority of solid black and navy, and quietly suitable in every circumstance. Brown carries that air of you being a stand-up, down-to-earth, approachable kind of character, but may also seem a little fusty and old-fashioned.
It is virtually impossible these days to separate pinstripe suits from their popularity amongst City slicker financier types and big wig executives. Wearing a pinstripe suit will therefore encourage people to make certain assumptions about you - that you’re rich (or aspire to be), career-driven and quite probably from a posh background. Definitely a good choice if you want to look the part as you plot your way up the corporate ladder.
For some people, the addition of a waistcoat as the third ingredient in their tailored suit is something they may only ever consider for a formal occasion like a wedding. For others, going to work without their waistcoat on would be little different to heading out of the door without their trousers. If you belong in the latter camp, then you can bet your colleagues have you down as a perfectionist, the mere existence of your waistcoat being enough to convince them that you are a man to whom the details really matter. If you’re also the sort that polishes your brogues every night and has a haircut at the same time every Friday lunchtime, we’ve got you pinned.
Of course, this is only a tiny sampling of the world of options available from tailored suits. So if you’d like to dig deeper into matching the perfect suit to your personality, please get in touch to book an appointment and we can start measuring you up right away.