Suit Up. Stand Out: How to Complement Your Suit

Posted on October 5, 2011

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From the Fall Winter 2011 collection of Timothy Everest. Incidentally, Everest apprenticed Tommy Nutter who dressed (then) little known acts like The Beatles

If you’re like me, one time men’s luxury magazine editor (or dapper gent) and now corporate suit, you’re probably dying to add some colour to your otherwise drab but undoubtedly well fitted albeit crowd blending ensemble. The fact is, even if your boss is Adolf “Khaki or Grey only” Hitler incarnate, EVERY suit can be dressed up. Here’s The Monsieur’s quick tip- It’s all in the details.

How to Complement Your Suit

Left: Brooks Brothers Felt and Leather Briefcase | Right: Bottega Veneta Intrecciato iPad Holder

 1. Always Accessorise

Whether you are dressed for corporate bank work or Mad Men account executive, no one is going cast aspersions on what you use to carry your newspapers and documents to the office. Enter Brooks Brothers Felt and Leather Briefcase gorgeously textural and beautifully monochromatic save for the centre strip of French flair, it’s a head turning piece bound to complement any suit. The kicker? Thom Browne designed this [Shop here]. Embrace 21st century living and carry your presentation in your iPad but with what do you dress your svelte piece of glass and aluminum? My recommendation? The Bottega Veneta Intrecciato iPad Holder; Mustard-yellow in signature Bottega Intreciatto weave, this iPad case is perfect storage and not to mention a head turner when in contrast with grey or navy suit. [Shop here]

Alden French Trotters Derby Cordovan in Burgundy: Classic. Elegant. A luxe investment.

2. Always Put Your Best Foot Forward

Proudly made in the USA by Alden and exclusively for French Trotters, this classic Derby is a timeless luxe investment in luxuriously burgundy cordovan leather. Leather soled with waxed cotton laces (for durability), the shoe is cut from a single massive piece of Cordovan (which incidentally does not get worn like regular leather). The Monsieur is all about classic elegance and these Alden French Trotters Derby Cordovan lace ups are on a dressy side of reddish-brown. [Shop here]

Berg and Berg Herringbone Cashmere knit tie in charcoal grey and Ede Pocket Square

3. Suit Accessories: Tie & Pocket Square

Just because your tie has to be serious, doesn’t mean it cannot be seriously stylish like this Berg & Berg Herringbone Cashmere Knit Tie in Charcoal-Grey [Shop here] alternatively, you can punch your sartorial ensemble up a notch with Ede and Ravenscroft pocket squares. Though better known for bespoke suits since 1689, the oldest Royal Warranted tailors in the world have definitely kept a pulse on trends with these 100% silk handkerchiefs. Featuring hand rolled edges and a traditional Macclesfield print, it’s a simple way to make a monochrome suit just that little bit more interesting. [Shop here]

The Monsieur’s note: Featured suit is from the Fall Winter 2011 collection of Timothy Everest. In offering a truly unique experience, the Timothy Everest bespoke process is carried out at a discreet location in a quiet side street in Spitalfields, London. In the comfort of an 18th Century Georgian townhouse one can feel at ease to discuss individual sartorial needs over a cup of tea, flute of champagne, tumbler of whisky or whatever takes your fancy. [visit them here]

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