Saturday, August 14, 2010

Getting your Business Wardrobe Under Budget

Smart-looking suits, dress shirts, ties, and shoes—each for less than $500:


Black does mean business—assuming you work in a relatively creative field. Keep the underpinnings on the muted side and you’ll move effortlessly from the office into the evening.

Suit, $350, by Perry Ellis. Shirt, $60, by Eagle Shirtmakers. Tie, $40, by Top Gun. Tie bar, $22, by Geoffrey Beene. Pocket square (pack of three), $18, by Brooks Brothers. Briefcase, $229, by Ben Sherman. Shoes, $190, by Geox. (Picture provided by GQ Magazine March 2009 Issue)

..And Know What Goes with Black:

Watch: As sleek and sophisticated as the suit itself. No unnecessary dials, no oversize face. 

Nixon, $80.

Cuff Links:Your cuff links should not be a novelty item—they should be functional. Stick to simple silver ones.

Geoffrey Beene, $35.

Shoes: You can never, ever go wrong with a black leather-sole lace-up. Slim—but not pointy—is what you want.

Banana Republic, $175.

Shirt: For affordable dress shirts, you really can’t do better than H&M. Look for the Slim Fit style.

Shirt, $40, by H&M. Tie, $30, by Gap. Tie bar, $22, by Geoffrey Beene.

Glasses: Yes, throwback frames are a bold look. But they’re also an extremely cool and timely one. Go for it.

Topman, $24.


Your go-to suit for getting the job done. Mind you, it’s not a light, summery gray—nor a dark, sober charcoal—but right down the middle. Try it with a soft blue or pink shirt for a shot of color.

Suit, $296, by Calvin Klein. Shirt, $40, by H&M. Tie, $69, by Club Monaco. Pocket square, $10, by Paul Stuart. Watch, $125, by Pulsar. Shoes, $90, by Aldo. (Picture provided by GQ Magazine March 2009 Issue)

..And Know What Goes with Gray:

Pocket Squares: A smart, easy way to punch up your outfit—as long as you keep the pocket square and not flowering out of your breast pocket.

Geoffrey Beene, $14 each

Sweater: For those brisk fall/winter days, layer a dark solid sweater underneath your suit jacket and skip the overcoat.

Sweater, $40, by Uniqlo. Shirt, $50, by Express

Belt: Simple and narrow. That’s all you need.

Men’s Wearhouse, $30

Messenger Bag: Assuming you’ve got a real job—and why else would you be suiting up?—you need a somewhat serious bag. Meaning no beat-up canvas or vinyl. Choose leather.

Banana Republic, $298.

If you want to go dark—but not black—go navy, with or without the pinstripes. And if you want to add a dash of European elegance to your look, pair it with chocolate brown accessories.

Suit, $495, shirt, $80, and tie, $49, by Tommy Hilfiger. Pocket square, $40, by Paul Stuart. Watch, $165, by Seiko. Shoes, $175, by Banana Republic. (Picture provided by GQ Magazine March 2009 Issue)

..And Know What Goes with Navy:

Trench Coat: It’s spring. Which means it’s going to rain. Which means you need a raincoat. Khaki and classic. Hard to go wrong.

J. Crew, $225.

Money Clip: An unadorned silver money clip isn’t flashy. It’s a stylish, efficient way to contain your cash.

Kenneth Cole New York, $25.

Sunglasses: Yes, you can wear sunglasses to the office, as long as they’re as refined and understated as your suit. Consider tortoiseshell instead of the usual black.

Shoes: Wingtips are back in style, and they never look better than when they're a rich brown. Wear them with your suits and your jeans.

Florsheim, $225.

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