How to Wear a Power Suit in 2016

Mar 18, 2016

Do you know how to dress like a corporate power-player, even if you never really wear a suit?

The fastest way to look terrible in a suit is to reveal yourself as the guy who never wears one. If the fit isn't right, and the color is safe, and the styling is boring, it’ll tip everyone off to the fact that you’re not in your comfort zone. Take the same enthusiasm you have for your sneaker collection, however, and apply to your once-in-a-blue-moon suiting wardrobe, and you’ll look like a guy who is going to change the world. Or at the very least, one who knows how to have a good time.

Lately we’ve been inspired by modern takes on power-suit motifs—pinstripes, chalk stripes, and windowpane check. Rendered in touchable fabrics and styled with a shirt and accessories that look like they belong to an art director instead of a banker, the suit takes on a totally new life.

Gone are the associations with comb-overs, bad jokes, and shady deal-making—and yet the powerful, I’m-in-charge-here vibe still remains. Just make sure you find a good tailor who can help you nail the fit and stick to one or two colors to keep the mix of patterns and textures under control.

Here's how to get the look:

Credit: GQ

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