When it comes building a professional wardrobe, I always advise people to start off with the essentials first. More often than not, guys tend to purchase a suit in a non-traditional color and fabric for their first suit, when it would really be a better investment to purchase a grey or navy suit during the earlier stages. Therefore, I teamed up with online made-to-measure retailer, Oliver Wicks to style their Premium Grey 3-Piece Suit 5 different ways to prove just how versatile this one suit can be.
In my opinion, wearing a complete 3-piece suit is the most professional take on a suit, especially when the shirt and tie are both neutral in color. It just screams that you mean business and you’re ready to close on a deal. Therefore, this look is ideal for just about any important business meetings or for any situation that you might need to make a great first impression.
This is the Premium Grey 3-Piece Suit, but to the untrained eye there is little to no difference between the premium and essential options. However, the premium option is constructed from a super 140s fabric, which gives it more of an elegant look and makes it even more comfortable to wear. I always tell people that if you’re building your professional wardrobe, think of it as an investment and spend the extra money if you can, because it will be worth it in the long run.
Turtle Neck Season
Suit by Oliver Wicks, Sweater by Vintage, Shoes by Calibrate
I have been wearing turtle neck sweaters a lot lately, especially with recent the change in weather. I think it just adds a different element to an outfit, especially when paired with a suit. Also, not only does it keep you warmer in the fall and winter but it’s a great alternative to wearing a shirt and tie to work everyday.
Waistcoat and Trousers
Jacket by Zara, Suit, Shirt, Tie by Oliver Wicks, Shoes by Johnston & Murphy
I love swapping out the jacket of a 3-piece suit with different layers such as a denim jacket or a trench coat. It adds more of a casual element to your suit and makes it easy to transition from the office to happy hour.
Jacket & Trousers
Suit, Shirt, Tie by Oliver Wicks, Shoes by Florsheim
For some people wearing the complete 3-piece suit can seem too formal depending on their workplace environment. Therefore, just leave the waistcoat at home and wear the jacket and trousers together. You can actually never go wrong with this option and you will never feel under or overdressed.
Pink dress shirts were never my go-to option when putting together shirt and tie combinations. However, I think pink and grey look great together and its a great way to inject some color into an otherwise neutral colored suit.
Mix and Match
Jacket, Shirt & Tie by Oliver Wicks, Waistcoat by Vintage, Shoes by Magnanni
Last but certainly not least, there is no better way to get the most wear out of your suit than to combine it with some of your other ones. Like I previously mentioned, the best suits to start off with when building your professional wardrobe is grey and navy. Therefore, once you have those two suits in your arsenal you will be able to mix and match them to create several different looks that will easily see you through your work week.
As always, thanks for reading and special thanks to Oliver Wicks for the opportunity!
The Dapper Advisor
This post is sponsored by Oliver Wicks but as always, all thoughts and opinions are my own.