I was urgently summoned into an unexpected business meeting today, and was wondering what is the appropriate dress under the circumstances? It’s business – but it’s Sunday… Hmmm.
Are people expecting you to show up in a suit, or to come as you are, maybe in sweatpants straight from the soccer pitch?
When in doubt, the California tux is always a good option. Hypothetically, you could just happen to be wearing the whole fit already before the client summoned, and you just threw on a tie and ran over. If every lawyer, banker and PR in the room turns out to be wearing a suit, then you’re not totally out of place – after all it was Sunday, and nobody warned you.
On the other hand, if dressed like Kennedy in Hyannis Port, you turn out to be the best dressed guy in the room that Sunday, it’s easy enough to drop the tie, and ta-da it looks like some business casual chameleon outfit.
Come to think of it, it’s almost as if the entire Preppy/Ivy wardrobe was designed specifically to deal with these kinds of hybrid situations.
Orazio Luciano La Vera Sartoria Napoletana x Jean-Manuel Moreau
Jean-Manuel Moreau gingham poplin BD
John Lobb suede
The iGent generous lapel, low button stance and natural shoulder of neapolitan soft tailoring, by Orazio Luciano La Vera Sartoria Napoletana. One of the few jacket cuts that looks better unbuttoned. No wonder it’s become so popular among the iGentry.