The Fit: No matter what body type you have, a traditional power suit should be slim—neither roomy nor skinny—allowing unencumbered movement, while also fitting snug enough to discourage bad posture. Decision makers don’t have time to slouch.
The Fabric: Sober tones and rich textures show that a gentleman takes himself seriously enough to care about the details. When the Italian wool-silk blend on Harvey’s suit catches the light, the emanating sheen underscores its exceptional quality.
The Jacket: Stronger padded shoulders and a chest-widening low button stance create a masculine deep V-shape, while peaked lapels, the most challenging for tailors to cut on a single-breasted suit, project formality, swagger, and a man who means business. To keep the look refined when the jacket is slung around a club chair during afterwork drinks, wear a suit vest.
The Tie: Skinny ties are great for DJs, models, and the employees of Sterling Cooper Draper Price, but if you’re presiding over a courtroom or boardroom, you’ll want to live large with a wide tie in a striking pattern and a Windsor knot.
The Shirt: A dress shirt with a spread collar accommodates larger tie knots like the Windsor. French cuffs pack more flair than plain ones and allow for accessorizing with an elegant pair of cufflinks.
The Trousers: Besides fitting slim around the leg, trousers should hit the top of your shoe, covering just a smidge of the laces to create a subtle horizontal crease.
The Finishing Touches: A pocket square, especially a silk one with an eye-catching pattern or texture, adds a playful accent, while a fine watch with a leather strap or chain link conveys the importance of your time.