Whether we think we do or not a subconscious first impression is made of someone within just a few seconds of meeting. We have little to base this decision on, the way they entered the room, a handshake, a smile but really it is what a person is wearing that we tend to notice first.

Giving someone the ‘once over’ is a common expression which sums up the fleeting glance we make when we first meet someone and in business this first impression, and making a ‘good one’, is vital. Whether you’re at a meeting, networking event or, especially, an interview, one way to ensure that good first impression is through the clothes that you wear, and a well fitted suit can help you exude confidence and professionalism – which are valuable traits to have in the business world!

A business suit regarded as an essential ‘uniform’ of white collared workers since the 19th century when British dandy George Bryan "Beau" Brummell rejected the frills of the 18th century and said; “The well-dressed man about town should wear clothes that are simple, functional and discreet,” advocating well-cut, tailored trousers, waistcoat, jacket and shirt.

The elements of a classic business suit for a man are: a well tailored jacket, a well fitted trouser, a shirt: white, cream or light blue,

a good belt, a tie and possibly a waistcoat.

The most popular colours other than black are grey and blue – pinstripe is a very popular choice of pattern too.

And for a woman: a well fitted jacket, skirt or a fitted trouser, a blouse and a well fitted jacket, rarely do women wear ties, though a silk scarf can work very well.

Women tend to have more choice when it comes to colour, a deep red, purple or even green material can look very fetching.

Accessories are also very important and can really complete an outfit, men should wear a silk tie, cufflinks and a belt as a minimum, a pocket square is not essential, jewellery on both men and women should be modest with subtle colours to keep the overall look professional.

Most business suits don’t go out of fashion so it’s an investment worth making as it will be one outfit that will stand the test of time and see you through the next few years of meetings and events.

Quality business suits usually start from around £500 for ‘ready-to-wear’. Our suits are ‘made-to-measure’ meaning you can ensure a perfect fit because

the garment is created to your exact measurements in a way that a mass produced ‘ready-to-wear’ suit cannot be. And what’s more we offer a level of quality and craftsmanship that is equivalent to that of names such as Hugo Boss, Cerrutti, Austin Reed, Jaeger, Canali (but with a price tag that doesn’t match!)

made-to-measure suit from Hemingway Tailors starts from just £495 and we offer a visiting tailor service at your convenience in your office or home. You’ll also have the benefit of a wider selection of cloths, colours and patterns to choose from – in fact no shop in the world can offer the choice of materials or indeed style as an experienced tailor!

Contact us today to discuss your individual requirements and to arrange an appointment with one of our experienced tailors at a day and time to suit you and your lifestyle.

Remember - Dress for the job you want not the job you have!

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