A Beginners Guide to Executive Style
What is Executive Style?
First, let’s define executive style. In modern terms, it is a term used to describe clothing that is functional and appropriate for an office environment. It can also be referred to as business or corporate style. This type of clothing has been around for decades now, but it remains popular today because it is a classic look that never goes out of style. Executive style really only consists of suits and ties for men and skirts/dresses with blouses or sweaters for women – nothing too crazy! You can wear solid colors or patterns – the most important thing about executive fashion is fit! Here are some examples:
Suit vs Suit Separates
The first question most people ask themselves when they think about buying their first suit is whether they should buy one whole suit or if they should go with separates instead (pants + jacket). Both have their own advantages and disadvantages, but I prefer the latter because you get more bang for your buck! You can use your separate pieces interchangeably with each other depending on what other items you may already own in your wardrobe (i.e.: blazers/jackets). The biggest advantage to having one whole suit though would be that everything matches 100% perfectly which looks great when you want to go all out. However, I feel like this option isn’t really necessary unless you’re planning on wearing suits frequently in your line of work (i.e. He has a lot of executive presence). For the rest of us, separates are the way to go!
Checked vs Plain Suit Separates
The second question you should ask yourself is whether or not you want checks or plain suit pants. I personally prefer checks because they give your suit a more stylish look, however some people really dislike them. Ultimately it’s up to you! Personally, I think that if done correctly checks can look very sharp and professional – just watch out for overdoing it with too many colors or patterns! Now let’s move on to jackets.
Stripped vs Solid Jacket Separates
Now that we’ve established which type of pants/jackets we’d like in our suits, let’s talk about what kind of jacket(s) we want to have as well. The first thing most people will say when choosing between solid and stripped suits is that it boils down to personal preference – they’re right! There are no definite rules about whether striped suits are better than solid color suits; however there are two things you should keep in mind before purchasing one: 1) Do not buy a striped suit if your hair is not on the lighter side (i.e.: dark brown hair + dark brown jacket = bad idea), 2) do not buy an entirely stripped suit unless you have tanned skin (i.e. dark brown hair + dark brown jacket + black/gray pants = bad idea). Here are some examples of solid vs stripped suits:
Single vs Double Breasted Jacket Separates
Next question when choosing your suit is whether you want a single or double breasted jacket. Single breasted jackets are more common in executive style because they look sleek and clean, but this isn’t to say that double breasted jackets don’t have their place in executive fashion. They can be very stylish if done right! The biggest advantage to having a double breasted jacket is the fact that it gives you an opportunity to wear different types of collars with it (i.e.: spread/point/button down). I personally prefer single breasted jackets because they’re easier to wear for me, but if you want something different then go for it! Here are some examples of each type:
Now we get into the nitty gritty details about what colors and patterns we may like in our suits and pants. As I said before, there really aren’t any rules when it comes to color!