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Elegance can never replace competence. But it might help to compensate incompetence… For a business lunch, a job interview or a lunch at the club, wear the right suit with the right shirt and accessorise with the right tie. Never overdo it. And that’s the hardest part. Note by Marc Beaugé.

Mens suit and clothing - De Fursac Job interview

Job interview

You have to do it well without overdoing it. Just like your words, your style must convey control, ease, simplicity but without arrogance or superficiality.

Being clearly less well dressed than the person in front of you is a mistake. As is being much better dressed. You have to play it equal.  You’ve got to look like him.

In a classic business environment the natural choice is a plain weave suit in grey or navy with no frills. Add a sky blue or stripy white shirt (a plain white shirt is too formal) and a dark tie (navy if your suit is grey, grey if your suit is navy).

Avoid cufflinks, pocket squares, gold watches and any other stockbroker accessories if possible. You’re not the boss yet, even though you undoubtedly will be.

In the meantime carefully polish your shoes. It’s said that recruiters are very attentive to applicants’ shoes. And we think that’s probably true. 

Charcoal grey - Plain serge slim fit jacket PERV3ILYA-F530/21 - De Fursac mens jacket PERV3ILYA-F530/21 Men's super 140s aaaaa wool jacket PERV3ILYA-F530/21

Slim fit jacket Charcoal grey - Plain serge

Super 140s AAAAA wool

Sizes: 44 46 48 50 52 54 56

€520

White - Blue pinstripes small french collar shirt 17HH3NIKO-C006/38 - De Fursac mens shirt 17HH3NIKO-C006/38 Men's egyptian cotton poplin shirt 17HH3NIKO-C006/38

Shirt with small French collar White - Blue pinstripes

Egyptian cotton poplin

Sizes: 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45

€135

Charcoal grey - Plain serge trousers PERP3ILYS-F530/21 - De Fursac mens trousers PERP3ILYS-F530/21 Men's super 140s aaaaa wool trousers PERP3ILYS-F530/21

Slim fit trousers Charcoal grey - Plain serge

Super 140s AAAAA wool

Sizes: 37 39 41 43 45 47 49

€225

Carbon blue - Fantasy Jacquard regular fit tie 17HF2CRAV-KR22/32 - De Fursac mens tie 17HF2CRAV-KR22/32 Men's silk jacquard tie 17HF2CRAV-KR22/32

Tie - Regular Carbon blue - Fantasy Jacquard

Silk Jacquard

One size

€85

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First days in the office

Look around you. Observe the customs and the suits of the company. Who’s wearing the tie? The boss, the executives, everyone? Who’s wearing jeans ? Nobody? Your new work colleagues will be observing you too and won’t hesitate to point out any sartorial mishaps.

Learn the codes and put them into practise. But don’t trip into any prevailing bad tastes. Do most of your colleagues wear a black suit? A black suit is not a work suit, don’t go there.

Some of them like matching tie, shirt and even a pocket square? You’re worth more than that. Lots of them wear their tie casually loose trying to look cool? You don’t need to give yourself any airs.

You are cool. Your sky blue or pinstripe or checked shirts are cool. Your silk knitted ties are cool. Your jeans, perfectly cut and wholly correct with a textured jacket in flannel or tweed, are cool. Your beige or navy chinos are cool, for the summer.

And once the preliminaries are over, everyone will have noticed. 

First days in the office advice: De Fursac mens suit and clothing
Charcoal grey - Bird's eye slim fit suit 17HC3ILYA-JC62/22 - De Fursac mens suit 17HC3ILYA-JC62/22 Men's super 140s aaaaa wool suit 17HC3ILYA-JC62/22

Slim fit suit Charcoal grey - Bird's eye

Super 140s AAAAA wool

Sizes: 44 46 48 50 52 54 56

€765

White - Sky blue pinstripes small french collar shirt 17HH3NIKO-D010/38 - De Fursac mens shirt 17HH3NIKO-D010/38 Men's egyptian cotton poplin shirt 17HH3NIKO-D010/38

Shirt with small French collar White - Sky blue pinstripes

Egyptian cotton poplin

Sizes: 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45

€135

Navy blue - Club stripes regular fit tie 17HF2CRAV-KR42/30 - De Fursac mens tie 17HF2CRAV-KR42/30 Men's wool and silk tie 17HF2CRAV-KR42/30

Tie - Regular Navy blue - Club stripes

Wool and silk

One size

€85

Navy blue cardigan cardigan 17HA2KITY-CA03/30 - De Fursac mens cardigan 17HA2KITY-CA03/30 Men's extra fine merino wool cardigan 17HA2KITY-CA03/30

Cardigan Navy blue

Extra fine merino wool

Sizes: S M L XL

€215

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De Fursac mens clothing - Business lunch advice

Business lunch

It’s not going to be easy changing in the office toilets just before going out to lunch. So in the morning between throwing back your coffee and hunting for your phone (have you looked under the sofa cushions?) take care how you dress.

And ask yourself the right questions. Where are you eating? In a café, an upscale restaurant, that trendy new bistro? And more importantly who are you eating with? A woman, a man? A client that needs to be seduced? Or a supplier whose prices you want to lower? If you want to seduce, pull out all the stops. Show them that business is good. After all they only lend to the rich… A suit with two buttons, white shirt, silk tie, cufflinks, pocket square. Seriously, go for it. However if you want prices lowered then do the opposite, go minimal. Zero accessories, even forget the tie. If the suit is creased that’s even better. For once. Take that heavy watch off your wrist. And make sure your tan lines don’t give the game away…

Steel blue - Prince of Wales slim fit suit 17HC3FOBG-F521/38 - De Fursac mens suit 17HC3FOBG-F521/38 Men's "itravel" wool suit 17HC3FOBG-F521/38

3-piece slim fit suit Steel blue - Prince of Wales

"iTravel" wool

Sizes: 44 46 48 50 52 54 56

€885

White - Geometric print pocket square PERD2POCH-I230/30 - De Fursac mens pocket square PERD2POCH-I230/30 Men's silk pocket square PERD2POCH-I230/30

Pocket square White - Geometric print

Silk

One size

€55

White - Blue pinstripes small french collar shirt 17HH3NIKO-C006/38 - De Fursac mens shirt 17HH3NIKO-C006/38 Men's egyptian cotton poplin shirt 17HH3NIKO-C006/38

Shirt with small French collar White - Blue pinstripes

Egyptian cotton poplin

Sizes: 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45

€135

Burgundy - "Circles" pattern regular fit tie 17HF2CRAV-KR45/74 - De Fursac mens tie 17HF2CRAV-KR45/74 Men's silk tie 17HF2CRAV-KR45/74

Tie - Regular Burgundy - "Circles" pattern

Silk

One size

€85

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Lunch at the club

Unlike a business lunch, lunch at the club is a moment of down-time between colleagues. Take the same attitude with your attire. Enjoy. Relax.

The simplest option is taking off your tie, losing the jacket and rolling up your shirt sleeves. But it’s not impossible either to think of your day’s outfit in relation to this lunch. Especially if it’s on a Friday.

Move away from the suit and, during winter months, slip on a textured jacket in flannel or tweed, and wear it with a well-cut pair of jeans. A round-neck sweater and Oxford shirt underneath will do nicely if it’s really cold. The shoes could be in suede.

For summer put on a deconstructed and unlined jacket in cotton and wear it with a pair of beige or navy chinos. Or white jeans if you dare. Complete the look with a polo or chambray shirt. Slide your sunglasses into the breast pocket of your jacket… You won’t be back at your desk before 4pm, that’s for sure. 

De Fursac Lunch at the club - Mens suit and clothing
Medium grey slim fit jacket 17HV3ICAT-A611/29 - De Fursac mens jacket 17HV3ICAT-A611/29 Men's wool tweed jacket 17HV3ICAT-A611/29

Slim fit jacket Medium grey

Wool tweed

Sizes: 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58

€485

Green - Two-toned stripes french collar shirt 17HH3KPON-KH02/40 - De Fursac mens shirt 17HH3KPON-KH02/40 Men's cotton twil shirt 17HH3KPON-KH02/40

Casual shirt with French collar Green - Two-toned stripes

Cotton twil

Sizes: 37 38 39 40 41 42 43

€155

Midnight blue trousers 17HP3IKIA-E721/98 - De Fursac mens trousers 17HP3IKIA-E721/98 Men's emerised cotton trousers 17HP3IKIA-E721/98

Chino trousers Midnight blue

Emerised cotton

Sizes: 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50

€195

Ecru - Red embroidery pocket square PERD2POCH-B220/71 - De Fursac mens pocket square PERD2POCH-B220/71 Men's linen pocket square PERD2POCH-B220/71

Pocket square Ecru - Red embroidery

Linen

One size

€55

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