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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.

Job interview

Mens suit and clothing - De Fursac 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. 

Navy blue coat - De Fursac mens coat 19HM3OTEM-MM22/30 Men's wool and cashmere broadcloth coat 19HM3OTEM-MM22/30

Coat Navy blue

Wool and cashmere broadcloth

Sizes: 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58

€595

Midnight blue - Floral Jacquard regular fit tie - De Fursac mens tie 19HF2OTIE-JR19/31 Men's silk jacquard tie 19HF2OTIE-JR19/31

Tie - Regular Midnight blue - Floral Jacquard

Silk Jacquard

One size

€85

White - Royal blue stripes french collar shirt - De Fursac mens shirt 19HH3OXAN-OH23/36 Men's egyptian cotton poplin shirt 19HH3OXAN-OH23/36

Shirt with French collar White - Royal blue stripes

Egyptian cotton poplin

Sizes: 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45

€135

Navy blue - Prince of Wales slim fit suit - De Fursac mens suit 19HC3ILYA-OC50/31 Men's super 140s wool suit 19HC3ILYA-OC50/31

Slim fit suit Navy blue - Prince of Wales

Super 140s wool

Sizes: 44 46 48 50 52 54 56

€795

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First days in the office

First days in the office advice: De Fursac mens suit and clothing

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. 

Navy blue trench coat - De Fursac mens trench coat 19HM3OTIS-OM15/31 Men's technical cotton gabardine trench coat 19HM3OTIS-OM15/31

Trench coat Navy blue

Technical cotton gabardine

Sizes: 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58

€545

White - Pink Bengal stripes french collar shirt - De Fursac mens shirt 19HH3OXAN-OH04/70 Men's egyptian cotton poplin shirt 19HH3OXAN-OH04/70

Shirt with French collar White - Pink Bengal stripes

Egyptian cotton poplin

Sizes: 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45

€135

Flecked grey - Houndstooth motif slim fit suit - De Fursac mens suit 19HC3OLFA-OC06/24 Men's istretch wool suit 19HC3OLFA-OC06/24

Slim fit suit Flecked grey - Houndstooth motif

IStretch wool

Sizes: 44 46 48 50 52 54 56

€695

Smooth brown leather belt - De Fursac mens belt PERE2CEIN-NE01/18 Men's calf leather belt PERE2CEIN-NE01/18

Belt Smooth brown leather

Calf leather

Sizes: 80 85 90 95 100 105 110

€165

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Business lunch

De Fursac mens clothing - Business lunch advice

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…

Carbon blue - Marled Prince of Wales slim fit suit - De Fursac mens suit 19HC3ILYA-OC08/32 Men's itravel wool suit 19HC3ILYA-OC08/32

Slim fit suit Carbon blue - Marled Prince of Wales

ITravel wool

Sizes: 44 46 48 50 52 54 56

€745

White small french collar shirt - De Fursac mens shirt PEMH3ODIN-E005/01 Men's egyptian cotton twill shirt PEMH3ODIN-E005/01

Shirt with hidden placket White

Egyptian cotton twill

Sizes: 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45

€135

Navy blue - "Drip" print pocket square - De Fursac mens pocket square PERD2POCH-B222/30 Men's silk pocket square PERD2POCH-B222/30

Pocket square Navy blue - "Drip" print

Silk

One size

€55

Navy blue coat - De Fursac mens coat 19HM3OLGA-E307/30 Men's wool broadcloth coat 19HM3OLGA-E307/30

Short coat Navy blue

Wool broadcloth

Sizes: 44 46 48 50 52 54 56

€625

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Lunch at the club

De Fursac Lunch at the club - Mens suit and clothing

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. 

Camel - Chequerboard motif slim fit jacket - De Fursac mens jacket 19HV3ILAN-OV25/65 Men's wool jacket 19HV3ILAN-OV25/65

Slim fit jacket Camel - Chequerboard motif

Wool

Sizes: 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60

€535

Chalk chino trousers - De Fursac mens chino trousers 19HP3OKIA-E721/03 Men's emerised cotton chino trousers 19HP3OKIA-E721/03

Chino trousers Chalk

Emerised cotton

Sizes: 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50

€195

Indigo blue other collars shirt - De Fursac mens shirt 19HH3OPON-OH34/32 Men's cotton flannel shirt 19HH3OPON-OH34/32

Shirt with American collar Indigo blue

Cotton flannel

Sizes: S M L XL

€145

Bottle green trousers - De Fursac mens trousers 19HP3ORLY-OX16/41 Men's corduroy trousers 19HP3ORLY-OX16/41

Trousers Bottle green

Corduroy

Sizes: 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50

€225

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