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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. 

Men's suit grey itravel wool De Fursac - 19HC3ILYA-OC44/22 Men's suit De Fursac - 19HC3ILYA-OC44/22

Slim fit suit Grey - Marled Prince of Wales

ITravel wool

Sizes: 44 46 48 50 52 54 56

€725

Men's shoes brown polished calf leather De Fursac - PERLDERBY-EC02/18 Men's shoes De Fursac - PERLDERBY-EC02/18

Shoes Brown

Polished calf leather

Sizes: 40 41 42 43 44 45 46

€425

Men's shirt white egyptian cotton De Fursac - 19HH3OXAN-OH27/37 Men's shirt De Fursac - 19HH3OXAN-OH27/37

Shirt with French collar White - Peacock blue stripes

Egyptian cotton

Sizes: 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45

€135

Men's tie midnight blue silk jacquard De Fursac - 19HF2OTIE-JR19/31 Men's tie De Fursac - 19HF2OTIE-JR19/31

Tie - Regular Midnight blue - Floral Jacquard

Silk Jacquard

One size

€85

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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. 

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

Chino trousers Chalk

Emerised cotton

Sizes: 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50

€195

Men's jacket blue and grey wool, cotton and cashmere De Fursac - 19HV3ICAT-OV01/32 Men's jacket De Fursac - 19HV3ICAT-OV01/32

Slim fit blazer Blue and grey - Basket weave

Wool, cotton and cashmere

Sizes: 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58

€495

Men's pocket square ecru linen De Fursac - PERD2POCH-B220/71 Men's pocket square De Fursac - PERD2POCH-B220/71

Pocket square Ecru - Red embroidery

Linen

One size

€55

Men's sweater sapphire blue wool and cashmere De Fursac - 19HA2KROU-KA01/34 Men's sweater De Fursac - 19HA2KROU-KA01/34

Roll neck sweater Sapphire blue

Wool and cashmere

Sizes: S M L XL XXL

€225

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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…

Men's suit indigo blue itravel wool De Fursac - 19HC3ILYA-OC08/32 Men's suit De Fursac - 19HC3ILYA-OC08/32

Slim fit suit Indigo blue - Marled Prince of Wales

ITravel wool

Sizes: 44 46 48 50 52 54 56

€745

Men's pocket square navy blue silk De Fursac - PERD2POCH-B222/30 Men's pocket square De Fursac - PERD2POCH-B222/30

Pocket square Navy blue - "Drip" print

Silk

One size

€55

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

Trench coat Navy blue

Technical cotton gabardine

Sizes: 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58

€545

Men's shirt white egyptian cotton twill De Fursac - PEMH3ODIN-E005/01 Men's shirt De Fursac - PEMH3ODIN-E005/01

Shirt with hidden placket White

Egyptian cotton twill

Sizes: 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45

€135

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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. 

Men's shirt indigo blue egyptian cotton De Fursac - 19HH3OPON-OH34/32 Men's shirt De Fursac - 19HH3OPON-OH34/32

Shirt with American collar Indigo blue

Egyptian cotton

Sizes: S M L XL

€145

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

Chino trousers Chalk

Emerised cotton

Sizes: 36 38 40 42 44 46 48 50

€195

Men's jacket camel wool De Fursac - 19HV3ILAN-OV25/65 Men's jacket De Fursac - 19HV3ILAN-OV25/65

Slim fit blazer Camel - Chequerboard motif

Wool

Sizes: 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58 60

€535

Men's shoes brown polished calf leather De Fursac - PERLDERBY-EC02/18 Men's shoes De Fursac - PERLDERBY-EC02/18

Shoes Brown

Polished calf leather

Sizes: 40 41 42 43 44 45 46

€425

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