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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 - Fantasy print regular fit tie - De Fursac mens tie 19EF2CRAV-NR12/30 Men's madder silk tie 19EF2CRAV-NR12/30

Tie - Regular Navy blue - Fantasy print

Madder silk

One size

€59.50

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

Shoes Brown

Polished calf leather

Sizes: 40 41 42 43 44 45 46

€425

Iris blue - Micro design slim fit suit - De Fursac mens suit 19EC3ILYA-NC06/35 Men's super 130s wool suit 19EC3ILYA-NC06/35

Slim fit suit Iris blue - Micro design

Super 130s wool

Sizes: 44 46 48 50 52 54 56

€497

Medium grey - End-on-end jacket - De Fursac mens jacket 19EV3ILYA-F567/24 Men's itravel wool jacket 19EV3ILYA-F567/24

Slim fit jacket Medium grey - End-on-end

ITravel wool

Sizes:

€279

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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. 

Petrol blue slim fit jacket - De Fursac mens jacket 19EV3FOGG-NX19/32 Men's weaved cotton jacket 19EV3FOGG-NX19/32

Slim fit jacket Petrol blue

Weaved cotton

Sizes: 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58

€225

Blue - "Rings" print accessory - De Fursac mens accessory 19ED2FOUL-NR75/60 Men's madder silk accessory 19ED2FOUL-NR75/60

Scarf Blue - "Rings" print

Madder silk

One size

€101.50

White trousers - De Fursac mens trousers 19EP3NOFE-NX20/01 Men's cotton and elastane denim trousers 19EP3NOFE-NX20/01

Trousers White

Cotton and elastane denim

Sizes: 36 38 40 42 44 46 48

€175

Navy blue round collar sweater - De Fursac mens sweater 19EA2NITT-NA07/30 Men's wool and cotton sweater 19EA2NITT-NA07/30

Round neck sweater Navy blue

Wool and cotton

Sizes: XS S M L XL XXL

€117

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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…

White small french collar shirt - De Fursac mens shirt PEMH3IGOR-I003/01 Men's egyptian cotton weaved shirt PEMH3IGOR-I003/01

Shirt with hidden placket White

Egyptian cotton weaved

Sizes: 37 38 39 40 41 42 43 44 45

€145

Blue - "Rings" print accessory - De Fursac mens accessory 19ED1POCH-NR75/60 Men's madder silk accessory 19ED1POCH-NR75/60

Pocket square Blue - "Rings" print

Madder silk

One size

€42

Indigo blue - Prince of Wales slim fit suit - De Fursac mens suit 19EC3FOBG-NC12/34 Men's virgin wool suit 19EC3FOBG-NC12/34

Suit with waistcoat Indigo blue - Prince of Wales

Virgin wool

Sizes: 44 46 48 50 52 54 56

€605.50

Silvery cufflinks - De Fursac mens cufflinks PERD2BOUT-C904/91 Men's brass palladium finish cufflinks PERD2BOUT-C904/91

Cufflinks Silvery

Brass palladium finish

One size

€95

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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. 

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

Flecked slate blue - Fantasy weaved slim fit jacket - De Fursac mens jacket 19EV3NOEL-LV08/34 Men's virgin wool and linen jacket 19EV3NOEL-LV08/34

Slim fit jacket Flecked slate blue - Fantasy weaved

Virgin wool and linen

Sizes: 44 46 48 50 52 54 56 58

€339.50

Cognac collar neck polo shirt - De Fursac mens polo shirt 19EA2LIRO-NA01/58 Men's cotton and cashmere polo shirt 19EA2LIRO-NA01/58

Polo shirt Cognac

Cotton and cashmere

Sizes: S M L XL

€122.50

White trousers - De Fursac mens trousers 19EP3NOFE-NX20/01 Men's cotton and elastane denim trousers 19EP3NOFE-NX20/01

Trousers White

Cotton and elastane denim

Sizes: 36 38 40 42 44 46 48

€175

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