Building Your Power Suit

Building Your Power Suit

Looking for those essential suit details that create a strong, professional impression? Here’s how to build the basics of a power suit. Combine these components when you want a suit that creates an image of strength every time you wear it.

Start with dark, traditional fabric in navy or gray. Add chalk stripes or pinstripes to the weave. For a personalized touch, consider peak lapels over notched lapels, and make sure the shoulders are strong and perfectly placed.

Many power suits successfully use two-button or three-button coats, but you may want to consider a double-breasted coat. A vest also reinforces the strength of the image. A double-breasted coat with a vest underneath may not be appropriate for every occasion, but the combination is undeniable in its impact.

Once you’ve chosen the basics, turn your attention to the cut of the suit. The fit is of utmost importance—no one looks powerful in poorly fitting clothing. Your suit coat should allow ¼” to ½” of your shirt sleeve to show, and should give a similar glimpse of your shirt collar.

Add the final touch of power by choosing a high-quality tie that fits your personality and style and a coordinating pocket square, and you’ll find that you’ve created a power suit worthy of the title.

J Kent Erickson
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