How to impress at an interview; all you need to travel in style; and the formal dressing faux pas you’ll want to avoid: we tackle some of your trickiest sartorial questions
Q: Do my tie and pocket square need to match? I’ve seen conflicting reports.
A: Unless the look you’re going for is political party conference circa 1997, matching your pocket square to your tie is a bit of a fashion misstep. Instead, feel free to experiment. Consider picking two matching or complementary colours as the base from which to introduce contrasting patterns and designs such as checks or polka dots. If that all sounds a bit much, a crisp white handkerchief goes with everything, or pick up one of our handy tie and pocket square sets to get it right first time.
Q: I’ve got a job interview at a company with a more relaxed dress code. I’d normally wear a suit to work, so what are my options?
A: Office attire tends to be less strict nowadays, but there are limits. Don’t depart too far from the familiar blazer and trousers combo but rather than going full-on formal, mix and match your jacket and slacks. Ditch the tie and consider smart denim as a great partner to a sharp textured blazer. An Oxford-collar shirt still feels professional, while swapping your black leather shoes and accessories for oxblood or tan styles will bring the tonal look together.
Q: I’m flying long-haul this summer and want my journey to be as comfy as possible – any tips?
A: While we could suggest kicking back in your jim-jams, it’s not a great look once you’ve arrived at your destination. Travel instead in classic pieces that have built-in tech for comfort on the go. Our Active Waistband trousers have integrated elastic for ease of movement, while lightweight, breathable shirts will stop you overheating mid-flight. Loafers slip off easily at airport security, while packing a pair of soft cashmere socks will make padding about the cabin a pleasure.
Photographer: Blair Getz Mezibov Stylist: David Nolan Groomer: Tim Pateman Model: Richard Ampaw at Select