Is That A Suit Or A Sack of Potatoes? Plus, Shine Good; Fire Bad!

Hello again, friends.  I hope you will forgive my being so forward but today I have asked The Princess to indulge me as I clear the air on some troubling issues.  As the Princess Consort I feel it is my obligation to use the bully pulpit you have entrusted to us.

Courtesy AP Photo

Courtesy AP Photo

These are perilous times.  We’re watching the economy implode as decent people are thrown out of their jobs and houses.  In many cases that turmoil is a direct result of knuckleheaded, greedy executives who should know better than to make some of the decisions they’ve been making.  If you are one of the unfortunate thousands who soon will be polishing up the resume and honing those interview skills then it might be a good time to review how you can look your best even when you’re in the middle of a ****storm.  This post is directed to the males; The Princess is better skilled at addressing the females who find themselves in this same unfortunate situation.  We’ll make this short and to the point.

Let’s start with the business suit.  Here is a succinct explanation from Esquire magazine of how your suit should fit.  Your tailor (and you should at least have a passing acquaintance with one) can work wonders for you.

1. Shoulder pads end with your shoulders.

2. Your flat hand should slip easily into your suit under the lapels when the top (or middle) button is fastened. If you put a fist in, the suit should pull at the button.

3. The top button of a two-button suit — or the middle button of a three-button suit — should not fall below your navel.

4. With your arms at your sides, your knuckles should be even with the bottom of your jacket.

5. Jacket sleeves should fall where the base of your thumb meets your wrist.

6. Between a quarter and a half inch of shirt cuff should be visible.

7. One inch of break.

Suit and photo by Ermenegildo Zegna.

Give your tailor a halfway decent suit with which to work.  You can’t go too far wrong in an interview situation while wearing suits from Brooks Brothers or Hickey Freeman.

I have to confess I have a weakness for well-made dress shirts.  I’ve made no secret of my fondness for Charles Tyrwhitt in London.  But a good tailor again can give you a custom look with an off-the-rack shirt.  When I read these tips I shook my head and marveled at the simplicity of it all.  I think you will too.

Lastly, shine your shoes.  I know it’s a cliche but a shoe polished to a mirror finish will make a lasting impression.  Someone once told me the only way to achieve a high gloss was using fire.  Not necessarily so.  You’ll have to work at it but after reading this step-by-step guide from our friends at the BBC you’ll be willing and able to put the finishing touches on your overall look.

You’ll look great.  Anybody would be fortunate to have someone as well put together as you join their firm.  Soon you’ll be facing the decision of whether or not they deserve you.

Thank you for your time and attention.  Now please enjoy the musical stylings of The Troggs and remember we have two-for-one drink specials until 9pm.


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3 responses to “Is That A Suit Or A Sack of Potatoes? Plus, Shine Good; Fire Bad!

  1. I imagine that you two must be hilarious in person.

    Your both really good writers, and I can just see you playing off of each other in conversation.

    Oh what it must be like to know the Princess and the Consort! 🙂

  2. Bravo, consort! Well said, more bully pulpit, I like it!

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