Men dress to impress as markets fall.
A new trend in mens fashion is being seen in London. Saville Row tailors report a move away from conspicuous consumption. Bespoke customers are moving away from brash chalk stripes into plains, soft herringbone and light sharkskin fabrics. There appears to be no slowdown in the bespoke market.
Across London elegant, serious suits are making a return. The hedge fund fashion for dressing down is being subtly replaced as men seek to dress to impress. There is a feeling if you are casual in your clothes then you are casual in your job.
Suits return to having cuffs with working buttons, and excessive features such as large collars are on the way out. In the High Street with Marble Arch Marks and Spencer capturing the likes of Saville Row Tailor Timothy Everest the style stakes are higher.
English tailoring is world famous but in recent years softer more fluid shapes from Europe were widely observed. Now the streets of London have returned to a more classic look as men strive to look good in the workplace.
Many men are now seeking the services of an Image Consultant or Personal Shopper as they increasingly realise that how they present themselves will be key to keeping their job or in trying to get a new one. First impressions count, people make decisions on us in the first 30 seconds. You do not get another chance to make a good first impression.