Freeds Friday

SPRING HAS SPRUNG

March 20th we put away our down coats, insulated boots and warm wooly mittens as we said goodbye to Winter. In this issue, along with some help from our friends at Freeds of Windsor, we will highlight some staples that every young professional should look to add to their wardrobe.

 

Look 1: Blue 3 piece, floral tie, honey lace ups

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Suit and shirt by Soul of London, shoes by Mezlan, tie by Brand Q,

A navy suit is a 100% must item for any professional wardrobe because it can be worn for almost every occasion. The beauty of a three piece suit is that you can deconstruct it into three separate outfits (more to come on this in future posts) or wear it all at once to knock that business proposal out of the park. The floral print tie is an easy way to add some variety (the spice of life) and the spring feeling into the look. When wearing navy, try to keep shoes in the earth tone spectrum (brown, grey, green); if on a budget, go for brown or honey like the ones featured here because they can be worn with jeans and almost every colour of suit/pants. If looking to splurge, go for a brown oxford wingtip on your contemporary days and grey suede monkstraps on days where you need to make a statement.

 

Look 2: unstructured sport coat, white denim, sneakers, woven belt

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Blazer by Soul of London, white denim by Brax, mint shirt by Stefano Brunelli, woven belt by Anderson’s, sneakers by Creative Recreation.

On days and in offices where you can be more casual, being able to pair a light sport coat with a pair of jeans makes it easy to go from the office to that coffee networking date without looking out of place. The versatility of this navy blazer makes it a Business School of Syle staple for Spring. You can easily dress it up with a knitted tie and pocket square. When shopping for shirts (aside from a plain oxford), it is a good idea to add some colour, but try to avoid colours that don’t match your current wardrobe. The goal is to be able to have the right pieces so that you can esentially get dressed in the dark and not look like a fool. Here, we have a mint/blue mini-check. White denim is also a box that should be checked off when building a curated wardrobe because they can be dressed up with socks and lace ups or dressed down as seen here with a pair of sneakers. The woven belt is also a good transition piece from winter into summer and a good thing to add to the closet.

Bonus tip: wear no show socks to keep your sneakers/boat shoes from smelling

Look 3: Denim blazer, light weight chino, floral shirt, black loafers.

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Jacket by John Varvatos, floral print shirt by Bertigo, loafers by Mezlan, chinos by Mavi.

This is definitely more of a Friday look and may not work in all office settings, but the pieces are what is more important. A dark denim jacket, like this one by John Varvatos, can be worn with a dress shirt and tie or thrown over a t-shirt when running R&D on the local drink market at 2am. Chinos are essentially a dressier version of jeans. As the weather gets warmer, stay cool by wearing a light cotton chino like these grey chinos by Mavi. Not exactly business casual depending on print and size, but if paired properly with a suit and tie, a floral print shirt can allow you to show you have an appreciation for Spring and your job. Finally, you need black loafers, period.

Yours In Style,

LAPD

 

Interview with Ari Freed

The Business School of Style caught up with Freed’s of Windsor owner, Ari Freed, to discuss how the style of today’s suits differ from those of years past, and why staying up to date is important when dressing for success.

Business School of Style: Why should young professionals wear tailored suits?

Ari Freed: “Does anyone remember The Dick Van Dyke show? The fit of today’s suits are as tapered as the ones Dick wore back in the early 1960’s. Many items of today’s men’s wardrobes are quite slim and fitted in men’s fashions. In men’s clothing, particularly suits, have never been trimmer and slimmer. Your look should match your demeanor and body type and you should be dressed properly to ensure looking your best and dressing for success in representing the company you work for.”

B: What are qualities you should look for in a good tailor?

A: “If someone buys a suit off the rack at Freeds, the goal is to find the customer the best quality suit at the best price that will best suit their needs. In most stores the tailor is just one person involved in the sale. The tailor can really be your guide  to a great fit and providing outstanding alterations to your suit purchase. However, several others may play an important role in picking out the perfect suit for you. At Freeds, you could have many different people involved in the experience: the tailor, the shoe manager/buyer possibly the store owner, plus a sales associate called a haberdashery expert who can match up your shirt and tie to your suit as well. They should all take great pride in providing the ultimate in customer satisfaction during your clothing selections. In all situations these experts need to give you an honest, professional opinion on what they know and what they can share with you. They must give the customer what they are looking for, and what the most important thing is to that person. To some, they want an extremely fitted look, others want the best suit at a certain price point.  Some customers do not have a good idea of what they are looking for from fabric selection to the type of model style that best fits their body. Customers should also be given sound advice in regards to suit colors, suit patterns and suit colors.  A good Sales associate should want to give the best quality at the best  price that the customer is comfortable with. Tailors and sales associates can lend their opinion, but should be a good listener to the customer’s needs as well.”

B: What are the main alterations you need for an off the rack suit?

A: “If off the rack, the first thing to know and make sure, is that it fits your particular body type the best. Anyone purchasing a suit should work with a professional that will put you in the right brand of suit that will fit your body type the best. In terms of tailoring it comes down to personal taste. Having a 14 or 15 inch opening at the bottom of the pant leg and a shorter pant leg would provide a better fit for a client with a slim build than someone who has a larger build. With slimmer fit jackets, you need slimmer fit pants to go with it. Suppression of waist line, sleeve length to the break on the hand, (and things like the length of your pant hem) are all matters of personal preference yet trends today once again express the new fitted look. The length of today’s suit jacket is shorter than 10-15 years ago.

Now let’s distinguish between “fitted” and “tailored” suits as they are two different terms. Fitted is the new modern look, where clothing items such as pants and jackets are slimmer, shorter and fit very close to the body. Tailoring is a term that refers to how a suit is fitted or altered. Or the alterations done to make a suit fit properly. Today’s look regardless of body type is as mentioned on the more fitted side. But remember to get the right look to suit your own personal needs keep these fashion tips in mind.”

Thank you for reading, we hope this helps our readers when it comes time for them to choose the right suit for the job

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Alex of the Odette MBA class with a shortened jacket and sleeve to represent a modern look. “The look of suits today are shorter and trimmer than they have been in years”- Ari Freed

Yours in style,

LAPD

Women’s Business Wear 101

Interview

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This look is appropriate for any interview that you may have. It is simple and professional and would suit every body type.

Tiger Blazer (S56431066z) ”Tiger Emika Blazer”; Tiger Pant (S56431040z) “Tiger Macie Trouser”; 525 America Turtle Neck Tank (W6034) “525 America Sleeveless Turtleneck Sweater”; Michael Kors Watch (MK2631) “Michael Kors Slim Runway Latte Leather Strap Watch 42mm”; Necklace from Lauren Elyse

Business Casual

Pieces from the suit can be mixed with casual pieces that reflect your personal style. Blouses can be print, plain or of different fabrics. Blazers do not have to be worn because it is business casual, however you can wear sweaters or mix outerwear with your outfit.

Nicole Miller Blouse (BG10205) “Nicole Miller Anderson Tulip Print Button-up”; Tiger Pant (S56431040z) “Tiger Macie Trouser”; Michael Kors Jacket ( MF61EQY3) “Michael Kors Fringed Tweed Blazer”; 525 America Turtle Neck Tank (W6034) “525 America Sleeveless Turtleneck Sweater”; Michael Kors Watch (MK2631) “Michael Kors Slim Runway Latte Leather Strap Watch 42mm”

Work to Evening

Take an outfit from work to evening wear by losing the blazer, adding a couple of fun jewelry pieces and swapping out your work bag with a small clutch or cross body.

John & Jen Dress (F634DR3) “John & Jenn Ilya Knit Dress”; Tiger Blazer (S56431066z) ”Tiger Emika Blazer”; Michael Kors Bracelet(MKJ3509710) “Michael Kors Matchstick Pave Gold-tone Cuff”; Necklace from Lauren Elyse

Yours in style,

LAPD