If you want to make a killing, it helps if you dress the part. With Wall Street on the rise again and the national nightmare of casual Fridays far behind us, men are ditching their workweek khakis and sneakers for that alpha-male wardrobe staple: the power suit. But whereas nineties deal makers – think Leonardo DiCaprio in Scorsese's upcoming 'The Wolf of Wall Street' – favored linebacker-size shoulder pads and oversize cuts, the modern business suit is more minimal. "A suit's shoulder gives away its decade," says Nick Wooster, former Neiman Marcus fashion director. "Today's power suit is narrow and more tailored – a man doesn't want to wear a costume." Or a clownish color: Go with gray and no matter what, you'll look like a boss.
Gray flannel three-piece suit
A well-cut three-piece suit bestows gravitas the moment you toss it on. And a light, soft (not scratchy) flannel wool like this Burberry – hand-finished in Italy and interlined with natural horsehair canvas – lends itself easily to bold ties and shirts. Its versatile gray color also means you can break it up and wear the jacket, pants, and vest separately.
Sheridan suit, $2,195; Halesbury shirt, $295; and silk tie, $150, all by Burberry London; Column Wheel Chronograph by Longines, $3,300
Credit: Photograph by Jeff Ridel