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.
The wide peak lapel was a staple of Atlantic City gangsters, and those guys were onto something: The V shape makes you look as though you're in charge, even if you're the new guy. Today's version strikes the same masculine vibe but is slimmer and best served with a narrow tie, small-collar shirt, and simple, classic shoes (like laceless monk-strap loafers). This mod-style Calvin Klein Collection wool suit is the opposite of over-the-top excess but still conveys power.
Peak-lapel gray suit, $1,350, and shirt, $250, both by Calvin Klein Collection; pencil-stripe tie, $15, and linen pocket square, $10, both by Tie Bar; shoes by Jack Erwin, $195; socks by Pantherella, $30
Credit: Photograph by Jeff Ridel