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.
Stockbrokers' pinstripes were once famously cartoonish – padded shoulders and generous cuts teetering dangerously close to David Byrne excess. By contrast, this updated version from Ralph Lauren Purple Label comes in lightweight wool and has a softer, more low-key shoulder. Since your suit is already sporting stripes, try pairing it with patterned ties. Dots look good right now.
Pinstripe suit (sold as a three-piece), $4,995; French-cuff dress shirt, $450; satin tie, $155, all by Ralph Lauren Purple Label. Linen pocket square by Polo Ralph Lauren, $50
Credit: Photograph by Jeff Ridel