Bespoke customer and aficionado Michael Burt is in touch to alert Richard to his qualms about outshining his less immaculately dressed superiors in the workplace:
“I have just started a new job in media. Everyone is really casual, but I like to dress smartly, in a suit. Is it bad that I look smarter than my boss? I don’t want to be the guy who everyone thinks is a bit of a dress snob and a knob.”
Over, without further ado, to Richard:
“You can see in this lovely sketch that Irene did of me pondering your question in the bespoke store that I am wearing a t-shirt. And were you able to see my feet, you would also see that I am wearing a pair of our new, nicely understated deerskin Paragon sneakers. With a smart grey flannel suit, Michael. With a suit.
Smart doesn’t mean stiff, so my advice is that you continue to turn out as you like to in a suit and so remain true to your sensibilities, but effortlessly ease into your new environment by dressing it down a bit with sneakers or a polo shirt or a t-shirt or light Merino crew neck, for example.
And, finally, don’t forget the magic powers of suede shoes, which automatically soften any look. As do suede sneakers, doubly so.”
Got a clobber conundrum of your own? Why not let Richard know about it and see if he can ride to your rescue?