Christiaan Lam – over de dagelijkse avonturen van een mobiele manager
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Double Windsor tie knotLast edition of the managementteam magazine featured a special about suits and fashion… and ties. Some of the experts there made the following statements:
– chalkstripe suits are ‘out’, unicolor suits are in;
full windsor tie knot is out, half windsor tie knot is in;’
– single button jacket is out, twobutton jacket is in.

Not that I am obstinate of course, but I really disagree. Especially about the tie! The half-knot just looks so… unfinished. And a fashionable wide collared custom fitted handmade shirt really needs a large knot (the proverbial Pim Fortuyn tie). Who made that critic an expert anyway!?

I can agree however about the suits, because everybody has one (a chalk-stripe suit that is) and I have no opinion whatsoever on the jacket since I seldomly wear one. And there I was planning to buy my new suit as a chalk-striped one. Doh!

My own list for looking welldressed does not necessarily include a tie though. I usually adhere to the following (or try to, at least):
– shirts should be italian style, slim or extra slim, wide collared (no button-down collar!);
– sleeves are french cuff;
– if you are warm or sweaty, leave the tie, unbutton something, anything, but do _not_ wear short sleeves; that is so supermarket-manager;
– a striped shirt warrants a unicolor tie, and vice versa;
– black shoes go with anthracite and grey suits, brown shoes go with brown and blue suits.

Combined with the advice of the experts, we should be able to look representational.


1 CatsEye { 10.04.07 at 8:09 }

There will always be a fierce discussion about fashion and suits especially. But is it possible to define an unique style, a combination of clothing that is appropriate for everybody? I think otherwise.

In my opinion the way you dress is depended on the specific function and image you (want to) have. Look for example at Jonas Ridderstrale, an international business consultant who speaks at large conferences and board level. Never have I seen him wearing a tie, and if he does, it will not support him image to think differently. And what about people like Steve Jobs, complete with jeans and sneakers?

So, it’s not truly the style you wear, or if you complete your suit with a tie, but how you want to present your self to the people you meet. But the conclusion still stands… you should be able to look representational.

2 Christiaan { 10.04.07 at 9:41 }

You are, of course, right.

What I am trying to accomplish is that people start thinking about ‘the picture as a whole’ and not just the ‘are you wearing a tie or not’ part.

Indeed you should wear what fits you. :)

3 Bosmasan { 10.05.07 at 16:11 }

About the shoes… On the colors I agree with you, but I have my doubts about tigerprints and-so-on… Most important however is to polish them once in a while, otherwise you mess-up the whole thing. And do wear socks, and not the short ones!

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