It is an undeniable fact that dressing well can make you feel good about yourself. Why is that so?
First, there’s the postivie mental payoff you get after putting some thought, time and effort into something – in this case yourself. Carefully planning out and selecting an outfit that hits all the right notes and just plain “works” is extremely satisfying.
Next, there’s the transformative element of style. The clothes you choose to wear tell a story about you. They broadcast who you are, what you think of yourself, what group you belong to, what group you’d like to belong to or who you’d like to be.
When you’re talking about feeling powerful or like you’re in charge, nothing fits that bill more than a classic navy pinstripe suit.
Pinstripes always conjure images of executives and bankers – men who generally have more power (and money) than they know what to do with. A pinstripe suit is such a “boss” look because it is a bold and assertive pattern. It takes some huevos to wear a pattern like that head to toe. Luckily, you don’t need to be Gordon Gekko to wear a pinstripe suit.
Though there’s always the possibility of playing down the “bossiness” of a pinstripe suit, I always prefer to play it up with strong accompaniments.
And it doesn’t get much stronger than a contrast collar bengal stripe shirt with a collar bar. And nothing is a more natural fit around the neck than a bold red power tie.