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April 12, 2016

4 Spring Business Meeting Outfits: Creative or Conservative, You’ll Fit Right In

“The Business Meeting Outfit Guide for Spring: Look Professional, and Seasonally Appropriate” is the topic of this week’s Clothes & Conversation. From the initial handshake, we know the importance of that crucial first impression. You’ll surely capture the room with what you say, and we’re here to make sure that what you wear holds up just as well.
If you like something, just click on the “Shop It” button to buy it from our suggested retailer. And let us know what you think through the comments section below and on social media. Whatever the occasion, we’ve got you covered.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/lubiam-classic-fit-cotton-linen-blazer/4247368
Why is it a Find? A sport coat in a Summer fabric that is less structured is a perfect choice for a business meeting. And this cotton and linen one from Lubiam is one of our favorite Finds. Lubiam, an Italian manufacturer, has mastered the art of making a jacket that fits like a fully constructed garment, but actually has less construction. What’s that mean? The result is an exceedingly comfortable, yet perfectly fitting, sport coat with a modern attitude. The cotton and linen fabric is ideal for warm weather and can easily be dressed up or dressed down.
Wear it with: The tan color is so easy to accessorize. As shown, it looks great with a white shirt and tie for a polished business look. The neutral color works with any color or pattern tie – and the same is true for the shirt you wear with it. If you’re not wearing a tie, punch up your look with a pattern shirt in your favorite Summer colors. Add grey lightweight wool pants for a more formal look, or twill ones for a more casual feel. Medium or dark wash jean looks great, too.
Fit Tip: The fit is contemporary, creating a sleek and polished look.
Alternatives: If you prefer an easier fit, Peter Millar’s tan linen sport coat can be worn the same way.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Zachary-Prell-Slub-Knit-Jacket-W-Pocket-Navy/prod185580097_cat48730756__/p.prod Zachary Prell - Slub-Knit Jacket W/Pocket
Zachary Prell - Slub-Knit Jacket W/Pocket
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Zachary Prell - Slub-Knit Jacket W/Pocket
Slub-Knit Jacket W/Pocket
Zachary Prell
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CREATIVE BUSINESS OUTFIT #1
Why is it a Find? This Zachary Prell blazer is actually made of a really cool, slub cotton knit fabric, so it gives a gent that professional look without being stuffy or too formal. The shoulders have a soft construction for a great fit and the inside seams have contrast taping for a finished look.
Wear it with: This jacket looks just as good with dress shirt and twill pants, as we’re showing you today, as it does with a grey or navy t-shirt and dark wash or broken-in jeans. You can even dress it up further by adding a tie with a solid shirt.
Fit Tip: The fit is contemporary, for a truly updated look.
Alternatives: If you prefer an easier fit, Greyers' French terry blazer is a great alternative with a bit more casual appearance.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shirts/secretwash/PRDOVR~E7870/E7870.jsp J.Crew - Secret Wash Shirt in Pink Check
J.Crew - Secret Wash Shirt in Pink Check
Why is it a Find? J.Crew’s soft blue and pink plaid/check pattern shirt looks great with the blue jacket featured in this outfit. While classic, the pattern is trend right and keeps the outfit modern.
Wear it with: When you’re not wearing this shirt with the jacket and twill pants we’re showing here, it’s great on its own with your favorite jeans.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern, looking good on most gents.
Alternatives: If you prefer a trimmer, more contemporary fit, go with Faherty’s pattern shirt in shades of blue and pale orange.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/joes-brixton-slim-fit-cotton-twill-pants/3747164 Joe's Jeans - Brixton Slim Fit Cotton Twill Pants
Joe's Jeans - Brixton Slim Fit Cotton Twill Pants
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Joe's Jeans - Brixton Slim Fit Cotton Twill Pants
Brixton Slim Fit Cotton Twill Pants
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Why is it a Find? Cotton twill pants, cut like your favorite jeans, steps up the look of denim for a more professional air. This pair, from Joe’s, is the perfect shade of taupe that works really well with the blue jacket in this look.
Wear it with: The neutral color will go with everything, well beyond the jacket/shirt combination we’re showing today. Wear them to the office or out to dinner with any button up shirt, sweater, or sport coat. On weekends, they’re an easy finish to all of your t-shirts and polos.
Fit Tip: Joes’ Brixton fit is modern and their most popular. It is good for most gents, with an updated look that is not too trim.
Alternatives: If you already have a great pair of tan jeans, these come in some other versatile colors through the ‘shop it’ button, too.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/nate-belt/4216380 Trafalagar - Nate Leather Belt
Trafalagar - Nate Leather Belt
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Why is it a Find? The natural tan color of this raw Italian bridle leather belt from Trafalgar works nicely with the lighter tones of this outfit. The burnished edges and nickel buckle give it a rugged look that is still business appropriate.
Wear it with: The lighter color and gently broken-in look easily coordinates with all of your cotton twill pants and shorts.
Fit Tip: True to size. Tip: Most gents buy a belt one waist size up from their pant size.
http://www.hugoboss.com/us/'gordon'-regular-fit%2C-cotton-linen-dress-shirt/hbna50310424.html BOSS Hugo Boss - Gordon Cotton Linen Dress Shirt
BOSS Hugo Boss - Gordon Cotton Linen Dress Shirt
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Gordon Cotton Linen Dress Shirt
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CREATIVE BUSINESS OUTFIT #2
Why is it a Find? Oftentimes, a great looking button up shirt can be the key to a casual business outfit. This blue gingham check from Hugo Boss is a winner for a key meeting or any office day. The cross-stitch fabric creates a beautifully textured look that, along with the rich grey buttons and updated spread collar, stands out in pure sophistication.
Wear it with: The cotton and linen blend fabric is perfect for warm Summer days and creates a nice balance to charcoal or dark blue wool dress pants, like we’re showing in this outfit. Flat front cotton pants and dark wash jeans look just as good, for a casual office or evening look.
Alternatives: If you prefer an easier fit, you can’t go wrong with Robert Graham blue Tattersall check pattern.
http://www.hugoboss.com/us/'gibson'-slim-fit%2C-stretch-virgin-wool-dress-pants-/hbna50253454.html BOSS Hugo Boss - Gibson Stretch Virgin Wool Dress Pants
BOSS Hugo Boss - Gibson Stretch Virgin Wool Dress Pants
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Gibson Stretch Virgin Wool Dress Pants
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Why is it a Find? Khaki’s and jeans have become the norm in the office, and sometimes that’s a good enough reason to make a statement with a dressier look. So do it with thwaw rich dark blue trousers from Hugo Boss.
Wear it with: The beautifully deep blue is not quite black, and perfect with the featured shirt in this outfit. Really, they’re a dapper option for any shirt with a more sophisticated pattern. They are also a good mate to tan and grey sport coats.
Fit Tip: The fit is contemporary, with a touch of stretch in the seasonless virgin wool fabric that makes the trimmer leg utterly comfortable – and modern-looking.
Alternatives: If you prefer an easier fit, these Santorelli pants are a timeless alternative.
https://www.eastdane.com/todd-snyder-cole-haan-willet/vp/v=1/1565999068.htm Todd Snyder X Cole Haan - Todd Snyder X Cole Haan Willet Longwing Oxford
Todd Snyder X Cole Haan - Todd Snyder X Cole Haan Willet Longwing Oxford
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Todd Snyder X Cole Haan - Todd Snyder X Cole Haan Willet Longwing Oxford
Todd Snyder X Cole Haan Willet Longwing Oxford
Todd Snyder X Cole Haan
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Why is it a Find? Todd Snyder, known for his fashionable designs, and Cole Haan, known for their fine quality and comfort, worked together to create this handsome tumbled leather lace-up. The brogue-styling and contrast tan leather soles gives them a modern look that can’t be beat.
Wear it with: The dark tan color is a great Summer mate to the blue shirt and pants in this look. And they are really versatile, so pair them with anything from dressier wool pants and a sport coat to twill pants or your favorite jeans.
Fit Tip: These shoes run true to size.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/angelo-belt/4313386 Trafalgar - Angelo Leather Belt
Trafalgar - Angelo Leather Belt
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Angelo Leather Belt
Trafalgar
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Why is it a Find? When the shirt is the focal point of a gent’s outfit, the right belt is critical. This full grain leather belt from Trafalgar has a simple polished nickel buckle and tapered tip, which keeps the focus on the outfit, not the belt.
Wear it with: The 1 ¼” width is modern and sleek, so this is a belt that looks best with suits and dressier wool pants, as we’re showing with this outfit.
Fit Tip: This belt runs true to size. Tip: Most gents buy a belt one waist size up from their pants.
Alternatives: There are several other neutrals to choose from through the ‘shop it’ button. And if your size is already sold out through the ‘shop it’ button, Zappos carries it, too.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/sahara-pane-soft-coat/4224052 Peter Millar - Sahara Windowpane Wool & Linen Sport Coat
Peter Millar - Sahara Windowpane Wool & Linen Sport Coat
CONSERVATIVE BUSINESS OUTFIT #1
Why is it a Find? Peter Millar artfully blends wool and linen to create an ideal fabric for the warmer weather - giving you the seasonal look of linen, with a lot less wrinkle and a lot longer practical wear. And using a tan ground with a blue windowpane pattern, it’s a great neutral that goes with a multitude of shirts and pants, so you’ll get plenty of wear out of it throughout the warm weather months.
Wear it with: Here, we’re showing you a way to wear this jacket with pieces that will create a pulled together look for most any meeting. You’ll see we’re not adding a tie in this outfit, but you certainly can – just change out the pattern shirt for a solid white or blue one. Because the fabric is a wool/linen blend, grey, olive, blue or light tan wool pants look great with it and will further dress it up, too. To wear it more casually, for a more everyday look, just pair it with jeans.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern, ideal for most gents. Note that is only available in regular length.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/david-donahue-regular-fit-plaid-dress-shirt/4204466 David Donahue - Regular Fit Plaid Dress Shirt
David Donahue - Regular Fit Plaid Dress Shirt
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David Donahue - Regular Fit Plaid Dress Shirt
Regular Fit Plaid Dress Shirt
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Why is it a Find? The blue pattern of this all cotton David Donahue button up shirt picks up the blue windowpane in the featured jacket, while offering a stylishly professional look.
Wear it with: The spread collar looks good worn open or with a tie – or peaking out from under a sweater. And the versatile color is the perfect pop with a navy, grey or tan suit or sport coat.
Fit Tip: This shirt has a gentleman’s fit, so it’s relaxed and comfortable no matter how long your day is.
Alternatives: If you prefer a trimmer fit, David Donahue offers a similar pattern.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/peter-millar-raleigh-washed-twill-pants/3986587 Peter Millar - Raleigh Washed Twill Pants
Peter Millar - Raleigh Washed Twill Pants
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Raleigh Washed Twill Pants
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Why is it a Find? These Peter Millar flat front pants are ideally middle of the road – not too dressy and not too “work casual”, either. And that is the perfect place to be, especially if you’re not sure how everyone else will be dressed. Peter Millar’s luxe washed cotton twill and perfectly neutral khaki color steps these up from basic cotton pants, created a polished look that you can wear with confidence.
Wear it with: These pants are a wardrobe basic in a neutral color that will work with pretty much all of the button up shirts and sweaters in your closet – and here, we’re showing how well they work with a pattern sport coat.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern, with a medium rise and narrower - but definitely not skinny – leg that provides just the right update for every gent.
https://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/tiesandpocketsquares/pocketsquares/PRDOVR~50672/50672.jsp J.Crew - Tipped Italian Linen Pocket Square
J.Crew - Tipped Italian Linen Pocket Square
Why is it a Find? Instead of a tie, especially in the warmer months, a pocket square adds a timelessly fashionable look AND a professional finish to an outfit. This J.Crew white linen square has green piping that adds the perfect pop of contrasting color to the tan/blue sport coat and shirt in this outfit.
Wear it with: You can wear this square with any suit or sport coat in your closet. Don’t be shy about the green – your pocket square shouldn’t be matchy. It’s a fun color add-on, like a good tie. Tip: If you do want to have the look of an all white square, just fold it to hide the trim.
Alternatives: J.Crew offers a bunch of additional colors through the ‘shop it’ button, so have some fun by getting a few to choose from in the morning.
http://www.neimanmarcus.com/Peter-Millar-V-Neck-Tipped-Pullover-Sweater-Arno-Blue/prod187280095_cat21150734__/p.prod Peter Millar - V-Neck Tipped Pullover Sweater
Peter Millar - V-Neck Tipped Pullover Sweater
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V-Neck Tipped Pullover Sweater
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CONSERVATIVE BUSINESS OUTFIT #2
Why is it a Find? In the warmer weather, a sleek sweater, like this one from Peter Millar, can be a great alternative to a jacket for a casual meeting in a conservative environment. The silk and Italian merino blend of this v-neck sweater has a slight luster that gives it a luxurious look and feel.
Wear it with: The rich blue color, and silver tipping at the neckline, is easy to coordinate with any Summer weight wool pants, linen, or cotton twill pants. We’re keeping the look more polished in this outfit by offering a button down to wear underneath it. But for a more casual look, your favorite white or grey t-shirt or polo looks great.
Fit Tip: The fit is modern, ideal for most every gent.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/2-botton-poplin-plaid-reg-fit/4299190 Thomas Dean - Regular Fit Plaid Sport Shirt
Thomas Dean - Regular Fit Plaid Sport Shirt
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Thomas Dean - Regular Fit Plaid Sport Shirt
Regular Fit Plaid Sport Shirt
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Why is it a Find? The updated classic plaid pattern of Thomas Dean’s cotton shirt mixes well with the sweater in this outfit, bringing in the same colors for an understated look. The spread collar sits nicely under the sweater’s v-neck.
Wear it with: While it looks great under a sweater or with a sport coat, it can easily hold up on its own with twill pants or even jeans on the weekend.
Fit Tip: It is a gentleman’s fit, meant to be relaxed with room for comfort.
Alternatives: If you prefer a trimmer, contemporary fit, this blue/lilac plaid looks great with the sweater, as well.
http://www.zappos.com/product/8742285/color/639978 AG Jeans - Graduate Tailored Leg Pants
AG Jeans - Graduate Tailored Leg Pants
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Graduate Tailored Leg Pants
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Why is it a Find? AG Jeans offers the styling of jeans with a luxe cotton sateen fabric that gives a casual silhouette a polished and professional look. The Italian fabric is super soft and has a touch of stretch for comfort.
Wear it with: This color, sulfur adobe, is the perfect dark neutral – ideal with the blue sweater in this look, and most everything in your closet. Dressy to casual, wear it with everything from button up shirts to t-shirts, even hoodies.
Fit Tip: AG’s Graduate model has a modern fit with enough room in the waist and thighs for most gents. Yet, the leg is straight with a slight taper below the knee to give them a modern look.
Alternatives: If you prefer a more contemporary fit, AG’s Matchbox fit in the same color is for you.
http://shop.nordstrom.com/s/pendler-leather-bike-brief/4301232 Skagen - Pendler Leather Briefcase
Skagen - Pendler Leather Briefcase
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Pendler Leather Briefcase
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Why is it a Find? This black leather briefcase from the Danish company, Skagen, is full of function and style. It has all the interior and exterior compartments you’ll need and a removable shoulder strap. The best part is the clean, modern design, resulting in a sleek power briefcase that looks great at any meeting.
Wear it with: Appropriate in simply any business situation, this briefcase is appropriate with formal and casual business outfits, alike.
Alternatives: Canvas can look just as dapper, and this Skagen one proves it.
 

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