Here at Vanguard we have over 6000 fabrics for you to choose from, the variety is seemingly endless!
Within all of our ranges we have some patterns with accent colours like the ones above from the Ermenegildo Zegna traveller four season range. A beautiful collection of cloths made from Superfine Australian wool, woven in Italy which we import directly from this world renowned mill. I digress slightly, back to these patterns.
When selecting a fabric for a new bespoke creation people get very hung up on the accent colours.
Does the blue stripe bring out my eyes?
Is the lilac check going to match the colour scheme at my wedding?
My favourite colour is red but not the red of this pinstripe, a much brighter red.
Is there a different shade of blue lining to match the stripe.
While these things are great if they can be done, you should focus on the base. The accent colours of stripes or checks like the ones in the above fabrics will rarely be seen, they are essentially both light grey suits. As a tip and something we always do with our customers, hold the fabric 1.5-2 metres away from you to get a better idea of how it will look, more often than not these accent colours can not be seen.
What to wear beneath your blazer?
To be practical sleeves are advisable when wearing a suit, even a short sleeve, it means you'll be dry cleaning your suit less. That said a suit can be hot enough, especially in India and many women prefer to wear something feminine underneath.
A silk jersey top in a solid colour is a safe and easy option. Particularly for women who have issues with gaping blouses with buttons, remember you will probably be sitting for a long time. Prints are ok and can make your outfit pop but if you want to play it safe you can not go wrong with a solid colour that flatters your skin tone.
A button down shirt or blouse is also good (provided there is no gaping) just again go for solid classics, white, black, or pastels.
If you are wearing a black suit avoid black or white, you do not want to look like a waiter or a hired hit-woman!
A lot of people think square necks look best with suits, this generally they are ok for most body types just make sure the neckline is not too low!
What to wear with your suit?
Heels, flats, bags, jewellery? So many things to consider!
Let's start with the bag. Something classic and big enough to hold a few copies of your resume. Keep it reasonably nondescript, as mentioned before you want the interviewer to remember you not what you are wearing.
Shoes. Heels or flats are fine, just make sure they are comfortable enough to walk a few blocks in. If the interview goes well you may have a lunch or another second interview to attend on the same day.
Jewellery. Avoid earrings that swish too much when you move your head, these can be very distracting to an interviewer when you are talking. Wear a watch, (even if you use your phone to check the time!) subconsciously it signifies reliability and punctuality to an interviewer. Necklaces are fine just make sure it works with the rest of the outfit.
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