As a working professional in the DC area, I see my fair share of men in shirt and tie, heading to and fro work.
That means I’ve seen a fair amount of men in ill-fitting suits.
It’s perplexing, really; the amount of men who hold positions of power, yet can’t seem to find a suit to flatter their image.
Perhaps the fit is all wrong. The fabric is cheap. The shirt and tie do not complement each other. Or the shoes are all wrong. Either way, it does nothing to enhance the look of prestige. For all we know, the man in the wrinkly gray pants is the man who runs your electricity…
“If Washington has taught me anything, it’s that our public image can define us. Fashion isn’t just about clothes; it tells us something about who we are, and most important, who we aspire to be,” says Pulitzer Prize winning author Robin Givhans, who made an appearance at Marymount University’s Portfolio in Motion fashion show on April 14.
George Zaharoff’s line of suits conjure images of power and prestige, perfect for the Washingtonian man.
The Zaharoff Men’s Spring/Summer 2011 collection is inspired by his travels to the island of Zanzibar. The line features rich, luxurious fabrics and colors in sumptuous Italian bamboo and silk weaves. Sports jackets have a soft, silky feel that transition well from day to evening.
Zaharoff, who is based in Chicago, offers the following advice for the suit and tie man:
What are the biggest faux pas that men make when it comes to dressing?
“The single biggest mistake men make is on the fit of their clothing. Men gain and lose weight and yet will try to fit into a pair of pants that is too small for them or over-belt a pair too big. Men also need to know when it’s time to get rid of some of their trendier pieces.
On a side note, every man should own a full-length mirror and put it in a place with good lighting. He should glance before leaving the house and see if he looks presentable; note I didn’t say impeccable, which would be unrealistic, just acceptable.”
What is your favorite piece you’ve designed, and why?
“Like my father tells us he has ‘no favorites, he loves all his children,’ the same goes for me. I love everything Zaharoff: the shoes, cuff links, shirts, neck wear – just so beautiful. But there is one thing I really really like. It’s a Florentine fabric made out of silk and cotton – I think it can take the place of jeans. We call it “elephant fabric” because it looks like elephant skin. It is going to become a major part of my sportswear collection in the coming seasons.”
What are the top 5 things every man must own in their closet?
• Black suit (some say dark blue, but I say black)
• a sport jacket that can be worn with a shirt and tie or jeans
• a nice white shirt
• all-year wool trouser (that also matches the sport jacket)
• a nice pair of shoes
The collection includes sports jackets, suits, dress shirts, and neckwear. Retail prices range from $695-1095 for sports jackets and suits from $895-1195. The collection is available at Nordstrom at Tysons Corner.
Nordstrom Tysons Corner
8075 Tysons Corner Center
McLean, VA 22102