A Publication of Bavender Custom Clothiers
November 2015



"If you can't be better than your competition, just dress better."


- Anna Wintour







Kingford Bavender
Certified Master Custom Clothier

Today's companies are turning away from the lax dress habits of the last two decades. Instead of relying on a specific dress "code," many professionals are able to choose their own attire. That can create a dilemma for some, as they wonder how to dress appropriately when there are few (or no) guidelines. What do terms like "casual Friday" mean? What is too casual? What is too formal?
We suggest you dress for the activity or event at hand rather than the day of the week. Casual clothing, such as tee shirts and jeans, are best for personal time. Dressy clothing, such as your suits and other custom professional clothing, should be used when conducting important business.  
Your dress choices show others how you feel about your work. Take pride in both. Save extremely casual clothing for free time-your business accomplishments and capabilities deserve respect, and a tee shirt cannot communicate that.
If you're unsure what is appropriate for a given occasion, wear your custom suit (or an ensemble incorporating portions of it). Its personalized fit and expressive style will do more to create a positive image than wearing exactly what others are wearing.

Brown and navy blue are often considered to be neutral colors. While it's true that they often serve as the backdrop for other colors, they also can make surprisingly strong statements on their own.
Your brown pieces need not be limited to solid dark browns in your trousers and shoes. Consider creating a mono-chromatic ensemble that includes shades of brown such as cream, light tan, camel brown, and lustrous mahogany. The effect, far from being neutral, is warm and engaging.
Pair navy blue with crisp white or light gray, and even the darkest blue is transformed from a foundation color to a stylish accent piece. Don't limit your navy blue to trousers and socks-try it in a tie or shirt for stand-out color use.
Email: kingford@bavender.com
Phone: (612) 750-9486
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