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Navy, taupe and gray are good
basic colors and natural fabrics
are a must — the Claymore
carries nothing but.
According to Epstein, some
professionals are more likely to
buy fitted traditional clothes.
"Doctors and lawyers are
interested in plain, tailored and
understated," Epstein said.
"Other professionals want to look
sharp and more fashionable."
Phillips said she feels that the
best fabrics are the durable
wools. Wool gabardine and
tropical weight wool are big
spring items. "Silks are good for a
special day or a business lunch,"
Phillips explained. "But the wool
suit will wear much better."
Phillips suggests bar pins, ties
and pearls as classic accessories
in women's clothing. "Lace is also
a real big accessory," she
Marilyn Connor, coordinator for
Hudson's FYI program (its own
department) illustrates the
timeless value of dressing for
success with this paragraph from
Lillian Eichler Watson's 1924
Guide to Good Manners.
"An honest heart may beat
beneath the ragged coat, a
brilliant intellect may rise above
the bright checked suit and the
yellow tie. The man in the shabby
suit may be a famous writer. The
girl in the untidy blouse may be an
artist of great promise. But, as a
general rule the chances are
against it and such people are
dull, flat, stale and unprofitable
both to themselves and to other
According to Connor, for both
sexes, in the automotive, legal
and banking business solid
colors and pure cotton are
mandatory. "In sales you can
afford a little more freedom,"
Connor exphasized that in both
men's and women's clothing,
color, quality and fit are essential.
All cotton starched white shirts for
men are a must.