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Colorful suits to liberate office wear


Formal, professional attire doesn't have to be dull... or black or gray. Consider modern dandies like Patrick McDonald, Ozwald Boateng, and Andre 3000, who have made colorful suits their signature without neglecting taste or elegance. From the sky-blue hues recently seen at Calvin Klein to Salvatore Ferragamo's refreshing embrace of mint green to the soft tangerine shades at Gucci, bright, candy-colored fabrics are making a splash on the runway. Think of it as a revival of the 1960s' "peacock revolution," when the tailors of Savile Row and Carnaby Street competed fiercely to make their clientele stand out at the office. Thankfully, now we've all been liberated from our business duds.

From left: Polo shirt by Perry Ellis, $34.50; Green jacket by Salvatore Ferragamo, $2,000; Green pants by Salvatore Ferragamo, $990; Socks by Falke, $30; Shoes by Common Projects available at Mr Porter, $595; Polo shirt by Original Penguin, $55; Orange jacket by Kenneth Cole, $348; Orange pants by Kenneth Cole, $198; Socks by Falke, $30; Shoes by Florsheim, $180; Polo shirt by Perry Ellis, $34.50; Blue jacket by Calvin Klein Collection, $850; Blue pants by Calvin Klein Collection, $425; Socks by Falke, $30; Shoes by Church's, $780.

Photography by Aingeru Zorita. Styling by Paul Michael Frederick. Grooming by Andrew Fitzsimons.


Suit by Calvin Klein, $1,395; Shirt by Perry Ellis, $69.90.

Photography by Aingeru Zorita.


From left: Blazer by Paul Smith, $2,005; shirt by Perry Ellis, $69.50; pants by Paul Smith, $910; tie by Marc Jacobs, $165; socks by Falke, $30; shoes by Common Project, $428. Suit by Hermes, $3,800; shirt by Calvin Klein, $350; tie by Burberry, $295.

Photography by Aingeru Zorita.


Jacket by Jil Sander, $1,360; shirt by Perry Ellis, $69.50; tie by Thomas Pink, $135.

Photography by Aingeru Zorita.


Suit by Paul Smith, $1,995; shirt by Brioni, price available upon request.

Photography by Aingeru Zorita.

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