There’s an old saying that goes, “You only get one chance to make a first impression.” Sometimes it’s your clothes that do all the talking. That’s why I’m loving this burgundy plaid suit from Moods of Norway. A suit in a bold pattern with a striking color is definitely a head turner and will definitely make an impression.

Though the trend these days is towards a more casual look, I’m a fan of a tailored look. During the most recent New York Men’s Fashion Week there seem to be a greater emphasis on casual wear. Even stalwart Hugo Boss featured a Spring/Summer 2018 collection that was heavier on the casual looks. Although the show did have an occasional nod to the tailored look which has long been the company’s bread and butter.

Make an impression

That’s not to say suiting was nowhere to be found. Nick Graham’s Spring/Summer 2018 collection featured tailored looks that were full of color and fun. It’s these bold colors and patterns that are catching my eye these days. These are the looks that make an impression. The trick is finding one that’s not too over top or borders on being “too trendy.”

We’ve seen shades of burgundy colored suits over the last few years. The color is not “too flashy” yet it’s not something to be worn every day. It definitely strands out and definitely makes an impression. And who says Washington has no style? Believe it or not this suit is available at Whiskey Ginger, right on the U street corridor.

If you’re looking for your first suit, I would not recommend a bold pattern or flashy color. Stick with the tried and true colors like blue, gray or charcoal. This will enable you to get the most use out of your one suit. You can make your impression with a well fitted tailored suit and well apportioned accessories.

But if you’re looking for something to make a statement and you’re supplementing your suiting wardrobe. Offices may have gone business casual and atheleisure continue to gain traction but you’ll continue to find me in a great suit. That’s how I make an impression.

Shop my Look/Details

My suit and shirt are both from Moods of Norway. You can shop them at Whiskey Ginger at 1603 U St NW, Washington, DC 20009. For those not in DC: