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Vincent & Thomas' Wedding

A huge congratulations to Vincent and Thomas on their recent nuptials. We're pleased to be a little part of their big day at the magnificent Northern Club in Auckland.

Photography by Cameron Thorp - Chasewild Photography

This entry was posted in on Dec, 01 2016

Return of The Rav

A few of you may notice a familiar face around our parts. After a stint at one of London's oldest Bespoke tailors, Ravi from our Wellington store has returned to Working Style, now operating from our Shortland Street flagship store.

Ravi has over a decade of experience from within the world of tailoring and menswear. He's one of the most sartorially-knowledgeable and nicest blokes in NZ plus he knows the ins and outs of Working Style so we're very pleased to have him back.

Come and say hello at our Shortland Street store or make an appointment for a fitting below.

This entry was posted in on Nov, 30 2016

New Parking area in Christchurch

Cantabrian petrolheads rejoice, pull up in the Benz and park it in either one of our parking areas at our 242 Papanui Road Store in Merivale.

Just in time for Christmas, you can now park in the entrance on Murray Place

As well as the parking area near the Papanui Rd entrance

This entry was posted in on Nov, 23 2016

Dresscode: Black Tie

Black tie dress code is the standard for formal wear, the mainstay for awards ceremonies, ballrooms and formal evening parties. It's typically the most formal attire you'll ever need to have in your wardrobe. Black tie requires a dinner suit, potentially with an evening waistcoat, a dinner shirt, bow tie and plain-toe black patent shoes, also known as ‘ceremonial’ shoes. The majority of attendees to any black tie function will wear black dinner suits, but in reality you're at liberty to wear more than just black. Blue, white, grey, burgundy and more are all viable alternatives that will ensure you stand out from the crowd. Black tie functions can equalise the men in the room if everyone is in similar outfits, we believe it's easy to stand apart though. It's the subtle debonair details that will elevate your outfit above the rest; grosgrain silk details, exceptionally cut tailoring, the finest cloth, silk trouser trims with impeccable accessories & patent leather shoes. 

Black Tie Tips:

·Consider a velvet dinner jacket with silk lapel and complementary trousers. It’s smoking jacket cool.

·Select a peak or shawl lapel. Choose the peak if you want to look more athletic – it accentuates the shoulders.

·A midnight blue jacket is a way to twist the tuxedo rules for extra cut-through.

·Your dinner shirt should always have a turn-down collar, never a wing collar.

·Tying a bow tie is no more difficult than tying your shoelaces. We’ll show you how

Black Tie Optional
Sometimes you'll get an invitation with 'Black tie optional' on it. This means your hosts will be wearing Black Tie but don't expect all of their guests to go to the same effort. In this case try for a dinner suit but if you're short of time, substitute a plain black suit, dinner shirt, bow tie and pocket square.

Peak Performance

New arrivals are in stores now of our Midnight and Onyx peak lapel dinner suits. Both are complete with grosgrain silk lapels, jetting and covered buttons for up close interest even in dim evening light. Opt for the midnight blue colourway to give the appearance of darker than black under low light indoor conditions. $1290ea

The Bond-esque Shawl lapel dinner suit is an enduring favourite of ours for any formal function. This style offers an elegant, softer alternative to the popular peak lapel.

Collaring the Dress Code

Black tie usually means bow tie so if you're bowing to the pressure, opt for a specialist pleat front or Swiss front shirt with studs instead of buttons. Longer silk neck ties are designed to cover your shirt's placket and buttons. In the absence of a bow tie, go for one of the above shirts, stud. 

Pocket Flare

We suggest sticking only to white, silvers, black and midnight blue coloured accessories for black tie occasions, add more colour for Cocktail Attire. Our pocket squares/pochettes are made by hand in Italy from the finest silks, wools and cottons.

Shoes - The Most Important Finishing Touch.

The chance of ruining an outfit with clumpy, square-toed shoes is extremely high. A keen eye and beautiful women notice these things. Opt for a sleek, highly-polished black pair for some optical kick in the night's dim lights.

Made-to-Measure Dinner Suits

Some of our favourite custom suits we tailor are for black tie events or weddings. It's a garment designed for partying, so have fun with it. We have New Zealand's best range of premium fabrics from Ariston to Zegna. Our team in store can help you make the right decisions for your suit's role in life, visit our stores for a personal introduction to the range or book an appointment with your preferred WS team member.

 Learn more about our made-to-measure suits here

The other formal event dress codes

Cocktail Attire 
Born in the Gatsby days, cocktail dressing means tailoring, but never a tuxedo. It involves a suit or cocktail jacket/pants combo, a solid colour shirt (although low-level patterns are acceptable), a creative tie, pocket square (optional) and a nice belt. Finish the look with oxfords or loafers.

Cocktail Attire Tips

· Coloured or patterned socks are an opportunity for self-expression.

· Pocket squares shouldn’t match your tie exactly. That’s altogether too twee.

· Go for high shine on the shoes. Double the usual spit and polish.

· If your shirt is simple, choose a bolder tie in a complementary colour. Bow ties are a no, unless you’re an architect.

· A black shirt with no tie can be a striking look.

· Suits are dark, but don’t have to be black or plain. Consider a small dot and/or a flattering shade of blue.

White tie

The ‘penguin suit’ is usually reserved for visiting royalty or weddings. It involves a black tailcoat jacket, full white waistcoat, wing-tipped collared dress shirt, self-tied white bow tie and patent leather ceremonials. Full tails suits available made-to-measure or for hire.

White Tie Tips

· The classic tailcoat has notched lapels and six buttons and is trimmed in finest satin.

· Trousers should be made from the same fabric as the tailcoat. They should be cut with a high waistline, to allow for the high rise of the tailcoat.

· The bow tie should be made from the same fabric as the waistcoat.

· While some etiquette guides recommend a patent ‘pump’ with a silk grosgrain bow, we prefer the simplicity (and masculinity) of patent oxfords.

This entry was posted in on Nov, 10 2016

Andrew & Charlotte's Riverhead Wedding

Like architects, we relish the process of defining the brief, analysing the specifications, visualising the outcome, and then bringing the structure to life. It's always great to see our wedding suits on the big day. 

Captured here beautifully at Riverhead Boathouse by photographer Emily Raftery. More on her blog here

This entry was posted in on Oct, 27 2016

Bledisloe Cup Funciton

Thanks to everyone who attended our pre-Bledisloe Cup function last Friday.

Guests were treated to Moa beer and Lanson champagne with canapes and also heard yarns from Wallabies great George Gregan and NZ rugby legend Justin Marshall.

This entry was posted in on Oct, 27 2016

Life Well Travelled

For those of us who spend plenty of time in airports and aeroplanes commuting for work, visiting friends or family and anticipating the awaiting adventures travelling in style is one thing but keeping comfortably stylish is another. 
Any seasoned travelling professional will tell you airport lounges are some of the best places to make connections or even learn a sneaky tip from the competition. Face to face interaction will always be important in life and in business. People make the flights to shake hands with businesspeople on the other side of the world for one reason - trust. Finer details can always be worked out over skype and logistics over email but to seal the deal, your appearance still matters. All the more reason to make the best impression possible during a chance encounter.

Spring/Summer 2016 has landed and includes soft stretch cotton shirts jackets and chinos. The stretch cotton allows freedom of movement to keep you comfortable in the taxi, the airport lounge and as you're speeding through the atmosphere. Any air travel look would be incomplete without our oh-so-perfect polarised aviator sunglasses. Buttery soft Italian sneakers have an air of smart sportive comfort and our scratch resistant Saffiano Leather travel bags keep your precious items protected. 

Make the most of our new season arrivals and shop now for the long weekend ahead.

French Blue City Chinos - $299 // Saffiano Leather Wash Bag - $299 // Navy Polkadot Shirt  -$249 // Spitfire Sunglasses - $299 // Beige Stretch Cotton Jacket - $690 // Passport Wallet - Preorder Now Saffiano Leather Overnight Bag - $890 // Grey Leather Sneaker - $299

This entry was posted in on Oct, 18 2016

Cheers To That

We've just released a pair of gifts that is perfect for the single malt maestro you know - Double Old Fashioned Whisky Glasses.

Apart from the name, there's nothing old fashioned about the styling of these vessels. The grassblade finish on the glass is not created using pressing techniques, but are actually hand cut, further increasing the both the quality and brilliance of the glassware.

This entry was posted in on Oct, 12 2016

Semi-Formal Wedding Attire

It doesn't matter whether you are groom or guest, September is the ideal time to start planning your attire for the upcoming wedding season. 
Make sure you visit a Working Style store to view the full range of made-to-measure options and the ready-to-wear Spring/Summer 2017 collection.


Champagne Lanson
Working Style Black Contemporary Toe Wedding Shoes - $399
Working Style White Self Oval Wedding Shirt  -$249
Working Style Silver Ceremonial Basket Weave Silk Wedding Tie - $129
Partridge Jewellers His & Hers Rings from The Engagement Room
Working Style French Blue Wedding Suit -$1390
Working Style Black Saffiano Leather Belt - $199

This entry was posted in on Oct, 03 2016

Velvet Revolution

Dropping a knee is the easy part. It's important to select the right attire while considering time of day and style of your wedding. A velvet dinner jacket is the obvious way to go during an evening formal occasion so we've gathered a small pile of information on this king of cloths.

Velvet is a luxurious fabric that lends itself to be worn at night time because of the natural lustre it has. It is the perfect wedding or black tie attire as a contemporary, soft alternative to a wool dinner suit. The general consensus is that Velvet originated somewhere in the far east. Was carried along the silk road by Arab traders to Europe. Velvet reached Italy and made fortunes for Lucca and Florence after dominating world production from the 12th to the 18th centuries by supplying the rest of Europe where it was used as a luxurious covering for royalty and the rich on everything from furniture to walls and clothing.

Typically made from cotton or silk, the two-for-one process of creating a velvet cloth involves creating two interconnected cloth layers and slicing the connecting threads down the middle. This leaves a pile of outward pointing, relatively loose fibres and the back side flat to create the familiar plush looking cloth we know today.

A confident man who appreciates the nature of the cloth and its lovely pile can wear velvet with ease. While traditionally worn in darker colours, more ornate and elaborate velvets such as those available in our new range of Ariston cloths, enable the groom to express considerable personality.

When accessorising it is important to remember that the jacket is the hero piece of your outfit, keep accessories understated. Pair the velvet with a crisp white shirt and a silk grosgrain bowtie. While a dark woollen trouser is the sleeker route to take, a pronounced check trouser can be a more directional alternative. Keep your footwear simple, avoid broguing and go for a sleek, elegant Black Lace Up or loafer.

It’s all in the details. Seen here with a simple black silk bow tie, offset the plush velvet with silk grosgrain peak lapels or keep it classic with a shawl collar.

An understated white cotton pocket square ($29) and Pleat Front Dinner Shirt ($249)

To select from our range of velvets, see us in store for an introduction to the cloth collection.

This entry was posted in on Sep, 29 2016