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Marie Dobbs

Marie Dobbs

Working Style Parnell Store – 1989 ( Marie and Chris Dobbs )

Last week was a significant week for this family business. We farewell a woman who was the founding member – My mother, Marie Elizabeth Dobbs. 30 years ago she encouraged me to make my first shirt and then was instrumental in helping setup a factory in Marton. Without her, nothing would have happened. Words will never explain the influence and inspiration she has brought to us. We salute you – Rest in Peace.

Chris Dobbs

This entry was posted in on Jan, 10 2017

Be in to win a $2000 Working Style Voucher at the ASB Classic

Be in to win a $2000 Working Style Voucher at the ASB Classic

Be in to win a $2000 Working Style voucher for being the Best Dressed Man at the 2017 #ASBClassic Tennis Tournament.
To be in to win, wear your best kit and post a photo of yourselves at the ASB Classic to Instagram or Facebook with the hashtag #WorkingStyleBestDressed.
Winners will be announced at the end of the ASB Classic. 

Be comfortable and casual in the heat, great sunglasses are key. Opt for light weight merino, cotton or linen cloths for your trousers, jacket or shirt. Pair tailoring with a tee or polo to dress things down and wear tidy sneakers, loafers or espadrilles.

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This entry was posted in on Dec, 23 2016

Backstage at Fashion Week

Learn a little about the look for the Groom collection at Working Style. See us in store for your wedding suit. Whether you're a groom or a guest, we'll see you looking best dressed this wedding season.

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<p><a href="">On The Runway - Working Style</a> from <a href="">New Zealand Weddings Magazine</a> on <a href="">Vimeo</a>.</p>

This entry was posted in on Dec, 23 2016

Holiday Hours

Holiday Hours

Our stores are closed 25-26 December and 1-2 January.

From the 27th of December to the 8th of January Working Style will be operating on reduced opening hours, usually open 10am-5pm.

This entry was posted in on Dec, 23 2016

Swimwear in Stores now

Say bye bye to bad boardshorts this summer, try our trim Italian trunks.

We've released a limited edition swim trunk range. Quick-drying patterned cloths with deep elasticated waistbands & draw string closure. Made in Italy - $199ea

Available in stores only

This entry was posted in on Dec, 23 2016

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