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For the Young Professional - The Checked Suit

By Stephen Pulvirent

The runway does not lead straight to your cubicle. Fashion can often feel inaccessible to men with a desk job and average DNA.  The key is to not think of what you see as complete outfits you have to wear as-is, but rather as collections of bits and pieces you can mix into your current wardrobe.  Here, we take five easy-to-wear trends from New York Fashion Week's Fall/Winter 2012 menswear shows, and show you how to work them into your office wardrobe. (Tune in later this week for tips on translating women's haute couture to the world of pearls and pantsuits.)

You've got to wear a suit to work, and while you eventually want that corner office you don't want to dress like the guy in it quite yet.  Problem solved: Joseph Abboud, Simon Spurr, Marlon Gobel and others showed checked suits in cuts that are slim but not skinny.  These  might be a little full-on depending on where you work, but a more muted check is a great alternative to predictable pinstripes  Held down with a solid shirt and discretely patterned tie, a checked suit will have you on the fast track to the executive suite in no time.

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