Governor of the Bank of England, and well-known Canadian, Mark Carney has a reputation for dressing well. Also, if I tell the truth, I find him rather attractive. He has been doing his best to suggest that we should stay in the European union, a view I strongly support. We are in dismay that so many of our apparently normal fellow Britons disagree. It is 50:50 at the moment so that is pretty scary.
Let’s have a look at the working wardrobe of this highly competent Governor. He chooses a classic Savile Row suit, a white or light blue shirt, and a traditional or cut away collar. Although he is athletic and runs marathons I don’t think he is very tall. Therefore he looks a bit stocky. By choosing a very dark navy (or sometimes charcoal) two piece suit, he creates the longest possible, slimline look. The fit and shaping of his suit is a little on the voluminous side rather than modern or stylish. But it is a reassuringly middle-of-the-road look, like his black leather brogues, which are also super conservative. His hair, which is thinning and greying, is nicely cut and he is happy to smile and connect with the photographer. The sports bag in the first picture, and the loose papers in the second, implies this guy is also relaxed about his image. If he were traditional through and through he would probably have a leather brief case and document wallet.
Obviously being in charge of the Bank, our money, this man has to look like he has lots of authority. His dark grey or navy suit achieves this authority. But look what he often does – he avoids a dark tie and instead chooses a pastel colour. This is trying to say “I am approachable. I am not too strict. I have a softer side and I am in touch with more feminine aspects”. He has a strong, independent (English) wife and four daughters, for goodness sake.
He even does casual quite nicely. A casual shirt worn with well-fitting jeans will always look nice. Carney has folded up his sleeves and wears leather shoes and belt. For the second picture he wears a nice mauve polo shirt, a great colour on him. In fact the mauve colours in his skin are really complemented by this top. I also like the light green tie, above, as it brings out the lighter colours in his eyes. With his beige suede shoes his legs look longer and so he looks good in shorts. Certainly some nice ideas here for those middle-aged men I know who struggle with their off duty look. I think the mauve is his colour, don’t you?