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There's a perceived stuffiness to the waistcoat these days, equating them more with cartoon tycoons than modern office types. This season, however, the classic three-piece suit - now slimmer, sharper and better co-ordinated - reads more Wall Street than Rich Uncle Pennybags. Rest assured that either way, though, you'll look like a million bucks.

1) Make your look modern by matching your waistcoat to the rest of the suit, as was done at Dolce & Gabbana's runway show (above left). In other words, wear a contrasting colour only if your workplace is the set of a historical drama.

2) Opt for a V-shaped neckline on the waistcoat for a more flattering effect. As a rule, remember that the lower the V, the slimmer the waist will appear.

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3) Pinstripes are always classic, but if your corporate culture skews less formal, opt for softer fabrics such as tweed or wool. You'll still look dapper - just more relaxed.

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