The Business Forecast

April 1999

Monday, 10 a.m.

Report to shareholders. Stock is up in navy Hugo Boss three-button suits in 100 percent wool ($825) with silk diagonal striped tie ($95). Available at Bernini and Neiman Marcus. Shirt by Geoffrey Beene, available at Saks Fifth Avenue.

Tuesday, 12 noon

Mergers & Acquisitions department reports a new take on bankers’ gray – teamed up with T-shirts. Two-button suit in 69 percent wool, 31 percent silk ($1,650); crewneck tee in 50 percent rayon, 20 percent nylon, 30 percent linen ($225). All by Ermenegildo Zegna; available at Lawrence Covell, Andrisen Morton, Bernini, and Neiman Marcus.

Wednesday, 2 p.m.

In light trading, knit polo shirts beat out suits for casual office dressing. Baby blue knit polo in 100 percent cotton ($195); pants in 100 percent cotton ($250). Both from Giorgio Armani Collezione; available at Andrisen Morton and Saks Fifth Avenue.

Thursday, 3 p.m.

Market research suggests casual chic is an indicator of growing consumer confidence. Sport jacket in 65 percent linen, 35 percent silk ($650); polo shirt in mercerized cotton ($195); pants in 100 percent linen ($245). All from BOSS Hugo Boss; available at Saks Fifth Avenue.