Le Corbusier, one of the grand masters of modernism and a pioneer of contemporary urban planning, is also a style icon. The Swiss architect was born Charles-Édouard Jeanneret and adopted the pseudonym Le Corbusier in the 1920s. His reinvention included what became known as his uniform: a wide-lapeled double-breasted suit, a hand-tied bow tie, and thick, round spectacles. I've seen many successfully achieve the bureaucrat look, but accessories like bow ties and bold eyewear are difficult to pull off. Take a cue from Le Corbusier; he owned his look with superior confidence and a passion for elegance. A little intensity doesn't hurt either — the man was known to design whole cities in an afternoon, regardless of whether anyone ended up building them.
Round frames by Ben Silver, $345 at www.bensilver.com
Double-breasted Honeycomb wool jacket from Band of Outsiders, $1,670 at www.luisaviaroma.com.
Drakes patterned silk bow tie, $70 at www.mrporter.com