“Elegance is not catching somebody’s eyes, it’s staying in somebody’s memory” – Giorgio Armani
If there is one outfit I have always found elegant it’s the suit. Actually, a wardrobe of a man cannot be complete without a suit. Globally, the most accepted piece of attire, it is a mark of one’s reputation, character and style. It is one of the most stylish outfits that we have in our wardrobe, but mind you, it is one of the most confusing ones as well. So before being sceptical about your favourite piece of an outfit just read through the lines and get a better idea.
“A suit is a two or three piece outfit consisting of a jacket or trouser of the same fabric and sometimes accompanied by a waistcoat.”
Types of men’s suits:
A single-breasted jacket has only one set of buttons and buttonholes, which do not overlap. It can be two buttoned, generally accepted, or three buttoned. The one button version is generally for dinner jackets. The single-breasted jacket may be worn with a waistcoat, a close-fitting waist-length garment, without sleeves or collar. Waistcoat may be made of the same fabric of the suit. It has a ‘V’ shaped neck and the back is of silk. Also called, the British style suit, it generally gives a casual look as compared to the double-breasted.
A bigger, bolder suit statement, the double-breasted suit has the more flashy peak lapels and six to eight buttons on the front. Instead of closing directly in the centre, double-breasted suits button on one side, usually the wearer’s right. These have more fabric and cut a bigger, bolder frame. They’re more formal than single-breasted suits and worn to make a statement.
Lounge suits, a man’s formal suit for ordinary day wear. As meant for day work so the fit is comfortable. It can be worn with or without a tie. Light to medium colours is preferred. Single breasted is preferred with two buttons. Three buttons give it a more formal look. Lately, linen suits are a big draw in this category.
Dinner suits, basic black tie suit. Generally in dark colours and traditional fit. Lately, slim fit is preferred.
Next in line are the business suits, very formal cut and stylish in sober colours and sharp fits. Different from lounge, as they are more conservative and formal, common being the pinstripe suit in navy or black. Double and single-breasted, both go well.
Mandarin suit is an oriental inclusion into this list. With a Nehru collar or the band collar, is generally worn with a full button on. Cut very closely to the body, gives a very lean and sharp look. These are very elegant for an evening out.
Wedding suits for the ceremonial occasions are catching on fast. They vary in cuts and silhouettes. Fabrics are velveteen, jacquard and other sheen or a luxury fabric meant for luxury wear. The trend is currently of single to two buttons with slim fit. Experiment with lapels and pockets.
And yes, the tuxedos are ultra formal and the ultimate in the suit line. It can be stylized for the ceremonial wear. It is mostly seen being worn by Hollywood stars walking the Oscar red carpet in the traditional black tuxedo. Has widely caught up in the eastern part too. Can be worn with a cummerbund, same colour or of some dark royal tone in satin preferably.
Now that you know about suits, you need to complete your look by picking up the correct suit colour, shirt, trousers and accessories that go with it which is coming up in our next blog. Till then stay put and enjoy the weekend. !!
Article- Sankhadeep Dey
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