(j @ June 12 2005,20:51) When was this, that they were doing this, again? Â
Well ok you got me there, but it's still relatively easier to find good-fitting pants instead of good-fitting jackets or suits. There are more variables involved in the latter. I think a lot of people will become disillusioned with the whole "dress-up" thing and start reverting back to casual. Hell, it's happening to me already.
I think there are a couple of flawed premises in here: (1) That people who wear ill fitting suits do so because of lack of funds, and they will wear nice fitting pants and polos if that is their standard business dress. I just don't buy this premise for the most part. People who wear well-fitting biz casual will end up wearing well-fitting suits. People who wear ill-fitting suits probably will wear ill fitting biz casual attire. People who wear boring suits (grey, white shirt, red rep striped tie) will wear boring biz casual (dockers, french blue shirt, ken cole shoes). People who look sharp in cheap biz casual will find some way to look sharp -- at least to the nondiscerning eye -- in cheap suits. (2) More people are spending disposable income on tailored clothes. I don't quite buy this premise either. I would be curious whether the trends in men's tailored clothing are being driven by new customers, or whether people who have always worn business formal have been (a) replenishing tired suit collections in discrete chunks, and are doing so now because high quality wools have become less expensive over the past couple of years and because of noticeable mainstream style changes, or (b) are opting for more suits overall because it is now more acceptable to branch out in terms of seasonal suits, different colors, and different patterns. Personally, I see no more men wearing suits nowadays than I did five years ago -- but of those in suits, I see a greater proportion nowadays wearing suits in glen plaids, lighter colors, double vents, etc. Men with disposable income that wear suits simply don't want to have a closet full of plain navy and grey suits. As for whether the suit will disappear in the future, I'd think not. A high quality, well fitting suit is within the means of most business people due to the influx of Ebay and b&m discounters. And such a garment still is the most flattering thing a professional man can wear, IMO. It simply masks physical flaws better than any other garment out there.