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post #181 of 329

If my latest MTM odd jacket turns out well after shoulder alterations, I might order a matching pair of trousers and vest. I love 3-piece tweed suits, and I think it's a very nice look no matter how one's built.

post #182 of 329

Tweed is special. It brings to mind old English gentlemen hunting pheasant. If you can afford nice tweed, (and are oldish) you can automatically pull off tweed.

post #183 of 329
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Originally Posted by upr_crust View Post

In reading some of the comments in this thread, and as the owner of no less than seven three-piece suits, I believe that I can weigh in on this subject.
One doesn't need to be particularly tall, thin or athletic to wear one (I'm 5'9", and though not especially fat, not skinny either), though one's torso shouldn't be bulging out in the middle (a prominent gut is a particular no-no with this look).
Fit is important, as is "owning" the look - if you believe that you look natural in a three-piece suit, you will look natural.
I wear them in cooler months to the office (on days when it's a bit cool for a two-piece, but not so cold as to need an overcoat, a three-piece is very useful), as I would a two-piece suit. There is only one of my three-piece suits which I reserve for "special" occasions, as it is a very deep navy blue, and has very bold rope stripes (bought from New & Lingwood in London - it's quite an eyeful, but does require an occasion to be seen in it).
As it is, I'm wearing one today, and I've posted photos in WAYWRN of me in it, so check it out, and decide for yourselves.

I agree with what you're saying, particularly about owning the look. You have a fairly distinguished look in general, so you wear the suit, instead of it wearing you. The same wouldn't be true of the young guy (regardless of build) who watches "Wall Street" and decides to emulate the look. I think many are confusing a good build with a general air of confidence (since the two often go together but can also be mutually exclusive).
post #184 of 329

I think a relaxed fit also helps with pulling off 3-piece suits. Looking more comfortable in your clothes obviously makes you look more confident as well. Mega-slim fit 3-piece suits always come off as "trying too hard" to me.

post #185 of 329
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Originally Posted by RDiaz View Post

I think a relaxed fit also helps with pulling off 3-piece suits. Looking more comfortable in your clothes obviously makes you look more confident as well. Mega-slim fit 3-piece suits always come off as "trying too hard" to me.

Agreed. Suits, particularly three-piece, should have a nice drape to them and the ultra slim fail to do that, particularly those that are tight in the legs.
post #186 of 329
At my bank today there were two male employees wearing a three-piece suit, one looked to be in his 20s and they other looked early 40s. They certainly did not stand out as being inappropriate, except for looking very professional...and toasty on this chilly day.
post #187 of 329
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Originally Posted by MrDaniels View Post

At my bank today there were two male employees wearing a three-piece suit, one looked to be in his 20s and they other looked early 40s. They certainly did not stand out as being inappropriate, except for looking very professional...and toasty on this chilly day.

That must have been quite a large suit for the two of them to share it like that.
post #188 of 329
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post #189 of 329

Yay! The jacket fit was neat, so true to my word, I ordered a vest and trousers to turn it into a casual 3-piece suit. I think it's going to look great. This is the fabric:

 

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post #190 of 329

Oh wow, jealous. Where is that from, RDiaz?

post #191 of 329

That's some generic tweed my tailor carries. They bought large batches so they can offer MTM garments for a very fair price. The label says "Robert Harris of Scotland", I don't think it's familiar to anyone, even to the Scottish lol8[1].gif

post #192 of 329

I just got my new suit back from getting pressed.  It's a MTM out of VBC herringbone from MyTailor.com who just happen to be twenty minutes down the freeway from me.

 

 

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I like it!

post #193 of 329
Quite an article...can't say I would recommend some of these for a job interview...

http://therakeonline.com/men-dressing-stylishly-rake-style/mastering-the-three-piece-suit/





post #194 of 329
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Originally Posted by MrDaniels View Post

At my bank today there were two male employees wearing a three-piece suit, one looked to be in his 20s and they other looked early 40s. They certainly did not stand out as being inappropriate, except for looking very professional...and toasty on this chilly day.

To be honest, it is not uncommon to see young man in their 20s wearing a three piece to work.
post #195 of 329
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Originally Posted by add911_11 View Post

To be honest, it is not uncommon to see young man in their 20s wearing a three piece to work.

I would use it, but I don't own a 3 piece suit. frown.gif Next suit is going to be a 3 piece.
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