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post #226 of 329
It's the occasion and the costume-y nature of it. I'd only wear a 3-piece to an occasion that I know I own. Otherwise you draw a little bit too much attention to yourself... which is fine, but not all the time.
post #227 of 329
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Originally Posted by CrimsonSox View Post

Here's a recent picture of Prince Charles wearing a three piece suit, instead of his normal double-breasted:

 

He looks better in this then those boxy DBs.
post #228 of 329
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He looks better in this then those boxy DBs.

Very true..
post #229 of 329

I agree -- the DB suits that he wears tend to look boxy and too slope shouldered.  I wonder who tailored his three piece suit?

post #230 of 329
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He looks better in this then those boxy DBs.

Wow that's quite flamboyant. I like it.
post #231 of 329
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post #232 of 329
Anyone can wear a well fitting 3 piece suit, big, small, short, tall.

Fall and winter are the times for 3 pieces.
post #233 of 329
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post #234 of 329
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Originally Posted by The Titan View Post

To the OP, my answer is that a 3piece suit only looks good on slim people.

Your "opinion" brings to mind Jackie Gleason, who 3 of the if not best dressed wearer of 3 piece suits ever.

Several former football players, Howie Long, Michael Strahan, etc were wearing 3 pieces last season as well.



Slim people, pffft!
post #235 of 329
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To the OP, my answer is that a 3piece suit only looks good on slim people. Looking at obesity rates everywhere, especially America, it ain't gonna be popular anymore.

Besides, style knowledge has improved to the point where we don't need to wear so many pieces of clothing to look good anymore.

I would bet you in the days when people were wearing 3 piece suits typically, there knowledge of style was a lot better than it is today.
post #236 of 329

What's interesting about Prince Charles' outfit is that the vest has lapels, and his pocket square does not mirror his tie, but picks up the same colors -- navy, red, and green -- in a different pattern.  He's a thoughtful dresser.

post #237 of 329

There are a couple of reasons why the vest is less common today, despite its undeniable sophistication:

 

1.  For the vest to lie smoothly, it should be worn with suspenders, but most men prefer to wear belts.  

 

2.  Many men like to wear low waisted pants that sit on the hips, but vests need to be paired with high waisted pants.  This is to avoid a gap between the vest bottom and pant top that would show the shirt and tie. 

 

3.  A proper vest is difficult to tailor.  It needs to conform closely to the body, so as not to wrinkle the jacket.  A vest also needs a waist, hitting exactly at the waistline of the trousers, for a smooth transition between the upper and lower body.  Evelyn Waugh, in his wonderful essay on dressing well, said that the vest "is invariably a failure except in expert hands."  The challenge of tailoring a vest makes it less common in ready-to-wear and even in bespoke.

 

4.  The trend in clothes is towards greater casualness, and vests are seen as more formal, like stiff collars or French cuffs.  In denim colored eyes, vests seem "fussy."

 

5.  Ample central heating is more common, compared to the old days when the thermostat was turned down to save money.  In a 70 degree office, vests have gone the way of 18 oz suiting fabric.

 

It's a shame, since the three piece suit, if done well, can be striking:

 

 

For Waugh's essay, see: http://asuitablewardrobe.dynend.com/2012/01/beau-brummels-on-14000-year.html

post #238 of 329
I absolutely agree! smile.gif

BTW, correct me if I am wrong, but Prince Charles buys most of his suits (the DB and morning suits, anyway) from G&H, right? That suit that Prince Charles is wearing looks like it is from A&S or one of the Savile Row tailors (such as Timothy Everest, Anthony J. Hewitt, Stephen Hitchcock and Steed, to name a few-okay, several) that have the same house style as (or a similar house style to) A&S.
post #239 of 329
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Originally Posted by The Titan View Post

To the OP, my answer is that a 3piece suit only looks good on slim people. Looking at obesity rates everywhere, especially America, it ain't gonna be popular anymore.



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Originally Posted by mhdena View Post

Your "opinion" brings to mind Jackie Gleason, who 3 of the if not best dressed wearer of 3 piece suits ever.

Several former football players, Howie Long, Michael Strahan, etc were wearing 3 pieces

Indeed. I believe that a well fitting 3 piece is the best way for overweight to minimize the weight.

I'm not sure i can articulate why but I believe that the vest breaks up the expanse of the shirt and smooths out the radius of curvature of the stomach -- that fools the eye.

When I get more time, I'll post pictures of Jackie Gleason, Edward G Robinson, Sydney Greenstreet. All look better because they are wearing 3 piece.
post #240 of 329
Nice suit. The vest pocket watch chain and a wrist watch, however, are a bit of a faux pas to me. A bit like wearing a belt and braces.


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Here's a recent picture of Prince Charles wearing a three piece suit, instead of his normal double-breasted:

 

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