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Why no love for the three piece suit?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by andrew96, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. JSSM

    JSSM Well-Known Member

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    +1 Hard to pull off without looking pretentious and out of place
    And why is a vest any worse than a pocket square? A vest is a practical piece of clothing and an extension of a suit. A pocket square will be viewed as decoration. I imagine the pocket square would receive stronger responses either way, but many more negative responses than the vest. The vest may also receive a greater number of positive responses since it more subtley smartens up the outfit (and I suspect the responses would be less specific to the vest, and often to just the overall outfit). I like vests, but they also lessen the effect of a shirt and tie (though I think it enhances them without a jacket). Depends on the combination.
     
  2. MikeDT

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    I haven't seen a three piece suit in a long time, non around here. I know my father used to wear one in the 70s.
     
  3. David Reeves

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    They look great very well fitted...

    Very trendy at the moment...


    Thank you.

    Them being trendy is good in some ways bad in others. I'm moving on to more Double breasted suits myself. I think that's the future big trend. I haven't made a DB for a client in two years though, people think I'm crazy when I suggest it. A few years ago people laughed at me for suggesting they wear three piece suits.
     
  4. speedy4500

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    Something of a speciality of mine. Most of the suits I make for myself or clients are three piece.

    I just looked at the gallery on your site, David.... your suits look phenomenal, very stately and elegant.

    I tend to agree with the statement that it takes a certain attitude and build to pull off a three piece, but if one can do it, a three piece makes a hell of a statement. I also find that they work best with taller and athletic builds, rather than short and/or heavier folks.
     
  5. Quadcammer

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    Is the point of a vest to discard the coat in the office and still have something over your shirt and tie (i.e., besides the style aspect, was there some semi-practical point to it when it was more popular)?

    A three piece makes me think a banker who has to deal with customers all day and needs to appear just that much more formal. It's hard enough looking like a lawyer and not coming off too snotty. Snooty. Snotty. Whatever.

    In my small office and even in the larger building, I am quite sure a three-piece would get plenty of stares and chuckles, no matter how nice. Too bad.


    There are plenty out there, though, that wear 2 piece suits. Hardly anyone these days wears 3. It would stand out, despite what you think. Just the way it is.

    +1


    Maybe this is the case in australia or oregon, but in NYC, a three piece suit raises very few eyebrows, unless you work in a very business casual environment.
     
  6. Russ_H

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    Why don't I ever see people wearing three piece suits aside from on TV? If I had the money, I'd have 112 bespoke three piece suits, one every day for four weeks for every season.

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    It's a shame that this chap's waistcoat is too short, or his trousers too low in the waist.
    I dislike seeing shirt or waistband between waistcoat and trousers. Surely the idea is to
    give the impression of a single, unbroken sweep of material?
     
  7. GusW

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    I'm moving on to more Double breasted suits myself. I think that's the future big trend.

    +100

    I think by next year they will be pretty close to being "required" for all sharp dressed men.

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  8. Sanguis Mortuum

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    +100

    I think by next year they will be pretty close to being "required" for all sharp dressed men.


    Indeed; I've been heralding their resurgence for a while now.
     
  9. Quadcammer

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    +100

    I think by next year they will be pretty close to being "required" for all sharp dressed men.

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    doubtful
     
  10. Harold falcon

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    Love the 3 piece. Wouldn't wear in the summer, but appropriate the rest of the year.
     
  11. Xenon

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    I really love a nice fitted 3 piece. tom ford had several. Unfortuneately our over heated indoor society makes the vest unwearable even in winter, spring or fall let alone summer.

    Maybe with a bit of luck this global warming hype will change all this and indoor heating will be banned. I could then wear and purchase more 3 pieces.

    Note: then all those fat ugly chicks that are always cold could then just freeze to death[​IMG]
     
  12. thinman

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    Although I rarely wear suits, I'm considering having a glen plaid suit made and seriously considering making it a 3-piece. If I choose a fabric with a soft finish, I should be able to wear all three pieces as separates.
     
  13. GusW

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    doubtful

    Really? They seemed to show up all over the shows this year. Many more than last year. I would be prepared to embrace the look....

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    +100

    I think by next year they will be pretty close to being "required" for all sharp dressed men.

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    -100. I think they look silly. Every time I see a guy wearing one, I want to ask where his Tommy gun is; i find them so wannabe 1930s gangster.
     
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    -100. I think they look silly. Every time I see a guy wearing one, I want to ask where his Tommy gun is; i find them so wannabe 1930s gangster.
    This sort of thinking is probably a few steps above thinking that anyone wearing a pink shirt must be gay, but only a few. Just because you have these weird associations in your head, does not mean everyone else does. Associating a wide-brimmed fedora with 'gangsters' is a relatively common one, but associating any double-breasted coat with gangsters, unless it is in a wide chalk-stripe and loose 30's cut, is not normal. I mean, do you honestly look at the images above and think they're trying to dress like 1920's gangsters?
     
  16. Quadcammer

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    Really? They seemed to show up all over the shows this year. Many more than last year. I would be prepared to embrace the look....

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    manufacturers can produce them, but i'm not sure how many men will wear them. I personally cannot stand to wear a double breasted suit, so I will not embrace them.
     
  17. SuitedDx

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    My 2 cents:

    First, it's subjective comfort: if you feel comfortable wearing a 3-piece then feeling awkward is not an issue.

    Second, it's the context: if you are in a situation where it is acceptable to be wearing a suit then you're not going to feel like you're sticking out (i.e., Asch experiment).

    I wear a 3-piece probably once every other week in my office (during fall/winter seasons here in NY) and it's never been an issue. Some caveats: it is not seen 'bizarre' for me to be wearing suits and almost all my colleagues are women so I do not get the 'snickering' from male colleagues some previous posters have mentioned.
     
  18. Patek

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    manufacturers can produce them, but i'm not sure how many men will wear them. I personally cannot stand to wear a double breasted suit, so I will not embrace them.

    Your loss. I have a RLBL navy DB suit that I wear with pride and get nothing but complements on.
     
  19. Quadcammer

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    Your loss. I have a RLBL navy DB suit that I wear with pride and get nothing but complements on.

    in fact, it isn't.

    I don't like them, so I wouldn't have any pride, and I don't dress for others, so I wouldn't care about compliments.

    I don't like them.
     
  20. Patek

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    in fact, it isn't.

    I don't like them, so I wouldn't have any pride, and I don't dress for others, so I wouldn't care about compliments.

    I don't like them.


    Thus your loss. It is not that hard to understand. You are missing out since you don't have a taste for them.
     

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