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3-piece suit recommondations

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by lmasterz, Dec 12, 2013.

  1. lmasterz

    lmasterz New Member

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    Hello Ladies and Gents,

    I'm a newbie here so I'd appreciate all the support I can get.

    I am attending a wedding in a few weeks. I have always liked 3-piece suits as I think it screams elegance, class and style. I bought my navy blue 3 piece. I want recommendations on the shirt color, tie (skinny or normal/wide), color of shoes and handkerchief. I browsed around online, I found the typical look (which I don't mind), which is a white shirt and a dark tie (i.e. blue or black) along with a white handkerchief. What others would you recommend?

    What are the do's and don'ts for a 3-piece? I saw a thread here on this site mentioning not to wear a belt, which I totally disagree to. I think it should be hidden, but not to avoid wearing one.

    Also, I want to wear a cuffed shirt. What's the rule on how much to show off the shirt? In this I would most likely have to shorten the sleeves to show off the cuffs, right?
     


  2. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Distinguished Member

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    Don't wear a belt. I wouldn't wear a belt with any suit.
     
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  3. Academic2

    Academic2 Distinguished Member

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    The waistcoat should be long enough to cover the waistband of the trousers, regardless of whether or not you're wearing a belt.

    Some contemporary cut suits unfortunately don't do this.

    Cheers,

    Ac
     


  4. Academic2

    Academic2 Distinguished Member

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    The only difference between a traditionally cut 3-piece suit and a 2-piece suit that matters to your questions about shirts and other accompaniments is that by convention the 3-piece suit is regarded as slightly more formal. The choice of what goes with it should usually reflect that: something that might seem inappropriately informal with a 2-piece suit is apt to look even odder with a 3-piece suit.

    Cheers,

    Ac
     


  5. RogerP

    RogerP Distinguished Member

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    Agreed. If the trousers of your three-piece suit are of the low-rise crotch-grabbing variety, then better to go with side tabs or braces as the belt will show beneath the vest and look untidy. But for pants with a normal rise, a belt is fine.
     


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