3-piece suit to business meeting?

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  1. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    Does anyone else agree with this?
    No, not me.
     


  2. Gent

    Gent Well-Known Member

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    OK, consider yourself corrected.

    Please do elaborate. I've never had a three-piece, but for some reason I've thought this to be the case.

    On a related note, I just came from my tailor's. Popped in with no notice as I happened to be in the neighbourhood. Anyway, I had the briefest chat with him and we arranged a time for me to properly order a flannel 3-piece. I had a wee look at some fabrics, and I sort of chose one already. Didn't have the time to go through the whole setup right then and there, but in a couple of weeks. My first flannel, my first 3-piece.
     


  3. mkarim

    mkarim Senior member

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    3 piece suit is seen as an abomination by society. You will be labeled a leper and avoided by all business associates.

    They were popular at a time, but now are considered "too stuffy", from what have seen. A good two-piece would be great.
     


  4. Mr. Pink

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    One interesting thing, really, is how a tree-piece suit really limits one's choices of lining. I am of the impression (do correct me if I'm wrong) that the back of the waistcoat tends to be in the same material as the lining of the suit. This would make flashy colours one might otherwise consider, such as red, for example, utterly ridiculous, if one ever wishes to take the jacket off.

    Thoughts on this?


    I have several 3 piece suits where the vest back color approximates the suit color while the lining, including the vest lining, is brighter.

    As to the OP's question, I think you can wear a 3 piece suit in any business situation if, in doing so, you don't look like you're wearing costume. This is a function of both the suit itself and the person wearing it. If you are young and self-concious about the vest, better to leave it off. Also, vests look like crap if the suit has belted trousers.
     


  5. Mr. Pink

    Mr. Pink Senior member

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    I like vests and view those who wear them for business to have good taste in clothing and to be taken more seriously...especially amongst lawyers

    Thus I would encourage the OP to wear them at a business meeting

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    Love it, especially the high opening of the vest.
     


  6. David Reeves

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    I understand by your post that New York is not known for its grammar.

    Hey and you know I got a B+ at GCSE English! you should write a letter to the daily mail.
     


  7. Film Noir Buff

    Film Noir Buff Senior member

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    Please do elaborate. I've never had a three-piece, but for some reason I've thought this to be the case. On a related note, I just came from my tailor's. Popped in with no notice as I happened to be in the neighbourhood. Anyway, I had the briefest chat with him and we arranged a time for me to properly order a flannel 3-piece. I had a wee look at some fabrics, and I sort of chose one already. Didn't have the time to go through the whole setup right then and there, but in a couple of weeks. My first flannel, my first 3-piece.
    It's the case that the back of the vest matches the rest of the lining, irrespective of the pattern/color of the lining.
     


  8. Svenn

    Svenn Senior member

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    What do you guys think of three-pieces where the vest just barely pokes out behind the jacket?:

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    Seems like that adds a lot of class, pulls the tie hard against your body, but doesn't come off as looking like a cartoonish aristocrat.
     


  9. BareSolid

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    What do you guys think of three-pieces where the vest just barely pokes out behind the jacket?:

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    Seems like that adds a lot of class, pulls the tie hard against your body, but doesn't come off as looking like a cartoonish aristocrat.


    That's fine, in fact I think it's rather crass having your tie danging down like an exposed dong.
     


  10. porcelain monkey

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    I've worked in finance in Boston and New York for the past 15 years. I also travel the country quite a bit for work. I can think of exactly one person I have come into contact with who wore a three piece suit - an older and very senior person at my old firm. That's not to say there is something wrong with them, but I just don't see it. Since many designers seem to be selling them (or at least offering them for sale) these days this may change.
     


  11. ironmarshal

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    Doesn't bother me at all to wear a three piece in the office, even if the dress code is dress casual. I wear my suits, including a three piece every now and then. if you aren't comfortable enough to wear it with confidence then don't try it. If you're not comfortable then you'll come off as somebody who's trying too hard, and that's not what you want.
     


  12. The Louche

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    Anti-three piece people in this thread are crazy. I am barely 27 and work at a super-conservative, well-respected firm. I barely get any comments when I wear a three piece. If I get one, its always positive. A three piece is as classic as it gets and anyone that thinks its ostentatious in and of itself is likely a total slob.

    Of course, all of this is to say that ANY clothing can be made ostentatious if you really want. Adding insane patterns, loud colors, and loopy amounts of sprezz to your three piece outfit will make it ostentatious. But then, adding those elements to your two piece will make it equally ostentatious.
     


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    You're very young and of little importance, which is likely why people pay no attention to you.
     


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    views on 3 piece? how is this viewed in society for business lunch attire for serious meeting

    Who are you meeting with and for what type of business? Also, how old are the clients or attendants of the meeting?

    I work in the legal field and a wear them frequently. I never have had a negative comment, in fact, quite the contrary. But, in other lines of work, it may not be accepted so graciously.

    Like a peer told me one time, if you act like a jack-ass, it doesn't matter how well you are dressed! So, I think it may only be ostentacious or over the top if you act that way.
     


  15. the.chikor

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    Anti-three piece people in this thread are crazy. I am barely 27 and work at a super-conservative, well-respected firm. I barely get any comments when I wear a three piece. If I get one, its always positive. A three piece is as classic as it gets and anyone that thinks its ostentatious in and of itself is likely a total slob.

    Of course, all of this is to say that ANY clothing can be made ostentatious if you really want. Adding insane patterns, loud colors, and loopy amounts of sprezz to your three piece outfit will make it ostentatious. But then, adding those elements to your two piece will make it equally ostentatious.


    well said.[​IMG]
     


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