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3-piece suit to business meeting?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by AvariceBespoke, Oct 9, 2009.

  1. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    So to wear a 3 piece may be to over the top.
    Why, especially if it's a cold winter day?
     
  2. dieselman89

    dieselman89 Senior member

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    Why, especially if it's a cold winter day?

    because the norm is 2 piece suits.
     
  3. ArtOrSartor

    ArtOrSartor Active Member

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    If anyone's worried about taking flak at the office for putting on a vest, they should get a new job.
     
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    MCH-est.1818 Well-Known Member

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    It's not my problem if the rest of the world wants to dress like teenagers in the office. I wear suits and ties, three piece suits when I feel like it.

    To hell with what they think about it...who could possibly care about their opinion, based on how they dress themselves in the morning?



    I agree!

    It is amazing how business attire in our society has devolved over the past several decades. DAMN YOU, CASUAL FRIDAYS, DAMN YOU!

    But in all seriousness, I believe 3pc suits are fine in a business setting as long as they are conservative in nature--solid gray or navy, standard pinstripe, or subtle glen plaid --and paired with a simple shirt and tie.

    I mean if you can't wear a 3pc, then you shouldn't wear a DB, a pocket square, cufflinks, etc. for fear that any of those items may make you look over-the-top compared to your peers...
     
  6. mlongano

    mlongano Senior member

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    Well were I work all the men 2 piece suits. So to wear a 3 piece may be to over the top.

    If everyone else is wearing a two piece, they'll never even notice you wearing a three piece.
     
  7. Sanguis Mortuum

    Sanguis Mortuum Senior member

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    Well were I work all the men 2 piece suits. So to wear a 3 piece may be to over the top.
    Seriously? I can imagine it being a bit over the top if everyone else wears jeans and t-shirts, but it's really not that big a step from a 2-piece to a 3-piece. If everyone felt the same as you then nobody would ever wear a 3-piece...
     
  8. JayJay

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    because the norm is 2 piece suits.
    lol
     
  9. sellahi22

    sellahi22 Senior member

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    It's not my problem if the rest of the world wants to dress like teenagers in the office. I wear suits and ties, three piece suits when I feel like it.

    To hell with what they think about it...who could possibly care about their opinion, based on how they dress themselves in the morning?


    This is a pretty insane POV. Everyone should care, to some degree, about how you are perceived at work. You go to work in order to earn money and advance your career, not flaunt your peacock feathers. That said, some especially charismatic guys can pull off a 3-piece or DB suit, but on the vast majority of men it looks affected and try-hard. It's not the end of the world if people at work think you are weird and eccentric - you won't get fired or suffer major adverse career consequences or anything - but why not try to fit in and exhibit your style more discreetly (through well fitting clothes, tasteful accessories, etc)
     
  10. sartorialism

    sartorialism Senior member

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    I wore 3-piece suits as a student-intern. I loove those babies. [​IMG]
     
  11. Svenn

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    This is a pretty insane POV. Everyone should care, to some degree, about how you are perceived at work. You go to work in order to earn money and advance your career, not flaunt your peacock feathers. That said, some especially charismatic guys can pull off a 3-piece or DB suit, but on the vast majority of men it looks affected and try-hard. It's not the end of the world if people at work think you are weird and eccentric - you won't get fired or suffer major adverse career consequences or anything - but why not try to fit in and exhibit your style more discreetly (through well fitting clothes, tasteful accessories, etc)

    100% agree. I've never seen a 3 piece that fitted properly, and indeed it ends up just looking like an affected 19th century gimmick. If you absolutely must get one, I'd make damn sure it's top-level bespoke, since you'll be getting twice the attention with it.
     
  12. dieselman89

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    I agree!

    It is amazing how business attire in our society has devolved over the past several decades. DAMN YOU, CASUAL FRIDAYS, DAMN YOU!

    But in all seriousness, I believe 3pc suits are fine in a business setting as long as they are conservative in nature--solid gray or navy, standard pinstripe, or subtle glen plaid --and paired with a simple shirt and tie.

    I mean if you can't wear a 3pc, then you shouldn't wear a DB, a pocket square, cufflinks, etc. for fear that any of those items may make you look over-the-top compared to your peers...

    That's a good point. Whats the fad with DB? I enjoy slimmer fitting suits and cannot pull of a DB. It's too mature Good point about cufflinks and pocket squares.
    Seriously? I can imagine it being a bit over the top if everyone else wears jeans and t-shirts, but it's really not that big a step from a 2-piece to a 3-piece.

    If everyone felt the same as you then nobody would ever wear a 3-piece...


    Let's hope I dont get too much shit for this. (sigh)....
     
  13. mlongano

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    You guys crack me up...you must be in your 20s...I'm an old guy, almost 60, but I've been wearing nice clothes to the office for thirty-five years without much thought as to what anyone else may think about it.

    After about one week of being dressed better than anyone else in the office, nobody will even notice it anymore. You shouldn't worry about it so much...nobody ever got fired for dressing nicely, and most people will have respect for your individuality...hell, you may even get other people to second guess their sloppy sartorial choices.

    At your age, you really should be more concerned about distinguishing yourself from the pack, as opposed to fitting in...if you prove yourself valuable to the company you work for, they really won't care if you're wearing a tuxedo or an oak barrel.
     
  14. mkarim

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    You guys crack me up...you must be in your 20s...I'm an old guy, almost 60, but I've been wearing nice clothes to the office for thirty-five years without much thought as to what anyone else may think about it.

    After about one week of being dressed better than anyone else in the office, nobody will even notice it anymore. You shouldn't worry about it so much...nobody ever got fired for dressing nicely, and most people will have respect for your individuality...hell, you may even get other people to second guess their sloppy sartorial choices.

    This is very true. I've had the same experience. After several days of people noticing and perceiving me as metro/gay/whatever, everyone not only accepts but they expect it now. After a while, I saw some others dress better. Some women now ask me for advice on how their husbands should dress.
     
  15. GBR

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    It can be OK - you do not however tell us what trade you are in or what position you hold. If you are a brand new graduate it might be too much, if the senior partner or managing director fine. If you are in IT, no, if a lawyer fine.
     
  16. mkarim

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    It can be OK - you do not however tell us what trade you are in or what position you hold. If you are a brand new graduate it might be too much, if the senior partner or managing director fine. If you are in IT, no, if a lawyer fine.
    I know. I'm in IT :)
     
  17. Sazerac

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    Where the hell do you all work where a two-piece is acceptable but a three-piece is considered "wild and crazy?" If that's true, that sounds like a stultifyingly repressed sort of joint.

    BTW, I have friends at white shoe law firms who wear three-piece suits on a regular basis, so I don't think it's just my rather liberal definition of acceptable business attire. (In the ad world where I'm from, a Ramones t-shirt -- provided it has plenty of holes in it -- is considered acceptable for client meetings.)
     
  18. pocketprotector

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    I know a guy in his 20's who looks amazing in a pinstriped 3-piece. He pulls it off because he looks like Jeremy Piven's twin brother and has a little chutzpah of his own as a stock broker who works as a movie stunt double on the side. And this is actually in Southern California, where you'd think he would be a pariah. Rather than like a leper, he looks enviably cool.
     
  19. Christopher Essex

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    You guys crack me up...you must be in your 20s...I'm an old guy, almost 60, but I've been wearing nice clothes to the office for thirty-five years without much thought as to what anyone else may think about it.

    After about one week of being dressed better than anyone else in the office, nobody will even notice it anymore. You shouldn't worry about it so much...nobody ever got fired for dressing nicely, and most people will have respect for your individuality...hell, you may even get other people to second guess their sloppy sartorial choices.

    At your age, you really should be more concerned about distinguishing yourself from the pack, as opposed to fitting in...if you prove yourself valuable to the company you work for, they really won't care if you're wearing a tuxedo or an oak barrel.


    +1000
     
  20. Metlin

    Metlin Senior member

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    Quite honestly, I'm surprised at folks here who wear suits in business casual environments. Suits used to be considered conservative and serious outfits - instead, people here wear them as a sign of rebelliousness in the name of upholding sartorial standards. For some SF members, wearing a suit and tie has become the sartorial equivalent of wearing jeans and cutting the tie.

    It's one thing if you wear a 3 piece suit in an environment where everyone is dressed in a suit and you have leeway to be a little ostentatious. It's another if you wear a 3 piece suit in an environment where everyone wears khakis and polos, or even conservative 2 piece suits.

    I can only imagine what I would think if a coworker looked costume-y.
     

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