Banana Republic Pushing Three-Piece Suits

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MrDaniels, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. Jumbie

    Jumbie Senior member

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    Casino Royale (and other pop culture appearances) have done the three-piece a world of good.

    I think that's pretty much why.

    I love the look of a three-piece. Hope to own a nice one some day.
     


  2. TimothyLeighton

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    Over here in the UK Primark (bottom of the barrel copyright skirting sweat shop clothes on the ultra cheap) is going all out selling three pieces. How do I know? I was lost looking for the exit. Yeah that'll do. I was lost.

    Having filled my wardrobe with three pieces my elitist heart sinks a little.
     


  3. Bird's One View

    Bird's One View Senior member

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    I actually spoke with some of their senior corporate visual / stylists who are actually responsible for putting out these "outfits" and found out that they delibrately make the vests short (and with 5 buttons instead of 6) so that the inverted V (of opening) shows the belt buckle. When I asked why is that needed? I was told because this is the way you are supposed to wear the vest .... and I left it at that.
    Why stop there? Sooner than we imagine they will leave the fly undone and have a bit of shirt tail peeking out. The new style will save them having to sew in a zipper. Bespoke trousers of course will be available with a functioning fly closure.
     


  4. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    I'm not a big fan of the three-piece, I must say. I have one, and don't think I've ever worn the vest. I keep walking by a 3-piece in the Banana Republic windows, and I don't think it looks very good.
     


  5. embowafa

    embowafa Senior member

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    You see it more and more - Casino Royale, Roger Sterling on Mad Men. I am considering one for fall.

    I like this outfit better...

    [​IMG]

    As for the 3 piece.....meh.....I don't like it. Now, if TaT threw down some 3-pieces then my mind may be changed.
     


  6. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It is late 70's, 80's style all over again. Thats when I last had mine.

    I enjoyed a navy pinstripe three piece for my banker meetings and major presentations in those days. I also had a nice tweed three piece for more casual dressy events and travel. That suit was amazing when I ran into bitter, cold weather.

    But after a couple of years, the extra layer, with a vest just seemed a little restrictive and I enjoyed moving on to newer, modern two-piece styles.
     


  7. Lel

    Lel Senior member

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    Hopefully what this means is at least the option of three piece suits in lower priced brands.
     


  8. luftvier

    luftvier Senior member

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    The newest BR suits are all fused Chinese garbage, as far as I've experienced.

    They might look nice, but not a fan of the price : quality ratio.
     


  9. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    J.Crew features the three-piece, too.
     


  10. NoVaguy

    NoVaguy Senior member

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    Tsk, tsk. Waistcoat's too short (and/or trousers have too low a rise: belt (!) is peeking out).

    But nice to see, though.


    Probably more the low rise than anything else. Are those trousers flat front.
     


  11. ozonemania

    ozonemania Senior member

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    I have one BR sportcoat, and I like the look of it, but it feels like I'm wearing a cardboard box. I've tried on other BR jackets and they all feel the same way.

    As for the waistcoat length in the pic, I actually like it, and I've seen other labels style theirs similarly. Only problem I have with this pic is the tie is sticking out the bottom.
     


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    vitaminc Senior member

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    My first bespoke suits will definitely be 3 piece with extra pair of trousers. I mean, adding a vest doesn't cost that much and vests could be worn other ways too.
     


  13. gorgekko

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    I don't think that I have worn a three piece suit since I was old enough to choose my own clothes. I don't see that changing.

    +1. I'm a few years from 40...no reason to look older than I have to.
     


  14. Francis91

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    I bought a 3 piece from BR not that long ago (thankfully not at full price) and it fits me well.
     


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    I like this outfit better...

    [​IMG]

    As for the 3 piece.....meh.....I don't like it. Now, if TaT threw down some 3-pieces then my mind may be changed.



    If I recall, this is right before Roger's first heart attack. He probably should have kept the suit on.
     


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