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Is a 3 Button suit too stuffy?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Dr Huh?, May 13, 2009.

  1. Dr Huh?

    Dr Huh? Senior member

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    So I've been looking for a suit for a while now to wear to an upcoming wedding in August. I've been looking at mostly two button suits, but came across a three button suit the other day. It's solid navy, slim fit. For the longest time I didn't try on 3 button suits not really liking how they looked until I tried on the jacket and it fit perfectly. It hugged my shoulders naturally, something I've had difficulty in finding in other suit jackets. It was because everything fit so well that I had to reconsider my thoughts on 3 button suits.

    What I'm wondering is would it be too stuffy to wear to a wedding? What I mean is too stuffy compared to the cool and casual look of a two button suit. I suspect most guys are wearing two buttons suits as that seems to be the dominate style. The suit I tried on seems more youthful, more stylish than the 3 button suits you often see athletes and sports analyst's wearing. But I'm still on the fence about it.

    Any thoughts or opinions on 3 button suits in general is appreciated.
     
  2. ysc

    ysc Senior member

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    When I started noticing how suits looked I started noticing I find three buttons less pleasing to look at. Two button suits seem to flatter a greater number of different physiques than proper 3 button suits.
    Would it not be possible for you to find a two button made by the same people with a similar fit in the shoulders?
     
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    pabloj Senior member

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    Go for a 3 roll 2.5 soft tailored suit, it's really the best of both (and my personal favorite of course [​IMG]).
     
  4. Dr Huh?

    Dr Huh? Senior member

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    I don't think so. For one, the store I saw it in is a store that sells previously unsold clothes, and other merchandise. I had seen the same suit before in an other store of theirs (the store is Winners) and tried it on back then, but since a mirror wasn't handy, I just put it back on the rack. I'm not familiar with the brand name ( I think it was Davico) so I don't think they would have a store or sell that brand in stores near me. Winners is a store that sometimes carries more obscure brands.

    Keep in mind that I'm not specifically looking for a three button suit. It's just this particular suit not only fit well all over (shoulders, sleeves, back) but was also solid navy, and not the usual navy pinstripe, which being skinny I'm trying to avoid. If I could find a two button suit that was like it and fit as well that's what I would go for. Price is also another factor.

    I'm just weighing my options at the moment.
     
  5. JayJay

    JayJay Senior member

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    Keep in mind that I'm not specifically looking for a three button suit. It's just this particular suit not only fit well all over (shoulders, sleeves, back) but was also solid navy, and not the usual navy pinstripe, which being skinny I'm trying to avoid. If I could find a two button suit that was like it and fit as well that's what I would go for. Price is also another factor.

    I'm just weighing my options at the moment.

    If it looks good on you, then why not? I prefer 3/2 but a 3 button can look nice if it's a good fit.
     
  6. Toorman

    Toorman Senior member

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    I would go with the 2 button so you will be more attractive to Youngscientist [​IMG]. 2 or 3 butons is irrelavant. the only factor you should consider is what fits best and looks most flattering on you. Besides, you will look far less "stuffy" in a slim fit 3 button suit with soft shoulders than a 2 button suit with padded shoulders and pleated, baggy pants.
     
  7. Grenadier

    Grenadier Senior member

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    I have a couple 3-button suits that I quit like. If I wasn't 6'2" and 170lbs I probably wouldn't like them. I believe that a 3-button suit should only be worn by the tall and then or unbuttoned with a vest.

    Just my $0.02
    [​IMG]
     
  8. Nexus6

    Nexus6 Senior member

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    Dr Huh? I sent you a private message.
     
  9. knittieguy

    knittieguy Senior member

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    3 button suits are generally considered less formal then 2 button suits
     
  10. kannoos

    kannoos Senior member

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    Er, no. Lounge suits used to have 3, 4 or even 5 buttons. I think 2 button suits were unheard of until the 1920s. The most conservative British city suit is a single breasted, 3 piece, 3 button charcoal suit - the stereotypical uniform of Whitehall mandarins for many years.
     
  11. bigbris1

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    I let all of mine roll to 2.
     
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    it is all a matter of preference, yes on some men it will look stuffy. That can be due to the fit of the jacket weither or not it is the right size or if the guys is too small to pull off the look. It can also look great on a lot of taller men and slim waisted men. I can wear both but prefer a two button.
     
  13. Dr Huh?

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    Sent you one back. Sorry I didn't reply to other messages you sent to in regards to unrelated threads, but I just joined the forum and this was the first time checking my messages.

    It would appear that someone scooped up the suit, as I went back to store, and that was the only one in that particular size. It's probably just as well, as I wasn't completely sold on the idea. Oh well, the hunt for a suit continues. On a side note, I did see a number of men walking around in 3 button suits, to varying levels of success. One guy looked very casual, where another had all 3 buttons buttoned up.[​IMG]

    That's true. My main problem with trying on suits is the shoulders feeling too padded, or the overall suit being too boxy. I tried on an H&M jacket that fit well, and looks good but I don't want to pay the price for that particular quality. It was also slim fit, which seems to be more flattering on me, yet I don't see to many places that sell that style at an affordable price. I'd like to get a two button suit along the lines of these:

    [​IMG]
     
  14. Cas Ruffin

    Cas Ruffin Senior member

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    I think if you get a slim 3 button, assuming that you're slim, it should look fine.
     
  15. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    No reason whatever to reject a three button suit - fine style.
     
  16. emmanuel

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    Three buttons look ok, but two buttons just look better. The only reason I would buy a three button is if the style is something I have never seen elsewhere on a two... such as a fabric or pattern.
     
  17. NaturalShoulder

    NaturalShoulder Senior member

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    I like 3/2 roll or 3/2.5. I personnally think the high roll three button look terrible, but I can appreciate the fact that others may like them.
     
  18. clee1982

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    I never find a 3 buttons that works for me, always too stiff, the line from upper body to my waist just never look natural (not hugging it right if you ask me). I am fairly slim (145lb ish), but not very tall (5"7', 5"8'), so not sure if slim is the right way to decide whether you can wear a 3 piece or not.
     
  19. newtrane

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    2 button are a bit fashionable at the moment ... 3 button is more "classic".
     

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