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What mix of suit styles do people wear?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jmatt, Mar 24, 2006.

  1. jmatt

    jmatt Senior member

    Mar 9, 2006
    I posted about a DB suit, which got me thinking:

    If one had 10 suits to wear, in a profession wear a suit was worn 5 days a week, what style mix would one wear?

    As in the following:

    2-button: 5 days out of 10
    3-button: 4 days out of 10
    Double Breasted: 1 day out of 10

    Within said wardrobe, how many suits would be:

    plain in color: 3 of 10
    pinstripe: 3 of 10
    Houndstooth: 1 of 10
    Nailhead: 1 of 10
    Prince of Wales: 1 of 10
    Window pane: 1 of 10

    Above are just my guesses, but I'm sartorially challenged. What do the sartorialist among us say?
  2. jmatt

    jmatt Senior member

    Mar 9, 2006
    As my own follow-up, for suits one would wear less often than 1 day in 10, how often would you wear it?

    Double breasted for example - 1 day in 10? 1 day per month? 1 day per quarter? Never?
  3. dah328

    dah328 Senior member

    Dec 6, 2003
    If I had a DB suit in my rotation, I'd wear between 1 and 1.5 days per 10 unless I were in a senior position in which case I'd wear it whenever I felt like it.

    The 3B vs. 2B question has implications for the silhouette of the suit. I've yet to find a 3B suit that I think works for me. If both 2B and 3B work for you, great.

    The patterns question is an interesting one. Obviously, meeting with clients, etc., suggests something other than the flamboyant windowpane, but those considerations aside, I think I'd choose something along the lines of:

    Solid/herringbone: 2/10
    Pinstripe: 2/10
    Chalkstripe: 1/10
    Windowpane: 3/10
    Nailhead/sharkskin: 2/10

    One's taste evolves, though. I'm sure my answers would be different in a couple year's time.

  4. Horace

    Horace Senior member

    Sep 28, 2004
    Alternate between 3 button and 2 button suits. Some with darts, some without. A few Saville Row style things. Some double-vents. One without vent that I had made up to look like the suit in North by North West.
  5. Aureus

    Aureus Senior member

    Mar 9, 2006
    So. Cal.
    If given 10 suits, I'd break them down as such

    1 Navy Single breast
    1 Navy 6x2 double breasted
    3 Pinstripes Single breast.
    2 Pinstripes 6x2 Double breasted
    1 Windowpane
    1 Nailhead
    1 Chalkstripe
  6. Stuttjukken

    Stuttjukken Well-Known Member

    Mar 10, 2006
    Bergen, Norway.
    I only want to wear solid singel breasted suits, 2 or 3 buttons, (not stripes or double breasted suits), but it´s me.

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