Why no love for the three piece suit?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by andrew96, Jul 5, 2011.

  1. Pingson

    Pingson Senior member

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    Square-cut waistcoats only work when they are double-breasted, IMHO. Like this one from Vox:
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    Single-breasted waistcoats almost always look better with the "inverted V" cut.
     
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  2. MrDaniels

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    I think they definitely would with a classic, conservative business suit. But when one is dealing with this level of high fashion. who can really say?
     


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    Agree. I think the inverted V lengthens the torso. I think that's one of the reasons a 3 piece suit is 'slimming' for the overweight silhouette.
     


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    Call me heretic, but to me that's a rare miss from Vox. I can't imagine that working even in conservative New England.
     


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    Why?? :puzzled:
     


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    Stugotes Senior member

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    It's too costumey for my taste. A "standard" three piece is already going to stand out, I think a double breasted square bottom vest is a bit too much. I could be wrong though, of course, as that kind of vest could be of historic or traditional meaning where Vox lives.
     


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    Had a suit with a vest like this and it worked well. Wore it so often the wool wore out so I had to retire it. Definitely unique even when I lived in NYC.
     


  8. MrDaniels

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    Look, this is the only concern about wearing anything: Can you pull it off?
     


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    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Too bad the wearer isn't the one who gets to determine that.
     


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    You can wear what you like when your in charge of course.
     


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    All suits (and clothes as a general matter) are costume.

    As I have a very similar custom made suit to the one pictured (double breasted, peaked lapel low-button stance vest with single button peaked lapel jacket) I can tell you the whole point is to stand out. Is it ostentatious? Absolutely. In the last 100 years nobody wore such an outfit other than to be sartorially over-the-top. That said, I have received nothing but accolades when wearing it (and a growing number of requests on how to obtain a similar suit), so don't knock it 'till you try it. [​IMG]
     


  12. FlyingMonkey

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    Vox's 3-piece is beautiful, elegant, highly traditional in many ways, in a very restrained colour, and yet has a touch of the dandy about it in its cut. In other words, it's damn near perfect. Why does it worry some people so much? What's the worst that's going to happen if you wear a suit like this? The tedious, hyper-conservative and narrow-minded wouldn't talk to you, perhaps? That would be a bonus in my book. And in any case, most people would not even notice the DB vest unless the jacket was unbuttoned deliberately to show it, as in the picture.
     


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    Well, I would not recommend it for a business setting in the majority of cases...but that said, if you can make that look work more power to you.
     


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    I agree with FlyingMonkey -- the double-breasted vest with a third piece suit is elegant. I especially like Vox's version.

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    Parterre Well-Known Member

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    Here is Justin Trudeau, of all people, in a rather attractive three-piece!

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