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Why no love for the three piece suit?

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

  1. Jay_Gatsby

    Jay_Gatsby Senior member

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    I'm wearing my off the peg Boss three piece on Sunday... and I may just wear it with a fob and pocket watch :bounce2:
     


  2. MrDaniels

    MrDaniels Senior member

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    Well said. Any guy who thinks wearing a three-piece is a bad idea clearly has never worn one and spent the day getting more compliments than you can shake a stick at.
     


  3. yachtie

    yachtie Senior member

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    Whaa?!?! There is no hope for you. Hell, I get my DB suits with a vest. I'm not 55. :rolleyes:
     


  4. JamesX

    JamesX Senior member

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    I own more 3 piece suits than 2 piece. My very first suit was a 3 piece. Wear it if you like it, it isn't going to look any odder than wearing a 2 piece. And I am well below 55.

    Now if you wear it in place of a Sports Coat or Blazer then you are just wrongly dressed. That is not a fault of the 3 piece but that of personal choice.
     


  5. landshark

    landshark Senior member

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    Are you seriously equating a vest with a pocket square?
     


  6. fwiffo

    fwiffo Senior member

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    Actually I find this thread interesting because in the past few years, there have been plenty of people who wear vests and three pieces on television and in films.

    If anything not as many people care these days as they would say when suits were banished for business casual ten years ago.
     


  7. hdbassman

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    love the 3pc...i own a tiglio tufo 3 pc. in black with the peaked lapels. although i rarely wear the vest for a few reasons. the suit is a slim euro cut so it's a little snug. i'm a heavyweight standing 6ft. 232lbs wearing a 48R. i think the vest is better suited for guys that are less endowed in the middle than myself. and finally, the vest pockets are totally faux, not just sewn shut. this irks me quite a bit. what good is it? all in all, i like the suit and the 3 pc. look...maybe i'll wear the vest more often 10lbs from now....
     


  8. jamesny

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    Rubbish, plenty of younger people look good in 3-piece suits. It's more about attitude than about age.
    I see a few youngsters wear one, then again you really have to be confident enough to pull it off.
     


  9. aanix

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    I agree with you. Three piece suits look great !
     


  10. SuitedDx

    SuitedDx Senior member

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    3PS and DBs are preferences and it takes some level of comfort. It's like LWB for shoes. Some poeple like them and some don't.

    I personally like them and since my work environment is predominantly female dominated, it affords me some freedom to dress a certain way because not everyone is wearing a 2-button navy suit with Berluti shoes.
     


  11. akatsuki

    akatsuki Senior member

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    +1.

    This year's clothing resolution for me was to not buy any suits that aren't three piece or DB.
     


  12. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

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    This is an important point with any tailored item, but more so in terms of how an item looks to the general public with a 3pc or double-breasted, simply because with a buttoned-up waistcoat or DB, you can see the fit more accurately than with an undone 2pc jacket. Even someone who knows nothing about clothes will intuitively note something "off" with a badly fitting waistcoat or DB, even if they can't articulate what. The younger the wearer, the more likely that intuition will translate into concepts like "wearing his father's clothes" or "costume", even though that's not actually what they're noticing unconsciously.

    A loose waistcoat is messy on anyone (I actually have a couple I need to get tightened up soon myself). And a loose DB isn't flattering to tall/lanky people. As youngsters tend to have slimmer builds with less muscle mass (or fat, as age really starts to have an effect... ;) ), their wearing a loose waistcoat or DB can send out the wrong impression. This can happen with any suit, but it's more obvious with a 3pc or DB. A slim cut, echoing the current trend is (or better, a correct cut, but that's a lot harder to achieve than just either slim or loose) will at least create the impression that the young man has actively chosen to wear those items instead of them getting handed down to him. They may get accused of being too interested in fashion, or people may not like the look, but at least they'll be assumed to be doing it deliberately. That's a step-up.

    As the years progress, it becomes easier to wear a more traditionally cut 3pc or DB, simply because the mental associations the viewer has of the wearer changes. This is perhaps unfair, but it is realistic. Having said that, the 3pc, despite its recent uptick, is still so rare that it stands out. DBs, I actually think are less noticeably different from an SB, in the eyes of the public. They notice "something" different about them, but don't pay enough attention to figure out what. The waistcoat of a 3pc is more obvious.

    Both 3pc and DB suits have become more popular recently. This year, DB suits (and DB waistcoats) will be really quite pervasive in many shops.
     
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  13. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    More often I see waistcoats that are too short and/or worn with pants that are low rise, so that there's lots of shirt showing between waistcoat and trousers, which destroys the look IMHO. For instance:

    http://ivorytowerstyle.tumblr.com/post/15201111760/knowthedetails-suit-up-i-hate-to-go-all

    (sorry for pimping my own tumblr, but this picture has over 3,000 notes on it, so presumably many people like it, yet everything is clearly ill-fitting)
     


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    Holdfast Senior member

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  15. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    No, I'm pretty sure i was the only one hating. To me it just looks like a bar slut in a tank top showing midriff.
     


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