Every suit or look has it’s function. From the Tuxedo to Chinos, there’s a time and place for every look. And it’s important to choose the right look at the right time. But when you’re putting together your Bespoke wardrobe, what suits work for what occasion? Does weather matter? What about event type? Here we look at the essential suit and looks every man should consider and when the most appropriate time is to break those looks out.
The Classic Three Piece Suit
Easily the most universal look for a modern man. The Three-Piece suit has stood the test of time. It’s diverse, customizable, and gorgeous. Fortunately for the Bespoked gentleman, many aren’t pulling off the look properly. A properly fitted Three-Piece requires a bit of added attention given the addition of your vest. This creates a slight convenience issue that many don’t want to deal with. And this is where you can stand out in the crowd.
No other suit truly displays quality fabric like the Three-Piece. When properly tailored, the suit creates a streamlined stretch of fabric from ankles to shoulder. Especially in darker colors like black and dark blue. Making it the perfect starter piece to any look.
When To Wear: Any occasion. The Three Piece is always acceptable.
Tradition and Class with The Tuxedo
Tuxedos have long been a formal staple of men’s wardrobes. While they may appear to just be different looking suits, there are a few characteristics that truly define a Tuxedo. The first thing is the prevalence of a specific fabric type. Satin. Tuxedoes traditionally have satin facing on the lapels and side stripes on the pants. You may also notice it on the button and pocket details.
While times are changing, Tuxedo’s are still the standard in formal menswear.
When To Wear: While many exceptions are being made, Tuxedo’s are traditionally worn at functions like weddings and proms. Usually with a bow tie and cummerbunds or waistcoats.
Formality and Function with The Blazer
Ah, the Blazer. Possibly the most universal piece of clothing a man can own. A blazer is a step down in formality. The order would be Tuxedo, Suit Jacket, and then Blazer. Given it widespread appeal to the casual modern man. If you have one piece invest in beyond the Three-Piece Suit, it’s the Blazer. Why? It’s diverse. From color to fabric type, you and your Bespoke Tailor can choose a wide range of styles resulting in a truly unique look.
When To Wear: As stated above, the Blazer is a step below the Suit Jacket. Making it perfect for almost any occasion. From sporting events to casual dining. Even as a wedding guest. The Blazer makes sure you’re prepared for almost anything.
Casual But Ready With Chinos
This is a very specific look. And a very important one for modern men. Chinos have made a massive resurgence recently. Rivaling jeans as the casual look of choice. But Chino’s have distinct advantages over jeans. They are slightly more formal than jeans, and they make your look significantly more customizable given the wide range of fabrics, colors, and cuts they come in. Pair these with a polo or button down for any semi-formal or casual event.
When To Wear: Chinos are exclusively semi-formal or casual. Great for dinner parties or first dates. Truly a diverse look.
Beat The Heat with A Linen Suit
Linen has moved beyond just a fabric and into a look of it’s own. The linen suit has been popularized since the 1980’s by television shows like Miami Vice and films like Scarface. And today, the Linen Suit has become synonymous with the casual life. For the man not interested in shorts and t-shirts, the Linen Suit is a perfect balance between style and practicality. With this look gracing decks of yachts and country clubs around the world. Linen is an extremely lightweight and breathable material. Which makes it perfect for hot and humid weather. Which is also why you’ll usually see it in light colors. Specifically, pastels.
When To Wear: Linen Suits can work pretty much anywhere. But they are at their best in warm weather.