“Don’t dress for the job you have; dress for the job you’d like to get.”
The suit remains as the most elegant piece of clothing a man can wear, provided that the cut, color and fabrics are in order and fits the occasion, climate and time of year. A well-made suit should have a “natural” cut, meaning the suit is highlighting a person’s figure optimally, and be flattering even if a person has a problem with their figure. A narrow shouldered and thin man should pick a narrow fitted suit with quite little or no shoulder padding and narrow fitted pants. A man with an athletic body type with broad shoulders will not need shoulder padding, and he should pick a suit that fits his body perfectly. A rather corpulent man is advised to give up all the elements and cuts that has a function of making him bigger and/or wider.
Suitable colors for suits are navy-blue, all nuances between light – and dark grey and black. If the suit shall be used for business in areas like economy, law, sales or politics, it should definitely have one of these colors. It is only during weekends or for sports that the suit can be brown or green.
No matter how you look at it, fabrics of pure wool will always be preferable for suits. Wool is also the best fabric for summer suits, because there is no other natural material that falls so elegantly as wool and at the same time does not get curly and messy.
Similar to almost all men’s fashion, the suit came to life in England. The original models were developed there in the beginning of the 20th century. They are still the ones that counts, and are being copied and varied all over the world. London was the center of all men’s fashion all the way up to World War II, but thanks to Italian tailor art, they gained competition. English tailors does not share the Italians` opinion of elegance, where fabrics, colors and cuts are chosen and used according to esthetical criteria’s, instead of just fulfilling the strict dress codes made of the English upper-class. Today you have all the opportunities in the world. You can buy English suits of Italian silk and Italian suits of Scottish tweed. Both England and Italy offers the best cuts and the best quality, which is required for tailoring fine suits.
In our days, it is most common with two-pieced suits. They have two buttons, two splits on the side and pants with or without foldup on the legs. This recipe may vary. It is also possible with three buttons and a split behind, or three buttons and split on each side.
Double-breasted suits always has two splits on the sides, never split behind. On the continent it is also worn completely without splits, but that is not quite comme il faut. A jacket without splits does only fit nice while you are standing up, and not putting your hands down into the pocket of your pants. In Germany, it is considered a nasty habit to put your hands in your pocket, and therefore splits are less expanded there.
The three-piece is similar to the two-piece, only difference is the vest.