When To Wear A Three Piece Suit Wearing Vest With Single Breasted Suits 3 Piece Suits Hi! I’m Carl Centeno, the founder of this style blog. Today, I’m going to be answering a reader’s question, When should I wear a three-piece suit? When is it appropriate? If you haven’t already, please comment to my my blog. By doing that, these posts will come right to you. In addition, if you like this, if you find it useful, you know what I want you to do.
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All right, Mark, that’s a good question and it’s one that we have to look a little bit back on history. The quick answer is that there are very few occasions nowadays in which you need to wear a three-piece suit. In fact, I can’t think of one except black tie, in which technically it is a three-piece because you should have a waist covering, but besides that, black tie, white tie, but with regular business attire, 99.9% of men in the Western world use your two-piece is going to be fine, but let me go ahead and break this out for you. At the top of the formality echelon, we have white tie, then we have black tie, then we have business attire, then we have business casual. Business casual, by the way guys, is a sports jacket. I mean, this is business casual. I don’t have a tie on. I’ve got a sports jacket on. I’ve actually got raw denim, a pocket square. This is true business casual, but there are levels within that because there is business casual for casual Fridays and I realized that what I’m wearing here, a lot of guys would actually consider more business wear, but a suit I’m going to define as business wear. Let’s go ahead and break that out.
I’ve talked about four categories. We’re going to focus on business wear because this is where the double-breasted suit lies, although you do see the double-breasted in black tie as well, but we’re not going to go that path. So within business wear, we’ve got double-breasted as the most formal. We’ve got single-breasted. And then over on the other end are the more casual business wear suits and these are going to be in colors that are less than traditional. Also, they’ve got maybe a few style features that make them a less traditional suit. It would still be business wear because you’re wearing a suit, but because of that, it’s going to be more casual. The single-breasted is what we see most men are wearing nowadays. The double-breasted kind of lost its place in World War II. It was just something that a lot of men stopped wearing when they came back from the war. In addition, it used more fabric, so a lot of factories stopped using it because of rationing. But before World War II, there was a time that the double breasted was purchased and worn as much as the single-breasted, but the double-breasted was considered more formal.
So how could you take a single-breasted suit, which like this that has the deep V, and a double-breasted usually that buttons up like this that small distinction actually made the double breasted appear to be more formal, more buttoned up. So how you could you take a single-breasted suit and get more miles out of it and make it appear to be more buttoned up? You put it on the same level as the double-breasted. Introduce the vest. Now, the vest or waistcoat, whatever you want to call it, it was originally used by messengers who rode horses. It was something that you’re outside all day riding on a horse in the wind, in the weather, and you need extra layers, so vests were developed. They initially started off as big pieces of cloth. They eventually became their own type of garment, but it was meant to be worn under a jacket and to add warmth. It eventually made its way into formal wear after enough use in multiple wars. Men began to like it. They find that they could contrast the colors. It added a bit of style to the wardrobe without having them to go out and purchase an entire new suit. Jackets were really expensive; vests, less expensive.
You saw that by wearing a similar colored vest, you could actually get the same buttoned up look as the double breasted suit. That’s where I would say that if you want to wear something that is about as formal as you can get in business wear, then that’s when you could look at wearing a three-piece. A lot of lawyers put this to good use because they realize that they’re not going to go in dressed in black tie like My Cousin, Vinny, a great movie. When the judge tells him, Go get a suit, yeah, he looked for a suit that he ends up wearing. A lot of lawyers realize that that small visual makes them just look more sophisticated, makes them look smarter, and they use that to their advantage. There’s a lot of interesting case studies out there in law schools and they talk about how even when you’re choosing jurors and the way you present yourself just look at someone that is up for murder or is up for assault. Look at the way they dress. They’re wearing a suit in that court room when they’re defending themselves. They’re not usually wearing a three-piece, but it is one of those things that give a lot of attorneys the chance to separate themselves. Okay, so let me step back. What situation calls for a three-piece in today’s society? Very few situations, but if you want to dress to the nines, if you want to look as formal as you can look without going into black tie, that’s when you can wear a three-piece if you don’t own a double-breasted jacket. Hopefully that answers the question.
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