Did you know that Brooks Brothers made the first “ready-to-wear” suit in the 19th century? Before then, most people wore tailored suits but they made suits for men that were more accessible.
Suit fashion, like all fashion, has evolved over hundreds of years and will continue to evolve. Today, there are many types of suits you can wear for different occasions depending on the level of formality. And, there is more variety and scope for you to express your style.
So, what are the main types of suits available now? This men’s fashion guide lists all the top ones.
Slim and Classic Fit Suits
These types of suits are the most popular and easy to wear. Classic suits are single-breasted, have no-frills, and are more comfortable than other types of suits. They’re appropriate for the office, weddings, and other semi-formal events.
Slim fit suits (also known as “modern” fit) are like the classic fit, but (no surprises) they are a little slimmer. They are more form-fitting than classic suits but still have the same no-nonsense aesthetic and are comfortable to wear. Younger men favor these suits as a way to show off their athletic build.
All types of suits are available with either a single/back vent, double/side vents, or no vents. Single vented suits are a classic style, so that’s a great option if you’re not sure which to pick. You can also choose flat-fronted, pleated, or cuffed suit pants, too.
These types of suits will be available at all suit retailers like SuitSecret.com, SuitSupply.com, and MensWarehouse.com.
All types of suits are somewhat formal, but tuxedo suits are for those extra special occasions.
These suits have a notch or peak lapel often consisting of silk or satin material. Some have shawl lapels, but these are less common nowadays. Most have a one-button, single-breasted fastening but double-breasted tuxedos are available if that’s your style.
If you want to know how to wear suits like these, swap a necktie for a bowtie and wear double-cuffed shirts. Yes, you’ll need to break out those cufflinks to wear a tuxedo suit.
As dress codes become more informal in general, the lines between formal and casual blur. That’s why wearing blazer jackets (or suit jackets) without matching pants has grown in popularity.
Unstructured blazers have no padding and they often consist of less common suit materials like linen. Patch pockets on blazers also give a casual edge to an otherwise formal piece of clothing. You can team these blazers with khakis, chinos, or jeans to attend summer outdoor events or if your office has a semi-casual dress code.
Which Types of Suits Are Right for You?
Suits have the power to make you feel more confident and sophisticated. And lucky for you, there are types of suits for every occasion. No matter which you choose, as long as it fits well you will look as good as you feel.
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