A suit is a two or three piece outfit consisting of jacket or trouser of the same fabric sometimes accompanied by awaistcoat.
Actually, a wardrobe of a man cannot be complete without a suit. Globally, the most accepted piece of attire. Is a mark of one’s reputation, character and style.
A single-breasted jacket has only one set of buttons and button holes, which do not overlap. It can be two buttoned, generally accepted, or three buttoned. The one button version is generally for dinner jackets. The single-breasted jacket may be worn with a waistcoat, a close fitting waist length garment, without sleeves or collar. Waistcoat may be made of the same fabric of the suit. It has a ‘V’ shaped neck and the back is of silk. Also called, the British style suit, it generally gives a casual look as compared to the double breasted.
The double-breasted is the one which has two front overlapping across the body. It is traditionally ventless i.e., having no flaps at the back. It generally has four or six button options. It is also known as the Italian style suit and generally worn by tall men for an elegant look. It is more of a conservative and a neat tailoring piece.
Lounge suits, a man’s formal suit for ordinary day wear. As meant for day work so the fit is comfortable. It can be worn with or without a tie. Light to medium colors are preferred. Single breasted is preferred with two buttons. Three buttons give it a more formal look. Lately, linen suits are a big draw in this category.
Dinner suits, basic black tie suit. Generally in dark colors and traditional fit. Lately, slim fit is preferred.
Next in line are the business suits, very formal cut and stylish in sober colors and sharp fits. Different from lounge, as they are more conservative and formal, common being the pinstripe suit in navy or black. Double and single breasted, both go well.
Mandarin suit is an oriental inclusion into this list. With a Nehru collar or the band collar, is generally worn with full button on. Cut very closely to the body, gives a very lean and sharp look. These are very elegant for an evening out.
Wedding suits for the ceremonial occasions are catching on fast. They vary in cuts and silhouettes. Fabrics are velveteen, jacquard and other sheen or a luxury fabric meant for luxury wear. The trend is currently of single to two buttons with slim fit. Experiment with lapels and pockets.
Worth mentioning in the article are the zoot suits or the Jazz age suits. Originated by the African Americans – long coats, high waisted, big lapels, should think before trying it out. Not everyone can fit this bill.
And yes, the tuxedos are ultra formal and the ultimate in the suit line. It can be stylized for the ceremonial wear. It is mostly seen being worn by Hollywood stars walking the Oscar red carpet in the traditional black tuxedo. Has widely caught up in the eastern part also. Can be worn with a cummerbund, same color or of some dark royal tone in satin preferably.