Gary Barlow. Dermot O’Leary. George Lamb. The guy from Mad Men. What do these men have in common? They have all been spotted wearing three piece suits.
Yes, the three piece suit is back with a vengeance. Popular until its descent during the nineties, the three piece suit signals a return of the Gentleman. Three piece suits are not just ordinary suits. They are stronger, sharper and a timeless classic.
Buying a three piece suit is not like buying an ordinary suit. It is an investment. It takes time and consideration. There are many factors to consider, such as: What material should it be? What pattern is going to be on it? Does it fit properly? The only thing worse than a suit not fitting properly is a badly fitting waistcoat.
The most basic rule of buying a three piece suit is that the suit should be bought as a three piece suit. There is no point in buying a black suit from one shop, and then buying a black waistcoat from another shop and praying no one will notice. We will. If the suit is not sold as a three piece suit then leave it well alone, and find one that is. This rule does not apply if you are going for a contrasting colour waistcoat, but be careful, as this look is tricky to pull of, and you may end up looking like a clown. Go for complementary colours, and ask around if the look works.
So, why should you buy a three piece suit? If you want your formalwear to always make an impression, to always stand out, and, most importantly, always be in style, purchase a three piece suit. It just may change your life.*
*It probably won’t.
By Nathan Agyekum