Now that we’ve officially entered winter, it’s time to get a three piece suit. Though not a winter staple per se, December festivities give you a chance to dress up in your best, and a well tailored three piece suit delivers.
What is a three piece suit?
A three piece suit is composed of three pieces – the suit jacket, matching trousers and a waistcoat. The waistcoat can either match the rest of your suit, or be in a striking contrast to it. There are a few things to keep in mind though. The last button on your waistcoat should be left undone. Your waistcoat should cover your trouser belt line, without going too far below it. And finally, don’t pair a three piece suit with a belt.
How to wear three piece suits
Three piece suits are usually perceived as formal, but that doesn’t mean they have to be stuffy and boring. Fashion lovers regularly add playful elements like bold suit patterns, colored shirts, bold ties, etc to adapt it to semi formal occasions. But if you’re new to three piece suit territory, then we suggest you start safe and explore with fun styling as you get more comfortable in it.
Navy blue three piece suit
If you could own only one three piece suit, let it be the navy blue suit. The color is ideal for day or night and suits all age groups and skin tones. You can either dress it up with a light blue or white shirt, tonal tie and derby shoes, or keep it fashion forward with a floral shirt and loafers. A pinstripe three piece suit would be ideal for work situations where you want all eyes on you.
Grey three piece suit
Grey three piece suits, like navy suits are ideal for conservative work environments. A charcoal grey three piece will look just fine at work, but a light grey three piece suit looks more summery and ideal for daytime weddings. For the latter event, wear a patterned tie and matching pocket square to give the look a jaunty vibe. Add dark brown derbies to complete the look.
Black three piece suit
A black three piece suit worn with a grey shirt and black tie is a sleek way to slip into a party. Wear monk strap shoes and a chrome watch and you’re in rockstar territory. Swap out a solid black waistcoat for one in jacquard fabric to make it look more ornamental. The color palette makes it ideal for evening wear. But if the event is more formal, then swap out the monk straps for Oxford shoes.
How to wear patterned three piece suits
Three piece suits in dark colors and minimalist styling are ideal for formal and even corporate wear. Three piece Glen checks and pinstripe suits too are great for work. Patterned three piece suits in earthy tones with houndstooth and plaid patterns like windowpane checks or tweed are ideal for semi formal situations like holiday parties, dine dining, weddings, etc. Those who want to break up the seriousness of the look can add a waistcoat in a complementary color instead of matching it with the suit. To know how to mix patterns like a pro, check out our post on the subject.
The thing to remember while wearing a three piece suit is that it has to be tailored well. This is because this look involves four layers – shirt, waist coat, suit jacket and trouser. Therefore it can’t be too bulky. Apart from that, the waistcoat has to skim the body so that it lies flat over the shirt. Finally, since no belts are worn in a three piece suit so as to not break the lines, the trouser has to fit well. Therefore consider taking advantage of the Tailorman made to measure service. Feel free to Whatsapp us on +91 9551112222 for a personal styling session.
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