We think blankets should remain blankets.
Also pondering wearing a black skinny ish tie. No, you may not. While we usually suggest medium shade vests over black, the shirt and vest combo will work. The tie with the striped shirt may be overdoing it a bit, though. Going to my school graduation next week, would black suit pants a white shirt with a light grey collar and a darker waistcoat be ok?
Most people are just wearing shirt and tie but i dont like that look: For an event like a graduation, we still recommend wearing a tie. You can still wear a vest, though. What do you think? Would a grey suit vest, white shirt no tie , dark jeans and grey casual shoes look okay? My shoes have leather laces so i was going to go with brown belt. Boat shoes with dark jeans and a worsted wool vest would be a little awkward.
And when you do this, follow the rule of thumb and match the belt to your shoe color. I wanted an outfit to wear when I go out with friends to the bar or to the mall. I was thinking of a white shirt with the black vest and navy blue jeans with dark grey Edmour lace-up shoes.
How do you think this would fit? Im trying to look for a standard casual look for when I go out. On the surface it sounds like a pretty straightforward plan. This is a good look for a medium to dark skin tone and darker hair pictured here. Hey I just wanted to let you know it worked out well. Im trying to find the name of those jeans you have at the top.
Can you tell me what colour they are or what they are called? Nothing exotic, just a pair of Levis s in their standard rinse color. And should I wear a long sleeve white shirt with this? Also what should a casual vest look like from behind as I can only find ones with a different material backing.
And does a short sleeve shirt work just as well? We eat bombardments of questions for breakfast, Bradley. The dark jeans and Chelsea boots ought to work out fine, though, if you plan to hit the dance floor hard, just be careful not to step on any toes.
A long sleeve white dress shirt will work. Vests are generally made with fabric fronts and lined backs. A vest is a layer and adds warmth. By nature it looks a little weird with short sleeves like shorts and winter boots. Need your input for a nice but casual outfit for this weekend in Atlantic City for the club. I have a grey vest that I want to pair with a black v-neck underneath and my dress watch.
Would love a suggestion on style and color of jeans and shoes that would compliment this. A dark wash blue, or even black, is the way to go here.
A standard or slim fit is in order here. If sneakers are your thing, you may not go for those. Would dark wash jeans with a faded patern be ok with a maroon vest? No tie just a vest and white dress shirt and those jeans.
We suggest dark wash for pairing with a Black Lapel vest because our vests are a bit dressier than, say, a cotton vest. So in our context a dressier pair of jeans is more appropriate. If the vest in question is more casual, then the jeans can be too, Andrew. Hey, thanks for always helping. Usually I find my answer without typing. Can I wear a black coat, black vest, white shirt, with great pants to a summer, night time wedding? You should always wear great pants. And now on to our answer….
As Ray Charles would say, night time is the right time for black vests and jackets. The black jacket and vest could work here. Once, for a photo shoot, we needed a photo of the bow tie in a tuxedo. The model, who was wearing our gray glen plaid pants, slipped on a black jacket and bow tie over a white shirt. The look came off really well.
We say go for it, Matthew. Black jeans and brown moccasins, you say? Would this outfit work? If the goal is to move more towards casual, then we recommend moving away from the all-black combo. Neither of those scenarios adds up to a casual look.
Instead, go with the gray slacks, the vest, and a more casual knit tie, like a black dotted knit. With these tweaks this outfit will keep things casual and stylish. Does this style work for most body types? I am broad shouldered and slightly on the heavier side. I really like this look. I want to dress better but Its hard for me to find something that I can casually wear but still look good in.
This style does work for a lot of body types. Rather than pairing a white shirt and dark vest, try a light blue shirt with a navy vest.
This will take the emphasis off of your midsection. Fit is important as well. Make sure the vest is long enough to cover your waist. If your shirt is peeking out at the bottom of the vest, that will draw attention to your stomach.
Finally, avoid a belt with the vest for the same reason. With those adjustments, you can add this look to your casual repertoire. Need some help please! My wedding is just a few weeks away and we still do not have the grooms and groomsmen attire. We have looked at several options and browsed lots of styles, in-store and online. We have settled on a more casual look including dress pants, white button up shirt, and tie for groomsmen but want to add a vest to grooms attire. So my question is do we do a lighter color vest with darker pants, same color, or darker vest, lighter pants?
We were looking at black slacks with a medium toned gray vest OR khaki pants with a gray vest. If only we had known about this sooner, we could have gotten your groom and groomsmen decked out in some custom threads! Here he is rocking an outfit that straddles the line between dressy and casual quite well. The color combination of darker brown pants, shoes and tie with the lighter blue shirt and mid-blue vest is a classic.
Can I wear a black pants, black shirt with a golden vest and tie? Even if the back of the vest is white? Your outfit sounds pretty sharp. You guys are awsome. Ever since I came across your site I have been reading pretty much all your replies to everyone. What if I wore a dark gray vest with a light pink shirt and a purple paisley tie? What pants, belt, and shoes would I wear? The strong pattern of the tie and colors of both the shirt and tie would need to be balanced out by a pretty understated lower half.
Try khaki chinos with brown brogues, like the ones we recommended here and a matching brown belt for a classic look. With a silk tie you could dress this look up a bit below the belt with light gray wool slacks. In that case, brown or black shoes with a matching belt would be appropriate, just stick with more casual styling like loafers to avoid looking like you just forgot the of your suit. Sorry to have some dumb questions, its just that im farely new at this and well im starting to really dig the casual looks, suits and all.
I was also curiouse about one of your replies, are glossy or shiny long sleeve shirts under vests bad? We would avoid shiny or glossy shirts under vests or even without vests. We would just avoid shiny or glossy shirts. There are still many different types of cotton shirts, from twills to oxfords to chambrays. All of these are suitable for wearing under a vest and on their own. I was wondering, can I wear casual cloth like vest, ties dress shirts and dress pants or jeans in the spring time?
By cloth, do you mean cotton or linen? Match the texture of the tie a well. We love knit ties with vests for a bit of texture. Cotton ties are another good seasonal option for spring. Do you think a dark blue vest match with a white button down shirt, a dark blue jean with a slight fading at the front and at the back and also a light brown sneakers? And also do you think this outfit is suitable when I want to go out with my friends at the mall? The outfit sounds good, Aizad. The only thing we might edit are the shoes.
I am 23 and I just bought a black vest which has dark grey back to it. Can I wear this vest over a crisp white shirt,with dark wash jeans, black and black shoes? Also, I have a black skinny tie but should I go out and buy a knit tie instead?
That sounds like a good look, Nick. The only thing we would advise you to be mindful of is the shoes. Black is the way to go here, but black shoes tend to look pretty formal.
As for the tie, we would suggest going with a textured tie. You could also wear a cotton tie, like this one from J. Crew, or even linen, like this one from The Tie Bar, that are just what the doctor ordered for your spring look. Thanks for the quick reply! Does the tie have to be black or can it be another color? I am a fan of lace-ups, are there potentially a style of lace-ups on the more casual side that I could wear with this outfit? Actually, the cotton and linen ones we linked to both feature gray, but no black.
A black knit tie is a great addition to your wardrobe in general, but you can go with just about color you like for the knit tie option. As for the lace-ups, there are a lot of ways to go more casual with them.
Brogues are generally more casual than smooth leather. We also love shoes with contrasting soles for a more casual touch. The main thing is to avoid the cap-toe oxfords that look great with a suit but look a little too dressy with jeans or casual chinos. Family pics coming up with siblings and spouses. Sounds like a family that takes their photography seriously, Jesse. All of the guidelines about fit above apply. As for color, we love medium gray vests. A white shirt is a fail-safe, but if you want to go with a color, try a light blue like this twill or this light blue oxford.
As for the shoes, we could write a whole story on the types and colors of shoes every man should have in his wardrobe. Oh wait, we already did! If we had to pick just one pair of the shoes we mentioned in that article to wear for the rest of our days, it would be the Charles Tyrwhitt brown brogues.
I need to know if my shiny green tie kelly green kind of colour would work or would i need a black one. Also shoes, would i need to wear smarter shoes or would black and lime green skate shoes be ok?
That said, there are definitely several colors in between kelly green and black and we fully encourage you to explore the full spectrum.
A note on the shoes, going dressier is always a classy move but coordinating other accessories with the shoes is important as well.
Said kelly green tie may not work so well with a pair of dark brown wingtips. The dresscode is smart casual and most of us will be going out bar hopping later after the dinner. How does a grey waistcoat and trousers; matching , crisp white shirt, with dark brown brogue shoes and dark brown leather watch sound? I was thinking of wearing a skinny tie or bow tie as well as a leather belt that that match up with the shoes.
Start with a tie and you can loosen the knot and roll up your sleeves for a bit of sprezz as the night goes on. Remember to sport a pocket square and stay stylish! Curious, having a work launch party and I plan on wearing dark wash jeans, grey vest and undecided about the shirt and shoes. Thought about lavender shirt, brown belt and brown shoes.
This is a good, laid-back look. We would caution you on one thing: While matching your belt color to your shoes color is smart, we would avoid the belt if possible. Under a vest belts create a bulge around the buckle that can look a little awkward. If you need another way to hold the pants up, you can try one of our secret tricks and wear suspenders under the vest. We can do some special customizations on your vest that might work.
Please contact our concierge team at concierge gmail. I like the idea of being able to accessorize the outfit with a vest and just curious on what color to really go with for the vest. To get one of these vests, contact our concierge team at concierge blacklapel. Hi i am going to wear a pair of darkish jeans and a white shirt, a charcoal grey vest and brown boots. This outfit begs for a textured tie. Instead try neutrals like navy or medium gray.
If you really want to have some fun with it, try Mr. Cord with a gray pattern on the front that will stand out and you can let the brown in the back of the tie peek out to perfectly accent the brown boots.
Bonus points, this tie is great for suiting up with a charcoal suit as well. I have a black slim fitted vest that I want to use and a multitude of t-shirts and quite a few button ups. I would appreciate any advice, and am more than willing to send pictures of specific outfits on request. The old adage about black going with everything is a half-truth. Try it with darker reds, blues and purples and the whole look turns dark and dour.
Alas, you can still make the vest work, you just have to boost the contrast with lighter colors like light blue and white shirts. Also, a black knit tie and a crisply folded pocket square can go a long way toward making this outfit come off better. The other thing to consider is how this vest can work as just a layer. While the above is all about how to make the vest the centerpiece of your look, you can drop in the vest under a light gray suit or under a gray blazer of a different textures i.
I dig the idea of a pocket square, and will have to make a point out of picking a few up soon. And, yes, grab some pocket squares. Here are some good starting points for your collection , plus a huge list of favorites from readers like you. Good afternoon, I was hoping for some advice. I have a wool charcoal pin stripe vest, dark wash slim fit jeans, lavender shirt and a tie that works with the shirt.
I was wondering if I could wear a dark brown suede jacket with this combo? If so, what colour shoes would you suggest? If you nix the jacket, I have a charcoal double breasted overcoat, or a dark grey biker style jacket I could use.
The biker jacket is intriguing, Matt. Of all of the choices, this sounds the most unexpected and we like a little unexpectedness in our pairings like this puffer vest with a suit. We would also steer clear of the double-breasted overcoat, which sounds too formal for this look. Regardless of the top layer, a pair of loafers or monk straps, like the ones we highlighted here , ought to do the trick with a pair of jeans.
I have a charcoal grey 3 piece suit of which the vest has a black back. Can the vest be worn by itself with the suit pants or jeans or do should I get a vest that is wholly the same material?
We give you our blessing to wear that vest with other clothes, Tom. We love this look. All of the above advice still applies. Just email concierge blacklapel. Going to a more casual dance and really need a casual vest outfit.
Can you help me with an outfit idea?? I am younger and can pull a lot of stuff. To get attention without overdoing it, stay away from busy patterns, but nail the details. Pair the above with a freshly laundered white shirt and a solid, non-silk you said you wanted it to be pretty casual tie that echoes the color of the pants and like this.
Thinking of wearing a light purple shirt with a grey vest. For the jeans should I wear solid black jeans or dark blue? Shoes will be black. Vest has black buttons?? Both dark blue and black jeans would work for this look. If you want the light purple to stand out more, go with black jeans no other colors to compete with it in the outfit.
Would never be gold lame. Thinking about changing the shirt to a red or rose pink. What type denim would be best suited? Still tough to be too specific with a recommendation without seeing the vest but the red and pink shirt options sound like just what the doctor ordered. When in doubt err in the side of slim, dark, non-distressed denim. It never goes out of style. How about a gold vest, black long sleeve shirt and a black leather clarks?
The vest is gold at the front with a pattern and black at the back. What kind of denim would best fit? If you mean gold, as in gold lamé then we will have to give you a big thumbs down. The richness of caramel khaki works better with white or a color, like light blue or pink for the shirt and rich brown for the shoe.
We like jeans for this look. Whatever the case, denim is a classic pairing with this look. I would wear gray or black shoes with the pictured outfit. Or match the shoe color with a casual tie. I just purchased a gray herringbone vest with an ink blue shirt and I was wondering if I could wear a skinny black tie with it as well.
If not, could I get a few combinations that would work well. That said, if the shirt is too dark it could the black tie and gray vest could make for a generally dull look.
Yes, you CAN, wear a black short sleeve shirt under a white vest. If you could do the latter, the former would be the perfect outfit otherwise, steer clear.
Should the vest be all one color? I wanted to wear a light gray front green back vest with a black dress shirt and darker gray skinny jeans, for a sort of casual look with a rocker look too. Black Lapel vests come with fabric on the front and Bemberg lining on the back.
You can choose another lining color, though, for the back to get the desired effect and, upon special request, you can even get a vest that is fabric on both the front and back. In your case, Kieth, we suggest something like our Cool Gray four-button with Sky Blue lining on the back for that casual, rocker look.
Everything goes with black. The only pants or shirt color we would suggest avoiding is brown. For a cool look try Light Gray Glen Plaid pants and a white shirt. Where do I get these kind of clothes? The vest and shirt above are both available from Black Lapel. If you are opting for a more casual look, then dark wash jeans always work. She will be wearing a grey sweater dress from Inc. I am planning to wear a pair of black Banana Republic slacks, Marc Anthony slim textured white shirt.
I am trying to decide what color vest to buy and what color tie to wear as well. A black and white, shirt and pants outfit leaves the door pretty wide open, Pete. The varsity move, is to keep things neutral neutral with a Solid Cool Gray vest. This would allow you to wear the vest with just about anything after your party nobody needs a one-hit wonder in their closet.
As for ties, the Mr. Cord by Armstrong and Wilson would bring just the right amount of pattern to this all solid outfit and, again, would be highly wearable after the party because it looks great with everything from a suit to jeans.
Follow the advice above and you looking stylish will never come as a surprise to anyone ever again. Quick opinion for firm holdiay party dress.
Very casual place so the dress varies greatly among people. Trying to decide between charcoal or black vest and brown or black shoes. I am a big pile of indecision. Well you get points for having a sense of humor about it.
The charcoal vest will look better with the texture of the shirt and the brown shoes will keep things from getting too serious. I picked up an old vest from a thrift shop — medium grey front, brown back. If I pair it with dark blue jeans, do you have any suggestions for a color shirt and maybe tie too? Just about every shirt in your closest barring maybe a black one will play nicely with this vest and jeans.
I am looking at a rocker, psuedo-casual look for New Years; a dark, pale red, short-sleeved shirt or dark salmon , with black vest and jeans. What would be the best jeans and footwear combo to go with these? Taking note I no longer have long hair like my avatar suggests; I have a short, faux-hawk style these days.
As for pants, it sounds like a casual look so jeans are the way to go, Brian. Lighter ones will work with a black vest. And to take the rocker look all the way, black boots would be in order. Try some of the sleeker, but still durable options from brands like Geox or the beautiful new boot offering from Jack Erwin.
Justin, we think you might be over-thinking it but feel free to shoot us a photo of the outfit to our stylists at concierge blacklapel. Hi I want a new look for night out. Ive got a really nice pair of black jeans, black shoes, black belt and skinny black tie. If you do want to step it up a notch, bring a little bit of textural contrast to this look.
Try a textured tie or a black and white striped knit tie. Both look great under a vest. I want to wear matching colored black pants with a vest and tie should the vest be a casual suit vest or a more leather looking style vest, if not a tie what kind of shirt as in a plain one or something with patterns of some sort on it?
The goal of your casual outfit should be to look like you just threw something on and it looks great. That outfit sounds on point, Ross. One styling tip on the jeans, though. I have a casual yet high class dinner party this weekend. I am planning to wear a blue partywear shirt, a pair of black jeans, a brown collared woolen vest and dark brown sneakers..
Also, black seems like an odd jeans color for wearing with a brown vest. Im going to a Nordstrom interview and was wondering if this outfit would work? Im considering tan slacks and a white button down, sleeves wont be rolled up. Also Im wearing dress shoes. The questions are belt or no belt? Do you think slacks are ok? This is not the story to look to for advice on what to wear to an interview. I have another, probably more functional question… do you have any tips on how to secure the extra bit of the vest adjustment strap?
So I have this nice dark gray vest from Express, solid white dress shirt from Express, dark blue jeans and dark brown suede shoes from JCrew… how big of a sin is it to mix brands?
I have dark grey vest.. Do I need to pair up it with black trousers or dark blue jeans??? Will glossy grey shirt go with it?? Dark pants or dark wash denim are a safe bet with a dark gray vest. In our opinion a glossy gray shirt goes best with a stack of clothes to be donated.
The only thing in your closet that should be glossy is a pair of well-shined shoes. I was thinking about rocking a vest with a shirt gray, blue or white. I have 3 vests black, navy blue and navy blue pin stripes. Should i go khakis or dress pants? And what vest, shirt and tie combo would you suggest? There are a lot of possible combinations here, Dipen. This comment sounded vaguely like a word problem from the probability section of a math textbook. This story is about wearing the vest casually, so usually we would suggest the white shirt, navy blue vest and khakis and a knit tie to pull together this casual look.
It begs the question, are you sure casual is what you want to do here? A jacket either a suit or a blazer and dress pants might be the way to go. What do you think of vests with designs? Tribal was in for a while and I think we some denim it could work. We think blankets should remain blankets.
How do interviews go in Russia? If there was ever a time to suit up, this is it. We listed a full rundown on what to wear to a job interview a while back. Get things off on the right foot with a proper interview outfit , Franklin. Can it be worn? Yes, though we would recommend a more casual vest than the third part of a suit and only with a white T-shirt. Will you look like Ed Norton on the Honeymooners?
Can you fix cars or are you just generally handy? Are you headed to a dive bar? That waistcoat is far too short. You make some good points, Mr. I am thinking of wearing a white v-neck t-shirt, gray vest, very dark blue jeans and brown brogues to a casual dinner party. The V-neck and the V of the vest are likely to compete, though. White works with a gray vest or any other color for that matter , and will work with the rest of the outfit you described.
I am planning on proposing to my girlfriend, I have hired a photographer to capture the surprise. I am going to rock the following black, hooded, casual vest with a pair or lighter washed jeans: To match the rugged look of the jeans though we always prefer darker washes to dress up a pair of jeans and pair our lighter washes with T-shirts and sneakers and the athletic elements of the vest, keep things sporty with a textured tie like any of the ones we recently featured on Faceboook and a crisp white, button-down collar shirt in a hearty weave like an Oxford or broadcloth.
Can I wear a black vest with a gray suit? Does the vest HAVE to match the same material and pattern as the rest of the suit? This is a varsity move but one that can look very good when pulled off as this gentleman and this gentleman show us.
I like this idea. I was thinking of having him dressed in dress pants either black or dark grey , white shirt, burgundy wedding motif tie and a vest not sure what colour. Do you think that would do? What about a black V neck sweater instead of a vest? We lean towards the vest instead of the sweater. Much less can go wrong with a vest. A vest is a classic and getting one that fits is much simpler than getting a sweater that fits. As for a vest color, a little contrast between the pants and vest can go a long way.
In the photo above we created contrast with texture the tougher denim against the softer wool but going with a stronger colored vest can really make it pop. If there were ever a time to wear a suit, this is it. Go forward with caution, perhaps you should check with the groom before showing up in jeans. This one relies on the sneakers to dress down the suit. A pair of brown dress shoes will definitely do the trick.
Also, could you suggest some combinations to wear to a bachelor party and also to a wedding, keeping in mind that I would prefer darker colors. The key to making sure things look good on your body type is fit.
A vest that hugs your sides will serve you well casually and as a part of a three-piece suit. As for the bachelor party, well, that depends on what kind of bachelor party it is, but How to Pack for a Weekend in Vegas ought to get you off on the right foot. A vest is a great way to bring a touch of formality to an otherwise casual look. For the jeans, the darker the wash the more formal they look. A pair of white bucks can work for a summer look but for an audition, keep them really tame.
Black jeans work, so do dark blue. Faded might look too casual, especially if you switch out the Chucks for brogues. For the belt, go with leather and keep it the same color as the brogues. Planning to wear this to a wedding reception. Bright blue button down shirt with a gray vest. Black jeans and gray converse shoes. We say switch out those converse for some brown brogues to keep it classy.
It is a wedding after all. I know I will be wearing dark gray dress pants but will be buying a vest. What about light gray or other colors for the vest or even a different darker shade? I am still undecided on my shirt color. A light gray vest would make for a great casual look, especially during the summer time! Other darker colored vests are fair play too as long as you stay clear of the pinstripes!
Lavender shirt arm rolled, dark blue jeans, dark grey vest and black converse.. However, if you still feel inclined knot up, a very dark, midnight purple tie would complement the colors in your outfit nicely. I was thinking of going with this look with a grey shirt, black tie, and black vest with a dark wash jeans.
I was thinking of wearing grey converses as well. If you want our input, how about going with a lighter shirt like a solid light blue shirt or even a crisp white shirt for better contrast against the black vest?
Also, if you go with a tie, try a knit tie. Sounds like the perfect opportunity to vest up and leave an impression! I looked at this and immediately had 3 questions: Bryn, here are our answers: The exception to this is if the shirt you are wearing underneath is short enough to be hidden underneath the vest. I always see these kinds of posts with examples of suits or vests that are black, but never grey. Is this advisable, or should I simply get a black vest if I want to look good casually wearing a vest?
Travis, a gray vest makes for an absolutely fine pairing. I personally like to wear a vest and matching pants with an odd jacket; it gives it a casual look, but not as casual as the example in this post. Also, although it works with jeans, avoid wearing a belt with a vest in any other situation at all costs.
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Another country feature also worn sometimes in cities is a pair of hacking pockets, which are similar to normal ones, but slanted; this was originally designed to make the pockets easier to open on horseback while hacking. Suit jackets in all styles typically have three or four buttons on each cuff, which are often purely decorative the sleeve is usually sewn closed and cannot be unbuttoned to open.
Five buttons are unusual and are a modern fashion innovation. The number of buttons is primarily a function of the formality of the suit; a very casual summer sports jacket might traditionally s have had only one button, while tweed suits typically have three and city suits four. In the s, two buttons were seen on some city suits. Although the sleeve buttons usually cannot be undone, the stitching is such that it appears they could.
Functional cuff buttons may be found on high-end or bespoke suits; this feature is called a surgeon's cuff and "working button holes" U.
Certainty in fitting sleeve length must be achieved, as once working button holes are cut, the sleeve length essentially cannot be altered further. A cuffed sleeve has an extra length of fabric folded back over the arm, or just some piping or stitching above the buttons to allude to the edge of a cuff. This was popular in the Edwardian era, as a feature of formalwear such as frock coats carried over to informalwear, but is now rare.
A vent is a slit in the bottom rear the "tail" of the jacket. Originally, vents were a sporting option, designed to make riding easier, so are traditional on hacking jackets, formal coats such as a morning coat , and, for practicality, overcoats. Today there are three styles of venting: Vents are convenient, particularly when using a pocket or sitting down, to improve the hang of the jacket,  so are now used on most jackets.
Ventless jackets are associated with Italian tailoring, while the double-vented style is typically British. Waistcoats called vests in American English were almost always worn with suits prior to the s. Due to rationing during World War II , their prevalence declined, but their popularity has gone in and out of fashion from the s onwards. A pocket watch on a chain, one end of which is inserted through a middle buttonhole, is often worn with a waistcoat; otherwise, since World War I when they came to prominence of military necessity, men have worn wristwatches, which may be worn with any suit except the full evening dress white tie.
Although many examples of waistcoats worn with a double-breasted jacket can be found from the s to the s, that would be unusual today one point of a double-breasted jacket being, it may be supposed, to eliminate the waistcoat.
Traditionally, the bottom button of a waistcoat is left undone; like the vents in the rear of a jacket, this helps the body bend when sitting. Some waistcoats can have lapels, others do not. Suit trousers are always made of the same material as the jacket.
Even from the s to s, before the invention of sports jackets specifically to be worn with odd trousers, wearing a suit jacket with odd trousers was seen as an alternative to a full suit.
Trouser width has varied considerably throughout the decades. After , trousers began to be tapered in at the bottom half of the leg. Trousers remained wide at the top of the leg throughout the s. By the s and s, a more slim look had become popular. In the s, suit makers offered a variety of styles of trousers, including flared, bell bottomed, wide-legged, and more traditional tapered trousers.
In the s these styles disappeared in favour of tapered, slim-legged trousers. One variation in the design of trousers is the use or not of pleats. The most classic style of trouser is to have two pleats, usually forward, since this gives more comfort sitting and better hang standing. The style originally descended from the exaggeratedly widened Oxford bags worn in the s in Oxford, which, though themselves short-lived, began a trend for fuller fronts.
However, at various periods throughout the last century, flat fronted trousers with no pleats have been worn, and the swing in fashions has been marked enough that the more fashion-oriented ready-to-wear brands have not produced both types continuously. Turn-ups on the bottom of trousers, or cuffs, were initially popularised in the s by Edward VII ,  and were popular with suits throughout the s and s.
They have always been an informal option, being inappropriate on all formalwear. Other variations in trouser style include the rise of the trouser. This was very high in the early half of the 20th century, particularly with formalwear, with rises above the natural waist,  to allow the waistcoat covering the waistband to come down just below the narrowest point of the chest.
Though serving less purpose, this high height was duplicated in the daywear of the period. Since then, fashions have changed, and have rarely been that high again with styles returning more to low-rise trousers, even dropping down to have waistbands resting on the hips.
Other changing aspects of the cut include the length, which determines the break, the bunching of fabric just above the shoe when the front seam is marginally longer than height to the shoe's top. Some parts of the world, such as Europe, traditionally opt for shorter trousers with little or no break, while Americans often choose to wear a slight break.
A final major distinction is made in whether the trousers take a belt or braces suspenders. While a belt was originally never worn with a suit, the forced wearing of belts during wartime years caused by restrictions on use of elastic caused by wartime shortages contributed to their rise in popularity, with braces now much less popular than belts. When braces were common, the buttons for attaching them were placed on the outside of the waistband, because they would be covered by a waistcoat or cardigan, but now it is more frequent to button on the inside of the trouser.
Trousers taking braces are rather different in cut at the waist, employing inches of extra girth and also height at the back. The split in the waistband at the back is in the fishtail shape. Those who prefer braces assert that, because they hang from the shoulders, they always make the trousers fit and hang exactly as they should, while a belt may allow the trouser waist to slip down on the hips or below a protruding midsection, and requires constant repositioning; also, they allow, indeed work best with, a slightly looser waist which gives room for natural expansion when seated.
Suit trousers, also known as dress pants in the US, are a style of trousers intended as formal or semi-formal wear. They are often made of either wool or polyester  although many other synthetic and natural textiles are used and may be designed to be worn with a matching suit jacket. Suit trousers often have a crease in the front of each pant leg, and may have one or more pleats.
Suit trousers can be worn at many formal and semi-formal occasions combined with a shirt that has no tie and a more relaxed fashion, which can be considered smart casual dress.
As an alternative to trousers, breeches or knickers in variations of English where this does not refer to underwear may be worn with informal suits, such as tweed. These are shorter, descending to just below the knees, fastened closely at the top of the calf by a tab or button cuff. While once common, they are now typically only worn when engaged in traditional outdoor sports, such as shooting or golf. The length and design is closely related to the plus-fours and plus-sixes etc.
They are usually designed to be worn with long socks meeting just below the knee, but riding breeches, worn with long boots such as top boots , are long enough to meet the boot and display no sock. Accessories for suits include neckties , shoes , wristwatches and pocket watches , pocket squares , cufflinks , tie clips , tie tacks, tie bars, bow ties , lapel pins , and hats. Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, Italy has been a leader in the design of men's suits. Typical fabrics include lightweight flannel, a wool and mohair blend, and linen or chino cloth for hot weather.
Elsewhere in the Mediterranean , suits are considered impractical without constant air conditioning. As a result, most non-conservative businesses, regardless of size or wealth, tend to use casual clothes even in formal meetings.
Similarly, some Israeli branches of American firms tend to imitate their American counterparts' style of clothing. In 20th century China, the Communist regime encouraged citizens to wear the Mao suit due to its egalitarian and utilitarian design.
Although less common now than it once was, the Mao suit is still in widespread use in rural areas. After independence of India , there was a backlash against Western fashions due to their association with the previous colonialist regime.
Instead, professional Indian men began wearing the five button Nehru suit , made from khadi to support the local textile industry. In the tropical Philippines, a former colony of the United States of America, a suit is called terno and jacket that comes with it, is called amerikana.
Because of the hot tropical climate, this formal wear is worn only when necessary, including formal, social or business events. Filipinos rarely wear a suit, and the youth would probably wear one only to a high school or college prom , in which case it might be rented.
At any occasion where a suit is worn, it would also be acceptable to wear a long-sleeved or a short-sleeved barong tagalog , the national dress of the Philippines. Because wearing a suit conveys a respectable image, many people wear suits during the job interview process. Interview suits are frequently composed of wool or wool-blend fabric, with a solid or pin stripe pattern.
In modern society, men's suits have become less common as an outfit of daily wear. During the s, driven in part by the meteoric rise of newly successful technology companies with different cultural attitudes, the prevailing management philosophy of the time moved in favour of more casual attire for employees; the aim was to encourage a sense of openness and egalitarianism.
Traditional business dress as an everyday style is generally limited to middle- and upper-level corporate management now sometimes collectively referred to as "suits" ,  and to the professions particularly law.
Casual dress has also become common in Western academic institutions, with traditional business attire falling in popularity. For many men who do not wear suits for work, particularly in Western society, wearing a suit is reserved for special occasions, such as weddings, funerals, court appearances, and other more formal social events.
Hence, because they are not a daily outfit for most men, they are often viewed as being "stuffy" and uncomfortable. The combination of a tie, belt and vest can be tight and restrictive compared to contemporary casual wear, especially when these are purchased at minimal cost and quality for rare occasions, rather than being made to be worn comfortably.
This tendency became prevalent enough that the Christian Science Monitor reported that a suit combined with a necktie and slacks was "a design that guarantees that its wearer will be uncomfortable. This was seen as a liberation from the conformity of earlier periods and occurred concurrently with the women's liberation movement. Also remarkable is that the suit now frequently appears in Rock, Heavy Metal and Gothic happenings, even though such groups were once known for a rather rebellious tradition of clothing.
Artists and bands such as Nick Cave , Marilyn Manson , Blutengel and Akercocke are known for the use of formal clothing in music videos and stage performances. The suit also appears when fans dress for styles such as Lolita, Victorian and Corporate Gothic.
The buttoning of the jacket is primarily determined by the button stance , a measure of how high the buttons are in relation to the natural waist. In some now unusual styles where the buttons are placed high, the tailor would have intended the suit to be buttoned differently from the more common lower stance.
Nevertheless, some general guidelines are given here. Double-breasted suit coats are almost always kept buttoned. When there is more than one functional buttonhole as in a traditional six-on-two arrangement , only one button need be fastened; the wearer may elect to fasten only the bottom button, in order to present a longer line a style popularised by Prince George, Duke of Kent.
Single-breasted suit coats may be either fastened or unfastened. In two-button suits the bottom button is traditionally left unfastened except with certain unusual cuts of jacket, e. Legend has it that King Edward VII started the trend of leaving the bottom button of a suit as well as waistcoat undone. When fastening a three-button suit, the middle button is fastened, and the top one sometimes, but the bottom is traditionally not designed to be.
Although in the past some three-button jackets were cut so that all three could be fastened without distorting the drape, this is not the case. A four-button suit is untraditional and uncommon. The one button suit has regained some popularity it is also one of the classic styles of Savile Row tailoring. The button should always be fastened while standing. With a single-breasted suit, it is proper to have the buttons unfastened while sitting down to avoid an ugly drape.
Working with neckties is very much a matter of personal taste, but in conservative terms there are some basic guidelines. Ties should always be darker than the wearer's shirt. The background colour of the tie should not be the same as that of the shirt, while the foreground of the tie should contain the colour of the shirt and thereby "pick up" on the colour of the shirt. Ideally, the tie should also integrate the colour of the suit in the same way. Generally, simple or subdued patterns are preferred for conservative dress, though these are terms with a wide range of interpretation.
During the late s and early s, it became popular to match the necktie colour with the shirt a "monochromatic" look popularised by TV personality Regis Philbin or even wearing a lighter coloured tie with a darker shirt, usually during formal occasions.
A light blue shirt with a blue tie that is darker in its colour is also common. A Four-in-hand, Half-Windsor, or Windsor is generally the most appropriate with a suit, particularly by contemporary guidelines. Once properly knotted and arranged, the bottom of the tie can extend anywhere from the wearer's navel level, to slightly below the waistband. The narrow end should not extend below the wide end, though this can occasionally be seen to be acceptable with thin ties.
In the s, it was fashionable for men as well as women to wear scarves with a suit in a tied knot either inside a shirt as an Ascot or under the collar as would be worn like a tie.
It did however make a small comeback by and some famous stars wear them. Although some wore scarves back in the s, ties were still preferred among business workers. Bow ties have always provided an alternative to neckties, and even preceded the necktie. Bow ties are even regarded, arguably, as more formal or dressy than neckties, especially when worn with suits. During the "powerdressing," or "dress for success" days of the s, bow ties, though in the minority, certainly had their share of the business and professional fashion market.
This included women professionals, who wore a slightly fuller version of the bow tie with the skirt suits and buttoned-up blouses popular in the business world. Bow ties, for professional men or women, typically were the same fabrics, colours, and patterns as neckties. In the United States it is common for socks to match the trouser leg. A more general rule is for socks to be darker than the shade of the trousers, but potentially a different colour.
With patterned socks, ideally the background colour of the sock should match the primary colour of the suit. If it is not possible to match the trouser leg, socks may match one's shoes.
In particular, pale or even white socks might be worn with, for example, a cream linen suit with white shoes. Socks are preferably [ citation needed ] at least mid-calf height, if not knee-height over-the-calf , and are usually made predominantly of cotton or wool, though luxury or dress socks may use more exotic blends such as silk and cashmere.
Before World War II , patterned socks were common, and a variety of designs like Argyle or contrasting socks was commonly seen. After WWII, socks became more subdued in colour.
In lieu of over-the-calf length which will stay up by itself , some men still use garters to hold up their socks, but this is unusual. Suit-wearing etiquette for women generally follows the same guidelines used by men, with a few differences and more flexibility.
For women, the skirt suit or dress suit are both acceptable; a blouse , which can be white or coloured, usually takes the place of a shirt. Women's suits can also be worn with coloured tops or T-shirts.
Also, women usually wear suits in professional settings, rather than as general formal attire, as men do. Women generally do not wear neckties with their suits. Fancy silk scarves that resemble a floppy ascot tie became popular in North America in the s.
By the s, women were entering the white-collar workforce in increasing numbers and their dress fashions adopted looks not dissimilar from men's business wear. By the early to mids, conservatively-tailored skirt suits were the norm, in the same colours and fabrics considered standard in men's suits.
These were typically worn with buttoned-up collared blouses, usually white or some pastel in colour. These were frequently accessorised with a version of the bow tie , usually the same fabrics, colours, and patterns as men's neckties and bow ties, but tied in a fuller bow at the collar.
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