Lounge suit dress code
First, a “lounge suit” is just a classic suit you would wear to work or at an event. This is not a black-tie which requires a dinner dress. Men are confused by invitations that state Lounge Suit as the dress code. This means a smart suit with a shirt & tie.
These invitations are rare because of the decline in the demand for a suit outside of the most prestigious professions. Thanks to business casual, a suit is now more often worn for socialising and pleasure than for work. Although once regarded as a uniform, the suit is now something that can be enjoyed.
Montague Burton, who was the first to mass-produce ready-to-wear tailoring, noted that modern tailoring methods have led to a rise in the number of well-dressed men. An immaculate citizen is a valuable asset to his community and a credit to his country.
Some people believe that a lounge suit is more than just how professional it makes a man look. It’s also about the psychological benefits it provides. A suit makes you stand taller. They say a suit provides protection and even generates respect. This is true to a certain extent. Therefore, it’s important to invest in a quality suit.
A good investment suit is better than a few poor ones. The simplicity of the classic two-piece garment makes it easy to see where corners were cut. The fabric is the most important aspect of any investment suit. This will determine the price difference between suits.
A minimum of 12 ounces of fabric is recommended. The heavier cloth will make a suit last longer and will be more comfortable to wear year-round. A 9oz cloth, which is the most common used by high-street brands, will not only wrinkle faster and feel lighter in winter, but it will also be more difficult to wear year-round. A 16oz fabric, on the other hand, will be bulletproof, but will lose its utility year-round – unless you are a moorland gamekeeper.
An English worsted wool cloth is a good choice. However, avoid cashmere, vicuna or cashmere mixtures. These give you sheen and softness, but come at a high price. Avoid polyester mixes. They trap sweat and rapidly degrade fabric. Even silk blends are bad ideas. It doesn’t matter how shiny the suit may look on the hanger at the shop, it will become shiny after a few uses and some ironing. Mixes can be used for special occasions (think cocktail attire), but not everyday.
It is equally important to consider how your suit is constructed. Upgrade to any suit without a fused construction. This is a sign that the suit’s front and back fascia can be pulled apart. As the suit gets more wet, this could cause patches to bubble up. If the suit is fused, it’s not worth having great fabric.
Because fashion trends are unpredictable, style is the most important consideration. If you are a bouncer, funeral director, or a tailor, most recommend a dark color, such as navy or charcoal grey, but not black. This will allow for the best transition from morning meetings to evening functions.
Although it looks simple from a distance, a herringbone pattern adds texture and interest. Contrary to your desire to have more detail for your money, you should avoid slanted pockets, contrast-coloured button-holes, and linings or trims.
Beau Brummell advised that a man giving the impression of being well-dressed does not exist. It’s ironic, but the idea is to make your investment suit as forgettable as possible. This allows for versatility and can be used to frame different collared shirt or tie styles, so your “personality” is more free.
Your colleagues should not be able to tell that you are wearing the same suit.
style is essential. Flat-front trousers with no turn-ups are a modern classic. A two-button, single-breasted suit with two side vents is the best for a tailored silhouette. High-end suits on the high street tend to have one vent or none. This gives the illusion that the suit is more tailored than it actually is.
Double-breasted suits have been long considered to be the stereotypical uniform for smarmy estate agents and dogged spivs. It is no wonder this jacket has become one of the most hated pieces in the male wardrobe.
Although the DB’s image has changed significantly since 1980, it is still a far cry from 1930s and 1940s Hollywood when it was the most popular cut for its classic V-shaped torso. Double-breasted must fit perfectly if you want it to be a real bargain.
A suit’s fit is crucial. An unfit suit will not only look bad, but it will also wear faster. The problem is that the standard ready to wear suit was designed for Mr. Average. He is 5ft 9in tall and has a tendency to have rounded shoulders. His chest measurement is 38 inches and his waist measurement is 35 inches. Burton once stated that his arms measure 32 inches in length and his legs are 30 inches and three-quarters inches (inside measurement). It will take a lot of trial and error to find the right fit, unless that is you.
For those with restricted clothing allowances or who have a smaller body, a good trick is to purchase a suit that fits well across your shoulders. Then, have the waist trimmed by a tailor for a more defined silhouette. This is a great job and a good investment.
The best way to make the ultimate investment is to go beyond ready-to-wear and choose made-to-measure or a custom suit. This means that the garment is tailored to your needs and preferences. These options are as affordable as half the price of designer suits. This is sound financing. This is a different story…