Suits, although they may look the same to the untrained eye, can be of different styles, especially the jackets. The perfect suit makes the wearer look thinner, taller and more refined. A suit must fit the body perfectly: not too long or short, and not too loose or tight. Picking the right suit can be a task, especially for beginners who do not have a clue about how they should fit and look. It is important to know that suit jackets have different types of fabric and design for different purposes. This will help the wearer distinguish the best type to wear for certain situations.
Single Breasted Suits
They are distinguished by only one row of buttons. They can either be two or three-buttoned. They are more casual looking than double-breasted suits. They are available as ready-to-wear in suit shops and department stores or they can be made solely for the wearer by a bespoke tailor who will take the exact measurements to create a unique suit. Single breasted suits are also known as British style suits.
Double Breasted Suits
They have two rows of buttons and, usually, do not have a flap at the back. Known as Italian style suits, each row usually has four or six buttons. They are considered more conservative and formal than single-breasted suits.
They are the most formal of all suits and can be seen worn by men on formal occasions such as movie or show premieres, and other ultra-formal settings. Tuxedos are usually black, but some also wear them in lighter colours such as grey.
They are one of the most common types of suits, black tie suits as they are more commonly known. Colours are usually dark and the fit traditional.
They are the everyday suits that men usually wear for work. They can be worn without a necktie, and lighter colours are preferred. The fit is comfortable enough to be worn throughout the day. Most lounge suits are single breasted and two-buttoned.
They are worn not only during weddings but other ceremonial events as well. Suits are made of different fabrics such as jacquard and velveteen. They are usually single-breasted and one-buttoned, with the fit leaning on the slim side.
Pinstripe suits are great to wear in a good career relating to business and are the most common. They look sharper than lounge suits and the fit is slimmer. They can also be in black or navy, with lighter colours seldom used.
They are the most different among all the other types. The collar is Nehru type, meaning there is no flap being folded at the nape, and the front is fully buttoned. As the name implies, they have their origins in the Orient.
A man should have at least one of each type in his closet so he can wear the most appropriate suit as the occasion calls for it.