Ah, love is in the air! Not so much for me, but it seems like every one of my friends chose to fall in love at the same time and now I’m faced with the dilemma of what to wear to all of these weddings. After some trial and error…I have come to the conclusion that the 3-piece suit tops the list as wedding season’s ultimate weapon. Once you’ve gotten comfortable with the basics, it’s time to expand your style vocabulary and opt for this menswear essential.
5 Reason We Love a 3-Piece Suit…
- You make a statement by not really making one. It’s a step up from your 2-button stance, but not quite as daring as a double breasted. It doesn’t scream ‘LOOK AT ME!’, but it will catch the attention of that single bridesmaid you were eyeing all night.
- They help define a masculine silhouette.
- If you’re like me, you’ll understand that the best part of going to a wedding is the open bar and dance floor. When you’re ready to bust a move, the last thing you’ll want to worry about is how you look. This is where the waistcoat comes in handy as an added piece of armor to keep you shirt in place and your arms free to do whatever they want.
- Unlike other suiting options, you will look formal whether the jacket is buttoned or not.
- Versatility. I love breaking my 3-piece down to its individual pieces and wearing them as separates.
- Suit can obviously be worn in its entirety or without the waistcoat
- Trousers can be worn on their own with a dress-shirt or chunky sweater for fall
- Waistcoat can be worn with denim, rolled up sleeves, and a knit tie for a updated casual look
- Jacket can be worn as a blazer casually with denim or mixed with colored trousers for a sense of Italian sprezzatura (READ)
Tip: Always leave the last button of a waistcoat undone…there are many theories as to why we practice this odd sartorial quirk, but what I do know is that it allows you to move around more freely and prevents it from bulging in all the wrong areas.
SHOP THE LOOK
Suit + Shirt: Hugo Boss | Bow-tie: Lanvin | Pocket Square: The Tie Bar | Belt: J Crew | Sunglasses: Ray Ban
Location: Busse Woods
Photography: Max Sawa