Suit Styles for Men

Suit Styles for Men

It can get a little overwhelming when you break down every aspect of suit design, and occasionally results in chilling with sweatpants on the sofa, instead of showing up to an event in a suit. But don't worry - we will only cover the need-to-know's of the three main suit styles and a few good-to-know's about the details. 

  • SINGLE-BREASTED SUIT STYLES

This is the most common and classic suit style, and also the most universally flattering. With the right accessories a single-breasted suit will serve you well for any event, whether formal or casual.  

Just in case if you re not down with the lingo, the term "single-breasted" will make more sense after we cover double-breasted suits below. Basically, the jacket closure and buttons are almost centered, so your chest is only covered by a single panel of suit fabric without much overlapping. 

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  • DOUBLE-BREASTED SUIT STYLES

This style is less common than the single-breasted suit, but can be a good thing if you want a unique look. Depending on the decade, this suit style has been both on- and off-trend many many times, but today's double-breasted suit features a modern, slimmed down silhouette. 

The reason why it is called a double-breasted suit is because the front fabric overlaps to fasten across the body. You are expected to keep it buttoned up, so it is considered more formal than the single breasted.

  • THREE-PIECE SUIT STYLES

Three pieces, one suit: This combination is so good that people have been wearing it non-stop since the early 1800's. It starts with the common elements of a single-breasted suit jacket and matching suit pants, but ups the ante with a vest. 

Adding the vest makes this look more formal than a single-breasted suit alone, but wearing a vest isn't so much a formal requirement as it is a style choice. That is why it is often added to distinguish a groom's outfit from their wedding party's looks. 

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  • VENTS, LAPELS, & BUTTON STYLES

Vests, lapels, and buttons are smaller design details; You might not have the option to pick and choose the styling of each, unless of course, if you are having your suit custom made. Still, even small details can impact the entire look in a variety of ways, so let's talk about deets. 

- Vents (the openings in the jacket around your glutes) keep your jacket from bunching up when you sit down. Double vents are a modern style, while a single enter vent is less common in today's formal wear. Trends change, and we will probably see a shift back to single vent jackets eventually. But for now, double vents are the way to go. 

- Lapels are a little more obvious than vents, unless of course, you are staring at butts lol. Notch lapels are the classic suiting detail, and still a safe bet for the long haul. Peak and shawl lapels are less typical on suits, but they are becoming more and more typical all the time, and can make a suit definitely feel a little more sophisticated (mostly because these lapel styles are very common in tuxedos).

- The modern single-breasted suit jackets usually have two buttons. It is unusual to see a suit with only one button; that style is more often found on formal tuxedos. Single-breasted suits can also be designed with three or more buttons, but those look a little dated now, and aren't as "fashionable".

- Double-breasted suits on the other hand sort of have their very own thing going on. They typically have more than two buttons, but only a few of those are functional and meant to be buttoned. Single-breasted suits can also be design with three or more button