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Whether you’re buying a suit for everyday wear or a special occasion, you’re faced with a lot of questions. Peaked or notched lapel? Pleated or flat-front trousers? One vent or two? Single or double breasted? Our suit guide lays it all out so you can decide which features will help you look your best.

Suit Styles
British: Suits made in the British style use heavier canvas between the suit and lining, making for a more structured suit. They are fitted close to body, with a natural shoulder that has little or no padding. They may have two or three buttons and be single or double breasted. The jacket will have two vents in the back, on either side rather than the middle.
Italian: Italian-style suits are characterized by their slim cut and tight fit, with a shorter tailored jacket with higher buttons and no flaps. The shoulders are padded, and jackets have no vents in the back.
American: The American suit is cut the loosest of the three, and uses lighter canvas for a less structured feel. They are generally single breasted have no padding in the shoulders. The jacket has 3 buttons, flap pockets, and one vent in back.

Breast & Button Type

Lapel Type

Trouser Styles

Materials
Wool: Wool is the most common fabric for suits, as it is durable and wrinkle resistant. A wool suit is usually referred to as worsted (the wool is combed before spinning, resulting in a silkier fabric) or woolen (uncombed). Super 100s and 120s wool refers to the number of times the worsted wool has been twisted. The higher the number, the finer and softer the fabric, but also the more delicate it will be. Suits of this caliber are usually reserved for special occasions rather than daily wear.
Cotton: Cotton suits are good for warm weather, and make for a crisp look.
Linen: Linen is considered the best fabric for hot weather, as it is extremely breathable. Keep in mind that it is more prone to wrinkling.

Additional Pieces
Button-down shirt: A button-down shirt is generally worn underneath a suit jacket. It may be white, solid colored, or patterned, but remember to make sure it works with the color and pattern of your suit.
Tie: It’s easy to dress up your suit with a necktie or bow tie to add a splash of color and personality.
Shoes: Lace-up shoes are typically worn with a suit, usually oxfords.
Belt: The rule of thumb is that your belt should match your shoes and watch strap. Usually that means they will all be either black or brown.
Waistcoat: A two-piece suit is usually considered acceptable for all but the most formal business settings, but a three piece suit will also include a waistcoat, or vest. A three-piece suit is usually preferred for special occasions and more formal settings.
Dress socks: Don’t ruin a good suit with a pair of white socks! Choose a pair of dress socks in a color similar to your trousers.
Cufflinks: For more formal occasions, consider wearing cufflinks to dress up your suit. You can find them in different metals at varying price ranges.
Pocket squares: Another addition for formal occasions, a pocket square can be folded and worn in the breast pocket.