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Since then, fashions have changed, and have rarely been that high again with styles returning more to low-rise trousers, even dropping down to have waistbands resting on the hips. Other changing aspects of the cut include the length, which determines the break, the bunching of fabric just above the shoe when the front seam is marginally longer than height to the shoe's top. Some parts of the world, such as Europe, traditionally opt for shorter trousers with little or no break, while Americans often choose to wear a slight break.
A final major distinction is made in whether the trousers take a belt or braces suspenders. While a belt was originally never worn with a suit, the forced wearing of belts during wartime years caused by restrictions on use of elastic caused by wartime shortages contributed to their rise in popularity, with braces now much less popular than belts.
When braces were common, the buttons for attaching them were placed on the outside of the waistband, because they would be covered by a waistcoat or cardigan, but now it is more frequent to button on the inside of the trouser.
Trousers taking braces are rather different in cut at the waist, employing inches of extra girth and also height at the back. The split in the waistband at the back is in the fishtail shape. Those who prefer braces assert that, because they hang from the shoulders, they always make the trousers fit and hang exactly as they should, while a belt may allow the trouser waist to slip down on the hips or below a protruding midsection, and requires constant repositioning; also, they allow, indeed work best with, a slightly looser waist which gives room for natural expansion when seated.
Suit trousers, also known as dress pants in the US, are a style of trousers intended as formal or semi-formal wear. They are often made of either wool or polyester  although many other synthetic and natural textiles are used and may be designed to be worn with a matching suit jacket. Suit trousers often have a crease in the front of each pant leg, and may have one or more pleats. Suit trousers can be worn at many formal and semi-formal occasions combined with a shirt that has no tie and a more relaxed fashion, which can be considered smart casual dress.
As an alternative to trousers, breeches or knickers in variations of English where this does not refer to underwear may be worn with informal suits, such as tweed.
These are shorter, descending to just below the knees, fastened closely at the top of the calf by a tab or button cuff. While once common, they are now typically only worn when engaged in traditional outdoor sports, such as shooting or golf. The length and design is closely related to the plus-fours and plus-sixes etc. They are usually designed to be worn with long socks meeting just below the knee, but riding breeches, worn with long boots such as top boots , are long enough to meet the boot and display no sock.
Accessories for suits include neckties , shoes , wristwatches and pocket watches , pocket squares , cufflinks , tie clips , tie tacks, tie bars, bow ties , lapel pins , and hats.
Throughout the 20th and 21st centuries, Italy has been a leader in the design of men's suits. Typical fabrics include lightweight flannel, a wool and mohair blend, and linen or chino cloth for hot weather. Elsewhere in the Mediterranean , suits are considered impractical without constant air conditioning. As a result, most non-conservative businesses, regardless of size or wealth, tend to use casual clothes even in formal meetings.
Similarly, some Israeli branches of American firms tend to imitate their American counterparts' style of clothing. In 20th century China, the Communist regime encouraged citizens to wear the Mao suit due to its egalitarian and utilitarian design.
Although less common now than it once was, the Mao suit is still in widespread use in rural areas. After independence of India , there was a backlash against Western fashions due to their association with the previous colonialist regime.
Instead, professional Indian men began wearing the five button Nehru suit , made from khadi to support the local textile industry.
In the tropical Philippines, a former colony of the United States of America, a suit is called terno and jacket that comes with it, is called amerikana.
Because of the hot tropical climate, this formal wear is worn only when necessary, including formal, social or business events. Filipinos rarely wear a suit, and the youth would probably wear one only to a high school or college prom , in which case it might be rented. At any occasion where a suit is worn, it would also be acceptable to wear a long-sleeved or a short-sleeved barong tagalog , the national dress of the Philippines. Because wearing a suit conveys a respectable image, many people wear suits during the job interview process.
Interview suits are frequently composed of wool or wool-blend fabric, with a solid or pin stripe pattern. In modern society, men's suits have become less common as an outfit of daily wear. During the s, driven in part by the meteoric rise of newly successful technology companies with different cultural attitudes, the prevailing management philosophy of the time moved in favour of more casual attire for employees; the aim was to encourage a sense of openness and egalitarianism.
Traditional business dress as an everyday style is generally limited to middle- and upper-level corporate management now sometimes collectively referred to as "suits" ,  and to the professions particularly law. Casual dress has also become common in Western academic institutions, with traditional business attire falling in popularity. For many men who do not wear suits for work, particularly in Western society, wearing a suit is reserved for special occasions, such as weddings, funerals, court appearances, and other more formal social events.
Hence, because they are not a daily outfit for most men, they are often viewed as being "stuffy" and uncomfortable. The combination of a tie, belt and vest can be tight and restrictive compared to contemporary casual wear, especially when these are purchased at minimal cost and quality for rare occasions, rather than being made to be worn comfortably.
This tendency became prevalent enough that the Christian Science Monitor reported that a suit combined with a necktie and slacks was "a design that guarantees that its wearer will be uncomfortable.
This was seen as a liberation from the conformity of earlier periods and occurred concurrently with the women's liberation movement. Also remarkable is that the suit now frequently appears in Rock, Heavy Metal and Gothic happenings, even though such groups were once known for a rather rebellious tradition of clothing.
Artists and bands such as Nick Cave , Marilyn Manson , Blutengel and Akercocke are known for the use of formal clothing in music videos and stage performances. The suit also appears when fans dress for styles such as Lolita, Victorian and Corporate Gothic.
The buttoning of the jacket is primarily determined by the button stance , a measure of how high the buttons are in relation to the natural waist. In some now unusual styles where the buttons are placed high, the tailor would have intended the suit to be buttoned differently from the more common lower stance. Nevertheless, some general guidelines are given here. Double-breasted suit coats are almost always kept buttoned.
When there is more than one functional buttonhole as in a traditional six-on-two arrangement , only one button need be fastened; the wearer may elect to fasten only the bottom button, in order to present a longer line a style popularised by Prince George, Duke of Kent. Single-breasted suit coats may be either fastened or unfastened. In two-button suits the bottom button is traditionally left unfastened except with certain unusual cuts of jacket, e.
Legend has it that King Edward VII started the trend of leaving the bottom button of a suit as well as waistcoat undone. When fastening a three-button suit, the middle button is fastened, and the top one sometimes, but the bottom is traditionally not designed to be. Although in the past some three-button jackets were cut so that all three could be fastened without distorting the drape, this is not the case. A four-button suit is untraditional and uncommon. The one button suit has regained some popularity it is also one of the classic styles of Savile Row tailoring.
The button should always be fastened while standing. With a single-breasted suit, it is proper to have the buttons unfastened while sitting down to avoid an ugly drape. Working with neckties is very much a matter of personal taste, but in conservative terms there are some basic guidelines. Ties should always be darker than the wearer's shirt. The background colour of the tie should not be the same as that of the shirt, while the foreground of the tie should contain the colour of the shirt and thereby "pick up" on the colour of the shirt.
Ideally, the tie should also integrate the colour of the suit in the same way. Generally, simple or subdued patterns are preferred for conservative dress, though these are terms with a wide range of interpretation. During the late s and early s, it became popular to match the necktie colour with the shirt a "monochromatic" look popularised by TV personality Regis Philbin or even wearing a lighter coloured tie with a darker shirt, usually during formal occasions.
A light blue shirt with a blue tie that is darker in its colour is also common. A Four-in-hand, Half-Windsor, or Windsor is generally the most appropriate with a suit, particularly by contemporary guidelines. Once properly knotted and arranged, the bottom of the tie can extend anywhere from the wearer's navel level, to slightly below the waistband.
The narrow end should not extend below the wide end, though this can occasionally be seen to be acceptable with thin ties. In the s, it was fashionable for men as well as women to wear scarves with a suit in a tied knot either inside a shirt as an Ascot or under the collar as would be worn like a tie.
It did however make a small comeback by and some famous stars wear them. Although some wore scarves back in the s, ties were still preferred among business workers.
Bow ties have always provided an alternative to neckties, and even preceded the necktie. Bow ties are even regarded, arguably, as more formal or dressy than neckties, especially when worn with suits. During the "powerdressing," or "dress for success" days of the s, bow ties, though in the minority, certainly had their share of the business and professional fashion market.
This included women professionals, who wore a slightly fuller version of the bow tie with the skirt suits and buttoned-up blouses popular in the business world. Bow ties, for professional men or women, typically were the same fabrics, colours, and patterns as neckties. In the United States it is common for socks to match the trouser leg.
A more general rule is for socks to be darker than the shade of the trousers, but potentially a different colour. With patterned socks, ideally the background colour of the sock should match the primary colour of the suit. If it is not possible to match the trouser leg, socks may match one's shoes. In particular, pale or even white socks might be worn with, for example, a cream linen suit with white shoes.
Socks are preferably [ citation needed ] at least mid-calf height, if not knee-height over-the-calf , and are usually made predominantly of cotton or wool, though luxury or dress socks may use more exotic blends such as silk and cashmere. Before World War II , patterned socks were common, and a variety of designs like Argyle or contrasting socks was commonly seen. After WWII, socks became more subdued in colour. In lieu of over-the-calf length which will stay up by itself , some men still use garters to hold up their socks, but this is unusual.
Suit-wearing etiquette for women generally follows the same guidelines used by men, with a few differences and more flexibility. For women, the skirt suit or dress suit are both acceptable; a blouse , which can be white or coloured, usually takes the place of a shirt. Women's suits can also be worn with coloured tops or T-shirts. Also, women usually wear suits in professional settings, rather than as general formal attire, as men do.
Women generally do not wear neckties with their suits. Fancy silk scarves that resemble a floppy ascot tie became popular in North America in the s. By the s, women were entering the white-collar workforce in increasing numbers and their dress fashions adopted looks not dissimilar from men's business wear. By the early to mids, conservatively-tailored skirt suits were the norm, in the same colours and fabrics considered standard in men's suits. These were typically worn with buttoned-up collared blouses, usually white or some pastel in colour.
These were frequently accessorised with a version of the bow tie , usually the same fabrics, colours, and patterns as men's neckties and bow ties, but tied in a fuller bow at the collar. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other types of suits, see Suit. For the musical group, see Menswear band. Dress coat " white tie " Ball gown Frock coat Full dress uniform Morning dress.
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Views Read Edit View history. Tweed — at least its most recognisable form — emerged in 18th century Scotland out of a need for a material that would make hard-wearing, well-insulated tailoring and outerwear. Woven sturdily from coarse virgin wool in dusky, earthy colours, this original performance fabric provided farmers on the Outer Hebrides with a means of staving off damp, chilly conditions.
As fabrics go, tweed can take more rough and tumble than most — its twill construction boasting resistance to both wind and water — and was to the 18th century farmer a bit like what Lycra is to the modern-day cyclist. Much like its cousin cloth tartan, tweed comes in a vast number of varieties — including the renowned Harris and Donegal variations, both crafted in accordance with a strict set of conditions — each with its own subtle design features that mark it apart.
Then, there are patterns, four of which are worth your immediate attention. Secondly, herringbone tweed, which boasts a distinctive V-shaped pattern, is known for its rich visual texture and loved for its versatility. And finally, at the more attention-grabbing end of the scale, houndstooth tweed characterised by a bold broken check design and overcheck tweed large windowpane checks offer more statement-making takes on this time-honoured cloth.
Fast-forward over a century and its appeal is just as far-reaching, with leaders in contemporary tailoring — from Canali to Ermengildo Zegna — as well as high street heavyweights like ASOS and River Island all offering their takes on the centuries-old style.
Tweed is every bit as hardy and practical not to mention stylishly smart as it was all those years ago. British stalwarts Hackett London and Barbour both paid homage with their AW15 presentations, the latter layering the fabric with more contemporary padded pieces for an inventive twist. Elsewhere, family-run brand Orley produced a collared zip-up jacket in classic Harris Tweed, bringing an old-world charm to a modern silhouette.
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A plain variety should be your first port of call. Try teaming a plain tweed blazer with a neutral tee, roll neck or cold-weather shirt , a pair of dark wash jeans and some leather boots. A black or grey herringbone tweed overcoat will make a statement while still working with most of your wardrobe.
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