In part one of our blog looking at classic suit designs we saw The Burton Classic, The 1940s Edwardian and the Armani Gigolo. In this blog we look at even more popular suit designs and how the fabrics and colors today have helped transform the popularity of the suit. The suit is a highly adaptable piece of formal wear that one could wear at a job interview, wedding, graduation or even going to the races. It is formed by matching trousers and jacket and can include a waistcoat. Like all fashion it has changed over the years and this blog will highlight these changes.
The 19th Century
Suits have been around since the 17th Century, but it was not until the mid-19th Century when the modern lounge suit started appearing. This suit style was made famous by Beau Brummell a close friend of King George IV. These types of clothing were popular all over Europe and men would wear high quality suits with very stylish ties.
The 20th Century
By the 20th Century the suit had changed quite dramatically, gone was the moral formal long frock coat and a more fashionable morning coat was preferred. A morning suit has a cutaway at the rear which is a subtle feature but adds style. It was this new look that people preferred over the older more formal frock coat.
The Short-Coated Lounge Suit
After WWI, the suit continued to evolve and change, and rapidly becoming highly popular was the short suit. Rather than wearing traditional long coats the short coat was preferred for its modern looks and convenience to wear. This preference continued into evening wear, and a shorter dinner jacket was now adopted. This broke the long rule of wearing tails when out socially at a restaurant or theater. But it was not only the jacket that changed in the 1920s, the trousers stopped being tight fitting and were replaced by wider and more straight legged trousers. This provided the wearer with more comfort especially when dancing.
The Modernization of Suits
The 1920s suit did not really develop significantly until three decades later after WWII. It was during this period that we see designs taking place that are still popular today. Wide lapels were being phased out and single-breasted jackets were know being preferred. Part of these designs were forced upon the industry as there was a lack of materials after the war so less flamboyant designs were all the rage. The clothing rationing during and after WWII was one of the main reasons for the change of suit design.
Modern fabrics have changed the suit industry that we know today. In past years the most popular materials were linen or cotton. These materials are still used but there are also many more choices on the market today. Velvet, tweed, wool, linen, corduroy and cotton are all popular today. Selecting a suit, you should bear in mind the fabric you desire along with the design. Lighter fabrics are easier to wear and to clean, so for the car and the office cotton and linen are recommended. Perhaps something heavier should be considered for the winter. Whatever you opt for there will be a wide range of designs and colors also to choose from.