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Types of Suits for Men

What’s the best formal outfit for a man? Suits of course! If you’re thinking of the perfect look to that red carpet, dinner, prom or wedding, wear a suit. Suits make a man look classy, refined and sophisticated. They give you a touch of elegance especially when paired with the right accessories. There are a number of suits for men. Having at least one in your wardrobe makes you a classic man always.

Types of Suits For the Sophisticated Man

Single-Breasted Suits

red single breasted suit on a black man

These are the commonest types of suits every man should own. They usually have one to three buttons along the seam and give the wearer a narrow appearance. Single-breasted suits are everyday men’s workwear. They mostly have notch lapels. When buttoning a single-breasted suit, if it has just one button, you should always leave it buttoned when standing and unfasten it when sitting. If it has two buttons, you shouldn’t button the bottom button but only the top button which you’d unbutton when sitting. If there are three buttons, you may choose to fasten the top button or not, but you should always fasten the middle button and leave the last button undone.  

Double-breasted Suits

navy blue double breasted suit on a handsome black man

These types of suits usually have extra fabrics that fold from left to right forming an overlapping across. They are more formal than single-breasted suits. Most times, they come with peak lapels.  It has about four or six buttons and can come in a variety of colours. Regardless of the number of buttons a double-breasted suit has, when wearing a double-breasted suit (whether sitting or standing), you should only fasten the top button(s) and leave the bottom button unfastened.

Shawl Lapel

black shawl lapel tuxedo on a smiling African man

The collar of a suit with shawl lapels curves without interruption. They are common with tuxedos and fancy jackets.  Speaking of tuxedos, the major difference between a suit and a tuxedo is that a tuxedo has a satin facing to the lapels, buttons and pocket trims.

Notch Lapel

smiling man in a grey notch lapel suit

Notch lapels are common with single-breasted suits. There is a notch at the point where the collar meets the lapel. They are the commonest types of suits lapel.

Peak Lapel

man in a peak lapel suit and glasses

Peak lapels and double-breasted suits go hand-in-hand. They have strong edges which tilt towards the shoulders.

Ventless Suits

black suit with no vent

These types of suits for men have no vents behind or at the side. A vent is a slit in the lower back portion of a suit jacket. Ventless suits are usually fitted.

Single Vent

grey suit with a single vent

The vents of these suits are usually located in the middle of the lower back. Suits with one vent expose the backside when you put your hands in your trouser pockets.

Suits With Double-sided Vents

grey suit with double vents

The vents in these suits are located at the sides of the lower back portion of the suit. When you sit or put your hands in your pocket, the flap goes up and keeps your backside covered.

Fitted Silhouette Suits

blue fitted silhouette suit

These suits, as the name implies, have a tailored fit. They usually have little paddings and high armholes to enhance one’s posture.

Sack Suits

grey sack suit - Types of Suits for Men

Otherwise known as, Brooks Brothers Suit, sack suits have no fittings. They are shapeless suits with narrow shoulders. This suit hides the shape of the wearer while hanging on the body.

Structured Silhouette Suits

structured silhouette suit - Types of Suits for Men

These types of suits for men are very formal. They give the wearer an hourglass effect with padded shoulders and trim waist. Structured silhouette suits were influenced by military uniforms.


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