Men's Mondays | The Three Types of Suits

I thought it would be nice to have a post dedicated to the men who may be reading my blog or would like more guidance in men’s fashion.  I’m not sure how many men’s fashion blogs or articles are available but I wanted to offer up my two cents. 

Like most, we all love men in suits.  It’s something about the classy, done-up, business man vibe.  Whether you’re a man looking to understand suits more or a girl that’s shopping for suits themselves for their significant other, this post will give you the basics on the standard three types of suits available:  the American Cut, the English Cut, and the Italian Cut. 

The American cut is usually single breasted, with a looser, comfortable fit.  It has moderate padding present on the shoulders with a ‘notch or peak’ type lapel.  The waist is only slightly tapered with pockets in the fashion of a flap or a slash.  The American suits generally has a single vent at the back of the suit (the little cut at the back of the blazer).  The trousers that usually go alongside the blazer is one of a full cut with no pleats. 

The body type suitable for the American suit is one with a bigger, wider build. 

On the other hand, the European/Italian cut is more high fashion being double breasted with significant padding on the shoulders.  The labels are wide and notch, and the waist is tapered to be thin.  The pockets are usually a flap.  The complimentary trousers include those of a tapered waist, accentuating the hips with no pleats or breaks present. 

The body type for those of the Italian suit are those with a slimmer and athletic build. 

The English cut is said to be a happy medium between the American cut and Italian/European cut.  It contains little to no padding on the shoulders, a thin notch or peak lapel, and tapered sides at the waist.  The pockets are generally a flap as well.  The trousers that usually match this suit are those of a high waist and with single or double pleats present. 

The body type for the English cut is those with a more muscular and athletic build. 

All in all, those are the basic differences between the three different types of suits.  Therefore, if you find yourself stuck on what to buy, try catering to your body type to find the most flattering cut for your build. 


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