A three piece suit is one of the most useful and versatile items a man can own. In the tailored goods category, it may in fact be the most useful (yes, even more so than a blue blazer). The added vest (that makes a two piece a three piece) allows for a few more combinations that are not possible with the more common two piece suit. Additionally, there is the practical utility of the extra layer around the torso in that it can provide warmth, which can be ideal in cooler weather.
Although a three piece suit is typically a bit of a statement, it does not always have to be so. It is important to realize that just because you have the vest to make a suit a three piece, does not always mean you should wear it. Sometimes more is in fact less. So I advise that if you have to debate whether or not it is too much to don the vest, then leave it at home.
In the series of photos below I will explain my thinking behind each combination. As a heads up, the ensembles are organized from most formal to least formal. Which should give you an idea where things stand. The suit featured is Dragon Inside’s Grey Flannel Suit (which I will be reviewing shortly, but if you don’t want to wait for that, Dragon Inside has gotten better since my first review).
I have by no mean exhausted the ways to wear a three piece suit. You could always wear the jacket as an odd jacket or the vest as an odd vest, to name two ways. But I think by now you get the idea. If you have any questions or comments sound off below.
Note: FYGblog received no form of compensation in the production of this post from any of the brands noted. However, the suit was received at no charge for purposes of the upcoming second review on Dragon Inside.