A Glimpse of the Past
Would you believe that in earlier times Americans associated their suits with rebellion? In 1943, young Latin Americans got into fights with marines and sailors from World War II. A series of brawls took place in Los Angeles and the scuffle was called the ‘Zoot Suit Riots.’ This name came about because African American and Latin youths were recognized for wearing “zoot suits”. Many European-American service people resented seeing Latinos in those outfits, and considered those wasteful and unpatriotic due to the limited resources available during war-time. These suits have also been part of the black jazz culture as they signify the freedom of expressions.
A Little more History
The example above is indeed a unique piece of American history! The origin of this history dates back to sixteenth century when men used to wear long coat, trousers and hats. Those were actually peaked lapel suits that transformed into different styles later. Subsequently, in the eighteenth century, people wore suits as a decorative style. There were also tailcoats worn by the armies at that time. Later in the 1850s, American and British tailors modernized them, and were known as ‘Dress Coats.’
In the nineteenth century, another variation of the peak lapel suit called ‘The Morning Coat’ turned out to be an ideal suit for men, mainly for those who went horseback riding. Also, men put on other peak lapel suit variations including single/double breasted jackets for special events like wedding or conventions. Gradually, the peaked lapel went out of fashion because of its complex design process.
The Hollywood Effect
How can we talk about suits without mentioning Hollywood? Beginning in the 1930s, Hollywood has always left an indelible impact on the way men wear suits. Infamous criminals such as Al Capone made the suit a highly sought-after outfit. Later actors in the movie ‘Wall Street’, Michael Douglas and Charlie Sheen, wore some great suits. People wanted to wear similar suits like the famous did; spotless and classy.
The Age of Modern Suits Began
Let’s talk some more about Hollywood! Do you remember the hit Hollywood flick ‘The Tuxedo’ (2002) where Jackie Chan wore a tuxedo that gave him special abilities like agility and speed? Although in reality these suits are not dramatic, they have always been considered a precious part of the suits history. They were the typical dinner suits or jackets for attending social gatherings like parties, dinner and other events. Tuxedos got popular in the 1930s, and men put them on with a decorative flower or ‘boutonniere.’ This suit still oozes the same classy and timeless look and feel.
The evolution process of suits from the past era has been significant. The modern suits have notched lapels with chest and besom pockets. Especially, the tailored suits for men look sophisticated and perfect for both business and casual events. Considering the hectic lifestyle of these modern days, these suits are very popular. Such suits have a cut-to-fit style with solid stitching.
Mixing Business with Pleasure
We have already talked about those smart-looking Wall Street professionals. Though not just investment bankers, any other business professionals and politicians mostly prefer wearing a suit as it goes well with their professional image. Have you ever seen a political leader wearing anything else but a suit during meetings or conferences? The reason is simple; a well-fitted suit makes you look sharp and businesslike.
Not just in the corporate boardrooms or business conventions/conferences, suits are also worn during dinner events, weddings and musical events. A perfect suit reflects sincerity, wit and personality.
Despite the ‘Casual Dressing’ culture that has cropped in the recent era, suits remain the most charismatic outfit. Wearing a suit, whether for business or pleasure, have always given the wearers pleasure. This clothing has sustained a long history of revolution, war, and other turmoil; and it’s still going steady carrying its legacy.
Suits that define you
If suits are an integral part of your life, then it must be revolving around the terms like black classic, pinstripe, modern gray or navy. The design, along with the color, defines who you are and how you carry yourself. Your suits need to be perfect in terms of shoulder fitting, sleeve length, length of the jacket, and length of the trouser. Furthermore, matching relevant accessories can give the elegance and style that you are looking for.
To pick a fit-for-all-occasions suit with affordability and style, you can either trudge along the traditional brick-and-mortar suit stores, or you can opt for a more convenient way: through an online store. You can easily get tailor-made suits along with soft fabric, design and durability; a complete value for your money!