A business suit is a simple pair of clothing consisting of a jacket, trousers, or blouse, all of the same color. Traditionally considered traditional casual wear by most Western social circles, when worn with a matching collared shirt, necktie, dress shoes, and same colored socks, it has been thought of as informal attire in many Western cultures. Since the 1970’s business suits have undergone slight changes to better fit modern office attire, such as adopting more conservative style patterns and fabrics, like wool and linen. The business suit still retains its place as an icon of business fashion and image.
As time has progressed, the options for a business suit have continued to expand. Church suits are becoming more acceptable than they were in previous decades, in terms of the material they are made of. Ties are also becoming more acceptable as a replacement for a suit, especially among those who are not otherwise formal in clothing. While formal church suits remain popular, they are not the only option available to the business professional.
Ties can be used as a replacement for a suit in some cases. Formal attire is always paired with a tie, but what does that mean? In most cases, a tie is worn on a semi-formal occasion, such as a job interview, business meeting, wedding reception, etc. The reason behind this is that ties are usually chosen based on their ability to create a certain formality scale. The more formal the tie, the more formality is needed. Therefore, the tie is chosen before other accessories and clothing choices, to ensure that the look will fall into place with the other clothing choices that will be worn.
Ties can also be paired with jeans during the day. Most formal attire is worn with a shirt or a blouse, but these options do not always work well with the formality of a business suit. For instance, a business suit can look too formal if one is wearing a dress shirt with a tie. A lighter colored dress shirt with a patterned tie can give off the right amount of formality without making it too obvious that the person is wearing a suit. Wearing trousers with a tie is another great way to create the right formality scale. For instance, if one is wearing a dark coloured jean with a light coloured shirt which is buttoned up all the way, the tie will give off the right level of formality needed for the particular type of clothing that one is wearing.
Trousers are not as formality if they are worn with a t-shirt or other less formal attire. This is especially true if the person is wearing casual dress pants instead of a pair of business suits. Trousers can be worn with a dress shirt or a blazer during the day, or with a pair of jeans at night. When paired with a dressier pair of trousers, they can provide the same amount of formality that goes along with a business suit. In fact, when pairing these types of items with the right tie, the attire can be so much more formal than one would normally wear with business suits.
When wearing any type of less formal attire, it is important to remember that less formal attire can still look amazing. The key is knowing what to pair it with in order to achieve the level of formality that is desired. One should also keep in mind that they are usually worn by both men and women, so they can be worn to work as well as to a formal event like a wedding. With these tips in mind, anyone can get the right level of formality for their attire no matter what the occasion might be.