The word 'suit' covers formal two and three-piece styles, the key being the matching fabrics between the pieces in the ensemble. There are many types of suits. For example, 'Smart casual' and 'business casual.' These stylings are perfect for the workplace environment or even just a day on the town. Usually, it's paired with chinos or slacks and a blazer or sport coat- the differences between which we review in our Guide to Jackets!
These pieces are vital to the day-to-day dress code but a little too casual for the boardroom or more formal events.
There are instances where a suit may be too casual and not appropriate for specific events, and this will be where you opt for a tuxedo! But how does the suit and a tuxedo truly differ?
Craftsmanship on a tuxedo differs in that there are more finer details that are elegantly stitched to make your piece standout amongst the rest. You may even find yourself wearing a Tuxedo quite a bit less than a suit. But alas, best to be prepared for those Black Tie Events, they tend to sneak up on you! When you need a tuxedo, nothing else will do, and a suit won't be a substitute. However, if there isn't a particular event you need a tuxedo for, suits can be cheaper for daily living, and they're certainly a lot more versatile.
Build up your suit wardrobe first if you're starting your bespoke suit journey. Then, add a tuxedo down the line as you need it.
Featured in Voyage Magazine, our Founder and Principal Designer, Michael Armanno discusses "The Secret Life of a Clothier" in the latest Daily Inspiration series.
Said to be one of the most comprehensive editorials to date, Armanno explores his journey of ten years in the world of bespoke fashion, missteps along the way, and his vision for an Artisan Creative Space building momentum in Jacksonville, Florida.