The Three-Piece Suit Is Not Dead

A lot has been happening in the world of suiting. The hard-charging party suit is a thing you can and should buy. Thom Browne’s shrunken suits keep getting sharper and weirder. Recent collections from Saint Laurent, Givenchy, and Louis Vuitton all suggest that the suit, contrary to popular belief, is not dead. You can dress it up or down—but the big new revelation is that you can dress it sideways or backward, too. However, despite all this reinvention, one style within the tailored family has remained a bit stagnant: the three-piece suit. Your first thoughts of the three-piece in recent years might go to mustached mixologists at self-serious speakeasies, or perhaps the most dressed-up guys at Pitti Uomo. The three-piece is a classic look, yes, but it is also tough to wear without accidentally looking like an extra on Peaky Blinders. (This obviously excludes Ryan Gosling, a master of the three-piece, but then again, Gosling was basically placed on earth to make the rest of us look bad.) All of this is to say that three-piece suits are very traditional, which means that they can quickly come off as old-timey or gimmicky. Read more at GQ.