A suit is a set of men's wear comprising a lounge jacket and trousers. When of identical textile, and worn with a collared dress shirt, necktie, and dress shoes, it is traditionally considered informal wear in Western dress codes. The lounge suit originated as 19th-century casual sports and country wear in Britain, still reflected in the sport coat and blazer worn as smart casual. After replacing the black frock coat in the early 20th century, a darker suit also became known as a business suit for professional occasions, when sober in style.Suits are offered in different designs and constructions. Cut, and cloth, whether two- or three-piece, single- or double-breasted, vary, in addition to various accessories. A two-piece suit has a jacket and trousers, a three-piece suit adds a waistcoat (known as a vest in North America) A hat is a common accessory when outdoors, such as a fedora, a trillby, or a flat cap. Hats were always worn outdoors with all men's clothes until around the 1960s in Western culture. Other accessories include handkerchief, suspenders or belt, and a watch.
Other notable types of suits are the semi-formal dinner suit (black tie) and the black lounge suit (stroller), both which arose as less formal alternatives to the formal dress coat for white tie, and the morning coat for morning dress, respectively.
Originally, as with most clothes, a tailor made the suit from the client's selected cloth; these are now often known as bespoke suits. The suit was custom-made to the measurements, taste, and style preferences of the man. Since the 1960s, most suits are mass-produced. As such, they are sold as ready-to-wear garments, although alteration by a tailor prior to wearing is common. Currently, suits are sold in roughly four ways:

bespoke, in which the garment is custom-made by a tailor from a pattern created entirely from the customer's measurements, giving the best fit and free choice of fabric;
made to measure, in which a pre-made pattern is modified to fit the customer, and a limited selection of options and fabrics is available;
ready-to-wear or off-the-peg (off-the-rack, in American English), which is sold ready to be tailored or finally as is;
suit separates where jacket and trousers are sold separately, allowing a customer to choose the size that is best for him and limit the amount of alterations needed.

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    Where do you buy your suits?

    So, I am doing some comparison shopping for some new suits this evening, having just gone through the closet, and realizing it is time to replace some and mix things up. I'll be buying at least two — formal for interviews and such (looking at a career move soon) and less so (for ever so wacky...
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