What are the different types of men's suits?

Have you ever asked yourself where does the word 'suit' come from?

Well, the answer is from the French 'suite', which means 'following' and the Latin verb 'sequor' - 'I follow'.

That's because suit's components - jacket, trousers and waistcoat - follow each other, have the same cloth and colour and are worn together.

Let's take a look at some types of suits, which are worn through the years according to the occasion:

Types of suits

Frock coat - includes knee-length skirts all around the base. It is a fitted, long-sleeved coat with a centre vent at the back. The collar is reversed and the coat's diameter round the waist is much less than round the chest. A high horizontal waist seam with side bodies are used to pull in the naturally cylindrical drape.

Morning coat (or Cutaway) - is the principal item in morning dress. It is an alternative to the frock coat for formal day wear. Since the 19th century it is seen mostly at weddings in England. It's a single-breasted coat, gray or black, and is usually worn with striped trousers. The front parts usually meeting at one button in the middle, and curving away gradually into a pair of tails behind.

What are the different types of men's suits?What are the different types of men's suits?

Lounge suit
(also known as Business suit when sober in color and style) - it's the most common style of Western suit like an elements of informal dress code. It's very suitable for all kinds of social and business events, because of the variations in design, cut, and cloth, such as two- and three-piece, or single- and double-breasted.

Dress coat (Swallow-tail or Claw-hammercoat) - since the 1850s that kind of man's coat is worn only for formal evening occasions. A dress coat is waist length in the front and sides, and has two long tails reaching to the knees in back. Sometimes there is a pocket on the inside to hold gloves.

What are the different types of men's suits?What are the different types of men's suits?

Black tie
- it's worn only for events after 6 p.m. Black tie is less formal than dress coat, but more formal than informal or business dress. Includes a suit, of black or midnight blue wool, a white dress shirt, a black bow-tie, an evening waistcoat, and black dress shoes. It comes as an alternative to dress coats.

Morning dress - that is the daytime formal dress code, consisting of a morning coat, waistcoat, and striped trousers. Morning dress is now worn only as formal wear - mostly for weddings.

What are the different types of men's suits?What are the different types of men's suits?

Types of classic men's suits

Types of suits

1. Frock coat
2. Morning coat
3. Lounge suit
4. Dress coat
5. Black tie
6. Morning dress
7. Types of classic men's suits. Photo: pinterest.com

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About the Author

Veselka Petrova

Veselka writes for the menswear section of Be Global Fashion Network. She has a passion for classic men`s elegance and she is keen on giving advices to men in order to look and feel better. She also has interest in the men`s fashion industry and sustainable fashion.

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