The English word suit derives from the Latin sequi, to follow, and indicates a chain in which every component is connected to the one before, in sequence, forming what we call in Italian a “completo”, something which cannot be broken. What we wear today is, in terms of both fashion and dimension, almost the same as what was codified in the 1930s, with only small modifications to its proportions.
It covers 80% of our bodies and our choice of suit identifies who we are and what profession we have. It is the citizen’s uniform par excellence. A set of factors has definitively connected suits to the metropolitan world of business. The classics are: chalk stripes and Prince of Wales for the winter, pinstripes and light plains for the summer. The colour nuances are predominantly those of greys, browns and blues and the choice of colours is made according to three factors: profession, climate and the difference between day and night. It is important to be in sympathy with the surroundings and the context, whether work or leisure, and one’s lifestyle. And almost always with a tie.
The Suit Letter
Hello there. I know its been a while but I just want to let you know nothing has changed between you and me. I know we have not been out lately but that does not mean I dont care. Well things just arent the same in my world these days.In fact folks have said that you have died. We both know that is not true. I have informed them that you are taking a break from the circus like atmosphere currently on display. Now when I look back over our time together I cant help but smile. It was you who helped me land that first job in corporate America. It was you who assisted me with upgrades into first-class seating at the airport. It was you who encouraged the maitr de to seat us without a reservation. And what about all those nights on the town? Man, the ladies loved you...some so much that I had to feed them breakfast the following morning. We had it together. Well, I started to worry a bit when someone decided to make you look skinny. They knew nothing of drape let alone taste or elegance. Yet they promoted themselves as "on trend". Now look around. They say you are dead. These same morons have changed the landscape to the point that guys like me are nauseous more often than not. These clowns know 101 ways to make love but they dont know any women. Ya feel me? Ok, maybe I need to vent but trust me: you and I define what it is to be timeless. So lets take a break a little while longer. You are not dead. They are. Remember Ali against Foreman? They counted him out before the fight started. He waited for the right moment. And that is just what we are gonna do.