Ladies often know the different types of gowns available to them—Mermaid, A-Line, Empire, Sheath, Ball Gown—but when it comes to men’s formal attire, knowledge can be scarce. Do you know how many types of cuffs and collars there are? How about different types of suit cuts? Oh, and let’s not forget about the ties.
Check out this handy infographic from The Pittsburgh Photo Booth, which tells you all the basic need-to-know information about men’s formal wear.
Regarding collars, they give photos of the top ten most important types: Classic, Semi Spread, Spread, Button Down, Eyelet, Wink, Mandarin, Small Wings, Band, and Standing. The last three are more “old-fashioned” than the others.
When it comes to cuffs, there are six main types: Square, Round, Angle Cut, 2-Button, 3-Button, and French. The 2- and 3-Button designs also come in round and angle cut, and the French requires the use of a cuff link (oooh, fancy!).
Lapels come in three styles: Peak, Notch, and Shawl. Typically, Shawl Lapels are used mainly on tuxedos.
The four main suit cuts include English, Italian, American, and Tuxedo. English cut suits have shoulders with little or no padding; use thin, notch or peak lapels; have a waist with tapered sides; have flap pockets; and includes two “dual” vents in the back. The English cut is slimming and lengthening, but it is hard to fit and must be tailored.
The Italian cut has shoulders that are very padded; uses wide or notch lapels; has a tapered and thin waist; has no-flap pockets (“slash”); and does not have any vents. An Italian cut suit is stylish, authoritative, and fits many different shapes. However, because there are no vents, there is less mobility and it can feel constricting.
The American cut has shoulders with moderate padding; uses notch or peak lapels; has a slightly tapered waist; uses either flap or slash pockets; and includes a single vent. Essentially, the American suit is a combination of the English and Italian cuts. It is comfortable and good for wider middles, but is also less stylish than the other two.
Tuxedos are really in their own category. They haven’t changed much in the past century, and that’s why they look so classic. They come in two main variations—black tie and white tie. The infographic also covers ties and bowties as well. Bet you never knew there were so many options for men!