Quite simply, a suit consisting of a jacket, trousers and a waistcoat.
The difference between a two-piece suit and a three-piece suit is the waistcoat. A two-piece suit only consists of a suit jacket and a pair of trousers. A three-piece suit adds a third piece, a waistcoat. Also known as vests, waistcoats can be single-breasted or double-breasted, and are typically cut from the same fabric as the rest of the suit – hence, they’re normally the same colour as well.
Can you wear the suit without the waistcoat? Well, yes – but it’s best to avoid doing so. Remember, the suit jacket in a three-piece suit was designed with the assumption that a waistcoat would be worn underneath. Even if it does fit well, wearing it repetitively sans waistcoat will mean the suit jacket and trousers suffer from more wear, and ergo the suit might look a little ‘off’ with a seemingly brand-new waistcoat and a relatively worn jacket and pair of trousers.
Three-piece suits do tend to cost a little more than two-piece suits, but not by a large margin, especially when you factor in the cost of the extra pair of trousers that’s always worth getting with suits.
If you’re looking to get a new three-piece suit, have you considered getting it custom-tailored? It doesn’t have to cost a thousand dollars for this – many tailors, including ourselves, are known for custom making high-quality clothing, offered at affordable prices.
Believe it or not, you don’t actually have to physically visit any of our Bangkok, Khao Lak or Phuket tailor shops in order to get a suit custom-made. It’s possible to order online. If you don’t already know your measurements, you can either send us a well-fitting garment or we can assist you in measuring said garment yourself via a virtual appointment.
So, what are you waiting for? Send us a message through the contact form below to get started.