Formality of sack suits

Discussion in 'Andy's Fashion Forum' started by never behind, Jun 9, 2019.

  1. never behind

    never behind Senior Member

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    Another newb question.

    All else being equal (fabric quality, construction, etc), is there a formality difference between a sack suit and a darted suit? Could you wear a navy or charcoal sack suit in the boardroom or to court (or whatever formal business setting you can think of) and be dressed for the occasion? Or a black sack suit for a funeral?

    Personally I need to buy a navy suit that will be worn only for formal business occasions (everyday wear is coats and trousers). I really like the look and feel of my sack jackets.


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  2. richard warren

    richard warren Active Member with Corp. Privileges

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    No, yes, yes.
     
  3. Charles Dana

    Charles Dana Honors Member

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    Agree, agree, agree.
     
  4. Matt S

    Matt S Connoisseur

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    Cut can affect the formality of a suit. A soft-shouldered sack suit or a soft Neapolitan suit looks less formal than a structured suit from an English military tailor. In practice, there is no difference in formality between suits of different cuts. Cloth determines the formality and purpose of a suit far more than anything else. At one time it was very common to see sack suits in every boardroom in America. Though sack suits are not common anymore, to most people a dark suit is a dark suit. Natural shoulders are in fashion, so a sack suit will blend in with those. The fit through the body will make it look different than most other suits, but few will understand why.
     
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  5. Flanderian

    Flanderian Connoisseur

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    +1.

    It depends upon whom you ask. Though for all practical purposes two otherwise identical suits, each in one of those styles, will serve any purpose equally well.

    But for me, a more shapely suit has an edge in the degree of formality. Like I said, it depends upon whom you ask.
     
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  6. eagle2250

    eagle2250 Connoisseur/Curmudgeon Emeritus - Moderator

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    ^^IMHO,
    Sack and Darted suit designs are of equal potential formality in terms of wearing opportunities. The physical form or the wearer is a determinant in the choice of style(s). I've always found it easier to achieve an acceptable fit by choosing Sack designed jackets. ;)
     
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  7. JBierly

    JBierly Advanced Member

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    I agree with Matt S. The cut and the construction can make one suit look more formal than another. I am fairly ignorant regarding military uniforms but somehow I don't imagine a Marine in a sack suit blue dress uniform.
     
  8. JBierly

    JBierly Advanced Member

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    I think this is the crux. If you are built like Romelu Lukaku a darted form fitting suit will give the edge in look.
     
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  9. never behind

    never behind Senior Member

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    I’m probably built more for a sack suit at this point.


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  10. TKI67

    TKI67 Senior Member

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    Of course, to many devotees of TNSIL the sack always wins, but that is a shrinking demographic.
     

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