Suit Education

Suit Education

Suit Lapels
All Stars suits are made with slightly slimmer, more European styled lapels. This produces a sliming suit, and an overall more fashion forward look. In addition to lapel size, there are a number of lapel options.
Notched Lapel
Notched Lapel
Also known as a step lapel or step collar. Sewn to the collar at an angle, it creates a step effect. This is the standard on single-breasted suits, and is used on nearly all suit jackets, blazers, or sports jackets.
Peaked Lapel
Peaked Lapel
Also known as a pointed lapel. This style of lapel is usually reserved for formal suits such as a dinner jacket. In recent years, Italian designers such as Armani and Etro have started using peaked lapels on business suits; a styling that is now considered mainstream and fashionable.
Shawl Lapel
Shawl Lapel
Also known as a roll collar. Defined as a continuous curve, this collar style is usually only seen on tuxedos.
Buttons
One Button Set
One Button Set
Usually reserved for unique evening suits, or clubbing/going out blazers. A single button is great for very fashion forward men; for most men, two buttons may be more wearable.
Two Button Set
Two Button Set
A 2-button suit is the most versatile. it fits with most body shapes/sizes, works well as just a blazer, and is currently the most popular choice of suit button style. If you are a first time suit buyer, two button is your best choice.
Three Button Set
Three Button Set
A 3-button suit is generally seen as more mature. Ultimately the two and three button suit is interchangeable and becomes a matter of personal taste.
Vents
No Vents
No Vents
Reserved only for classic tuxedos, the single vent ensures the silhouette of your suit jacket is maintained as much as possible. Do not put your hands in your pockets while wearing a jacket with no vents, it will not look good.
Single Vent
Single Vent
Common among North American suits, the single vent provides a minimal amount of extra mobility to a suit when buttoned up. Sitting is also easier.
Double / Side Vents
Double / Side Vents
Popular in European suits (especially British), side vents provide the most mobility for the suit wearer. Side vents also make it easier to put your hands in and out of your pocket; ensuring the silhouette of your suit jacket is well maintained at all times. Most of the suits at Stars are made with Double/Side vents.
Fabrics
Wool
Wool
The most common suit fabric, wool is warm and durable. Wool is especially resilient to heat (say, from an iron), and will not wear out as quickly as other suit fabrics.
Polyester
Polyester
Most major fashion labels use polyester for more fashion forward suits. Polyester also has the added benefits of being wrinkle resistant (great for traveling) and possessing of a slight sheen.
Cotton / Linen
Cotton / Linen
Cotton is the most breathable suit fabric. Ideal for summer, cotton suits wrinkle easier than wool or polyester, but it is considered part of the "look". Cotton produces great casual blazers.
Interlining
Interlining is the piece of material between your suit fabric and suit lining. It works to keep the shape of your suit. There are varying levels of interlining construction.
No Interlining
No Interlining
This can be found in some summer suits and blazers. It produces a more deconstructed/casual look and is often the sign of a cheaper suit. It is not recommended for formal settings.
Half Interlining
Half Interlining
Suits that have interlining from the top of the shoulder to the bottom of your suit lapels. The most common construction method, it produces a nice shaping of your chest.
Full Interlining
Full Interlining
A single piece of canvas runs the full length of your suit jacket. Considered the best construction method; it ensures your suit maintains its silhouette and form at all times.