5 INTERESTING SUIT FACTS
Suit tailoring is a time-honoured practice so inevitably, the modern suit is the sum of traditional quirks and conventions that have been added over the years but don’t necessarily make sense anymore. If a suit’s construction were a celebrity, it’d be Bob Dylan - a bit eccentric after almost a lifetime at the top of his musical game but undoubtedly still cool. Donning a suit is the ultimate statement in masculine style and it has the unique credential of making every man look good. That’s something you do know about the tailored attire but I want to try and tell you 5 things you don’t know. 1. Working cuffs Suits have buttons running along the cuffs, originally to accommodate the work of surgeons. During surgery, cuffs needed to be rolled up and out of the way. A gentleman can never be seen without his suit jacket so removing the garment wasn’t an option. 2. Super numbers While you’re shopping for a suit, you may notice that some are referred to using a Super number, such as Super 120s or Super 100s. This denotes the fineness of the individual fibres that make up the suit fabric; similar to the thread count you see on bed linen. Higher numbers designate a thinner, silkier fabric, which is also rarer with a higher price tag. The trade off for the luxurious feel is that these finer fibres also wear through quicker, so they’re not good as an everyday workhorse. 3. Button fastenings Tradition dictates that you should always leave the bottom button on your suit jacket undone. So, if you have a 3 button, only fasten 2 and with a 2 button you should only fasten 1. 4. Shoes With a black suit, black shoes must be worn - no other colour is acceptable. 5. Melton under collars The dense, woollen cloth on the underside of suit collars is known as Melton. The fabric comes from the Leicestershire town of Melton Mowbray, an inventive place that’s also the home of the pork pie. Its purpose is to offer strength, durability and to help maintain the collar’s shape over time.