Separates, or mix-and-match suits, are a great way to make a statement with your wardrobe and stand out from the crowd. With the right combination of pieces, you can create a look that is both stylish and unique. Separates provide more flexibility than traditional suits, allowing you to mix and match different colours and patterns to create a look that is truly your own.
Want to know how to use separates to create an eye-catching ensemble that will set you apart from the pack?
Then this article is for you. Let’s get started!
The History of Separates
The Separates suit is a style of clothing that consists of a jacket and trousers that are not attached to each other. Simply put, they do not match. This type of suit is also known as a “jacket and skirt” or a “jacket and slacks.” The Separates suit was first introduced in the early 20th century as a more casual alternative to the formal suit. It became popular in the 1920s and 1930s as women began to participate more in sports and other physical activities. The Separates suit allowed women to move more easily and also showed off their figures. The advantage of the separates suit was that it allowed the worker to remove the jacket when it was not needed and still have a complete set of clothing.
The Separates suit fell out of fashion in the 1940s and 1950s as the formal suit became the standard again. However, the Separates suit made a comeback in the 1960s and 1970s as women demanded clothing that was both stylish and functional. Today, the separate suit is still a popular choice for both men and women. It is considered to be a more relaxed and comfortable alternative to the united suit, still a popular option for formal events, and it remains a timeless classic in the world of fashion.
The Benefits of Wearing Separates
One of the most popular choices for modern business attire is the Separates suit. In particular in Scotland, we see a lot of Tweed separates, or Flannels. This type of suit offers many benefits that make it a great choice for professional men and women.
First, Separates suits are very versatile. You can mix and match the different pieces to create a variety of looks. Many clients choose to order two 3-piece suits and a package of 3 different coloured shirts to achieve this look. From just those two suits and 3 shirts, you can have over 40 different unique looks. It’s a great way of having a minimal wardrobe, with a LOT of clout. Add 2 pairs of Chinos and 2 pairs of Jeans, and we’re now on to over 100 outfits from a small batch of garments.
Second, Separates suits allow you to dress more for the day you have. Less thinking is required. If you ave an important day, suit up (reminds me of a great song in a great TV series featuring Neil Patrick Harris. Linked for your viewing pleasure). If you happen to have a relaxed day at work, mainly admin, then pop on one of your beautifully handmade shirts with your Jeans or Chinos. Out for a meal with a prospect or colleague? Pop one of your jackets on.
Lastly, Separates suits are just simply more stylish at the moment than the traditional business suit. Everything has a place though, and if you take the advice above, your Separates wardrobe will contain 2 3-piece suits for when the need arises.
Whether you are looking for a more stylish look for the office or a more comfortable option for a night out, the separate suit is a great option for you. So next time you are looking for a new suit, consider opting for a “separates” suit instead of matching.
How to Wear Separates
- Start with the basics. A separate suit consists of a jacket, waistcoat and trousers (or skirt) that are sold separately. If you’re starting out with one suit, you’ll need to choose two out of the three items in the same colour or pattern.
- Choose a suit jacket and pants that are made from the same material, such as worsted wool, flannel or tweed. This will ensure that your suit looks cohesive and put together. It doesn’t always work well to have a tweed jacket with a 9oz mohair trouser.
- If you want to add a bit of pattern to your look, opt for a printed shirt or tie. Be sure to keep the rest of your look relatively simple so that the pattern can shine.
Why they’re a good addition to the wardrobe?
While some fashion-conscious men may think that separates are a recent invention, the style actually dates back to the early 1800s. Separates were originally created as a more comfortable alternative to the stiff, formal attire of the time. The style became increasingly popular in the 1900s as men began to value comfort and practicality over formality.
Today, separates are enjoying a resurgence in popularity. They are seen as a stylish and sophisticated option for both work and casual wear. It’s also a popular look in the Wedding orders we’re seeing currently. In particular, the civil ceremonies and same sex marriages we’re working with. In this case, it’s popular that the mix and match element is reflected in each participant. For example, one partner might wear a white suit with burgundy waistcoat, where the other partner can be found in a burgundy suit with white waistcoat. And with so many different options available, there is sure to be a separate suit that fits your individual style.
Book an appointment with Edinburgh Tailoring Company for more help on this matter. We have over 10,000 cloth options in stock, and Chris McGowan, our head consultant will be happy to help match colours, patterns and textures to help build your personal wardrobe.