Updated: Sep 18, 2019
The age of fashion freedom is upon us. What once was a decision between East or West now offers an abundance of choice...if we dare to explore.
Bold-Shouldered Ben or Dapper-Dressed Dan?
Though many fads have passed over the years, some staples have remained. The question of suit vs dress has perplexed some societies while inspiring many others. This very difference has defined men from women, boys from girls, or class and rank.
Each individual is on their own style journey; either sticking with the same, or experimenting with the all the visions one's hearts can conceive (and pockets can provide).
Through it all, fashion has evolved, circumventing labels, prejudices, and identities. Now here we are, in the land of the free, at a time when all styles are accepted...if one accepts all of themselves.
The suit is a traditional form of men's formal clothes in the Western world. Tracing its origins to the simplified, sartorial standard of dress established by the English king Charles II in the 17th century, this tailored set of garments is crafted from the same cloth. It can be something super formal or more casual depending on how you complete the look. Matched with a shirt and accessories, the same suit becomes very versatile, completing more formal looks with eye-catching extras like a trendy tie or pocket square.
For some, the suit represents power. For others, self-respect. For some of history's most notorious fashion icons, the suit is the foundation of steadfast style embellishing the finer details of a worldly, distinguished gentleman.
JOHN F. KENNEDY
Men wearing dresses has a long and storied history. The term 'dress', for all intensive purposes, refers to the draping of a one piece garment. Various styles of these full length gowns are the traditional clothing style for men in many parts of the world, including the Middle East, Africa, and India.
When comparing the tailored tucks of the West with flowing fabrics of the East, one sees how each unique style represents it's own balance of comfort, power, persona and prestige. Whatever the wearer desires to express, their fashion speaks in silence.
While style experimentation can be a joyous adventure, at the end of the day isn’t all about looking and feeling your very best? Should every man explore both looks? Do you desire a man in a suit, or dream of a man in a dress? What style most inspires as man's highest self-express?