Friday, March 6, 2009
I don't know that I've ever thought about it this way before but there are two kinds of suits. The more common is the business suit, like the one Luca di Montezemolo wears in the photo to present Michael Schumacher's F2004 steering wheel to His Holiness. The business suit is inconspicuous so it can be worn frequently without drawing attention to the wearer's clothing.
The second, and to me more interesting type, is the considerably rarer suit that a man wears on less formal occasions or his own time, like the mustard linen suit Ed Hermann wore at last summer's Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance (just to stay with an automotive theme).
These two types may overlap (the classic example is the black and white flannel glen check), but the less formal versions are usually more at home at a sporting event than in the financial district. I think of them as pleasure suits. And whether a large check or a decidely unbusinesslike color, I find them more elegant than an odd jacket and trousers for most occasions.
The world would be a richer place if suit-wearing men had at least one, and preferably two or more, pleasure suits for each season.