Mr Alan Flusser, the designer and tailoring buff who dressed Mr Michael Douglas for his turn as Gordon Gekko in 1987’s Wall Street, once said: “If a man runs for president, interviews for a high-level job, or needs a good table at a smart restaurant, chances are, he’ll be wearing a suit. The tailored jacket with matching trousers remains the uniform of official power, suggesting civility, diplomacy and physical self-control.” Whatever your relationship with tailoring – whether it’s the foundation of your weekday uniform, or something you reluctantly wear when occasion dictates – there’s no denying the suit has a certain cachet and remains a defining feature of masculine dress.
Given that tailoring remains a necessary part of our lives, and it is one of the highest-value elements of our wardrobes, it pays to know a thing or two about it. If you’re left feeling confused by a minefield of tailoring lingo, our comprehensive guides will hopefully make things a little clearer. Scroll down for part one in our tailoring series, which covers the different styles of suits and the variations in their construction.