Men's Suits: Tailored Trends in 2009 and 2010 Quoted from source: "Men's fashion trends are few and far between; yes, a lot of women's trends are eventually adapted to the men's market, but if 2009 men's hair trends prove anything it is that classics will always rule when it comes to men's fashion. Unsurprisingly it's no different when it comes to men's suits. Two suits perfect for 2009 and 2010 from Tom Ford's Spring 2009 collection Suit Trends While suiting and formal-wear trends for men aren't seasonal and play out over several years, 2009 shall mark a distinct change in the direction of men's suiting. It comes down to a combination of factors but the likes of the economic downturn, the end of the 'manorexic' era, and women's 1920's and 1930's revivals will all play a big part. But make no mistake: it's the first and last that will be the biggest influence, as well-groomed men look for investment fashion pieces and turn to the classics for inspiration. So what elements should you look for? The Cut Just because there's a move away from the 'skinny boy' suit isn't to say that the slim look is also out. Suits which seem like they barely leave you room to breath mightn't be the look going forwards but as we return to classic suiting let's not forget that the most classic suit is the English one, and that the best English suits have always had a slim, military cut to them. Consider suits in 2009, 2010 and beyond the perfect fusion between classic tailoring, classic looks, and the modern masculine silhouette; broad shoulders a slim waist slim trousers Double Breasted Suits If there's one thing I'm excited about buying in 2009 it's a modern, double-breasted suit. I only have one amongst my suit collection, and it's a Tom Ford for Gucci piece. It's adorable, but only because of the tailoring work done on it last year that took it from an American box-cut to a slim piece of perfection. And that slim cut is precisely what you should be looking for in a double-breasted suit in 2009. Broad shouldered with a slim waist, 2009's double-breasted suits trump most that current generations will be familiar with; they're no longer about hiding a plump figure but are now tailored to highlight the perfect masculine shape: the V-shaped, well worked body. When selecting a double-breasted suit look for the "Kent" cut, named after a style popularised by the The Prince George, Duke of Kent, where a longer lapel line extends into the waist. This will convey height and, if cut correctly, a slimmer waist. Three-Piece Suits Let's face it: the waistcoat has long been a dead item for most men, but thanks to a resurgence in its popularity in men's street wear the suits' waistcoat is back with vengeance. Well, not quite vengeance but it's back, it's subtle and it's classic. And that means that in 2009 we'll witness the return of the three-piece suit, and I couldn't be more happy. That's because the three-piece suit has been one of the most under-utilised parts of a man's wardrobe over the last forty years. The three-piece in 2009 is all about cohesion; forget the mismatching style prevalent in the early parts of the 20th Century and in the 1980s. The return of the three-piece means that the waistcoat has to be conservative and, thus, in the same fabric as the suit's other two pieces. If you do want to venture outside the realm of three matching pieces, stick to a similar colour palette and avoid any pattern except for stripes; you may want to pair a pinstripe black suit with a pinstripe charcoal waistcoat. On selecting the perfect three-piece suit I'd recommend looking for a waistcoat whose V shape breaks somewhere between the sternum and the base of the rib cage. I've seen three pieces from the likes of Giorgio Armani which don't sport the V shape and finish just under the collar, these are going to be a lot harder to wear and ignore the conservative subtlety this revival depends upon. Moreover, such a large waistcoat won't convey a slim waist as effectively as one with a deeper neck. Oxford Bags; An Alternate Cut A classic style yes, but not a long term investment piece. Nevertheless, two or three piece suits with Oxford bags are gradually making a come-back and can easily figure into your 2009 suit purchases. Oxford Bags are loose, pleated trousers first made popular at the British university. The modern take on them sees the loose trousers, though nowhere near as baggy as those worn in the 1920s and 1930s, paired with a fitted waistcoat and/or jacket. Classic Patterns in 2009 If we're returning to the classics with double breasted and three-piece suits in 2009, then it stands to reason that we're also returning to classic cloth patterns. Moreover, the coupling of the classics with the current men's fashion revitalisation means this is the perfect time to reintroduce patterns into your wardrobe (if you haven't done so already). The following are classic suit patterns perfect for 2009 and beyond. Houndstooth Herringbone Glenurquhart / Prince of Wales check Pinstripe Rope-stripe Those feeling even bolder may lean towards a chalk-stripe, though it has an early naughties feel to it and I'm not yet sure whether we'll be working it in the early parts of the next decade. Tuxedo / Dinner Suit trend for men Of course, nothing is more classic or 'formal' than the dinner suit. But its rules vary greatly to semi-formal and fashion suits so be sure to read our separate articles on fashionable dinner suits / tuxedos, which additionally focuses its pairing with street wear.