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    • elsmandino
    • By elsmandino 5th Oct 17, 10:07 AM
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    Additional trousers for a three-piece suit?
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    • 5th Oct 17, 10:07 AM
    Additional trousers for a three-piece suit? 5th Oct 17 at 10:07 AM
    I would really grateful for any advice on whether it is indeed worth buying a second (or even third) pair of trousers with a new suit.

    Despite being in my late 30s, I can't base any decision on any prior experience - I always seem to end up in office jobs that seem to go for smart casual rather than suits and the suits I do have rarely get used.

    I am, however, about to change to a job where I will be wearing a suit at least four times a week.

    I am going to a friend's wedding, shortly, and going to get a new three-piece that I can use for my new job. Should I go for extra trousers and, if so, how many pairs?

    Any advice would be much appreciated.
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    • bouicca21
    • By bouicca21 5th Oct 17, 10:09 AM
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    My ex wore a suit to work and always bought a second pair of trousers - they get more wear than the jacket and waistcoat.
    • TiredTrophy
    • By TiredTrophy 5th Oct 17, 11:14 AM
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    It is great if the trousers are washable.....
    • juliettet
    • By juliettet 5th Oct 17, 11:44 AM
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    • 5th Oct 17, 11:44 AM
    Depending on how much you spend and if you will be wearing the jacket all day or just to and from work?
    I buy a jacket, trousers and a skirt. But only wear the jacket in meetings and to and from work. These seem to wear evenly. I do buy washable trousers and skirts though.
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 5th Oct 17, 11:56 AM
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    • 5th Oct 17, 11:56 AM
    My husband always buys two pairs of trousers with his work suits.
    • tacpot12
    • By tacpot12 5th Oct 17, 12:57 PM
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    • 5th Oct 17, 12:57 PM
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    • 5th Oct 17, 12:57 PM
    I bought three pairs of trousers for my last work suit and found they were still worn when the jacket was fine.
    • LameWolf
    • By LameWolf 5th Oct 17, 1:00 PM
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    • 5th Oct 17, 1:00 PM
    When my husband was working in an office where suits were required, he always bought an extra pair of trousers.

    Now he's retired, of course he lives in jeans and t-shirts.
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    • theEnd
    • By theEnd 5th Oct 17, 1:02 PM
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    • 5th Oct 17, 1:02 PM
    I'll raise you one. I always buy 4 trousers per jacket and the trousers always go before the jacket. Jacket spends most of it's life on the back of my office chair.

    Also find having 4, makes trips to the dry cleaners less frequent.
    Last edited by theEnd; 05-10-2017 at 1:06 PM.
    • Slinky
    • By Slinky 5th Oct 17, 1:07 PM
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    More than 2 has the danger of people thinking you only own one suit though, or that you always wear the same clothes so they won't be clean!
    • PipneyJane
    • By PipneyJane 5th Oct 17, 1:22 PM
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    Definitely buy two pairs of trousers and rotate wearing them. In my experience, quality men's trousers are rarely lined - unlike the women's equivalent - and wear through so much faster as a consequence.


    Also, get both pairs of trousers dry-cleaned at the same time as your jacket because if there is any fading or colour change due to the dry-cleaning chemicals, you want all pieces to be affected evenly. Ditto your waistcoats (if you wear them).


    Another thought: Slinky mentioned the "one suit" problem. While it's OK to start with one suit if the fabric is "quiet", you will need at least three: two to rotate during the week and one in the drycleaners. It is much easier for men to wear the same suit to work every day but people will notice.
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    • maman
    • By maman 5th Oct 17, 8:08 PM
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    Another thought: Slinky mentioned the "one suit" problem. While it's OK to start with one suit if the fabric is "quiet", you will need at least three: two to rotate during the week and one in the drycleaners. It is much easier for men to wear the same suit to work every day but people will notice.
    Originally posted by PipneyJane
    Not sure of your budget but there are plenty of washable suits available these days which don't all look cheap and nasty.

    However many pairs of trousers you decide on, wear them in rotation so they don't look brand new when the jacket has some wear.

    Are you sure the waistcoat will get much wear?

    Choose a plain, traditional colour like dark grey or navy blue and wear a range of coloured shirts to ring the changes.
    • katkin
    • By katkin 5th Oct 17, 9:41 PM
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    Maybe I've missed this bit, but are you a man or woman?

    I wear suits to work and a 3 piece to me means a jacket, trousers and skirt. If a matching dress is available I'll buy that too. Means I can mix and match tops, blouses and cardigans with the bases. The jacket gets the least wear so it's always worth getting extra separates to match. Additions like scarves, jewellery, on trend shoes etc all add value and wearability.

    If you are a man I'd look at getting separates that go with the jacket as well as extra trousers. I appreciate that the full suit is often essential for certain meetings etc but it doesn't stay on long enough to get much wear. Various shirts, ties, etc can mix it up.

    In this day and age I find more often that mixed stylish separates and a sense of individuality isn't a negative in business. If anything it lets others know you have a sense of style and are noticed for that.

    For a 5 day full time I'd have 3 core suits to chop and change with separates etc and keep wear and tear to a minimum. Costly outlay but they'll last longer.

    If you are not a woman you have my sympathy, dresses and skirts really do mix it up as does footwear, accessories. Then again there's some great shirt, ties out there.

    All the best for the new position.
    • Owain Moneysaver
    • By Owain Moneysaver 5th Oct 17, 9:56 PM
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    Jacket spends most of it's life on the back of my office chair.
    Originally posted by theEnd
    That will wreck the collar and shoulders. Jackets should always be on a padded hanger the width and 2/3rd the depth of your shoulders.
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    • patchwork cat
    • By patchwork cat 7th Oct 17, 7:03 PM
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    Consider a blazer and then the trousers don't have to match, Next have some nice ones.

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