Ladies, move over! Our most dapper gents are stealing the sartorial spotlight. Granted, options are rather limited when it comes to red-carpet menswear: We have the standard suit-and-tie combo, the evening tux, and white tie (for really fancy occasions). Recently though, there's been a noticeable upswing in three-pieces among the spiffier crew, with waistcoats layered between the button-down and suit jacket.
"They say good things come in threes, and that is generally true when it comes to suits. A three-piece look, especially with a matching vest and tie, offers many sartorial advantages: It projects a more formal and serious look than most of today’s contemporary, sneaker-friendly two-button styles," says InStyle Fashion News Director Eric Wilson of the three-piece trend. "It hides a multitude of sins (spare tires, bad posture, unpressed shirt). And it elongates the silhouette, making a short man look taller and a tall man look tallest. Plus, a man will still look great even when he takes the jacket off, making it a killer look for parties that require dancing."
Adrien Brody injected a dose of opulence with a contrast tipped velvet jacket-and-vest set, courtesy of Dolce & Gabbana, while Benedict Cumberbatch embraced the monochromatic trend with sleek all-black Spencer Hart pieces. The effect? Strikingly handsome. And Matthew McConaughey played it casual-cool, sans tie, with a black Dolce & Gabbana waistcoat and suit that struck a stark contrast against his crisp white shirt.
Come awards season, will we be seeing more three-pieces on the red carpet? Judging from this trio of suave gentlemen, we'd venture to say, yes!