Shirts and Suits

Christine Kuan
Feb 26, 2013 2:40AM

Menswear hasn't changed much for centuries. The shirt and suit still represent business, professionalism, respectability, and power.  Women weren't allowed to wear pants until the 19th century and even then only for industrial work. Then in 1966, Yves Saint Laurent introduced Le Smoking and suddenly it was sexy for women to wear pantsuits. 

Once I was told you should always wear a suit when asking for money. (I rarely wear a suit anymore.) Now suits are the universal uniform for all kinds of work. So much so that when I lived in China, even the ditch diggers wore shirts and suits because that was supposedly regular work attire. Whatever your clothing preference, there's something mysterious and intimate about the shirt and suit. They refer to a tradition, but become so individualized by the person. 

Christine Kuan