Now here is a problem:Yes, that's right, the suit. Why, I ask, have we settled for the suit (trousers, shirt, jaket and tie) as being today's international formal wear? This issue, I know, is quite similar to the one about ties, yet it requires another solution.
Through the centuries the formal dress has taken on different forms in Europe. Take for example the Greek chlamys:
and the baroque ensemble à la Louis XIV:
Can you notice the variety in styles? Are you impressed by the eclectic mix of coulours and fabric? I am. And that is why I don't understand why we have, for over a century now, chosen to stick to the basic straight-cut-trousers-shirt-jacket-and-tie suit. And it frustrates me because there are so many different contemporary dresses to choose from. For example the African boubou, the Indian Kurta Paijama or the beautiful Barong Tagalog from the Filipines. But no! The SUIT is the lingua franca of the formal wear!