As the fashion industry struggles to catch up with the economic shift in the United States, some women’s business-style outfits remain a staple.
The trend is inescapable, and it’s also a trend many men have trouble embracing.
Some women say they’re uncomfortable with the idea of wearing suits in the workplace, or even the idea that a man should wear suits.
But men’s suits are on the rise in the men’s apparel industry, and according to a survey by consumer goods company NPD Group, they’re seen as a staple in the consumer fashion market.
The trend, which has been around for years, has gained traction over the past few years and the survey found that women’s fashion apparel accounted for 22% of overall fashion spending in 2016.
That’s up from 10% in 2013.
And women are also using suits to dress up, a trend that has captured the attention of men’s clothing companies.
According to the company, the number of men wearing suits increased 15% from 2015 to 2016, while the number that chose suits fell 7%.
In addition, the men who prefer suits are also buying suits more often, according to NPD, which says the trend is particularly noticeable among younger generations, especially millennials.
“I’m not sure if the trend has gone to a whole other level of sophistication for men’s clothes, but I do think the style is becoming more popular,” said Jason Gassner, an executive at NPD.
The majority of men surveyed said that they had a personal favorite suit style, which was the one they wore for work or the one that was most comfortable.
But men also cited suits as a way to show off their masculinity and to impress women, the company found.
The survey also found that the average size of men and women’s suits is increasing, and that the men are using suits more to showcase their figure, while women are wearing them more to emphasize their looks.
While some of the trends may seem counterintuitive, it’s not uncommon for women to wear suits in their personal lives and for men to wear them at work, said Paul Lauer, president and CEO of NPD’s consumer business unit.
He said that while men’s style is a more casual fashion style, there are still a lot of men who dress in suits, including the ones who wear suits for business or in the office.
“The men are the ones that are more likely to be out there in the world, and they are wearing suits,” Lauer said.
In addition to the suits, men also wear suits to show that they’re in control of their appearance.
For example, men are more interested in looking good than wearing clothes that look like they came from the ’90s.
But Lauer noted that many men are not willing to take the time to go through the trouble of finding suits that are tailored for them.
“When you get a suit, it may have a certain amount of styling, but it can’t be that big,” he said.
“It has to be tailored.”
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