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A suit, also known as a business suit, comprises a collection of matching clothing consisting of:
Originating in formal 19th century middle-class modes of dress, suits traditionally clothe males. However, imitations of the male uniform have also become common in formal attire for females in the workplace and elsewhere: in this case a matching skirt may substitute for trousers. Women have also sometimes adopted masculine suiting with trousers for impact as a mild, socially acceptable form of cross-dressing.
The uniform impression of a suit, often appearing in standard configurations such as pinstripe suit or suit and tie, may carry connotations of staid respectability, unadventurous conformism and narrow-mindedness.
An alternate use of the word as a references to management staff in corporations as "suits" may express contempt for the perceived absence of autonomy seen as imposed on members in a uniform elitist bureaucracy. It may also be a comment on the perceived amorality or even immorality of those who work for corporations.