By  on December 18, 2008

Tailored clothing is far from recession-proof, but the category could be rejuvenated in 2009 as suit makers borrow a page from designers, injecting more contemporary styling and youthful, trim fits into their lines.

This year suits and sport coats have been pegged by retailers as one of the softest spots in the down economy. Sales for the category slumped 4.5 percent for the 12 months ending Oct. 7 to $4.2 billion, according to data from The NPD Group. Men’s wear overall dropped 3.5 percent for the same period.

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