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I'll admit I've been wanting these for a while: http://www.jamesandlongbourne.co.uk/...d=20.00&erot=Y http://www.jamesandlongbourne.co.uk/...19.20&age=over I'll probably pull the trigger on them soon if I don't get them for Christmas, so make sure to leave a couple of pairs for me, chums.
I'm pretty much an anomaly in my family. My mother dresses with class and professionalism for the office, but although she likes to claim that I received my style genes from her rather than from my father, neither of them have had much to do with my style, nor with my current sartorial learning experience and wardrobe improvements. My grandparents don't dress very well these days, but I suspect they dressed somewhat better in previous decades. My paternal grandparents...
Quote: Originally Posted by alflauren It's a source of neverending frustration. I think people are generally getting larger, and I am not. I was going through my closet this weekend, tossing some old coats from back in high school/college, and tried a few of them on. The coats were all "mediums," and fit me perfectly. Today, I have to buy smalls, as the mediums are way too big. (And no, I didn't shrink - I am exactly the same weight/height/fit as I was...
I'm too young to have experienced any of this, but I wonder if perhaps some (not all, but some) of the increase in shoe size experienced by various members could be due to falling arches or some such thing, not an actual increase in foot size all around.
I've actually toyed with the idea of getting a suit jacket lined in ecclesiastical fabric at some point, and I'm a tad envious of that Sulka robe mentioned (I think by Vintage Gent) that displays images from The Garden of Earthly Delights, so the pornographic jacket you suggest doesn't sound completely out of bounds to me. I wouldn't wear it, but maybe I'd wear one with artistic nude photographs on the lining. As a downtown nighttime jacket, of course.
Generally I would say about 1" longer than a suit jacket, but as Jovan said, a slightly shorter one can also look good. It depends on the individual and the style they're going for. Peacoats are also traditionally quite boxy and rather roomy, but a tighter and/or more tapered fit isn't inappropriate, as long as you don't go overboard. And yeah, iammatt's looks long to me, too. Could be the picture. But generally, I would rather have a peacoat 1/2-1" shorter than standard...
For me the perfect white shirt would be very stripped down. An example of such might be a small herringbone in a buttery cotton with French cuffs, a firm medium spread collar, removable collar stays, no chest pocket, no pleats, split back yoke, and gorgeous but subtle mother-of-pearl buttons. It would be cut to match my body like a second skin, and would be 70-80% opaque. That shirt could be worn under a suit and blend right in as office attire, and it would be formal...
I recently received a black Sterlingwear peacoat and I love it. That's my personal recommendation. I also like streamlined three-quarter-length single-breasted coats -- think chesterfield.
Here in Orlando it's 83 degrees, and I'm sweating in a thermal henley and jeans. I would be wearing a different shirt except most of them are dirty at the moment, and I had to run out the door. Normally the henley would be perfect this time of year. Goddamn Florida. A week and a half ago it was in the 50s.
Jovan: I did request a floating canvas, yes; and in fact the extra charge for that and my other specifications was $50, if I remember right. Not sure why they didn't use horn. Unless I'm very much mistaken, the buttons on my suit are black plastic. Thanks for the advice about the shirts. If I want removable collar stays, I should request pockets, right? Whether or not I ask them to insert their own stays or just use my own. I sort of didn't want to show my navy suit...
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