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post #1 of 31
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"Men's suits - I had the privilege to chat with Kim Johnson Gross, co-founder of Chic Simple Ltd and former fashion director of Esquire and Fashion Editor of Town & Country. Kim has also written monthly columns in InStyle magazine, and appeared on numerous television and talk shows as a leading consumer authority. During our conversation I thought I would present to her questions I have received from readers on the subject of men's suits and this is the result of our conversation.

Do you know where the "top 2 buttoned buttoned, lowest button undone" style originated and why?
Edward the VII was too large for his vest so he unbuttoned the bottom button and since he was king, all followed in his footsteps. This is one of the first known references to this trend. However, it is also a designer thing and personal preference.

If you are shorter, unbuttoning the top button versus the bottom will give the illusion of being taller.

What is the case for a 4 button suit? Is the 4 button suit in style any longer?
Four button suits are not seen much these days and certainly aren't a suit one would buy their first or second suit. It is more of a fashion suit, not a classic style. Also keep in mind that four button suits really look best on those that are tall and slim.

Does a man have to be a certain age to wear a double breasted suit?

No. But unless it is really your style, stay away from the double breasted suit. Again, not an appropriate first or second suit.

Are suit vests a thing of the past?
Suit vests are for dandies, but also seen in English, western, and evening looks. Not really seeing suit vests otherwise.

Are suits with no vents in the back a dated look?

Vents are definitely more European and shapelier. They are also a symbol of better tailoring.

Are pleats on trousers a bad idea?
First thing is that flat fronted trousers are always more flattering no matter what your size and age. Pleats bring attention to that area of the body.

A general note regarding suits:
Invest in a good suit"‚ÄĚthis is where your wardrobe dollars are best spent. Choose neutral colors like navy or gray. Browns and olives can be tricky and black suits had their moment, but are still great for evening or formal occasions. Also, suits should be comfortable, drape well, and move with you. And always keep in mind that richness in fabrics and good tailoring never go out of style."
post #2 of 31
I give Kim's answers about 0.8 out of 10.

Maybe - 0.7 out of 10.


- B
post #3 of 31
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Originally Posted by voxsartoria View Post
I give Kim's answers about 0.8 out of 10.

Maybe - 0.7 out of 10.

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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post
Also, suits should be comfortable, drape well, and move with you. And always keep in mind that richness in fabrics and good tailoring never go out of style."

An 0.7/0.8, even with that tidbit?
post #4 of 31
Not really seeing suit vests? Has she picked up a men's fashion mag in the last year? It may be a passing thing, but when Banana Republic markets a three piece suit, you can be sure it is having a moment right now.
post #5 of 31
and another 'official', 'final', 'end-all' thread sinks to the bottom of the SF ocean.
post #6 of 31
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An 0.7/0.8, even with that tidbit?

The range was negative 0.7 to positive 0.8.

And that's before deductions.


- B
post #7 of 31
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post
"Men's suits - I had the privilege to chat with Kim Johnson Gross, co-founder of Chic Simple Ltd and former fashion director of Esquire and Fashion Editor of Town & Country. Kim has also written monthly columns in InStyle magazine, and appeared on numerous television and talk shows as a leading consumer authority. During our conversation I thought I would present to her questions I have received from readers on the subject of men's suits and this is the result of our conversation."

All critical demerits.
post #8 of 31
Atrocious comments - suggesting that it's remotely admissible to unbutton the top vs bottom button; recommending that you stay away from DB suits (admittedly not a good first or second suit, but still); implying that suit vests aren't all the rage right now; implying that black suits can be great for evening occasions.

Unbelievable. What is this guy doing in the business?
post #9 of 31
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Originally Posted by harry2quinn View Post
Atrocious comments - suggesting that it's remotely admissible to unbutton the top vs bottom button; recommending that you stay away from DB suits (admittedly not a good first or second suit, but still); implying that suit vests aren't all the rage right now; implying that black suits can be great for evening occasions.

Unbelievable. What is this guy doing in the business?

It's a woman...
post #10 of 31
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Originally Posted by Mr. Moo View Post
It's a woman...


Ooppsss.....
post #11 of 31
I expected worse. It's not great, but it's not terrible either.
post #12 of 31
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Originally Posted by voxsartoria View Post
I give Kim's answers about 0.8 out of 10.

Maybe - 0.7 out of 10.


- B

Shocked at your generocity. She actually discussed how to wear a 4 button suit...
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post #14 of 31
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All critical demerits.
What about the fact that she's a woman?
post #15 of 31
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What about the fact that she's a woman?

I think many here would agree, even if they wouldn't admit it, that many women know very little about men's style. Kim seems to be one of them.
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