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post #61 of 79
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Originally Posted by thenanyu View Post
I thought this looks alright.

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/BlackF...&topParent=Men

It's pretty much the same thing right?

Not liking this at all but I suppose if you like it then do it. It just seems to defeat the whole purpose of wearing a suit. It looks like you misplaced your overcoat and had to grab the most readily available jacket.
post #62 of 79
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Originally Posted by LeonM View Post
The sleeveless down vests look 100% better than the puffa jackets, over the coat.

Leon

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Originally Posted by Trilby View Post
I'm with Leon that the sleeveless vests look a whole lot better than the down jackets - but I still can't imagine ever wearing such a thing. On the other hand, I often wear a Barbour jacket over a suit.


NO! It all looks retarded. But I say go for it, look retarded! Why not? Maybe looking retarded is fun? Maybe looking retarded will get you women and bring you riches? Who knows what pleasures await you while looking retarded? Besides, it will serve as entertainment for people who are not retarded.
post #63 of 79
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Originally Posted by Trilby View Post
I'm with Leon that the sleeveless vests look a whole lot better than the down jackets - but I still can't imagine ever wearing such a thing. On the other hand, I often wear a Barbour jacket over a suit.

Don't apologise. There's nothing wrong with wearing a Barbour over anything! I couldn't imagine wearing a sleeveless puffa until i spent a long time in Italy this autumn.

Leon
post #64 of 79
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Originally Posted by thenanyu View Post
I thought this looks alright.

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/BlackF...&topParent=Men

It's pretty much the same thing right?

I think it's pretty much agreed on the puffer jacket over suit is horrible. Is it just me or, does a matching tie to go with your suit tacky as well.
post #65 of 79
I never liked down jackets. Too puffy for my taste, I like the clean sleek look.
post #66 of 79
This is simply not "street legal" (car talk for usable in public). On the drawing board, or, should I say, walkway, it is plausible, otherwise, I don't know a single person who could pull this off without losing some respect among one's social circle/usual acquaintances.
post #67 of 79
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Originally Posted by CYstyle View Post
Is it just me or, does a matching tie to go with your suit tacky as well.
I think it's tacky, too.
post #68 of 79
I have the feeling that Mr. Cucinelli will be mobbed..Some of these photos are exaggerated, but I've seen this look more restrained all over Italy. Does not have to be exported though..
post #69 of 79
This is ridiculous! All of the photos of the suits (and odd jackets) with the puffy overgarments are clearly intended to attract hobos and hobo wannabees, who lack the financial resources to buy decent overcoats from the nearest Salvation Army or Goodwill shop.

Lock the puffy overcoat/vest concept away as sartorial heresy never to be mentioned again on pain of being ridiculed in the forum as a follower of hobo fashion.

Just because some designer(s), regardless of whether Italian or not, thinks its a hot fashion trend doesn't mean that those interested in style should bother with it. To paraphrase your mother, if some Italian designer had jumping off the Empire State Building roof in their catalog as as an option, would you order it? Menswear style is timeless.

Hence, you may consider the puffy overgarment if people continue wear it over suits in 100 years. At that point, I won't care, I'll be dead and won't have to live in a world where people want to look like hobos. But for the record, the style looks ridiculous now and will continue to do so for hundreds of years.
post #70 of 79
I know I might draw the ire of the mob, but do most of the poster's live in NY or driving cities? I think the easy of movement and relative lightness of the vest makes it desirable for certain conditions. If you are on a Vespa or a bicycle, which don't allow overcoats for example. Also, I might be in the minority, but I always feel that the full overcoat over suit look can be a bit stuffy and constricting, but once again I am open to hear objections or other options. I agree that the idea of a puffer jacket over suit is pretty hideous though, because the upside of the vest is that it provides warmth while not constricting movement. But that may just be me.
post #71 of 79
I'm not advocating the vest over tailored jacket, but one thing I think is nice is the contrast of materials. For instance, I sort of like the flannel jacket underneath a waxy cotton overcoat. But, I'd probably just go with something more classic like a Mackintosh or field jacket thing that actually had sleeves.
post #72 of 79
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Originally Posted by negusnegas View Post
I know I might draw the ire of the mob, but do most of the poster's live in NY or driving cities? I think the easy of movement and relative lightness of the vest makes it desirable for certain conditions. If you are on a Vespa or a bicycle, which don't allow overcoats for example. Also, I might be in the minority, but I always feel that the full overcoat over suit look can be a bit stuffy and constricting, but once again I am open to hear objections or other options. I agree that the idea of a puffer jacket over suit is pretty hideous though, because the upside of the vest is that it provides warmth while not constricting movement. But that may just be me.
^I find the look much more appealing on someone on a bike/Vespa than on the guy who's sporting an $1,800 Cucinelli vest thing over his suit just for the sake of sporting an $1,800 Cucinelli vest thing. When it's a practical choice that represents a certain carefree approach to clothing, that's great. When it's about making the vest the "focal point" of the outfit, to grab eyeballs, it doesn't do so much for me. At a certain point, it just becomes an affectation, and a conspicuous one at that. I like a little affectation here and there, but this one is a step too far into "look at me" for my tastes.
post #73 of 79
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I am trying to illustrate what i see in Italy. Black or navy puffer vests in the main, over grey or blue suits. Not very 'look at me'.

I hesitate in linking to these, therefore, by Thom Browne, but hey-ho:





Leon
post #74 of 79
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Originally Posted by LeonM View Post
Don't apologise. There's nothing wrong with wearing a Barbour over anything! I couldn't imagine wearing a sleeveless puffa until i spent a long time in Italy this autumn.

Leon

I'm with you Leon on that one.We all are influenced by our direct envronment and certain aesthetical canons.

If you live in Italy , you will be influenced by their fashion
I always find the idea of coloured trousers inept and absurd but some guys in Venice are looking fantastic with them...

The same look will not work in a different country or city and that is what makes fashion interesting and personal in this era of globalization.
post #75 of 79
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Originally Posted by LeonM View Post
I am trying to illustrate what i see in Italy. Black or navy puffer vests in the main, over grey or blue suits. Not very 'look at me'.

I know what you mean, but I still consider it conspicuous, unless it's being done for utilitarian purposes. Same as leaving all your monk buckles undone, rolling your trou way up and wearing a huge hankie dangling from your pocket. It's a deliberate attempt at dissonance. Sometimes that can be pleasing, but often it strikes me as a stunt.
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