Originally Posted by DocHolliday
Steed sometimes wore satin ties, often with a pearl tie tack. (Think a light blue with the contrasting pearl.) I like them on him, but the matching square here kills it for me. The B&W photo makes the tie above look silver, which I doubt it was and wouldn't like. But I am more open to other colors. Satin's at its best when peeking out above a vest, I think. A little goes a long way.
Satin ties must have been a trend back in the day. Maybe someone who was around then can chime in.
What's your overall verdict, Sri?
Yes. I hate matching squares. The satin tie didn't offend me on first glance, but now that its been called out I think its meh. I also don't know what to think of the covered buttons; I wouldn't wear them but somehow he pulls them off OK...
Originally Posted by July
Everything about that suit is clean. Perhaps at the risk of looking too.. delicate. Not really loving the quarters either.
Yes. When I saw the picture on ASW my first reaction was "ugly quarters." It is clean, though, and I appreciate that.
Originally Posted by Ataturk
The tight hips on the coat bother me more than anything. Ick.
+1. I'd like to see more flair to the skirt. I bet you anything that coat is ventless; the "tight hips" you speak of is exactly why I hate ventless coats, not simply b/c they lack vents.
Originally Posted by srivats
Lot of positives in that suit, to my eyes. Nice high armholes and a great sleeve pitch (no divots!), the cut is very military yet shaped, excellent button stance (really like the 3 buttons) and the lapel size look pleasing to my eyes. I think the quarters probably will stay closed when he is standing normally, which indicates that he wanted the jacket cut that way specifically. The besom pockets look interesting in how much farther they are from the buttons.
Overall, I like the outfit quite a bit except maybe for the tie ... too shiny for what is probably a worsted wool fabric. He wears the suit well, imo. I wish this pic were in color.
I am trying to think how the jacket would look with Parker's WW Chan-like quarters.
And ultimately, after all of the fora-esque nit picking, I think the overall effect is superb. Like the style/detailing or not, there is no argument that the fit is excellent and appropriate for that cut. It is pictures like this that snap me back to reality sometimes when I start to get too picky about fit and detailing. We mustn't forget that the overall effect is of paramount importance.