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post #61 of 91
I suppose it depends where you are. I'm 48, and I often buy gear designed for younger ages. Namely because the gear designed for older people is just too, ... eww!
post #62 of 91
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Originally Posted by J. Cogburn View Post
I've wore 38 from some but have had to size up to 42 for another to account for my chest (Black Label). But I'm buying primarily bespoke now so unless I find some good second-hand deals on Black Label summer suits, I'm out of that market.

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Only on a site where guys routinely request 36 R suits would 6 ft., 170 be considered chunky. If you're any thinner than that, I'm not sure you can be considered a grown-up.

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And even on SF, a blanket statement like that guy made is full of 'tard. I am that tall, and actually a few pounds over 170 and I bet I'm leaner than the guy who made that remark.

Laugh if you must. When I was a young adult, I never varied much from 142 and 5-10% body fat. (Of course, I could run for hours on end.) I have to wear 42 to fit my shoulders. Until I got over 40, jackets were too big for my torso, so I avoided them. Which is easy in Southern California.
post #63 of 91
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Originally Posted by Mr. White View Post
Laugh if you must. When I was a young adult, I never varied much from 142 and 5-10% body fat. (Of course, I could run for hours on end.) I have to wear 42 to fit my shoulders. Until I got over 40, jackets were too big for my torso, so I avoided them. Which is easy in Southern California.

I was "laughing" because insinuating that 6 ft, 170 is chunky is a pretty foolish statement.
post #64 of 91
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Originally Posted by Cooper' View Post
40 is a tough age for clothes. Most stores cater to younger or older styles. I can pick some fromm the gap, j crew, etc but most of it is to trendy. On the other end I can shop at brooks brothers and macy's type stores but beyond a few classic styles they are much too conserative. Any thoughts on a nice middle ground out there to shop at? Any websites, blogs?

Thanks

First, 170 lbs at 6 feet is a BMI of 23 which is normal. Secondly, I would take any advise on here with a grain of salt, including mine.

I am 32. I transitioned from the J-Crew and Banana Republic ensemble when I was around 30. I now shop primarily at Brooks Brothers or Bloomingdales. I think if one buys classic pieces that FIT, one can never go wrong. I am on the slim side, 5'10 160lbs so I stick to "slim" cuts. I actually get the extra slim shirts at Brooks Brothers. It beats me having to get it slimmed down by a tailor.
post #65 of 91
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I'm at a loss on the casual side (I'm 37). I'm ready to give up t shirts but the idea of polo shirts and khakis hurt my anus.

Then you're wearing them too tight.
post #66 of 91
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I would sooner roll the sleeves of a long sleeve shirt than wear a polo any day. Just me.

I would too, but as someone who has to survive the humid central Florida summers (for us are 6-7 months of the year) the bottom line is that knit polos breathe better than long sleeve shirts. And while linen has it's pace, for me it's an occasional option not an every day go-to.

For me, dressing here in the heat is as much picking clothes that function well in the environment and work well with my tendency to easily perspire (ugh). That means that when the heat cranks up, polos get heavier rotation whether I like it stylistically or not.

In the end, form follows function not the other way around.
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post #68 of 91
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Originally Posted by MikeDT View Post
I suppose it depends where you are. I'm 48, and I often buy gear designed for younger ages. Namely because the gear designed for older people is just too, ... eww!

Very true. I'm a couple years behind you but feel the same way. My philosophy is, if it looks good on me, I'll buy it. Being conservative, I naturally gravitate away from the silly "fashion forward" look.
post #69 of 91
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My 40-ish rule would be: WWJBD (What Would James Bond Do?)

Daniel Craig was 38 when he played James Bond in Casino Royale and 40 in Quantum of Solace. In both films the character wears a lot of age-appropriate casual wear and looks fantastic doing it. Study those films and you'll see a lot of ideas for types of clothing (polos, shawl cardigans, etc) and also brands (Ted Baker, Sunspel, Tom Ford when you can afford it).

I still wear the Persol sunglass model that Craig wore in Casino Royale. I think they´re very age-appropriate (but wouldn´t look good on someone with acne).
post #70 of 91
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I still wear the Persol sunglass model that Craig wore in Casino Royale. I think they´re very age-appropriate (but wouldn´t look good on someone with acne).

Them big plastic square things?
I was much happier to see him in a more classic aviator style in the 'Something of Boris'.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JylYD...e_gdata_player
post #71 of 91
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Originally Posted by Mr. White View Post
Laugh if you must. When I was a young adult, I never varied much from 142 and 5-10% body fat. (Of course, I could run for hours on end.) I have to wear 42 to fit my shoulders. Until I got over 40, jackets were too big for my torso, so I avoided them. Which is easy in Southern California.
Something about these numbers doesn't quite compute. 142 lbs, 5-10% body fat, and size 42 for the shoulders? You must be shaped literally like a little inverted pyramid. Let's just assume for argument's sake (until corrected) that OP is shaped a little more like a conventional human being. Also, I live in Southern California too and outside of summer heat waves, an unlined jacket is perfectly doable in late afternoon to evenings much of the year. There is such a thing as tailors, and all my jackets always need to be taken in due to my 9" drop. There is something morbidly strange about the idea of having to wait until your torso grows in to your jackets before you can wear them...
post #72 of 91
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Something about these numbers doesn't quite compute. 142 lbs, 5-10% body fat, and size 42 for the shoulders? You must be shaped literally like a little inverted pyramid. Let's just assume for argument's sake (until corrected) that OP is shaped a little more like a conventional human being.

Also, I live in Southern California too and outside of summer heat waves, an unlined jacket is perfectly doable in late afternoon to evenings much of the year. There is such a thing as tailors, and all my jackets always need to be taken in due to my 9" drop.
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I'm 140 9%. By the tape measure I'm an Italian 50 jacket but some brands are cut slim and I need a 52. I've got a 52 overcoat that is cut so close in the shoulders I can only wear it with a light sweater.

If I had a 9 inch drop I'd be chunky.

But then what I find strange is somebody 170lbs fitting into a small
post #74 of 91
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Originally Posted by Nicola View Post
I'm 140 9%. By the tape measure I'm an Italian 50 jacket but some brands are cut slim and I need a 52. I've got a 52 overcoat that is cut so close in the shoulders I can only wear it with a light sweater.

If I had a 9 inch drop I'd be chunky.

But then what I find strange is somebody 170lbs fitting into a small

Sort of an odd definition of "chunky" you have there.
post #75 of 91
Compare dick sizes? I don't think so. Not my style.

From my point of view, the heavy-framed ones are disproportionate, un-athletic, and so on. Notice how few big-boned men can run any kind of distance at competitive speed. Yet bipedal motion is the primary attribute of humans.

Heavily framed men are more numerous in the parts of the world that lagged in development to modern society. Raw muscular strength (the mesomorphic body type) is more important in slavery. Big organ and skin structures that store a lot of sugar and fat (the endomorphic body type) is more important in tribal and traditional farm societies.

The native peoples in Italy, Holland, Britain, and Western Europe more generally, became thinner because lighter people better survived the rigors and poor diet of urban capitalism. The same relative isolation that protected Britain, and that encourged its maritime trade, further reinforced its demographic trends. Urban life in, say, Vienna or Kiev, had the same conditions but had a much greater inflow of heavy-boned mating stock. Better nutrition and medicine eventually caused all to survive better. The differences in body type are masked by the epidemic of obesity and by the abnormal increase in size in individuals who grew up eating a lot of meat. Again, those who are naturally thinner will better survive this peril of urban capitalism and will reproduce in greater numbers than their heavier brothers.
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