I wonder if anyone ever joined a regiment or went to a school because they liked the tie.
Almost. I would have liked to have been a member of Trinity or Jesus at Cambridge because I think the ties are something you could actually wear. College/club/regimental ties are a sort of sartorial secret handshake in the UK. When you see someone wearing a really awful tie that clashes horribly with everything else they are wearing, you automatically assume that they are signalling their membership in some immensely prestigious organization . . . or that they are color-blind.
I take it back, I like that a lot. If you told me where to get one, I would.
Wait, the more I look at that, the more I realize it looks nothing like the London I know.
It's a 19th Century map so there have been a few changes, and it doesn't cover that much of the north of central London (Westminster is reasonably well covered). It's still just about useable as a navigational aid (I've tried).
It was only a vailable for a short period a few years back - I think the only Paul Smith squares currently available are the 'fun' stripes or eyewatering spots.
I don't know about the boxy part, but it frequently seems like your lapels aren't sitting flat against your chest, which is a sign of tightness.
Well, sometimes my lapels are pulling a bit. This is the curse of being a 5 foot 9 inch dude that is a 42. I can't size up to a 44 because a 44 is almost always too big everywhere (jacket and pants). I have had some 44s cut down to size and it is a job. 42s are generally a good fit for me (I have a 44 inch chest, 19 inch shoulders and a 36 inch waist), so if the chest pulls a little, I am willing to let it slide, or see if my tailor can open it up a little.
Originally Posted by Sander
Fwiw, I also frequently think "boxy" when I look at your pics. I thought that was just how you shoulders are built. It doesn't look terribly bad, but I think you could profit from something that made your shoulders look more sloped.
I am boxy. There is nothing in the world that is going to change my wide, flat shoulders and give me sloped shoulders like Trini and PG. Is there even a type of shoulder that is structured like that on a jacket? I would imagine it would need to be padded in a wedge, with the thinnest at the end of the shoulder, and building up as it came to the collar. This would be something for a bespoke tailor, I would imagine. I would also fear that it would make my neck look shorter than it is.
Originally Posted by Despos
One of the shortcomings of online analysis is being objective of fit in regards to body type. I have to say you do an excellent job and I compliment your tailor on how well he adjusts for your square shoulders and brings a waist to your jackets. Your fits are most consistent. Another point of view and kudos to your tailor.
BTW, I am only on page 20 of this thread. Popped in here for grins. Can you guys slow down.
Thanks, Chris. I do my best and I will let him know when I see him this afternoon.
Originally Posted by ManofKent
Great shoes. On the boxy point, I put it down to broad shoulders and the way you cut your head off.
That may help. I usually chop my head off because I tend to make faces that appear to be induced by major physical trauma when I take these pics.
When was the Thames ever that close to Regent's Park?
You're right - the basic street layout is right - which is probably why I've used it successfully to navigate to meetings from Victoria (short distances admittedly). The Thames has been shifted slightly - presumably for aesthetic reasons
I shall continue to wear it, but feel slightly sullied each time
I doubt the odd vest is CBD, though it hasn't raised many eyebrows at work today and I don't think it's OTT. Does it stand out too much?
Too much of a ring of 'formal'. It looks like an odd buff waistcoat more suitable for Horse Racing (or a wedding). I suspect you could get away with a dark plain odd waistcoat - maybe navy under a charcoal suit, but that would be pushing it.
I like odd waistcoats and will periodically wear a doeskin waistcoat under a sportscoat, but that is definitely a country look, and whilst in my place of work fine for non-meeting days, it is far from CBD.