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Is this lapel too low (and old fashioned)?

post #1 of 17
Thread Starter 
Just asking to borrow the trained eye for a second or two.

I'm thinking of buying this used suit. It doesn't come cheap. Does the lapel seem a bit low compared to the well known makers like Isaia or Zegna?

I've seen movies from the 70s where the lapels used to be huge and saggy, but can't make out if this suit is one of them -- is it just the manner in which the suit is hung from the hanger that makes it appear like an old suit?

PS. The seller tells me this is a recent purchase of Brioni...

500

Thanks!
post #2 of 17
The lapels are fine. In future I would like to encourage you to use better lighting when taking photos.
post #3 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks MOL. Thats the seller's picture. He insists on sending me dark pics smile.gif

This is apparently a Paladino 22 Brioni model. I heard these are roomier than the Nomentano?
post #4 of 17
I think lapel looks normal.
post #5 of 17
This is a pretty classic lapel. It is probably slightly lower than, say, a 2011 Isaia, but Brioni seems to stick with more classic styling. It doesn't look "old fashioned" at all to me though.
post #6 of 17
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Originally Posted by pkiula View Post

Thanks MOL. Thats the seller's picture. He insists on sending me dark pics smile.gif

This is apparently a Paladino 22 Brioni model. I heard these are roomier than the Nomentano?

I have one Brioni suit and one Brioni SC. The jackets on both are roomy in the shoulders but mine are several years old.
To be truthful I haven't kept up with how Brioni is doing their jackets of late.
post #7 of 17
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Originally Posted by pkiula View Post

Just asking to borrow the trained eye for a second or two.

I'm thinking of buying this used suit. It doesn't come cheap. Does the lapel seem a bit low compared to the well known makers like Isaia or Zegna?

I've seen movies from the 70s where the lapels used to be huge and saggy, but can't make out if this suit is one of them -- is it just the manner in which the suit is hung from the hanger that makes it appear like an old suit?

PS. The seller tells me this is a recent purchase of Brioni...

500

Thanks!

Lapels are within the range of classic. The gorge is a bit lower that many of the very latest styles - but still within the range of classic. The lower quarters appear to be fairly open which is also in keeping with current and classic standards. It's hard to say about cut/baggy - what you really need to know are the measurements of the garment compared to a garment that fits you well.

And be sure to assess the basic details of the trousers as well - at least make sure the pleat configuration is acceptable to you - everything else can be altered in moderation but pleats are hard to remove and impossible to add (more or less).
post #8 of 17
The notch appears to be relatively low when compared with more recent trends. The suit will look like you are wearing a good suit from the 90s. Not necessarily a bad look just not trendy.
post #9 of 17

The gorge looks low because the suit is on the hanger. If the suit were on a mannequin then it would look just fine. I personally like the gorge a bit lower that's why I don't really like Zegna's suits.tongue.gif
 

post #10 of 17
Any second hand garment will be in the style of its day. This does not too bad but...
post #11 of 17
Lapel looks fine, I might be worried that the buttoning point is low...
post #12 of 17
Looks good to me (I would guess this suit would be more recent, i.e. something from around the early - mid 00's. Definitely not 1990's).

Worry less about trend and more about ensuring you know exactly what you are getting. Brioni are love them or hate them regarding shoulders, I would at the very least research this aspect if I were you. Measurements will not reveal all.
post #13 of 17

The gorge seems to be fine, the buttoning point maybe a bit low, but do you really need a black suit? Or is it charcoal and the photo is bad exposed? 

post #14 of 17
Thread Starter 
Thanks all. I ultimately returned this one. The gorge *and* the button stance were both too low and too, um, "midwest american". I personally prefer Isaia style cuts, also seen on the more recent Zegna Milano or Dunhill (made by Zegna) suits for instance. This Brioni looked like something a mid-life gangster from Godfather would wear. The fabric was fantastic and creamy, but the cut of a suit is as important.
post #15 of 17
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Originally Posted by pkiula View Post

Thanks all. I ultimately returned this one. The gorge *and* the button stance were both too low and too, um, "midwest american". I personally prefer Isaia style cuts, also seen on the more recent Zegna Milano or Dunhill (made by Zegna) suits for instance. This Brioni looked like something a mid-life gangster from Godfather would wear. The fabric was fantastic and creamy, but the cut of a suit is as important.
Good call. The button stance is too low for contemporary taste.
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