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post #121 of 210
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Originally Posted by Cantabrigian View Post

I'm surprised you get a reaction with a DB but not with a 3-piece. I figure they're equidistant from US Generally Accepted Dressing Principles.
Where I work, either would be an occasion for ridicule but It's one of the few blue collar fields that requires a suit.

I really got stares when wearing a three-piece earlier on. Perhaps it's due to my age, but even then I am sporting a beard, so that shouldn't really add to the costumey look.
post #122 of 210
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Originally Posted by Cantabrigian View Post

I'm surprised you get a reaction with a DB but not with a 3-piece. I figure they're equidistant from US Generally Accepted Dressing Principles.
Where I work, either would be an occasion for ridicule but It's one of the few blue collar fields that requires a suit.

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Originally Posted by F. Corbera View Post

Are you in the House of Representatives?
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Another undertaker?
post #123 of 210
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post #124 of 210
Sometimes I wish the forum had a thumbs down button
post #125 of 210

I live in a medium sized town in South Carolina.  I wear a DB Navy Blazer on occasion.  It is RLBL wiith rather wide lapels.  I find that many people dont realize it ever went out of style. It may be that style does not move much in rural South Carolina.

 

I do get the occasional..."Oh are those back in style?"  I usually just repond, "They are for me."

 

You do have to be conscious not to come across as arrogant or an ass.  As with most things, the key is having the confidence to pull it off.  You have to be comfortable in it.

post #126 of 210
I just get "The stare" smile.gif DB or not, doesn't really come into it.
post #127 of 210
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Originally Posted by Bradford View Post

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You probably need to get out into the daylight a bit more.
post #128 of 210
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Originally Posted by JLibourel View Post

Oh, come on, Manton. You are a native Californian, are you not? You must be aware that a great many Californians, especially the women, do not know the difference between an odd jacket and a suit, especially if the former is worn with a tie. My last supervisor, before I retired, although a 50-ish man, thought I was wearing "suits" when I was wearing odd jackets and ties. Ah, the office environment, "Where the C students get to lord it over the A students," as a wise friend put it. I don't miss it a bit!

This is now almost universally true. frown.gif
post #129 of 210
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Originally Posted by pgmetcalf View Post

DBs look good if they're a 1960s cut e.g. High gorge, 6 buttons (2 x3 vertical columns) and preferably double vented. I'm not keen on the low gorge type with peaked lapels and the buttons splaying out towards the armpits. The drawbacks with DBs are you have to keep them buttoned up at all times, even when it's 30-40 degrees outside and you have to the physique to carry one off, i.e. not fat, not thin.

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post #130 of 210
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Originally Posted by MikeDT View Post

You probably need to get out into the daylight a bit more.

Yeah but people really stare when you burst into flames biggrin.gif
post #131 of 210
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Originally Posted by Bradford View Post

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I can't tell. Does it have hacking pockets?
post #132 of 210
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Originally Posted by pgmetcalf View Post

DBs look good if they're a 1960s cut e.g. High gorge, 6 buttons (2 x3 vertical columns) and preferably double vented. I'm not keen on the low gorge type with peaked lapels and the buttons splaying out towards the armpits. The drawbacks with DBs are you have to keep them buttoned up at all times, even when it's 30-40 degrees outside and you have to the physique to carry one off, i.e. not fat, not thin.

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Wow this 'Good' one is absolutely hideous. The 'Bad' one I kinda like though. It all depends on how it fits the wearer though - especially in the length. Crucial to get that right because the square end really emphasizes the horizontal line across the body. If it's not at the right place, calamity ensues.
post #133 of 210
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Originally Posted by pgmetcalf View Post

DBs look good if they're a 1960s cut e.g. High gorge, 6 buttons (2 x3 vertical columns) and preferably double vented. I'm not keen on the low gorge type with peaked lapels and the buttons splaying out towards the armpits. The drawbacks with DBs are you have to keep them buttoned up at all times, even when it's 30-40 degrees outside and you have to the physique to carry one off, i.e. not fat, not thin.

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If you are David Niven in Casino Royale, go for the first. If you are not and Jean-Paul Belmondo is not an extra in your late-60s film that is so bad it is actually good, then go for the second.

What annoys me here is that you have a mediocre version of a 60s "dandy" look and a mediocre version of a classic CBD look. They are both mediocre. Difference in the real world is that the medicore classic look is fine at CBD work, but any variant of of the 60s look will draw very negative attention except possibly after hours in some clubs in the meat-packing district. And not necessarily in a good way.
post #134 of 210
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Originally Posted by Svenn View Post

I've been wearing a DB with cutaway fronts (an experiment with my tailor) the last few weeks and no one has noticed it yet, despite its antiquated appearance; I think people are more oblivious than we tend to think. That being said, unlike you I always wear solids, even to the point of never wearing a tie that isn't the same fabric as my coat, so I probably look even more discreet. Either that or I'm the oblivious one.

Like Patrick, I would also love to see a picture, Svenn. Were you thinking of the old short-skirted DB morning coats?
http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/407/shortskirtedmorningcoatch6.jpg/sr=1

What did the tailor say about getting the cutaway fronts right? It always struck me that that would be hard.
post #135 of 210

Love the hair!

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