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post #8101 of 12286
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Originally Posted by clapeyron View Post

 

yes, the prince has a military trained valet who presses his suits, thus the creases down the arm. I am basing this knowledge on this video I saw quite some time ago, though. (skip to 4:20)

 

Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1. Bloody hell ..  that's an iron.

2. Doesn't ironing directly onto the worsted shine it up most horribly?

3. I just watched a 14min vid about ironing. facepalm.gif

 

Cheers Clapeyron

post #8102 of 12286
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Originally Posted by Grammaton Cleric View Post

Same here. Its notable that my DB overcoat doesn't get the same reaction - I chalk that up to the current trend for peacoats and the like.

My main overcoat is DB, and I don't feel like I get much attention from it either--though I do feel like I would get attention from a DB suit.

Not that I don't want one--I love DB suits. But given that I am on client site most days of the week, that's attention that I probably shouldn't be calling to myself.

Also, I am short, so it's doubly hard.

But SOME DAY, my friends. Some day. Until then, I make do with my DB overcoat.
post #8103 of 12286
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Originally Posted by Butler View Post


Yes his two ex navy valets does this- and his tailors hate them with a vengeance! bigstar[1].gif

It does seem a little at odds with the otherwise easy a&s aesthetic.
post #8104 of 12286
DB overcoats don't really get stares. Mine doesn't. Being in the office with a DB suit would definitely attract attention. I feel that being somewhat young at 27 and not the CEO makes it look a bit presumptuous in my environment. I love DB's though, but probably won't get one until I am a bit older.
post #8105 of 12286
I really don't think people notice as much as imagined. But that's just been my experience.
post #8106 of 12286

That's been my experience as well - no stares for DB overcoats, but I certainly get looks / comments on DB suits. As Gramm Cleric speculated, I think the popularity of DB peacoats / outerwear may have something to do with that. 

post #8107 of 12286

I'm wearing a DB suit today and I don't get any stares at all confused.gif

 

I think it has to do with the fact that even though suits are common at my workplace, I am not required/expected to wear one. So once people got used to it, it doesn't really matter if it's DB or SB. If this was a corporate environment where EVERYONE was wearing a SB suit, the DB would stand out, of course. 

 

This personal situation is what makes me think I can get away with everything DB once my SB staples are covered - it looks better on me, I think it looks nicer, no one will care - then hell, why not.

post #8108 of 12286
Thread Starter 
I think it's more to the fact that DB is simply more accepted in Europe.

DB was very popular here from the 30s to the early 50s, then crashed hard and never recovered.
post #8109 of 12286

Yep, that could be a contributing factor, too.

 

Most people here see double-breasted jackets as "beautiful" (just like anything that is not a blue or grey suit, anyways), but not as a punch-you-in-the-face dandy garment.

post #8110 of 12286
Thread Starter 
E.g., Truman wore DB almost exclusively. Ike occasionally. JFK, LBJ, never. Nixon when he was a congressman, senator and VP, quite often. But as president, never. Ford, Carter, Reagan, Bush !, never. Clinton wore it sometimes in his 2nd term (maybe 10% of the time?). Bush II and Obama, never.
post #8111 of 12286
I remember when Herman Cain wore one to one of the debates it prompted discussion.
post #8112 of 12286
I just don't think most people are very tuned-in to these things. We talk about things being fashionable then falling out of favor, over decades-long cycles, yet it really takes somebody who cares about this sort of thing (everyone here) to care.
post #8113 of 12286
Then how do you account for the stares Manton gets in the DB, the abandonment of DBs by presidents, or the extra attention Cain's DB suit got?
post #8114 of 12286
i have not worn a DB in a while, but when i did, i got nothing but compliments on it.

as to its abandonment by presidents, i would hazard a guess that they are advised to stay SB so they appear to be more "every man," and avoid any unnecessary attention to their mode of dress.
post #8115 of 12286
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

I just don't think most people are very tuned-in to these things. We talk about things being fashionable then falling out of favor, over decades-long cycles, yet it really takes somebody who cares about this sort of thing (everyone here) to care.
It is different enough that people who don't really care will nonetheless notice. I got my first DB in college, and both my mother and grandmother were aghast and tried to talk me out of it.
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