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post #61 of 108
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I was in the San Francisco BB today and one of the SA's, Charles Flewellen, tried on the blazer. I thought it looked great. The perfect jacket for a party or garden reception.



I love boating blazers. I have four. I posted this pic on here a couple of years ago and got dogs abuse for it! Glad to see there are some people who like them. I prefer the 1960's mod look to the 1920s straw hat / barbershop quartet look!


post #62 of 108

I like those blazers....on other people. I just don't feel like I can pull it off.

 

Overall, I like most the Gatsby Collection but a little too spendy for me.

 

I especially like the pink striped linen suit but I don't think I'd ever wear it.

 

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/gatsby-loobook-1/gatsby-loobook-1,default,pd.html?contentpos=2&cgid=gatsby

post #63 of 108
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Yeah, 16.5—well you can see it's still a bit big on me. I sometimes wonder how much of these issues are mediocre QA on BB's part and how much are consistent sizing differences?
I'm also guessing that the lack of lining in this shirt collar makes it fit slightly larger than their lined OCBDs. My year-old OCBDs are a little snug now—within the realm of wearable, but definitely slightly more snug than when new. So that's why I was confident enough to go with the 16.5 instead of the 16. Long-term shrinkage, etc.

The sleeves seem more wrinkly, but actually this one seems less wrinkly overall than my regular white OCBD—I avoided wearing that one for a while, because it was just so damn wrinkly. But I was unfairly comparing to my blue one, which can be worn almost without ironing and look great because it's more casual in appearance, just by virtue of it being blue.

All said, I never wear even my regular white OCBD on its own—it's always with a jacket. It just doesn't look good on me jacketless like my blue one does. So fit considerations and wrinkling considerations were less a consideration for me on this purchase.

I'm also considering this a sort of dry run for contemplating purchasing a Mercer or possibly even MTM BB (which I hear you can request no lining in the collar on an order of an OCBD).



The full ensemble, if you're so inclined to see it: http://menswearmusings.tumblr.com/post/48933921284/ft-brooks-brothers-gatsby-ocbd-rugby-rl-and

May I ask where you bought your tie?
post #64 of 108
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May I ask where you bought your tie?

J.Crew a few years ago. Before they slimmed their ties down to 2.5"
post #65 of 108
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J.Crew a few years ago. Before they slimmed their ties down to 2.5"

Ah. Okay. I went to Jcrew for the first time last month and I looked at their ties. They had some nice ones but all were way to thin. They are advertised as being produced in Long Island City so I assume it has to be at the Brooks Brothers factory.
post #66 of 108
I had a chance to see the ivory linen suit in person at my local BB this week. Must admit, it is quite nice. The herringbone pattern on the linen is best appreciated up close and does not translate in the photos. It could make a worthy addition to the summer wardrobe.
post #67 of 108
Prices could be a little better...
post #68 of 108
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Originally Posted by deveandepot1 View Post

Prices could be a little better...

Agreed. Somewhat surprising how well the collection seems to be selling, despite the pricing. The BB near me encountered a fair amount of difficulty in tracking down the jacket in my size. The film has yet to hit theaters!
post #69 of 108
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Of all the offerings, i like the boating hat, I hope they are going to stock that in Hong Kong, so I don't need to buy it in UK and carry it back home.

Don't forget, these are the 'Gatsby' for normal man, real Gatsby probably employed a whole tailoring team to do make his clothes.

Overall, it does have the vibe. I do like it.

The "real Gatsby" was very much a projection of Fitzgerald's own persona, exploring of the dichotomy of his own personality, weaknesses and evolution (Gatsby being the corrupted, isolated materialist of his later years versus Carraway, the young shell-shocked but impressionable writer of Fitzgerald's younger years).

 

Fitzgerald himself bought his clothes from places like BB and FR Triplier.

 

As for the Gatsby Collection - it's costume, but some of it is fetching. Keep in mind that in both the current movie and the (awful and miscast) 70's version, there is all sorts of contemporary bleed-through. The 70's version is full of vulgar 70's lapels, ridiculous shirt collars, wide ties and awful colors. The current version is no more period correct, but contemporary styles aren't the disaster that was 1974 fashion. Hopefully the movie isn't a train-wreck, but the trailers have me worried that this will be a jump-cut, music video disaster.

post #70 of 108
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday View Post

So you went with 16.5? That's interesting. My usual size was enormous on me and I've sized down. Based on your report, I may need to reconsider that. But there's no way I could wear a tie with my normal size, at least not without significant shrinkage first.

How's the wrinkling so far?

I bought the Gatsby slim-fit OCBD in the same size as I wear in both slim-fit and XSF OCBDs. When I wore it the first time, pre-laundering, it was quite big, especially in the neck. I had it laundered and it now fits fine in both the neck and sleeves. I'm very pleased with the features and the fit. I hope they keep the shirt in the lineup and expand the colors beyond just white.
post #71 of 108

The trailers and featurettes look cheesy and way too unreal. All the "action" scenes like the car driving or the fireworks look like they're computer animated (which they probably are). Ah well, special effects technology seems to have gone down the drain since sometime in the late 90s. Makes the movie unwatchable for me, though I don't think I'll miss anything anyway, looking at the designer-ish costumes.

 

I guess I'll stick to the 1974 version. Ah, the lapels...

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The trailers and featurettes look cheesy and way too unreal. All the "action" scenes like the car driving or the fireworks look like they're computer animated (which they probably are). Ah well, special effects technology seems to have gone down the drain since sometime in the late 90s. Makes the movie unwatchable for me, though I don't think I'll miss anything anyway, looking at the designer-ish costumes.

I guess I'll stick to the 1974 version. Ah, the lapels...

LOL. Nothing like drawing conclusions before something is even released.
post #73 of 108
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Originally Posted by 518aata View Post

I bought the Gatsby slim-fit OCBD in the same size as I wear in both slim-fit and XSF OCBDs. When I wore it the first time, pre-laundering, it was quite big, especially in the neck. I had it laundered and it now fits fine in both the neck and sleeves. I'm very pleased with the features and the fit. I hope they keep the shirt in the lineup and expand the colors beyond just white.


Hear hear!
post #74 of 108
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Originally Posted by Stugotes View Post

The trailers and featurettes look cheesy and way too unreal. All the "action" scenes like the car driving or the fireworks look like they're computer animated (which they probably are). Ah well, special effects technology seems to have gone down the drain since sometime in the late 90s. Makes the movie unwatchable for me, though I don't think I'll miss anything anyway, looking at the designer-ish costumes.

 

I guess I'll stick to the 1974 version. Ah, the lapels...

 

FYI, nearly the entire film is computer generated, considering it was entirely shot in Australia. I think only the smaller, less decadent interior are non-CG.

post #75 of 108
CG or not, it's bound to be a better film than most of what Hollywood has been churning out lately.

Back to to the topic at hand, has anyone actually purchased the pink suit?
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