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What Has Been the Worst Era for Men's Suits?

post #1 of 146
Thread Starter 
Looking at the post-WW2 years, what has been the worst era for men's business dress?


I am going to say the early-to-mid 90s. All those damn 6x2 double-breasted suits with the super-wide lapels and ventless jackets.


Looks like the costume person for Wolf of Wall Street nailed the look perfectly:


post #2 of 146

Definitely the 90's.

post #3 of 146
Got to be the seventies. The decade that style forgot. Huge lapels, polyester, leisure suits, James Bond in a safari jacket, bell bottoms, augmented by platform shoes, kipper ties, wingspan shirt collars, gaudy colours, porn star tashes, ear warmer haircuts ...

It's become trendy to knock the eighties these days and there is some ammo there, but still not a patch on the seventies. I still can't get past the love for big lapels on this site, I'm just about old enough to remember them first time round and get the shakes when I see things like that now. Thank god I had already moved over here in the nineties so missed the madchester revival of huge bell bottoms back home.
post #4 of 146

Great show, but ...ffffuuuu.gif

 

post #5 of 146
Two eras:

1. Late forties until the Ivy look swept the US which was mid- fifties.

2. The 70s for reasons already mentioned

I also dislike the 80s-90s Armani-inspired style with dropped lapels loose- fitting jacket and baggy pants.

In the 70s, 80s I wore neither style but continued to conform to the Ivy paradigm, more or less.
post #6 of 146

70's...The first time ties became an afterthought and turtlenecks were acceptable to wear with a jacket. Just awful.

post #7 of 146
I'm tempted to say the 1970s, but I'm going to go with the 1990s. More for the business casual trend which resulted in far too many people wearing a suit without a tie. Pinstripe suits, white shirt with top button undone and no tie. Ugh. At least people seemed to have kept their ties on more in the past.
post #8 of 146
For suit design, right now is pretty bad. Lots of way high buttoning points, skinny lapels, gorges almost disappearing to the back and jackets that barely reach your ass (or alternatively look really odd with correct length but excessively high buttoning point). At least the stuff in the 70s to 90s was mostly masculine despite some terrible trends.

Maybe the problem is that suit designers are so desperately trying to follow stupid trends rather than sticking to "classic" design but letting the fabrics and fit do the talking.
post #9 of 146
I would go with the late 80s and early 90s, though not for the reasons you listed: my reason is because wearing a suit far too large for you was the fashion.

The 70s had some obnoxious styling details, but at least people wore suits that fundamentally fit.

Lots of suits from the last few years are actually atrocious as well in this regard, and I do not think they will age well. See Skyfall for reference.
post #10 of 146
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Originally Posted by Balfour View Post

Great show, but ...ffffuuuu.gif



And remember, Niles and Frasier were actually well-dressed by that era's standards.


There were some atrocious things in the 70s, but some guys were sporting a more-controlled three-piece look that was actually pretty slick.
post #11 of 146
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Originally Posted by comrade View Post

Two eras:

1. Late forties until the Ivy look swept the US which was mid- fifties.

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What do you not like about the late forties? Have you checked out Gangster Squad? icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif

post #12 of 146
Thread Starter 
Let's hear it for the seventies!!!


post #13 of 146
I lived through the disco era. And I can't imagine anyone seriously contending that it shouldn't be permanently awarded the trophy in the category of Worst Post-WWII Era for Men's Suits. I mean, it walks away with the #1 spot. The '90s don't even come close. Even today's absurdist Thom Browne-inspired overly short and overly tight suits can't compete.

People wore lime green polyester leisure suits, with ruffled polyester shirts, and white Super Soles on their feet. ("They make you wanna fly/ These Super Soles are high...") For more formal occasions, a powder blue tuxedo with flaring bell bottom pants and really wide black velvet (velour) lapels was the way to go.

The picture, below, is from the 1975 JC Penny catalog. And when a retailer as middle America as JC Penny pushes pimpwear as mainstream fashion, well, I rest my case. I mean, if JC Penny was touting this stuff, your head should explode at the thought of what the non-mainstream stores were offering.

post #14 of 146
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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post

I lived through the disco era. And I can't imagine anyone seriously contending that it shouldn't be permanently awarded the trophy in the category of Worst Post-WWII Era for Men's Suits. I mean, it walks away with the #1 spot. The '90s don't even come close. Even today's absurdist Thom Browne-inspired overly short and overly tight suits can't compete.

People wore lime green polyester leisure suits, with ruffled polyester shirts, and white Super Soles on their feet. ("They make you wanna fly/ These Super Soles are high...") For more formal occasions, a powder blue tuxedo with flaring bell bottom pants and really wide black velvet (velour) lapels was the way to go.

The picture, below, is from the 1975 JC Penny catalog. And when a retailer as middle America as JC Penny pushes pimpwear as mainstream fashion, well, I rest my case. I mean, if JC Penny was touting this stuff, your head should explode at the thought of what the non-mainstream stores were offering.

But but they fit :-)
post #15 of 146
its easy to knock styles in retrospect, but keep in mind, than in their respective times, these looks were considered stylish. much of it even within the style/fashion community.

that being said, late 80s/early 90s appeals the least to me.
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