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Ross used to wear really awful suits on Friends...that didn't help the 90s....
post #47 of 146
I agree with the 70's. I lived through it and yes, it was awful. Especially because a lot of people actually wore them. They were cheap polyester, crazy colors (i.e. Robins Egg Blue), contrasting stitching.

Give it another ten years and Thom Brown 2005 era suits will be a close second. Kids will roll their eyes and laugh out loud at the look.
post #48 of 146
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this was not bad until it got to present day. that last part was turrble.

This is a poorly written and inaccurate list.

post #49 of 146
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This is a poorly written and inaccurate list.

Slight tangent, but I raise you this 'impartial advice' provided to veterans (especially para. 3):

 

http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/career-advice/on-the-job/civilian-work-clothes.html

post #50 of 146
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Slight tangent, but I raise you this 'impartial advice' provided to veterans (especially para. 3):

http://www.military.com/veteran-jobs/career-advice/on-the-job/civilian-work-clothes.html

I don't like the way he wants me to look.
post #51 of 146
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this was not bad until it got to present day. that last part was turrble.

No, it was hilariously awful all the way through. This, for example, was under the 60's, and caught my eye:

"The post-war era led to some dramatic cuts in the suit industry. Due to rationing of supplies, suit design became even more simplistic and streamlined, with double-breasted suits becoming exceptionally rare. This change influenced virtually all contemporary suits, from the Nehru suit of the ’60s"

First, rationing took place during the war, not after it. In the late 40s and early 50s (you know, what most people refer to as the postwar era- who the hell associates that with the 60s?), the style known as the "Bold Look" was a fairly popular design. Double breasted, large shouldered, loose fit. You know, a reaction to wartime rationing. The slimmer designs of the late 50s and 60s were a reaction against the loose and bold styles that were themselves a reaction to the closely cut suits of the 30s and wartime era.

It misplaces historic eras, doesn't understand what the hell rationing is and when it tends to exist, so on and so forth. It was just generally wrong throughout.
post #52 of 146
Yeah, that article was rubbish.
post #53 of 146
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I agree with the 70's. I lived through it and yes, it was awful. Especially because a lot of people actually wore them. They were cheap polyester, crazy colors (i.e. Robins Egg Blue), contrasting stitching.

Give it another ten years and Thom Brown 2005 era suits will be a close second. Kids will roll their eyes and laugh out loud at the look.

Yeah but my recollection of the seventies was that just about EVERYONE was on that gaudy polyester bell bottom bandwagon (except mr Trad up thread!), but while today's fashion suits influenced by Jil Sander and Browne may be close fitting to the point of ugliness, I don't recall seeing Thom Browne half mast trousers, no socks and bumfreezer jackets in the wild much at all. Trends are much more diverse now than they were 35-40 years ago IMO.
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MY EYES!!! ARGH!!!
post #55 of 146
The 90's were terrible: wide shoulders, low armholes... But the wave of bad taste started during the late 80's with folded jackets sleeves.
post #56 of 146
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MY EYES!!! ARGH!!!

Imagine what the suit would do to your skin!!!!

I have to admit...the guy on the right doesn't have a terrible look by the standards of 70s fashion.
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I have to admit...the guy on the right doesn't have a terrible look by the standards of 70s fashion.
His pants and blazer are sort of, kind of, almost halfway acceptable, if you don't look too closely.

It's the sweater with the upside down triangle design that ruins it. It looks like something inspired by the tv show "The Greatest American Hero," except that show didn't come along until the early '80s.

You know, the model wearing it even looks sort of like William Katt, the star of that tv show. I'm not ready to cry "Government Time Travel Conspiracy!" on this one, just yet. But the evidence is pretty overwhelming...

BTW, on the topic of cult classic 1980's tv shows, I really love how Sledge Hammer dressed.
post #58 of 146
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MY EYES!!! ARGH!!!

This is what I mean when i say the seventies was by far the worst decade; a ten year horror show of hideous ideas and trends. The key to the seventies is the nearly ubiquitous adoption of bad taste combined with the bizarre attempts at integrating pre-war styling elements with neo-baroque weirdness and colors that only look good when you've chased your 5 vodka martinis with some speed and a handful of 'ludes. 

post #59 of 146
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But does your suit match your Mood Ring?
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No, it was hilariously awful all the way through. This, for example, was under the 60's, and caught my eye:
"The post-war era led to some dramatic cuts in the suit industry. Due to rationing of supplies, suit design became even more simplistic and streamlined, with double-breasted suits becoming exceptionally rare. This change influenced virtually all contemporary suits, from the Nehru suit of the ’60s"
First, rationing took place during the war, not after it. In the late 40s and early 50s (you know, what most people refer to as the postwar era- who the hell associates that with the 60s?), the style known as the "Bold Look" was a fairly popular design. Double breasted, large shouldered, loose fit. You know, a reaction to wartime rationing. The slimmer designs of the late 50s and 60s were a reaction against the loose and bold styles that were themselves a reaction to the closely cut suits of the 30s and wartime era.
It misplaces historic eras, doesn't understand what the hell rationing is and when it tends to exist, so on and so forth. It was just generally wrong throughout.
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Yeah, that article was rubbish.

interesting. thanks for the clarification. either way, if that is the way history will look back on the suit of present day, i am teh sad.
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