The first step to finding something that is lost is to realize that it's missing. If the clothes of the past are gone, we can only have the desire to recover and revive them if we remember how beautiful they were.
A funny store about the Boston Brooks Brothers in the New Yorker, July 14, 1951:
July 14, 1951: “A delicate problem recently confronted Brooks Brothers in Boston, when a topcoat sent to the store’s workroom for remodeling and cleaning yielded, from an inside pocket, a lady’s intimate garment. The matter was taken up at a high level, and it was finally decided, on the theory that the package containing the restored coat might be opened by the wrong person, to hold on to the critical item. It’s in the manager’s desk, and may be obtained upon the presentation of proper identification.”
1954, Newbury Street:
A model wearing a Brooks Brothers silk robe the same year, 1954:
Women have been shopping at the men's and boy's departments of Brooks for some time. The polo coat, 1910:
Speaking of overcoats, here's F. Scott Fitzgerald, 1924:
F. Scott Fitzgerald's grand-daughter confirmed in a 1996 article for the New York Times that the author wore Brooks Brothers:
"At Princeton, Scott outfitted himself at Brooks Brothers. He was impeccably, aristocratically Ivy League. When he answered the call to the colors in 1917, he stopped again at Brooks Brothers to fill out his footlocker. In most of the early photographs I have seen, he is wearing a dark, finely tailored, three-piece suit."
Fitzgerald 1936 -- white bucks, button-down, and no break in the trousers. Of course, today there would be a savage howl from the jungle about the lack of shirt cuff showing.
The author with three piece suit and boots. With a natural shoulder, you can raise your arms more easily, without crumpling the shoulder padding:
Fitzgerald, 1920. When the trousers are appropriately high, you can't see the tie scarf or dress shirt between the waistband and the vest waistcoat (to use the diction of the era, for a moment):
The rounded shoulder and the true three button suit, 1920s:
Fitzgerald in 1907, at 11 years old. Once children dressed like adults and acted like adults. Now adults dress like children and act like children.
As a teenager, at 16:
23 years old. The polka dot tie:
Edited by CrimsonSox - 11/27/13 at 2:31am