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Thread Starter 

Do what @Roycru does and ask random people on the street.

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Not really, my mirror is broken, and I'm moving in 3 weeks so not going to fix it until then. Don't have anyone around to take pics of me at the moment.

Camera timer apps are your friend.
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Noodlers, 

I just dropped off the fresco. I was wearing the navy birdseye and I told him to just replicate it. So the tailor just laid the jacket against each other and chalked it up. For the trousers, he just measured me standing. Am I going to end up with really effed up lengths? He's a good tailor but...just wondering if anyone else has done it like this before.

 

 

 

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Quoted before Noodles ninja edit.  By the way, congrats on how awesome that fit looks today.  And, no more puddles in your trousers for awhile, okay?

I appreciate it! I'll continue my exercise to put the puddle away for good. 

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Isn't that how you usually take photos, by asking a stranger for help?
It strikes me that the selfie stick is a kind of harbinger of the solitude and fragmented public sphere of today.

By the way, this is so obvious it barely bears mentioning, but I had a kind of concise insight today. It goes like this: the shortening jacket hems and tightening pants sweeping the world aren't some kind of marketing ploy, debasing of standards, or anything so complex. It all stems from a simple misunderstanding -- the standards of casual clothing like jeans and leggings applied in error to a different matrix. This is the same thing that goes wrong in the other direction, like when you try to press a crease in jeans and end up with the same horrible outcome. Apples and oranges. People accustomed to oranges erroneously trying to put them in apple pie.

You could make the larger point that youngsters are so out of touch with the fact of jeans and trousers being different forms precisely because the suit has waned, but maybe it's not something malicious, maybe it's something more elementary: people forget how to use things because their capacity to retain that knowledge is occupied by something new. Kind of like how you forget how to set an LP, lift the tonearm, turn on the amp, and place the needle in the groove when you are used to pushing play. The same innocent mistake: bringing the standards of an iPod to a record player and creating bizarre hybrid BlueTooth record players that are neither fish nor fowl.

Heck, the concept of rewinding a cassette tape is already ossified, so you can see how short the half life of these things is. Maybe the suit needs to be given a kind of cultural heritage status as folkloric garb and the traditions passed on before it falls through the memory hole.

Anyway, doing my usual cruise of the town and people watching, I had this fundamental insight that the guys with the skimpy-short suit jackets waving their asses for all to see aren't part of some kind of nihilistic movement -- they're just making a crucial error by assuming suits and jeans jackets occupy the same space. It seems obvious, but the parade of bad suits just clicks when you realize that people think sport coats and tank tops occupy the same formal space.
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Noodlers, my buttons have arrived. Which of these would you use on this jacket if you were me?

 

Left: Polished Horn, Middle: MoP, Right: Smoked MoP

 

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Is that a suit or sportcoat?

Left and right seem great. Middle seems great for summer and then have to change the buttons out.
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It's a sport coat. I was thinking the same about the left and right, I just wonder if the horn buttons have enough contrast between the jacket color.

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Thread Starter 

You didn't get brown MoP? That, I think, would have been perfect.

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It's a sport coat. I was thinking the same about the left and right, I just wonder if the horn buttons have enough contrast between the jacket color.

 

Historically speaking, MoP and smoked MoP are both spring/summer buttons. So, if you want your coat to be three season or all year round horn is your only option. I also think smoked MoP looks better with navy/airforce blue, and regular MoP with tan coats.

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Historically corozo didn't exist, so I guess we should never wear it.  :devil:

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You didn't get brown MoP? That, I think, would have been perfect.

 

I couldn't find any that I liked. I'd be open to them if I could find a good source. Any suggestions?

 

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Historically speaking, MoP and smoked MoP are both spring/summer buttons. So, if you want your coat to be three season or all year round horn is your only option.

 

I would tend to follow that more closely with MoP. I get what you are saying with SMoP but I'm not so wedded to history to say that horn is my only option between these for a year round jacket.

post #26127 of 37403
Thread Starter 

Ask @Kent Wang. He sells everything. Including caviar spoons and napkins. And I know he carries brown MoP.

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Just sent a PM to him. Thx.

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Fleath to daps.
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CM, I think I'd go with horn.  It's seasonally versatile, and button contrast for sportcoats isn't nearly as important as tastefulness/versatility when we're talking about non-navy colors (and even when we're talking about navy for me, but others will disagree). 

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