Originally Posted by carpu65
The year is 1945,and this man is buying a new suit from Neiman.Marcus department store in Dallas,
Were the lapels a little different, I could probably get away with wearing that suit today. Admittedly, I prefer the fuller, more traditional fit illustrated.
Yeah, the suit jacket length is - by modern day standards - a trifle long for the man pictured. But by the standards of his era, it was perfectly acceptable.
It's worth noting that material shortages, manpower shortages, War Board restrictions on various details of men's clothing, price controls on clothing (lifted on 18 August 1945), and various other consequences of World War II meant that a good quality new suit was far more of a luxury in 1945, than it had been during the pre-war years, or would be by the late '40s. (That's for the US. In various other countries - not excluding victorious ones - post-WWII rationing and shortages continued well into the late 1950s.)
I can't tell much about the material quality of the suit, from the picture provided. Although it's worth noting that it's probably of a heavier wool than would be common today. And it might well have been blended with rayon - "synthetics" tended to be regarded favorably, in stark contrast to the reputation they would subsequently acquire.
My guess is that some 60 year old Neiman Marcus tailor, in 1945, had forgotten more about suit alterations than today's typical "alterations guy at the local dry cleaners, who cuffs my pants and shortens the jacket sleeves" will ever learn. Similarly, the suit salesman at Neiman Marcus likely understood enormously more about how a suit should look and fit, than does the typical department store salesman, today. (Many of those salesmen reasonably regarded being a suit salesman at NM as a lifetime career. And not necessarily an awful one, either.)