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post #16 of 39
I agree with Renault78law in that a DB, when properly fitted, will look elegant. I disagree with the notion that DB suits are best worn by slim guys. Look at the picture of Dr. Bresch wearing his DB jacket by Centofanti. I think bespoke DB suits will look a lot better than RTW ones. There are so many things you can get wrong with the fitting and the cut, and that's what probably throws off a lot of people, because the DB suit that fits badly or is not cut to the form of the wearer will indeed look like crap.
post #17 of 39
I'm fairly tall, but no longer thin-- and some of my best suits are double-breasted. I've found, however, that really structured jackets don't work with me any longer. Anderson & Sheppard is the thing. Soft, wide shoulders and the most discreet waist suppression. Feels like running around in pajamas, and is somewhat slimming. I don't have any DB sport coats, but I'm getting close to biting. Possible candidates: white silk (for use with four-in-hands or just open collar shirts, to double as a dinner jacket on occasion), silk/linen tweed, or maybe even an 11-ounce Porter & Harding tweed suit, to be mixed and matched on weekends. I also have a blue crush-proof tropical suit that may be nearing retirement. When that happens, I'm doing over the buttons in blue MOP and calling it a summer blazer.
post #18 of 39
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In its latest issue, Details magazines has a rant urging men to stop wearing double-breasted suits.  What do you think?  On a related note, does double breasted work for sports coats, or should one stick to single breasted?
I'm tired of defending DB suits; it's still my favourite cut (6X2) and I enjoy wearing them on a regular basis. koji
post #19 of 39
Quote (Ambulance Chaser @ 22 Oct. 2004, 12:18) In its latest issue, Details magazines has a rant urging men to stop wearing double-breasted suits. ***** I think Details magazine will publish a rant praising double breasted suits in its next issue. Having Details magazine lecture someone on style is like listening to Alex Rodriguez give a lecture on how to be a winner.
post #20 of 39
Foxx, you should send your Brioni pic to Details. You raising that glass of scotch to the camera really says, "F-off Details."
post #21 of 39
I try to balance my suits- 1/3 SB, 1/3 DB, and 1/3 vested, and strive for (but don't always achieve) styles that will stay "in" longer. But I like my DBs best, and think I cut a more dashing figure in them. And IMO they hid my stomach more than SB because of my big shoulders. Peaked lapels draw the eyes from the midriff to the shoulders. Seems the poll has pretty much overruled Details. Maybe we should send a letter to the editor, or the person who wrote the piece. Anybody have contact info?
post #22 of 39
I think the DB suit looks amazing, but I voted for the first option, because I do agree with the assertion that they look bad on most men. The StyleForum members do not nearly represent a good sample of society as far as dress is concerned, and most often I think that unless done properly (well-fitted, shoulders not too boxy) they can look pretty bad. In fact, rarely do I see a man sporting a double-brested suit that I don't think looks pretty awful. Doesn't mean that I don't see great ones from time to time... Personally I look great in a DB suit. It's my favorite.
post #23 of 39
Details only showed pictures of style-defunct men wearing horribly fitting and horribly crafted DB suits. Those men would look equally horrible in a SB suit of their choosing. Just one more reason to find Details a bad, bad magazine. I'm pretty sure A. Harris has a picture in the member's-picture thread that should neutralize any misinformation that stupid article gave.
post #24 of 39
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I'm pretty sure A. Harris has a picture in the member's-picture thread that should neutralize any misinformation that stupid article gave.
I just went and looked. WOW.
post #25 of 39
..... but if you read the last few paragraphs of the article, it pretty well is indicating that men should go out and try a proper fitting modern cut db suit and as such, add a db to their wardrobe
post #26 of 39
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those things are hideous and will always mean "Chess King" to me. (If you were not sentient in the '70s and very early '80s, that reference means nothing.)
ROFLMAO - I think this must be the first Chess King reference on this forum and it is hilarious. What a store - I don't think I ever purchased anything at that store, but I remember that it was fun to go in there in high school and have attractive salesgirls tell me how hot I looked in some really ridiculous outfits. That was probably the first time I learned that many sales people work on commission and will tell you just about anything to make the sale --- or maybe I really did look hot in leather jackets with 10 zippers, thin ties loosely tied around a shirt with the collar flipped up and parachute pants Bradford
post #27 of 39
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globe: The individual in question was relatively short and rotund and I got the impression the DB suit enhanced those characteristics... add in the tie and I got a distinctly unfavorable impression from his clothing.  It may be shallow but when candidates have similar qualifications...
I'm shocked and disappointed to hear this. Its one thing if someone shows up improperly attired to a job interview, i.e. not wearing a suit to a interview where this is expected. But, I can't believe you would rule someone out because you didn't like their style out of some arbitrary standard. We all like clothes, but its a mistake to try to decipher what a person's attributes are from the clothes they wear. Besides, I really find it hard to believe that you couldn't make a decision on their resume alone. Just because they are similar does not mean that they are equally qualified.
post #28 of 39
If people have similar qualifications (i.e. on paper, they have the qualities necessary to do the job, and then some) typically the question becomes whether they are a good fit for the environment, and most likely you will hire the invididual you like more for a variety of reasons, attire/looks being one of them, after all, the person is representing your company, and you have to work with them on a daily basis. If you don't believe people aren't judged by their dress/appearance/demeanor during an interview and ruled out / selected based on many factors that may or may not have anything to do with their ability to do the position. That is not to say that I would hire a candidate over someone who is obviously more qualified, my point is that their ability to fit into our company is a primary concern, and their attitude, demeanor, appearance, and other factors are important.
post #29 of 39
I concur think that Details missed the point. A DB suit can look good on a anyone, provided that it is well fitting - i.e. an ill fitting DB suit is much less forgiving than an ill fitting SB. Personally, I like the SB more because it is accentuates the vertical more than does the DB, and if you don't do up the buttons, you can come off more James Bond and less David Letterman.
post #30 of 39
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If people have similar qualifications (i.e. on paper, they have the qualities necessary to do the job, and then some) typically the question becomes whether they are a good fit for the environment, and most likely you will hire the invididual you like more for a variety of reasons, attire/looks being one of them, after all, the person is representing your company, and you have to work with them on a daily basis.  If you don't believe people aren't judged by their dress/appearance/demeanor during an interview and ruled out / selected based on many factors that may or may not have anything to do with their ability to do the position.  That is not to say that I would hire a candidate over someone who is obviously more qualified, my point is that their ability to fit into our company is a primary concern, and their attitude, demeanor, appearance, and other factors are important.
Are you saying that once the candiates meets a certain minimum of standards, then all that experience gets thown out the window and the candidate is chosen primarily from their interview? I don't disagree with the importance of the candidate fitting in with the corporate culture. Obviously, if somebody comes off as a total freak or a-hole, he will get passed over. What I really took exception to was the fact that you seemed to pass over this candidate because he was wearing a double breasted suit. To me, it seemed somewhat arbitrary, and had nothing to do with anything about fitting in with the corporate culture. I don't see how wearing a DB means that he won't fit in with everybody else who's wearing a suit. What if everybody at your firm wears a 2 button suit, and a candidate shows up in a 3 button suit? And, would you like it if that same standard was applied to you? In the thread about i-banking, you seemed to be in the 'do your own thing and wear what you like' camp.
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