Originally Posted by OJ001
I've always believe the attitude of a sportcoat depends more on the cut and less on the particular fabric. Corduroy sportcoat cuts are usually American country, English country or Academic. Most people today don't want to look like a stuffy university professor. Check out the more modern slimmer silhouettes from the ralph lauren website. Pay attention to the wale size. I have a couple from ralph lauren and one from donna karan. On those cold breezy winter days, with the exception of tweeds nothing I believe keeps you more comfortable.
Here's a quote from the Fedora Lounge
that nicely captures the sentiment of wearing a corduroy suit, and the message it sends.
Originally Posted by Fletch
A film costumer picked this for a supervillain, to help outline the character visually for the mass culture. So we're kind of obligated to look at the message it sends. It bespeaks eccentricity, indulgence, and a bit of pretentiousness. The casual fabric plus the formal tailoring, along with Luthor's bald head of course, are meant to create unease and underscore the idea that Luthor is out of balance and at odds with society. Ask yourself: Could Clark Kent wear this? Of course not. He's the ultimate good guy. Mild-mannered Kansas-raised superheroes don't send out cross-messages with their clothes. Especially not if they have space-age circus outfits underneath. This is an outfit that makes a statement. The statement is "Go to hell, world," in a hissy whisper that not everyone will hear but anyone can (subliminally) understand. (In addition to everything else - the damn thing is brown.) There are very few places you could wear this without coming off a little snooty, altho unless you're (say) George Soros*, no one is going to think you are bent on world domination. *George Soros is not a supervillain, or at least not obvious enough about it to wear a 3pc corduroy suit.
On some level, we -- the members of SF, that is -- are narcissists in that we're on a site discussing vain indulgences that are quite superficial in nature. So, it is no wonder that an outfit such as a corduroy suit would be popular with this crowd.