Originally Posted by John Ellis
Now to more serious matters. I'm totally mystified at this aversion to the DB by some posters
Everyone has an aversion to clothes at one level or another. I think it is more about choices. Almost everyone likes
clothes. In the t-shirt culture people like
quality cottons and appliquÃ© of slogans or designs but then you will also find the guy who defines himself with the Hanes white classic. Reactions to clothes seem to have a mainstream, a connoisseur level and a unique level. No one person embodies any one of these. Some one might be unique in terms of choosing a double breasted suit but very mainstream for ties. When it comes to something like the double breasted, you are talking about attitude, maybe clout. To dress confidently, you have to be confident. There is no requirement to be confident. As a matter of fact, I think no matter what you choose, your state of mind and personality will shine through eventually. I wear double breasted suits because my personality is bold enough that people don't even notice I am wearing one. Additionally, my wardrobe looks like I chose everything and only me. Another man might strike someone as having been dressed by someone else. A friend of mine once asked me to select suits/shirts/ties for him, which i did. But he didn't like my choices. Without thinking about it I was choosing things that suited him. But he wanted the things I wore. So I chose that the things that I would wear for him. The result was a disaster. People were asking me when I had started dressing him, or when did he raid my wardrobe? It had never occurred to me that deeply that standard items could "belong" to someone. No one had ever resented me wearing these clothes but they were too bold for this other guy's mild demeanor. Lesson learned and I wont choose things for people unless they really ask and then only on the forums!
Originally Posted by John Ellis
lay out the cash for a dark to mid grey chalk stripe flannel db suit, suitable accessories, and wear it to a party in the fall and watch the double takes as you enter the room. The feeling for the wearer is positively ducal.
Some people don't want this effect. Some men, maybe many, live in apprehension of being looked at. The bottom line for most men, is dressing to gain respect, get people's money, get the approval of his peers and get along with prospective lovers. And though most men don't want to look like slaves to fashion, many want to look fashionable. Somehow, the double breasted is a little too unique for the average American man. I think they appreciate and admire it on others but the vast majority wouldn't wear it. Maybe that is why the single breasted, peak lapel is popular. It has the elegance of the double breasted but hasn't any of the fussy associations. If you think about it, the SBPL is one movement away from becoming a double breasted suit. So men want the elegance but are unwilling to trail blaze. And, even as I say this, I think we are in a very experimental period. One where people are telling the industry what they want rather than the industry telling them what they should wear. that coupled with corporations just happy to see men wearing suits again may herald another double breasted suit era.