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post #916 of 1038
Guys, I accidentally a black suit all day yesterday. Who was wedding?! Thanks
post #917 of 1038
I wish I had time to translate this entire thread for my Korean compatriots.

ALL THE MEN here wear black suits, AT ALL TIME. Okay, that's exaggerating a bit, but if you walk into the average office in downtown Seoul, you'll find half to three quarters of the male working population in black suits. They also have the slovenly habit of wearing the sleeves and the pants far too long, so that the fabric is all bunched up around their shoes--which are almost invariably square-toed. You can sometimes find wingtips, but the standard Oxfords, almost never.

The remaining thirty or so percent are apt--especially if they are in their early 30s or younger--to be clothed in what are called "character suits" here, by which they mean fashion suits that deviate from the conventional suit standards. These are generally quite slim in the overall appearances, designed to highlight the youthful and "lithe" limbs, with pant legs broadening to a boot cut at the bottom, lapels barely wider than two fingers at the widest point, and colored either--of course--black or shiny mercury-silver that are sometimes called "cutlassfish" because they have exactly the hue of that scaled marine species.

I don't know exactly how this deplorable trend got itself started. One guess is that, as my younger brother (who works in one of the said offices) puts it, it is a natural result of general laziness in all things fashion--"You can wear black day after day without bringing attention to the fact that you've been wearing the same clothes all week if not all month, and black goes well with shirts and ties of all colors."

Another likely explanation is that the Korean office culture, which stresses solidarity, settled on black as the color everyone can adopt together. But of course people aren't gonna be content being unable to express their taste--so, as a result, the entire burden of carrying a man's individuality fell on NECKTIES. Korean neckties are incredibly, indescribably, embarrassingly colorful. You can't walk twenty steps on the street without running into a thirty-something chap in a funereal black suit sporting an iridiscent silk tie that features nine different shades of pink and purple and are studded with cubic zirconia stones! Last week I was at a major department store in Seoul looking for a standard yellow-&-blue stripe tie to go with a navy blazer. They didn't have it--not among the three or four hundred specimens of ties that must've been there!

I just wonder how my compatriots will react when it is pointed out to them that the clothes they've been wearing to work with pride for twenty years are considered God-awful overseas. They NEED to have it pointed out to them. I'm getting tired of the odd glances I get from store clerks when I tell them I don't want the pant hems touching the sole of my shoes.
post #918 of 1038
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Originally Posted by PeterEliot View Post
I just wonder how my compatriots will react when it is pointed out to them that the clothes they've been wearing to work with pride for twenty years are considered God-awful overseas. They NEED to have it pointed out to them. I'm getting tired of the odd glances I get from store clerks when I tell them I don't want the pant hems touching the sole of my shoes.
Chances are they won't give a sh*t? Working in Switzerland, plenty of black suits rushing through the building. Today I'm one of them (at least with light blue shirt and white-blue striped pocket square... but go on, put me on the pyre ). I don't feel like the point of view on this topic is the same in most western european countries and the USA. I'm aware it's very formal but also rather common in this region. I'm rather displeased by the horrible fit that most men sport than the color.
post #919 of 1038
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Originally Posted by Spatlese View Post
I believe that photo is from SF member gusvs, so he can comment on the particulars of the jacket.

I saw this first now, because I hate black blazers myslef and did not bother read this thread before. My blazer in the picture posted is dark navy, and nothing else.
post #920 of 1038
Why do people argue this black suit point so vehemently? Because the stakes are so low.
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post #922 of 1038
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post
[Putting on my bespoke flame retardant suit]: No.  Black is for formal wear only.  And shoes.  And grenadine ties.  And maybe one color of one stripe in a fancy striped shirt.  That's it. Suits, never.

Manton,

I wish you would write an article and have it pinned. Sure would help out a lot!
post #923 of 1038
With a stripe or other pattern in it it can be acceptable for bisnuess but just plain black is not.
post #924 of 1038
Black makes some people look harsh in daylight. Especially past a 'certain age.'
post #925 of 1038
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Originally Posted by PeterEliot View Post
I wish I had time to translate this entire thread for my Korean compatriots.

ALL THE MEN here wear black suits, AT ALL TIME. Okay, that's exaggerating a bit, but if you walk into the average office in downtown Seoul, you'll find half to three quarters of the male working population in black suits. They also have the slovenly habit of wearing the sleeves and the pants far too long, so that the fabric is all bunched up around their shoes--which are almost invariably square-toed. You can sometimes find wingtips, but the standard Oxfords, almost never.


welcome to korea. square toed shit kickers and excessively long trousers are the trend here.
post #926 of 1038
In Serbia - and much rest of Europe (besides maybe the UK) - black suits are acceptable business attire. I know in the US they are associated with funerals, but not so much in Europe - especially Mediterranean countries.

But no black suits is another SF groupthink, so don't even consider a question about buying a black suit.
post #927 of 1038
i think Black is and will continue to be a favourite suit for many men to wear as a business suit...i see many men each and everyday wearing black suits,..i wear mine proudly with an eye catching striped shirt and bright tie to jazz it up a bit......or maybe it's a UK thing!!! just my 2p worth.
post #928 of 1038
Throughout all ages, Thread without end, Amen!
post #929 of 1038
This thread is like the old school friend that you run into unexpectedly, and wonder how it was that life treated him so cruelly.


- B
post #930 of 1038
I'm told that they wear a lot of black suits in Japan in a business environment.
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