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DId you have suits as a child?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by gladhands, Apr 12, 2013.

  1. gladhands

    gladhands Well-Known Member

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    This forum has seen its share ho "help me choose my first suit" threads. I've always taken this to mean "help me choose my first ADULT suit", but a recent post on reddit, has lead me to believe that these neophytes have NEVER worn a suiit. I grew up in a rather poor community, but one where most children had suits for church. Is this just a black thing?
     
  2. Nicola

    Nicola Well-Known Member

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    I even had shoes and socks.
     
  3. MikeDT

    MikeDT Well-Known Member

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    To answer the question, no. Didn't even have a tailored jacket until I was about 17. I don't count polyester and crimplene school blazers as real clothing.

    The only children I ever recall seeing wearing suits to church, were black children. i.e. A black thing. Our family didn't go to church much, maybe once a year for Christmas. BTW I don't go to church at all now, and I still don't own a suit.

    I'm white, 50, grew up in the UK, but now live in the PRC.


    I had shoes and socks as well, And smart pants and shirts, even had a bow-tie when I was about 2 or 3. :D They usually got wore to birthday parties and the odd wedding.
     
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  4. Sonny58

    Sonny58 Well-Known Member

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    For a lot of people I think this is a generational thing. My parents grew up in a time when, regardless of your position in society, you dressed well. And they dressed their children well. I wore a coat and tie every Sunday to church and a suit on special occasions. But I think the standards began to change and I believe there are some subsequent generations that may have never owned traditional dress clothes as children. Church-going may have helped certain segments of society hang on to traditions but not always (it is not uncommon to see men wearing shorts and knit golf shirts to my church these days). For the record, I'm Caucasian in my mid-50s.
     
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  5. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Well-Known Member

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    I am pretty sure I got my first suit at some point in middle school. Nothing before then.

    Edit: Also, I think that in the U.S., people are becoming less and less likely to dress for any sort of special occasion.
     
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  6. dreamspace

    dreamspace Well-Known Member

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    Found a christmas picture of me at age 4 or 5, they actually dressed me up in a white double-breasted kids suit, cheesy 80s stuff.

    Fist suit I can remember though was some hand-down navy herringbone DB suit, which I used for my confirmation. Actually stood out since every other guy was wearing a black suit.

    (Over here in Norway we have a slang called "Confirmation-suit", which describes a far too small and ugly/dated suit, hinting that the person wearing it is in dire need of buying a new and better fitting one.)
     
  7. add911_11

    add911_11 Well-Known Member

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    I have my first local bespoke suit and shirt (forced by my dad rather than buying cheap junk) when I was at the end of O level.
    My first pair of bespoke shoe by carreducker when I was at the end of AS level.
     
  8. edmorel

    edmorel Well-Known Member

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    what level are you now, Super Seiyan?
     
  9. gambit50

    gambit50 Well-Known Member

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    I had a black tuxedo when I was a child. But cannot recall before that piece.
     
  10. aravenel

    aravenel Well-Known Member

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    I had lots of hand-me-down polyester blazers and stuff from the time I was 10. Almost never wore them though. Got my first suit at probably 16? I remember going to buy it with my dad. It was a charcoal herringbone Jos A Bank suit. In hindsight, it was appalling, but I loved wearing it.
     
  11. Master Squirrel

    Master Squirrel Well-Known Member

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    Never. I would have been beat up in my neighborhood.
     
  12. dreamspace

    dreamspace Well-Known Member

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    Also, I remember back when I was getting confirmed that EVERYONE wanted black suits. All but me had cheap and generic black suits...grandpa refused to buy me a black suit, as he said to me, "You're not going to a funeral".
    They ended up buying me a (now) nice tweed or light flannel suit...I was absolutely devastated, in fear of standing out like a sore thumb among all the cool kids with their awesome black suits.

    When the day finally came, I refused to wear it. So they had to dig up some old navy DB suit, opened everything and sew it back together after fittings and measurements. Nice thing about having alterations tailors and seamstresses in family!
     
  13. aravenel

    aravenel Well-Known Member

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    Grandpa was a wise man :fistbump:
     
  14. HughJ

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    I can think of at least 2 from my childhood (the first one at 4 or 5), but the real highlight was a black and gray speckled "Miami Vice" sportscoat. I can remember pairing that with a zip-up leather skinny tie. Yup.
     
  15. VinnyMac

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    Over the years, I had suits for Easter and for some school "Picture Days."
     
  16. tesuquegolfer

    tesuquegolfer Well-Known Member

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    I remember a 8mm Easter movie of me in about 1966 when I was almost 5 and I was wearing a suit , red tennis shoes, and a bow tie. I don't think I owned anything other than a sport coat which I bought for my sister's wedding in 1984. I bought my first suit in 1988 when I got my first professional job. I wore business casual with a tie and an occasional suit for about 4 years. However, I haven't had to wear a suit in the last 20 years as I work in a very casual environment. However, I have always enjoyed dressing up and have purchased 2 suits and about 5 sports jackets in the last 10 years and wear something nice 3-4 times a month. I bought my son his first suit when he was about 15 a few years ago. We live in New Mexico and it is rare to see someone with a tie let a lone a suit.
     
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    DocHolliday Well-Known Member

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    I had a smart navy three-piece before I was in school. Looked rather adorable, if I say so myself.
     
  18. Patrologia

    Patrologia Well-Known Member

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    I always had a suit for church as a kid - I was in HS before I had a couple of SC instead. Didn't have another suit until I was in my late 20s.

    since we were doing a demographic survey at the top, I'm white and 39.
     
  19. Alex Hayes

    Alex Hayes Well-Known Member

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    Well, it's an odd first post, but I will throw in my 2 cents to this topic. I am now 20 and have never owned a suit before and still do not own one. I just recently bought a navy sport coat the local Goodwill that seems to fit very nicely. I will likely get it dialed in by a tailor once I confirm here that it fits well enough to take it one step further. I think the first time I wore any kind of suit was to prom. Whenever I had to dress up it was just a shirt and tie. I never had many formal events to go to and wasn't all that interested in looking nice.
     
  20. Pembers

    Pembers Well-Known Member

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    From 9 or 10 I always had one grey herringbone sports jacket and black wool trousers for special occasions, which were replaced when I grew out of them with nearly identical items; always from the same little shop near where I live. I got my first suit (navy blue) when I was about 14.

    At high school (well, we don't call it that!) the uniform was a navy blazer with grey trousers. And when I was a much younger kid, my uniform involved piping and a cap...

    I'm 21, grew up in London, and didn't regularly go to church.
     

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