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Return of the Double Breasted Suit...

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Ebonyman, Sep 16, 2011.

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  1. Mr. Lee

    Mr. Lee Well-Known Member

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    Good-looking suit on Ebonyman. I actually have an almost identical "regular" Polo one that was made right here where I live in Syracuse, NY at the former Learbury factory about 15 years ago and it's still in great condition. Learbury made suits for Polo and Brooks Brothers until all the elderly Italian women they had making them eventually died off, the economy changed (same thing happened to Nettleton, a local shoe manufacturer on a par with AE) and lots of things basically went to shit.

    My question is with the turn toward thinner lapels even on a DB, does anyone regard the lapel width on his suit as too wide? Same deal wiith the third picture of the striped one posted by TheDarkKnight?
     
  2. dc1976

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    Just wanted to comment on your DB seersucker pic you posted. I could never pull this off, but on you, if I saw you coming I'd see man I needed to take seriously. :)
     
  3. styledoc

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    I just purchased a double breasted suit from ralph lauren and it came with unhemmed flat front trousers. Should I get the hem cuffed or plain?
     
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    What color, pattern and weight is the cloth, what shoe style do you wear with this suit?

    You may what to do plain, no cuff
     
  7. Snedley

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    DB is out and has been for a long time. The extra material just isn't good for modern conditions. Perhaps before good heating everywhere it kept you warmer.
     
  8. styledoc

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    charcoal with thin pinstripes, wool suit
     
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    + Fred Astaire.
     
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  10. FillW

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    I think the second one (black) looks good.
     
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    Looking good! [​IMG]
     
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    :happy: I must admit I feel the same way, I thought it was just me.

    I'm not sure my suit collection will ever get big enough that I'll want to mix things up with a DB suit, I feel like SB suits me better. Even if I had a DZb I'd probably ignore it in favor of a SB. But I've sworn off other things only to be swayed by SF...
     
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    I watched "Casablanca" again last night partly to see what kind of doublebreasted suits they wore in the movie. I'm kind of interested in getting one of these.

    Bogart wears a white suit that has only two buttons and the lapel is neither peaked or notched. He also wore a black bow tie. Laslo wears a white six (three?) button suit with a regular tie.
     
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    Rick's was a shawl-lapel dinner jacket. Not a lounge suit. And Laslo's was a lounge suit, quite nice, that seemed to me to be tan or khaki, not white. Admittedly, the film is in black and white. I guess the hated colorized version would settle the question.
     
  15. FillW

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    Yeah, I saw another jacket kind of like it online and it was called a dinner jacket. I agree that Laslo's suit might've been tan or off-white.
     
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    For what it's worth, I personally think the white DB shawl dinner jacket would be hard to pull off, but a tan DB suit would look great.
     
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    The Churchwells present an accessible standard of dress for The Everyman.

    I suggest that all future StyFo "advice building a wardrobe" threads simply get an auto-response of several Churchwell photographs by Rose Callahan.
     
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    I watched Casablanca again last night- this time looking more closely at how everyone was dressing. I was surprised at how many of the actors were wearing double breasted suits. Most of the civilians in Rick's club were wearing them and most of them were white or light colored.

    Rick wears the:
    white dinner jacket
    a black pinstripe DB suit
    a solid black DB suit
    a grey DB suit
    and a grey 2 button suit (I think).

    I thought it was very interesting. Were DB suits the big style in those days?

    Incidentally I bought an Ermenegildo Zega double breasted jacket from Ebay. I'll let everyone know how it fits etc. ASAP.
     

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