Advice on hand-me-down suit. Can it be not a costume?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Truism, Oct 5, 2011.

  1. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The suit is a bust except if you wear it out on the evening of the October 31st with platform shoes and a super wide collar shirt. Then you will be "Stayin Alive"

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    Usain Bolt. If you're going to try and be snarky, at least get it right.
     


  3. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Don't forget the gold chains


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    ^^^
    IMO that was Travolta's best movie.

    I also love the parody they done of it in the 'Airplane' movies. :D
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  6. Truism

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    Hey all. Thanks for the responses. As you may have recognized from the post title, I came into this kinda negative. Didn't seem like this guy could make it onto the street without "Night Fever" playing in the background to justify it. Thanks to Klobber and cptjeff in re the lapel narrowing and possibly selling it forward. With Halloween this month I might try to incorporate it, but it might be better off in some collectors' hands or something. It's a weird one to stumble upon- flipped up the lapels basically come up to my ears.

    Who knows? It's been about 20 years since the 70s were back in style. Maybe a resurgence is nigh. Meantime, I'm gonna bust out my men's belted sweater and mega point collars
     


  7. jessedarko

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    I would have to agree with nearly everyone else. Do not wear this suit.

    I would, however, keep it for theme parties and halloween.
     


  8. TheTukker

    TheTukker Senior member

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    OP: do yourself a favor and ignore most of the trendy/ignorant responses you have received here so far. If this was handed down to you, you will want to keep it, no matter for what occasion. From experience: if you don't, you are going to regret it.
     


  9. Drudged

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    I'm a fan of bigger lapels, but the jacket is beyond anything that I would deem wearable. As others have state though, a competent tailor might be able to slim them down to your liking. Also, I kinda like the large patch pockets.

    The pants are an easy alteration though, and can be trimmed down to a slimmer straight leg without much difficulty. I don't see a reason that you couldn't keep the waistcoat as an odd vest for layering purposes.
     


  10. Chillax

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    Post on Ebay as a period piece
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    Profit!
     


  11. PregnantBob

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    Even though Tom Ford is channelling the old YSL catalogues

    http://www.tomford.com/#/en/menswear/autumnwinter2011?styleNumber=12

    ... it's still smaller. I think getting the lapels trimmed down a tad will work... should you want to keep it at all.

    Won't lie, I have a YSL rive gauche suit by Stefano Pilati and it's almost like yours except the lapels are the size of the Tom Ford ones above and I had the flare legs tapered in. Now it's a decent garden party suit.
     


  12. cassidy96

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    not a fan either. it's not something that i will wear on a daily basis, but as a costumer - halloween perhaps?
     


  13. Singular

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    Making something wearable of it is too much of a headache. Save it for a good laugh, and those 70s theme parties.

    /M
     


  14. Blackhood

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    The waistcoat you can salvage for casual wear.

    The coat lapels are simply too wide to save. You'd need a talented tailor and several hundred dollars to make it work.

    The trousers are probably salvageable, but ultimately you have to ask whether you like them as odd trousers.

    The advice to flip them or keep them as "costume" is good, not much alternative i'm afraid.
     


  15. Leonwich

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    I'm no fashion guru, but I do love suits froms the 70's.
    I think it's a matter of attitude.
    I've wear a blue Gucci double brested suit to weddings and it has been a hit!
    From your pictures I can tell that I would defenetly wear it, specially if among friends or to a night club, even to a date. And if you dont think you are going to feel confortable wearing it, I guess you might need to limit its use to "fun" ocations.
    You are young and you can put on whatever you want, just do it with style; when I have done so, I have enjoyed the fun and the luck of daring to be different ( if you get what I mean).
    But, if you are still not willing to go out in the suit... well, I will always have room for it in my closet and I good ocation to wear it! (promise will send pics)
     


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