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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Master-Classter, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. AlphaAndTheOmega

    AlphaAndTheOmega Well-Known Member

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    I asked, and the bride and groom are both fairly open. My only concern was that navy or charcoal might upstage the brown on the formality spectrum.

    It sounds rather easy going. I would say, don't over think it. Everyone is going to be focused on the bride and groom. If the groomsmen have decent brown suits, that's fine, but if not, you will also probably be fine in something else. I might be tempted to go more towards the mid gray (is it a daytime wedding?), but as long as none of you wear something garish, you will not be upstaging them.
     


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    Is there a resource on SF or t'internet where I can learn to identify suit styles as they've changed since the 80s?

    I ask because I see the ' great' deals for suits on eBay only to have someone tell me, that " the suit is from 2000".

    I don't want to buy a pre-owned suit and then turn up to work looking like I've dropped in from circa 1988.

    Better question would be - How do you know from a picture whether the pre-owned suit is five years old, one year old or the new new thing?
     


  4. wetnose

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    Is there a resource on SF or t'internet where I can learn to identify suit styles as they've changed since the 80s? I ask because I see the ' great' deals for suits on eBay only to have someone tell me, that " the suit is from 2000". I don't want to buy a pre-owned suit and then turn up to work looking like I've dropped in from circa 1988. Better question would be - How do you know from a picture whether the pre-owned suit is five years old, one year old or the new new thing?
    Others can correct me but here goes....Around 5 years ago, there was a sea change in mens' suits. The shoulders didn't extend as far out as the 90s and were cut more closely to the shoulder. The notch and the buttoning point on the jacket also raised. Also the hem of the pants was raised so that in some cases today, there is non existent break. The whole silhouette of the suit became closer fitting to the body as well: for example, the suits in Miami Vice flapped around like flags compared to the trimmer suits of today. So the jacket and pants became much leaner....cut much closer to the body. Also...3 or 4 button suits - just avoid them. Unfortunately....what you'll still find is that a lot of garden variety manufacturers haven't altered their pattern. So it's harder to get an idea of what's contemporary.
     


  5. wetnose

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    Hai Guys,

    I am a blogger in Holland on mens style. I'd like to know your view/opinion on Dutch street style. Here is a variaty of things I came across.

    http://2.bp.blogspot.com/_iq1GFpFsTx..._27-1-2011.png

    [​IMG]

    Please react. I am curious!

    Greetings,

    ChÃ[​IMG].


    Che....I suggest you post the suit pics in the non-sartorialist thread and the casual pix in the streetwear thread.
     


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    Thank you wetnose, much obliged.
     


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    It sounds rather easy going. I would say, don't over think it. Everyone is going to be focused on the bride and groom. If the groomsmen have decent brown suits, that's fine, but if not, you will also probably be fine in something else. I might be tempted to go more towards the mid gray (is it a daytime wedding?), but as long as none of you wear something garish, you will not be upstaging them.

    Good point, thanks!
     


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    What's a decent briefcase (under 200$) for a young guy on his first real job (grinding at a bank, downtown)?
     


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    Is there a resource on SF or t'internet where I can learn to identify suit styles as they've changed since the 80s? I ask because I see the ' great' deals for suits on eBay only to have someone tell me, that " the suit is from 2000". I don't want to buy a pre-owned suit and then turn up to work looking like I've dropped in from circa 1988. Better question would be - How do you know from a picture whether the pre-owned suit is five years old, one year old or the new new thing?
    Anyone? Sorta don't want to make a thread for this question
     


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    Question about hangers:

    Where can a get a good quality hanger for my RLBL suit that is not expensive (ie. not Hanger Project). Are any of these acceptable?
    http://www.amazon.com/Honey-Can-Do-H...6589098&sr=1-9
    http://www.amazon.com/Woodlore-84071...589109&sr=1-48


    Those will work. The key is that the hangar is shaped and bent. Hell, even plastic is fine, as long as the shape is good. They just won't look as nice.

    Also, if you're interested in cheap, thrift stores and flea markets often have a few ripe for the taking, and I don't think I've ever seen 'em priced at more than a buck each. Hell, I've gotten a three pack of nice wood ones (One missing the dowel, but hey- I use it for a sportcoat) for all of 75 cents.

    Anyone? Sorta don't want to make a thread for this question

    You develop an eye for it by knowing what to look for. Unfortunately, that ain't a quick question. If you're unsure at all about how a suit looks or how it will fit, don't buy it online. Hit up a few thrift stores where you can try stuff on and get a feel for things first. Also remember that a lot of menswear remains fairly independent of fashion trends. For sure, not all does, but you can find classic tailoring without any extremes from pretty much any date. Also remember that cycles in suit styles often move very slowly, and that only the extremes will really be noticed. Wearing an 80's 6x1 DB ain't gonna fly today. It's an extreme. And the skintight Thom Clowne suit ain't gonna fly in 5-10 years either. It's another extreme, though it's 'in' right now.

    Basically, the 80's were overbuilt and drapy. Lots of extra fabric, lots of landing strip shoulders. They're easy enough to pick out. 90's, you'll see a lot of lower notches and not quite as broad shoulders. 70's, don't ask. Anything before that won't be all that cheap to get, so you're probably not looking at it. Anything newer would look fine. Hell, a fair bit of 90's stuff looks fine. Ans stuff that doesn't fall into any fashion extreme will of course, look fine.
     


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    What's a decent briefcase (under 200$) for a young guy on his first real job (grinding at a bank, downtown)?

    Check out Jack Georges: http://www.jackgeorges.com/
     


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    Thanks acridsheep! A bit beyond my price range though, hmmm.
     


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    Thanks acridsheep! A bit beyond my price range though, hmmm.

    They have some new ones that are under $200. Also, check eBay for some gently used models or new discontinued models. They age very well.
     


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    What does it mean when a seller says that a jacket they're selling is 'fully lined'? Why is it a good thing?

    Nb: Is it the same as a suit being fully canvassed? if so, I have the answer to my questions.
     


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