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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by earthdragon, Nov 18, 2008.

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  1. fxh

    fxh Senior member

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    anyway Happy New Year little buddy.

    I hope you used it as an excuse to buy some new clothes and a haircut.

    Dont eat too many dumplings.


    (I wont mention cleaning the house as I'm guessing its not on your agenda)
     


  2. fxh

    fxh Senior member

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    agreed - the too tight slim fit often looks better in promise (carefully posed still photos by professionals) than it does in real life.

    In real life no one has a perfect body and no one wears a suit cleanly pressed and only standing still. Real people move around, walk, get on trains, sit in cars, take their jacket off, forget to polish shoes, sit down to eat, drink coffee, bump against dusty surfaces, slump on couches,sit on plastic chairs on the footpath, put on weight, take off weight, change preferences, get sick, feel bad, slouch, get tired, get happy, have creases in seat of jacket all day, etc.

    Sit at a footpath cafe for a few hours relaxing with coffee in the CBD - or anywhere- and look at men (and "boys") going about their business. Get idealised silhouettes out of your mind and try to throw away prejudices. See what seems to suit (small pun) people, even if it goes against he received wisdom, of colour combos, etc. You can just concentrate on one or two things - say shirt sleeve showing beneath jacket and see the variations and what looks alright. You'll learn a lot.

    Many make the mistake of thinking something that looks good on stage ( eg black suits) will look good in everyday life, ditto with TV, photos ( as an aside presenters on TV often look shite in things that would look good in everyday life and vice versa).

    Have a look at some of the blokes who post on the picture thread here and are different to the rest.

    I don't look at it much but from memory Old dog /oldtrix, crusty and holdfast are different in fit and colours etc. All of them have many things I don't like but they do go against the grain of the hivemind iGentts and mostly look ok. But most importantly they are dressed for everyday work and sometimes play, and don't look like they are playing grown ups or a role.
     
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  3. budgiesmuggler

    budgiesmuggler Well-Known Member

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    Thanks guys. I only wear bespoke/mtm suits that were made by London tailors. I'm now back and looking for someone new, but can't justify the prices charged by the bespoke tailors charged here in Sydney (which, FYI, are about 40% more exy than what I paid in London).

    I suppose I'm more geared towards the London rather than Italian styling, so some of the shoulders and softer coats by p Johnson arnt really what I'm after. I don't like the look of the super waisted jackets either, id prefer some waist but not super tight. There are some on the website that I quite like however.

    I do like the fashion forward nature of p Johnson and am quite comfortable about explaining what I want, I also like the idea of building a rapport with a local tailor. Having him here in Syd means we can fix up anything that doesn't work quite right.

    OTOH, I like the suits I've seen by Gordon Yao, but with only one fitting and no follow up the service by p Johnson is superior.

    Cost perspective is much the same between the two.
     


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    budgiesmuggler Well-Known Member

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    Also getting married soon, daytime ceremony dinner reception at a vineyard in hunter valley.

    Views on:
    3 piece suit v 2 piece

    Dark grey v light grey.



    Thanks
     
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  5. fxh

    fxh Senior member

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    ok sorry - I didn't look who the advice was for when I expounded above. I imagine you know how to suck eggs.
     


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    fxh Senior member

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    Views on getting married or suit?
     


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    PRL tan suit
    Summer sale Seven hundred.
    Lament lack of cash.
     


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    :D
     


  10. Geoffrey Firmin

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    Any one use mother of pearl collar stays and if so views as to robustness of such items?
     


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    MOP collar stays are aaaaaabsolutely ridiculous :D

    ...and the fact that they are probably quite breakable just adds to the hilarity
     
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  12. Geoffrey Firmin

    Geoffrey Firmin Senior member

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    What then? sterling sliver?
     


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    Just don't pack them for overseas travel if you get these unless you like strip searches. They look uncomfortably (literally, for the owner) like bullets on x-ray screens...
     
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    Errr...why do they need to be made of something valuable? I have some that are steel, but I actually find that they're too rigid and it can look weird. Plastic is best IMO.
     


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    :D That is actually a very good piece of advice - thank you.
     


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