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Banana Republic Pushing Three-Piece Suits

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MrDaniels, Aug 20, 2008.

  1. MrDaniels

    MrDaniels Senior member

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    So, we now have a mass-marketer (that thankfully is not Men's Wearhouse) pushing the three-piece suit to younger men. Thoughts? Is this a trend? For lower-end suits some of them are quite natty.

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    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    BR has offered vests off and on, but I'm happy to see them pushing the three-piece. Definitely a trend, I think. Casino Royale (and other pop culture appearances) have done the three-piece a world of good.
     


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    porcelain monkey Senior member

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    You see it more and more - Casino Royale, Roger Sterling on Mad Men. I am considering one for fall.
     


  4. MrDaniels

    MrDaniels Senior member

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    BR has offered vests off and on, but I'm happy to see them pushing the three-piece. Definitely a trend, I think. Casino Royale (and other pop culture appearances) have done the three-piece a world of good.

    Can we call it The Justin Timberlake Effect?
     


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    Tsk, tsk. Waistcoat's too short (and/or trousers have too low a rise: belt (!) is peeking out).

    But nice to see, though.
     


  6. porcelain monkey

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    Can we call it The Justin Timberlake Effect?

    Perhaps, but I prefer those who don't wear them with sneakers.
     


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    Tsk, tsk. Waistcoat's too short (and/or trousers have too low a rise: belt (!) is peeking out).

    But nice to see, though.[/I]

    ...and to their credit, they got the buttoning of the vest right.
     


  9. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    I don't think that I have worn a three piece suit since I was old enough to choose my own clothes. I don't see that changing.
     


  10. tutee

    tutee Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Tsk, tsk. Waistcoat's too short (and/or trousers have too low a rise: belt (!) is peeking out).

    But nice to see, though.


    I actually spoke with some of their senior corporate visual / stylists who are actually responsible for putting out these "outfits" and found out that they delibrately make the vests short (and with 5 buttons instead of 6) so that the inverted V (of opening) shows the belt buckle.

    When I asked why is that needed? I was told because this is the way you are supposed to wear the vest .... and I left it at that.
     


  11. rjmaiorano

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    ...and to their credit, they got the buttoning of the vest right.

    rather proud of them, few retailers get this one right. My overly plump manager in my mens dept. always buttons his and it looks terrible.


    To the thread, these suits look quite nice, but aren't they 800 retail? Who spends 800 on a BR suit?
     


  12. greekonomist

    greekonomist Senior member

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    I don't think that I have worn a three piece suit since I was old enough to choose my own clothes. I don't see that changing.

    +1, I don't even think my mom would have put me in a three-piece anyway.
     


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    mmhollis Senior member

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    I agree with rjmaiorano, there is no way in hell I'm paying $800 for a BR suit. Not to distract from the focus of the post AGAIN, buuuuut...did anyone else see that Scott Schuman is in a GAP ad? [​IMG]
     


  14. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt The Liberator Dubiously Honored

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    +1, I don't even think my mom would have put me in a three-piece anyway.
    I wore them to every wedding and bar mitzvah until I could convince her that I should not dress like Little Lord Fauntleroy.
     


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    I was in the Michigan Avenue store back in June and I think they had some linen three piece suits or separates that looked pretty sharp in white. Of course, the mannequin had the vest buttoned all the way so I took it upon myself to correct that. [​IMG]

    With the short vests on these the first thing that came to mind was Justin Timberlake as MrDaniels mentioned. And something about them just looks blah to me so I think I'll pass.
     


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