DId you have suits as a child?

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  1. tesuquegolfer

    tesuquegolfer Senior member

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    I remember a 8mm Easter movie of me in about 1966 when I was almost 5 and I was wearing a suit , red tennis shoes, and a bow tie. I don't think I owned anything other than a sport coat which I bought for my sister's wedding in 1984. I bought my first suit in 1988 when I got my first professional job. I wore business casual with a tie and an occasional suit for about 4 years. However, I haven't had to wear a suit in the last 20 years as I work in a very casual environment. However, I have always enjoyed dressing up and have purchased 2 suits and about 5 sports jackets in the last 10 years and wear something nice 3-4 times a month. I bought my son his first suit when he was about 15 a few years ago. We live in New Mexico and it is rare to see someone with a tie let a lone a suit.
     


  2. DocHolliday

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    I had a smart navy three-piece before I was in school. Looked rather adorable, if I say so myself.
     


  3. Patrologia

    Patrologia Senior member

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    I always had a suit for church as a kid - I was in HS before I had a couple of SC instead. Didn't have another suit until I was in my late 20s.

    since we were doing a demographic survey at the top, I'm white and 39.
     


  4. Alex Hayes

    Alex Hayes Well-Known Member

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    Well, it's an odd first post, but I will throw in my 2 cents to this topic. I am now 20 and have never owned a suit before and still do not own one. I just recently bought a navy sport coat the local Goodwill that seems to fit very nicely. I will likely get it dialed in by a tailor once I confirm here that it fits well enough to take it one step further. I think the first time I wore any kind of suit was to prom. Whenever I had to dress up it was just a shirt and tie. I never had many formal events to go to and wasn't all that interested in looking nice.
     


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    From 9 or 10 I always had one grey herringbone sports jacket and black wool trousers for special occasions, which were replaced when I grew out of them with nearly identical items; always from the same little shop near where I live. I got my first suit (navy blue) when I was about 14.

    At high school (well, we don't call it that!) the uniform was a navy blazer with grey trousers. And when I was a much younger kid, my uniform involved piping and a cap...

    I'm 21, grew up in London, and didn't regularly go to church.
     


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    I had a light tan leisure suit when I was 3, and when I wore it with the chocolate brown shirt, man I was killin' it.
     


  7. MyOtherLife

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    I had one suit as a child and one suit as a teen in the 1970's. My teen suit, shirt & tie were all Pierre Cardin and my shoes were Florsheim. That suit, a grey 3 piece, lasted to my mid-20's. Somewhere, a photo exists.
     
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  8. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

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    I had a navy suit and a black DJ as a little kid IIRC. By my mid-ish teens, I had a different navy suit (typical of the era low gorge double-breasted number) and I think a charcoal grey too. Whenever I needed new shoes, I remember always preferring leather (or combination) soled black loafers or mocs, with or without metal horsebits!

    Oh, and school uniforms too, of course. Those could be kind of funky. In my early schools, I remember one was french blue with blue & white piping & crest, another was black with b&w piping. And embroidered crests. With matching caps, for even more added bonus nerditude. Later on, they got a bit more sedate: navy blazers and a mid-grey suit twice a week when we had to go to chapel.

    I always liked dressing up as a kid, even if I was a porky little dude and most of the stuff was oversized for me to grow into over the years. But I always liked playing with colours & patterns and pushing the boundaries of what we were allowed to wear at school; we had some limited latitude with things like shirts, but we weren't meant to have stripes or checks. Naturally, everyone did... [​IMG]
     
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    Great story Holdfast. Hard to believe you ever had a weight problem. My own looks were so feminine. I remember my father taking me to the symphony in the late 1970's and we both wore our suits. I had long hair at the time pulled back into a ponytail. To put this into context, this took place not long after Diane Keaton wore mens clothes in Woody Allens 'Annie Hall'.
    During intermission, he was schmoozing with some women and one of them said to him (right in front of me), 'Your daughter looks charming as a young man'.
     
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    Somewhat embarrasing, sure, but still, I bet that look appealed to a lot of both girls & guys though. :)

    As for my weight, I got progressively heavier through my teens and even afterwards it was still pretty high. For comparison, at my heaviest my BMI would have been about 34 (these days it's about 21). But here's the thing: I always knew that at some point I'd get round to losing the weight, it was just that I felt I had more important things to focus my attention on first, so I never felt like I could spare the mental effort. Eventually, for various reasons I decided the time had finally come, and as I can be extremely stubborn when I want to be, the weight came off. To use a bit of relevant jargon, the extended pre-contemplative phase actually worked to strengthen my willpower when I did finally take action.

    Having to buy a whole new wardrobe several times over a period of a couple of years is what got me really interested in clothes on a personal level beyond just playing with patterns & colours, and thinking about its symbolic value, meanings, etc. But even then, I still figured that with a stable weight, I'd spend money on a good wardrobe and not shop again for clothes for years... [​IMG]
     


  11. VinnyMac

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    ^^^^
    Last compliment that he received...still fresh in his mind.
     
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    I strangely remember having a "Johnny Whitaker Collection" tweed(ish) suit. And a white Pierre Cardin three-piece. Oh to be a tween in the '70s.
     


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    As a little boy I had some "little boy" suits with short pants, as was proper for little boys. This would have been back in the 1940s. This was not for church, just whenever my mother wanted me to be well turned out.

    One time, my mother had dressed me very nicely in a little suit, and between the time she dressed me and when we were supposed to go wherever we were going, I jumped into the fishpond for the merry hell of hit. My mother beat the living daylights out of me for that one! But, then, that was the way of child rearing back then.
     


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    Yes.I recall wearing an Eton Suit to the wedding of my mother's cousin at age six.
    I was winter and I wore it under a Snow Suit. I hated it. Big boys didn't wear short pants.
    The next suit I got was at age 13 from Rogers Peet. In the interval I wore spport coats.
    At age 15 I actually bought my own suit from Casual AIre. In those days High school kids
    wore suits and sport coats much more often than today.

    http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=eton+suit&FORM=HDRSC2

    http://www.14to42.net/42street4.html

    From my Paen to Roland Meledandri in Ask Andy some years ago:

    Those of you who are New York hands and are old enough may recall
    two Men's Shops in Greenwich Village : Casual Aire, and Mens Town &
    Country. I believe that one or both of them had branches on Lexington
    in Midtown in the mid/ late 50s probably through the 70s. Both stores
    featured "Ivy League" clothing which was then the rage and the basis
    for many derivative looks through to the 70s. Meledandri worked at one
    of these shops. Casual Aire, Mens Town and Country and their ilk,
    unlike true trad retailers like Brooks, Press, and Chipp, pushed the
    "Ivy League" style "envelope". Ron Meledandri exemplfied this.
    still remember the first time I saw him in a four button
    suit. I do not remember when he open the mid town establishment referred to
    in the thread. I was out of the country 1965-70. By the time I returned,
    Meledandri's clothing tended towards wide lapels, longer shirt collars,
    but still in exquisite taste. I still have a pair of his slacks in my
    "clothing Museum" : trim cut, narrow leg for the time, and a single
    inward-facing pleat... not unlike a pair of Huntsman's I purchased
    at Barney's LA. maybe 4 years ago.
     
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  15. cptjeff

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    I had a series of navy blazers, never a suit until high school. And one pair of black weejuns bought an hour and a half before my middle school graduation when my Mom realized I didn't have any dress shoes that fit. I still have and wear them, though they're certainly a candidate for the "shoes with character" thread at this point.
     


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