• Welcome to the Styleforum Approved contest! This is a contest where everyone wins: in fact, every participant will get a (highly coveted) “Styleforum approved” bracelet to flaunt to your oblivious friends. The only thing you have to do is show appreciation for a member of the forum or an affiliate vendor.
  • STYLE. COMMUNITY. GREAT CLOTHING.

    Bored of counting likes on social networks? At Styleforum, you’ll find rousing discussions that go beyond strings of emojis.

    Click Here to join Styleforum's thousands of style enthusiasts today!

Elegance and measurements

Ruprecht

Member
Joined
Jun 19, 2006
Messages
12
Reaction score
0
A famous - and now deceased - journalist & bender once commented that in order to display true elegance, one's waist should measure less than his inside leg. Would you agree?
 

Get Smart

Don't Crink
Joined
Oct 27, 2004
Messages
12,242
Reaction score
262
I wouldnt agree in general, but if your inseam is longer than your waist size, you will look really good wearing almost anything. I'd say most male models have this proportion.
 

odoreater

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 2, 2005
Messages
8,738
Reaction score
43
I'm sure that there are plenty of people that look elegant that don't have those measurements and plenty of people that do have those measurements that aren't elegant. So - no - that rule is arbitrary and pointless.
 

Get Smart

Don't Crink
Joined
Oct 27, 2004
Messages
12,242
Reaction score
262
I'm about .5" away from "true elegance" (31.75" inseam, 32" waist)

that last half inch has been a real f'ing bitch tho
 

odoreater

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 2, 2005
Messages
8,738
Reaction score
43
Originally Posted by Get Smart
I'm about .5" away from "true elegance" (31.75" inseam, 32" waist)

that last half inch has been a real f'ing bitch tho


Much closer than me. I'm 3" away (33" inseam, 36" waist). You have more elegance power than me.
 

Tomasso

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 10, 2006
Messages
4,078
Reaction score
15
While clothes will look better on a lean physique, this will hardly assure elegance.
 

thinman

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2005
Messages
4,926
Reaction score
44
I have a 32" waist and 36" inseam, but I've never been accused of being elegant. In my youth, I was described as "gawky", but never "elegant".

I don't even think it's a necessary, let alone a sufficient condition for elegance.
 

gefinzi

Senior Member
Joined
Jul 4, 2004
Messages
223
Reaction score
4
An interesting proposition.

The illustrated figures in the early Esquire magazines might fit your criteria and they certainly look elegant. However, when I consider how skinny I would have to be given my 32" inseam, it seems impossible, people would think I was anorexic. I have a 35" waist but would probably look best with a 33".
 

cheapmutha

Distinguished Member
Joined
Mar 29, 2006
Messages
1,890
Reaction score
70
hmmm.... i have a 29 waist and 34 inseam. ive never been called elegant, but my skateboarding has. and exes always tell me i should be a model.

i guess it is true for some... but rules are meant to be broken.... i think.
 

lawyerdad

Lying Dog-faced Pony Soldier
Joined
Mar 10, 2006
Messages
26,070
Reaction score
13,756
Originally Posted by thinman
I have a 32" waist and 36" inseam, but I've never been accused of being elegant. In my youth, I was described as "gawky", but never "elegant".

I don't even think it's a necessary, let alone a sufficient condition for elegance.

I'm the reverse, or nearly. 35" waist, 32.5" inseam. And I'm quite confident that I'm not too fat to be elegant. Indeed, I'm on the lean side of average. Pundits will have to find some other explanation for my inelegance.
 

dusty

Distinguished Member
Joined
Feb 8, 2005
Messages
4,859
Reaction score
20
31x32 -- feel my grace, chumps!
 

lawyerdad

Lying Dog-faced Pony Soldier
Joined
Mar 10, 2006
Messages
26,070
Reaction score
13,756
Originally Posted by dusty
31x32 -- feel my grace, chumps!

Bastard!
 

thinman

Distinguished Member
Joined
Jan 24, 2005
Messages
4,926
Reaction score
44
Originally Posted by lawyerdad
Bastard!


Yeah, what he said!


cheapmutha, I think you're onto something. I think elegance has to do with how a person moves and carries himself, not with any static picture and certainly not anything like measurements.
 

Styleforum is proudly sponsored by

Featured Sponsor

Face Masks: Pick Your Favorite (Choose 2)

  • Disposable surgical mask

  • White cotton mask

  • Linen-lined mask

  • "Sartorial" mask made of suiting fabric

  • Patterned mask (checks, stripes, fun print, etc.)

  • Solid color silk mask

  • "Sartorial" mask made of tie fabric

  • Sports mask made of synthetic fabric

  • Denim mask

  • Face shield


Results are only viewable after voting.

Related Threads

Forum statistics

Threads
442,319
Messages
9,552,017
Members
199,853
Latest member
Minersilli
Top