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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    they are pretty, um, "trendy."
     
  2. EFV

    EFV Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I think most people outside the CM forums have tastes that are very influenced by what is seen in advertising, on TV, in magazines etc (as do a lot of us as well). Even though the tight suits with narrow lapels are no longer heavily promoted by "innovators", they're still the most popular choice with the late majority and even a part of the early majority I suppose. And will probably be around for quite awhile. Unlike seasonal fashion, suit styles hang on a bit longer (which is both a blessing and a curse I guess).

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  3. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    the "modern," very slim, short jacketed, skinny lapeled look, is very popular with the 20 something suit buying crowd, and i understand the appeal 100%. i imagine it will be that way for quite some time.
     
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    Murlsquirl Senior member Moderator

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    They are just what's "in style" at the moment. Blame GQ magazine and celebrities. To each is own, but the lapels on that jacket are terrible. Otherwise, it looks very nice...I like the color.
     
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  5. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Senior member

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    I think that look is on it's way out already. It peaked around 2011/2012, and everything is going back to more conservative details. Lapels are getting wider, pleats are coming back, pants are fuller but still a bit tapered at the bottom, etc. The skinny look will probably be completely out of fashion around late 2016 early 2017.
     
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  6. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    someone sig that please so we can hold MF accountable for his prediction. he will either get rotten tomatoes or a sick award, depending on how the future plays out.
     
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  7. Academic2

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    Skinny and short are two different things, of course; they just happen to go together in current men's suit fashion.

    If I had to predict, I'd say that the fashion for short jackets has probably peaked (we've all seen examples from recent designers where the jacket isn't much longer than a vest) and I expect the pendulum to begin swinging back toward a more traditional length within the next decade. I hope it does, since I can't think of any body type where the extremely short jacket is flattering, and it particularly disadvantages men who have big hips or are otherwise 'pear-shaped', which is a substantial proportion of men over 40.

    Skinny's harder to predict, I think, especially with regard to trousers, since the tendency toward slimness has deeper roots, going back at least as far as WW II.

    Cheers,

    Ac
     
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  8. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    SF is just at the front of the wide lapel fad. Come back in a few years and the song will have changed again.
     
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  9. JubeiSpiegel

    JubeiSpiegel Senior member

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    If Pitti is any indication of trends, suits will have matching shorts instead of trousers.

    Also, socks will be purged from all wardrobes...
     
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  10. Murlsquirl

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    Now that's funny....and possibly the scary truth!
     
  11. heldentenor

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    Don't want to seem like I'm shilling for a brand here (no affiliation, and I only have one item of clothing from them), but is anybody in this thread as drawn to the Epaulet Factory Finds jackets as I am? There's a lot of chat about them on the Epaulet thread but a lot of those guys are mainly SWD. I see at least five fabrics that I would love to add to my fall/winter wardrobe, not including some of the gorgeous browns that are too close to stuff I've already got.

    In no particular order:

    1. lovat blue plaid olive windowpane
    2. heavyweight navy windowpane
    3. midnight check Harris tweed
    4. blue Danube marl
    5. steel blue Harris tweed

    Are any of you considering these or others?
     
  12. MGoCrimson

    MGoCrimson Senior member

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    I love Epaulet — all of my trousers are Walts. I would be all over the FF if I didn't hate Southwick shoulders so much :(
     
  13. Coxsackie

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    A tad slow on GNAT this Saturday evening, so I thought I'd go slightly OT and post my culinary work-in-progress.


    Meat has been browned. Onions, garlic and herbs frying -

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    Time to deglaze the pan with a fine Western Australian white -

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    Then comes the tomato base -

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    Bring to the boil, reduce to a simmer, add the browned meat back in -

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    About two hours to go at this point. Soon I will prepare the gremolata. And (unless Clags gets mad at me), I will post updates as the evening progresses.

    Oh, by the way, I'm wearing a Paul Smith linen shirt and D&G jeans. To cook dinner. What a freaking brand ho...
     
  14. TweedyProf

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    1, 3 and 5 perhaps, plus the light brown donegal as long as it's not too light (Pingson has a nice brown donegal though I couldn't find a pic easily). The issue, of course, is the fit of the jacket, and that I'm much less certain on.

    I hope to try one on next week and can let you know, if any are left (Mike seems to think there should be plenty still next week).

    The lapels seem on the skinnier side than I would like and am worried about the button stance and quarters, but this seems a more traditional jacket design than the LBMs which Epaulet also sells. I didn't see the Blue Marl, is that a recent one? I agree there are many tempting options there and at $500 roughly, not bad.
     
  15. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Hope you were wearing an apron to deflect splatter!
     
  16. Coxsackie

    Coxsackie Senior member

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    Quote: Oh yes, forgot to mention the Thom Browne apron.
     
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    @Coxsackie what? No fresh tomatoes?!
     
  18. Coxsackie

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    Fresh tomatoes are the devil's work. Unless of course one is serving insalata caprese as the first course.


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  19. EliodA

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    Looking good! Are you going to make the gremolata with anchovies? And will you serve your ossi bucchi with the traditional risotto alla milanese?
    (Apologies, but once the subject is food or cooking, I can't stop....)
     
  20. Coxsackie

    Coxsackie Senior member

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    Anchovies have of course already been added, but to the main sugo. Last few times, I also incorporated anchovy in the gremolata, but on this occasion I have decided to eschew that option.

    TBH I don't know how to prepare risotto alla milanese. Often osso buco is served with a creamy potato mash or polenta. I personally prefer it with cous-cous, which of course is just polenta alla arrabiata. (I'm treading unfamiliar ground here with Italian grammar, so go easy on me. Also please excuse the pretentious italics.)

    I am also just slightly ashamed to admit that tonight's cous-cous comes ready-made, courtesy of Ainsley Marriott. However it will be hydrated to perfection by my good self.
     

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