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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. MGoCrimson

    MGoCrimson Senior member

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    I believe that needs a #sarcasm tag
     
  2. The Noodles

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    I wish it were true.
    I have big head, narrow shoulders, and a flat ass. Oh wait...things do fit me well off the rack lol.

    I am now 175 lbs and 5'11".

    Almost forgot! My Formosa is ready for pickup but Mr.Field is closed tomorrow cus he has to attend a wedding. I have to wait til next saturday.
     
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    Murlsquirl Senior member Moderator

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    Bummer...you can't get it Monday?
     
  4. MGoCrimson

    MGoCrimson Senior member

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    Field is closed on Sundays & Mondays
     
  5. DonRaphael

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    VictorSF was muscular. And I'd say his clothes and fits were among the best. I believe there was another athletic guy of Polish origin in the early days that looked great as well.

    The reason average body types (I'm in this spectrum regarding height) tend to look best in clothes is because RTW clothes are tailored to those specifics. Since the majority of people purchase RTW suits, it's only natural that they will fit the average man better than someone outside the average zone.

    But when/if going bespoke, I'd choose 188cm height and an athletic build anytime in front of 178cm and a thin body with narrow shoulders and a flat ass.
     
  6. Isolation

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    I don't think all people find the taller + more muscular the more attractive/aesthetically pleasing generally speaking, even if it's "ideal" and "proportioned" theoreticals. I think more people find it more attractive than otherwise, and then culture exacerbates that ratio, iyam. A lot of it has to do with culture of masculinity and so on, because certainly not everyone prefers taller women, or even "fuller" bodied ones, but are probably reinforced by media to see those things as the preferred ideal, to at least like it more than they might naturally be inclined to.

    I do kind of think 5'10 to 6 is probably the ideal height I personally want to be, but perhaps I am biased because I am that height, but I tend to think of people not of that height to be either a bit too short or too tall. Again, that's probably because of my own height, but maybe not completely.
     
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    I always thought 6'4" and 210 was the ideal ;)
    But seriously, i think t is more about proportion. When I was much younger and skinnier it was very hard to find clothes that fit well and consequently hard to look good. I could only ever buy suits as seperates, which was limiting, and even then I was too thin for my height to look good.
    However, I had the same problems when I was 225 - chest and shoulders disproportinately much bigger than waist and hips (although I did prefer being that size).
    Which brings me back to my original statement. *tongue firmly in cheek*
     
  8. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    There is only one place where size matters.
     
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    The brain? Mine is rather tiny, so maybe I don't know what you mean? ;)
     
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    Amusement parks? I've been tall enough to go on all the rides for years now.
     
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    Even with bespoke, those who stray too far from my suggested dimensions tend not to look as good as our archetypal, skinny, tallish man.
     
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    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Shoulders. Tailor can take care of most else.
     
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    That's why I have them do my taxes and babysit my kids.
     
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    who maintains your poop deck :confused:
     
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    Cordwainers. Because they have to understand the way the sole of the shoe interacts with different walking surfaces, they are intimately familiar with the maintenance of such surfaces.
     
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    This conversation popped into my head as I was running this morning, and it occurred to me that the classic proportions for tailored clothing were developed at a time when men were most certainly not 6'2" and when muscles were found on laborers, not men who wore suits daily.
     
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    But it's wrong. I will try to elaborate soon.
     
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    It depends on what one means by the time when “the classic proportions for tailored clothing were developed.” Certainly the English tailoring of the latter half of the 19th century was strongly influenced by a military/equestrian look; I don’t think it would be accurate to say that none of its patrons were muscular. The officer corps was largely made up of aristocrats (since commissions were for sale, but not to just anyone) and military service in the corps ran in families. Male members of the royal family often held genuine military appointments, and the landed gentry followed suit. Many of those guys were pretty fit. Even the morning coat takes its name from the morning exercise appropriate to a gentleman: riding.

    So far as military tradition goes, things were similar in the German-speaking world, but not in the French, of course.

    Cheers,

    Ac
     
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