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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Iso, waist suppression, in, er, isolation, isn't feminine, but given your partner's sensitivity to being identified as female, I would recommend avoiding it. There's lots of room between extreme waist suppression and shapeless. Likewise, built-up shoulders, while not inherently feminine, are common on women's tailored clothing. A natural shoulder will help to distance your partner's look from women's clothing.
     
  2. Stencil

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    Frankly, I love pleats. Single forward pleats, anyway. I think they're superior than flat fronts for a number of reasons. If they're well cut, they don't look blousy, but the extra fabric makes movement and sitting much more comfortable. They help create a nice continuous line when worn with tailored jackets (think of how jacket skirts meet trouser hips in old AA drawings). The fold of the pleat lends itself nicely to a crisp crease in the trouser leg, and cuffed trousers will help keep the pleat nice and closed at rest. My uneducated suspicion is that it is easier for pleated trousers to drape nicely, as well. My suits have single forward pleats, a high rise (around 12", near my navel), and suspender buttons. while they look extremely polished, they feel like pajamas. All my odd trousers are flat front; I wish they were pleated. Pleats go in and out of style in the mainstream, but among those in the know, they often preferred for everything but casual cotton trousers.

    I think the conventional wisdom is that flat fronts are for the young and thin, whereas pleats are for those who need more room in their trousers. I disagree. I think what matters in either case is not the pleats, but how well the trousers fit.
     
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  3. Stencil

    Stencil Senior member

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    I don't see how you guys can so definitely dismiss the possibility of suppression. The pantsuit silhouette entails an extreme padded shoulder, bust darts, lots of suppression, and a short flared skirt. The effect is an hourglass figure. But such is the case with many men's suit silhouettes. Everything from the 30's up until the reign of the Ivy sack was hugely hour-glass, but the proportions were very different and quite "masculine." The London lounge cut retains this silhouette. Shouldn't suppression be considered concurrently with the cut of the rest of the jacket? Clean chest or swelled, tight shoulders or extended, and what of the jacket quarters and the shape of the skirt? I'm uncomfortable saying that simple because one has a relatively "feminine" figure that waist suppression will inherently highlight that fact. It seems like there too many other elements of fit at play here to take such a reductionistic view.

    Regardless, I'm in total agreement with the natural shoulder comment.
     
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  4. breakaway01

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    I don't think that sugarbutch is 'so definitely dismiss[ing] the possibility of suppression' at all when he writes that "there's lots of room between extreme waist suppression and shapeless." Waist suppression as strong as Iso's picture would suggest, combined with the highly structured shoulders, add up in my view to a 'feminine' jacket silhouette. Moderating both the shoulders and the waist suppression would help a lot IMO. Also agree with a previous comment about losing the hacking pockets.
     
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    i think they might have passed it down. my impression of people who work in the field: they change a constant and publish a new paper; it amounts to basically what you're describing! it's why they can churn out so many papers. (i'm not an expert in the area, but it doesn't speak well that this is what first comes to mind).
     
  6. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    My comment offers suggestions to reduce the possibility that *others* will see Iso's partner as looking feminine. By themselves, these characteristics of cut don't make someone "look like a woman" but if there are secondary physical characteristics which reinforce the femininity of the wearer, they will likely lead to the undesired outcome. Given his partner's sensitivity around the issue, it seems a conservative approach is the best bet.
     
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    Haven't got much to add to the current discussion other than to say that what Stencil and Sugarbutch are saying are not incompatible and also, yes to pleats! Oh, and to echo RTC, the attitudes here are all very heartening and a credit to this forum.
     
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  9. Stencil

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    I'm Sorry, sugarbutch, I was on my way out the door when I wrote that, and not reading as carefully as I should have. Your comment did indeed leave room for a lot of possibility. I don't mean to be thorny or overly assertive :embar:

    I suppose what I was really going for is that suppression, if used to a reasonable extent in conjunction with other elements of jacket cut, needn't be feminine at all, and (I feel) are unlikely to be seen as such. But I concede the point; if Iso's partner is at all nervous that the execution could still be perceived as feminine, there's no reason in to risk it. There are other styles out there that will be flattering and unfeminine.
     
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  10. Kira

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    So I'm not the only one who is attracted to women wearing menswear inspired clothing.. [​IMG]
     
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    Federer v. Monfils is sloppy, but very entertaining
     
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  13. in stitches

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    Rooooogggggeeeeeeeeeeeer!! :slayer:
     
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    Actually thinking of pleats I wonder if I should consider them too, or what about have them in suits where I would always have the jacket on anyway (ie. db suits), wouldn't that make it more comfortable? I keep hearing rather heated opinions from both camps I am not sure. I know it's not trendy to wear them, but I don't care too much if they are genuinely good, but not many fits show them on WAYWRN either.
     
  15. DonRaphael

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    Fellow Noodlers, I'm in need of advice. I purchased this lovely SC from jrd617
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    How to combine it? I'm thinking rich dark brown pants or cream/tan pants or dark gray/charcoal, yes?
    Shirt-wise I believe simple/solid light blue would be best.
    Should one keep it simple with the choice of tie (solid but textured, say grenadine)? I guess al kinds of navy/brown/rust would work (depending on the choice of pants of course)?
     
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  16. EFV

    EFV Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have a few jackets in similar pattern/colours. I combine it with medium brown, very light grey or charcoal trousers.
     
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  17. DonRaphael

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    Thanks for the reply. When you say "very light grey" do you mean to say that the trousers in that case are lighter than the SC or do you choose light grey pants that are dark enough to provide a darker bottom half than the top half? I never thought of pairing this SC with pants that are lighter than it because it's so light.
     
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    EFV Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I mean lighter. On the other hand, that's usually with S/S jackets, and this looks to be more of an A/W jacket.
     
  19. in stitches

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    That's not a very easy sport coat to wear, in my opinion. I would probably do my best to try to make it work with browns and tans.
     
  20. DonRaphael

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    No, it's not. But I feel I have all the staples and can afford looking for more non-versatile items. Tbh, grey SC with brown trousers (given they're the right shades of course) together with brown/burgundy-ish shoes has become my favorite combination after I saw @EFV do it a couple of weeks/months ago in WAYWARN.

    If I'm able to combine the SC with brown and charcoal trousers, I'm happy. That would provide at least 1 outfit per month, which is good enough. Thanks for the feedback.
     

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