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HOF: What Are You Wearing Right Now - Part III

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mr.K, Mar 25, 2011.

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  1. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    so does that make it a T&A pic?
     
  2. upr_crust

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    Only if the gentleman in question is wearing Turnbull & Asser.
     
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    Butler, please stay away from the extra foggy parts of London
     
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  4. mktitsworth

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    :p
     
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    Can't say about that pic.
     
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    Hahahahaha, this thread is delivering so hard right now.

    Butler... I don't even know what to say. Rock on. :cheers:
     
  7. Butler

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    Actually walked it (over "famous" tweed 3 piece suit) through Savile Row together with TTO Wedensday - no fog, but a few startled tailors (including my own):cheers:
    :bigstar:
     
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  8. mjd

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    You, sir, are a God among men.
     
  9. Holdfast

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    There's nothing I intend getting altered on that jacket; so for my level of tolerance, it's A-OK. You might be right about some of those points; as I said, I don't propose it as a "perfect" fit, but rather, a fit I'm happy with & consider fair value. Perhaps that's a slight abdication of responsibility, but what I mean is that as the shoulders (and amount of skirt flare at the hips) are good enough for me, I can't see the point of going through the time/effort of changing them as I won't be any happier than I already am. The only point I'd differ with you on more objective level, though, is that the vents really are lying as flat throughout their length i.e the bottom of top layer makes direct continuous physical contact with cloth of the underlying layer. That's enough for me. If it were a thin fabric, or pressed very flat (taking the life out of the body of the cloth), you wouldn't see the thickness of the fabric at the rolled edge of the flap, which I think it what you're noting, as it casts a slight shadow.

    On your other point of sharing a similar body habitus; yeah it's a PITA for clothes, isn't it? I have a fair amount of lordosis, with a much more minor/slight scoliosis, which impacts on the rest of my posture in the expected compensatory way. Not to the point of causing any physical problems (though I suppose in a few decades time, it might) but definitely at the far end of the spectrum of normal range of back curvature.

    I'm sure it's exacerbated by leaning over when typing, and using a mouse. For the first time in a few years, I haven't any big writing projects in the pipeline, so hopefully that will ease off slightly. I do find that being consistent in doing stretching/yoga exercises limits its deterioration and can even temporarily correct it. I've been a bit sloppy with doing them recently, and have noticed the back being slightly worse. Interestingly, these minor changes are first noticeable in how they affect the fit of my bespoke jackets, so it's actually quite a sensitive way of reminding me when I've been slack. My RTW and MTM stuff has a much greater tolerance before their fit is affected. Perhaps that's part of the reason I'm not quite as demanding about the initial fit; I hadn't thought that before, but I suppose it's possible. Maybe I'm just relatively easily pleased (though of course, I'm still quite neurotic it compared to the average customer, I'm sure!)
    Butler, I love your style, but I think we've finally found the limit of what you can pull off. Love the attitude behind the choice though. Bet it was nice & warm too.




    This is the jacket in the other colourway to the one above:

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    In contrast to my comments regarding the green one, there is one marginal/non-urgent, area of fit that I do intend asking about on this one. There's a very slight horizontal roll a few inches below the collar. None of us noticed in over a couple of fittings, so it might just not be sitting quite straight on me today and will therefore disappear by itself over time. I'll probably have another look when the weather becomes too warm to wear the jacket any more, and if it's still there, take it back for a review. No biggie; part of the process once in a while, as far as I'm concerned.

    Another robopose pic below, so you can see what I'm talking about. Forgive the slight slouch/rotation/lean to the left; that isn't actually my back causing problems, I don't think; that's more the camera, which has to be placed at an angle to the desk in order to get the shot, making it difficult to judge where/how to stand so as to be dead-on straight and facing the camera, especially when running back to get into position in time to beat the timer countdown. I always underestimate how much I have to angle myself to face the lens head-on so end up twisting my upper body at the last second, instead of shuffling my feet round. And I'm too lazy to retake the snaps. Still, you still should be able to note the tiny roll that I mean to get looked at if it doesn't naturally settle away after a handful of wearings.

    [​IMG]

    Finally, just for fun, I've re-uploaded an old robopose pic from about 15 months ago, of my last bespoke suit order. It has the same basic jacket fit as these, though obviously as a 3B rather than 2B. You can actually see the areas that have been tweaked since then (for example, the right upper arm and shoulder is a little cleaner now). I didn't notice that correction until I looked back at this pic; tailor must have made a note without my realising, I suppose. These things are always a work in progress, it seems.

    More importantly and depressingly, I note that my bald spot has grown ever larger in the intervening time... [​IMG]

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  10. mktitsworth

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    Anybody have any thoughts on my fit today? I was hoping for some feedback. I'm not really worried about the fit (save for something I plan to ask Despos about when I see him), but I was wondering about the combination. I've not really tried or considered a blue shirt with this suit before and I like it alright. Would be interested in hearing the thoughts of others though.
     
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    I think the shoes and suit look fantastic and the pale blue shirt is a great backdrop. I like it as a colour combination with that shade of grey, so if that's the only bit of the fit you wanted feedback on, my feedback is resoundingly positive.

    But the tie and square don't sing to me. For me, they feel quite... well, I don't know, perhaps "ponderous" is the right word? The suit and shoes are both quite playful in their own ways, and while a solid shirt is certainly sensible enough to balance that with some sobriety, I do think you could have let the tie (and possibly the square; or if that would have been too much on top, omit the square entirely) dance to the same lively tune. A more noticeably patterned (not so much in scale, but certainly in terms of the contrast between the tie's accent & background colours, and I think the overall look would benefit. For example a printed repeating small pattern in a fairly heavy silk (to echo the substantial-looking weight of the wool in the suit) would be nice. There are plenty of acceptable such patterns even within SF's (professed) preference for understatement.
     
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    You've pretty much hit hit where many of my own thoughts are. This is why I referenced the tie when clapy mentioned Fred above - I can think of at least one he owns that I think would have been better, very much in the style you've described. As to the square, I agree. As a scientist I make it a point to keep an open world view. Since :foo: has been harping cream silk, I thought I'd give it a try. Next time though I think I will pass.

    The cloth is, as I understand it, actually rather light. At the very least it wears as if it weighed nothing. I believe it is 9oz Carlo Barbera for Drapers. It hangs and moves wonderfully, though much of that probably owes to the man who made it up for me (and suggested it for that matter). One of the selling points was that the tone of the cloth changes depending upon the lighting. It's really a taupe, but in the right light it looks tan, in another grey. I very much enjoy it. My usual starting place is to pair it with either a solid lavender or ecru shirt. However, there's also a pink oxford that's being made up which I think will look awesome.
     
  13. Ianiceman

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    I still can't fathom what possessed you to get a suit in that colour. It looks like the coat of a subterranean mole who has just emerged from his burrow through a peat bog swamp filled with effluent from the local power plant. With everything at your disposal for a bespoke commission it baffles me, and to your point, doesn't make an easy choice for you when it comes to selecting accompanying shirts, ties, socks etc. Fit is good, so there is that! :D
     
  14. mktitsworth

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    Because it's what I wanted. My enjoyment of it is not predicated upon yours. I have yet to have any problems with it shirt/tie/sock wise. I did think blue would not work well, but the taupe does a great job of grabbing from whatever is in the shirt to pull together. I liked that the maroon of the tie played with the light blue to indirectly accent the pinstripe, though I would have preferred the tie to be silk and not herringbone. Socks are easy with it. All in all, It's turned out as well or better than I expected. YMMV though.
     
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    You should be more respectful. He spent a lot of money on the suit (this is made by Despos, right?) and he likes it a lot. No need to rain on his parade in an attempt to make him regret a very expensive purchase. Uncalled for.
     
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    Nice beard bro

    A proper beard has to have a the right amount of fuck you, yet not border into hippie, professor fuck my girlfriend or faux mountain man.
     
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  17. Ianiceman

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    Oh get a grip man. He chose the suit colour and is clearly content with it. He posted pictures and solicited opinions. I don't like the colour so i gave an opinion, with which he can choose to agree, disagree, ignore or get butthurt by. I could of course have chosen to have kept my opinion completely to myself, just as he could have chosen not to post pictures, and where would this message board be without either? I'm sure he's sleeping soundly in his bed knowing he has Internet friends to jump to his defence when someone is being 'disrespectful'. Or maybe I should just only post 'well done', 'good job', 'awesomesauce', 'amazeballs', etc etc ?
     
  18. Caustic Man

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    I thought the suit was ugly too, but hey, he does it as well as it can be done. So you can't fault him for that.
     
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    Hmm, maybe its the angle, or me hunching - believe it or not it was a quick random shot before I took it all off after a hard days work. The jacket was tailored by a tailor that's been in the business for a few decades, and I specifically ensured that it wasn't that new-age modern short look (which I don't like).
    Yeah, the 'gap' didn't see that, i would have tightened up if i saw that!

    Thanks for the tip - although I won't do pocket squares for the Monday to Friday events. Only for special occasions.
    Thanks champ![​IMG]

    Thanks sir, but normally wouldn't have the tie down, unless shirt is unbuttoned.
     
  20. Caustic Man

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    Why would the shirt be unbuttoned if you are wearing a tie?
     
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