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HOF: What Are You Wearing Right Now - Part IV (starting May 2014)

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I really like how the dark of the waistcoat and your socks seem to be at odds with the otherwise "casual" elements of your outfit: what looks like a cotton suit--although hard to tell from the pics. But this, with the french cuff shirt, and the tie--I think you've combined "formal" and "casual" elements in an interesting way here. Bravo!
Many thanks, sir. The socks are Pantherella in navy, tying into the indigo theme. Would I wear this outfit to teach? Perhaps. I tend to save the French cuffs for Sundays and special occasions.

I suspect some have noticed that the fit of this suit is a bit off. Explanation: it's a Brooks Brothers linen suit, 37R, which is a size too large for me, hence the blocky look of the shoulders.

For most brands, my jacket/suiting size is a 36R. Most places don't carry smaller than a 38. My first made-to-measure suit had to be ordered from the boys' catalog. So I'm afraid that custom or made-to-measure suiting will be the way I expand my modest wardrobe in the future. While that prospect delights me, it's also daunting. An English instructor's salary makes that a very tricky goal to attain.

It doesn't help that a jacket's shoulders are the most difficult part of a garment to alter: I've only ever had it done once, and, while I'm satisfied with the results, the look still isn't quite right. So the growth of my wardrobe has diverted away from suits, filling in with shirts, trousers, shoes, and accessories, all of which I can eBay without having to worry as much about size. But jackets and suits, whose entire silhouette depends on having the shoulders meet one's frame in the right place--those two garments will always be a challenge for me.

What few jackets I have are made-to-measure, with a few serendipitous off-the-rack finds or thriftstore treasures. Does anyone else have this problem, of being too slight in the shoulders? Or am I the only fey creature in this forum?

Either way, this is why I gravitate towards the same color schemes over and over again, and this is also why I enjoy "citing" each garment I wear. I like to see how far I can stretch a limited number of pieces, combining and recombining as I can, using a small number of jackets and suits as a framework for the rest. This is also why most of my garments are solids in "safe" colors, allowing the tie to appear to best advantage.
 

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Many thanks, sir. The socks are Pantherella in navy, tying into the indigo theme. Would I wear this outfit to teach? Perhaps. I tend to save the French cuffs for Sundays and special occasions.

I suspect some have noticed that the fit of this suit is a bit off. Explanation: it's a Brooks Brothers linen suit, 37R, which is a size too large for me, hence the blocky look of the shoulders.

For most brands, my jacket/suiting size is a 36R. Most places don't carry smaller than a 38. My first made-to-measure suit had to be ordered from the boys' catalog. So I'm afraid that custom or made-to-measure suiting will be the way I expand my modest wardrobe in the future. While that prospect delights me, it's also daunting. An English instructor's salary makes that a very tricky goal to attain.

It doesn't help that a jacket's shoulders are the most difficult part of a garment to alter: I've only ever had it done once, and, while I'm satisfied with the results, the look still isn't quite right. So the growth of my wardrobe has diverted away from suits, filling in with shirts, trousers, shoes, and accessories, all of which I can eBay without having to worry as much about size. But jackets and suits, whose entire silhouette depends on having the shoulders meet one's frame in the right place--those two garments will always be a challenge for me.

What few jackets I have are made-to-measure, with a few serendipitous off-the-rack finds or thriftstore treasures. Does anyone else have this problem, of being too slight in the shoulders? Or am I the only fey creature in this forum?

Either way, this is why I gravitate towards the same color schemes over and over again, and this is also why I enjoy "citing" each garment I wear. I like to see how far I can stretch a limited number of pieces, combining and recombining as I can, using a small number of jackets and suits as a framework for the rest. This is also why most of my garments are solids in "safe" colors, allowing the tie to appear to best advantage.
You're no fey creature; you're a fell beast. Incidentally, I have trouble with the shoulders, because I have a large chest but narrow shoulders. My chest measures 46", but my shoulders only 18". So most OTR jackets are either 46R or 48R, and usually the shoulders are like 20-22". I too have only had the shoulders altered on one jacket, my tuxedo, which turned out quite nice. But it's not like having something made for you, for sure. It would be great if there were master tailors on every corner and that everyone had their clothing made so that costs could be driven down. But I suppose the charm and skill of old school tailoring would be lost on most people even then.
 

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