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I bought the pink Gatsby suit from Brooks Brothers

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by AgeofTheGeek, Jun 24, 2013.

  1. AgeofTheGeek

    AgeofTheGeek Active Member

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    Exciting day for me.

    Most people who know me (which is most likely no one on here, given my low post count - lol), know that I am a fanatic about the Great Gatsby, in the context of literature. I've read the book about 7 or 8 times, and have written many essays in my spare time about my own arguments and theories regarding the text. I've taken a class on the novel in college, and have read countless scholarly essays by others on the piece of work. Needless to say, its my favorite piece of literature, and has been since my first read through during my freshman year at high school. It's a novel that has a special place in my heart. I'm no literary genius or analyst, its just a topic I enjoy researching.

    Anyway, I finally bought the famous "pink suit" from the novel, from the Brooks Brother's Gatsby line. Im currently getting it tailored. I don't know if I'm going to wear it or just have it as part of my "Gatsby Collection", lol (I own a first edition copy of the novel and an autographed letter by Fitzgerald. Geek indeed).

    Either way, I'm happy I finally got it. Quality wise, its a nice piece. Picked it up for 800. Its EXTREMELY light; linen, I believe, with a very light white stripe.

    I'll post pictures when I get it back. I do have a wedding that I'll be attending early september, so I may wear it for that. Otherwise, I think it will just be a token piece for now.
     
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  2. AZsundevil

    AZsundevil Well-Known Member

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    Awesome. Definitely post pics when you get it back. I for one look forward to seeing it.
     
  3. Sam3L

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    Congrats, I've always wanted to buy one, but...maybe you can answer the question that always keeps me from buying any Gatsby:
    "Where the f#*k am I going to wear that thing?"
     
  4. MyOtherLife

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    I would also like to see photos. Congratulations on your purchase. Welcome to Styleforum Geek & Sam.
     
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    I'd keep an eye out for this week's Friday challenge too - it might involve pink.
     
  6. AgeofTheGeek

    AgeofTheGeek Active Member

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    lol exactly. Luckily I go to school in Boston - specifically BU - where its not out of the ordinary to see any fashion style, no matter the season. I'm in a business fraternity (aka business club), and suits are mandatory. I'll probably wear it to a meeting when I feel like mixing it up.

    Pics will definitely come.

    I do have a tough body shape. I have an athletic build and soccer legs (big strong thighs, lean/cut stomach and broader shoulders), so its difficult to fit a suit. I'm about 5 foot 8/9, 155 pounds, and I my stomach is more of a 36 or 38, while my shoulders are a 39 or 40 regular cut.

    But pictures will be sure to come
     
  7. AgeofTheGeek

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    Here's a pic of it in the bag before bringing it to get tailored. Sorry about the poor quality. It's sharper in person.
     
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  8. Kai

    Kai Senior member

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    Very interested to see fit pics.
     
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    You realize the pink suit was a symbol for Gatsby's ostentatious, oblivious-to-social-mores, trying-way-too-hard nouveau riche myopia right?
     
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  12. GBR

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    Each to his own.
     
  13. GBR

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    Each to his own.
     
  14. AgeofTheGeek

    AgeofTheGeek Active Member

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    thats one argument.

    others argue that it represents how different he is from Tom, Daisy, and essentially the rest of the 1920s. Tom and Daisy representing carelessness, Gatsby representing, as Nick puts it, "hope".

    But I bought the suit because I'm a big fan of Gatsby, and felt it was appropriate to purchase at least one piece from the line. If I'm going to drop 600+, I'd much rather get the pink suit - something that is unique to the line - than a white suit I can get anywhere, or a blue suit with some lining.
     
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    ter1413 Senior member

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    You could not just buy the movie poster?? :eh:
     
  16. Ich_Dien

    Ich_Dien Senior member

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    I'm gathering you didn't go to the University of Oxford.
     
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  17. AgeofTheGeek

    AgeofTheGeek Active Member

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    no, but every ally country in the war gave me a medal
     
  18. othertravel

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    Actually the whole novel was about the decadence of the post-war upper class in the 1920s (includes nouveau and old money). Both sides were myopic.
     
  19. Pale Male

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    Well, it certainly wouldn't read that way today, particularly at a wedding. It would be festive & fun.
     
  20. JLibourel

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    Let us hope that the OP can wangle some invitations to genteel summer lawn parties or tea dances where he can wear his pink pinstripe with a degree of appropriateness.
     

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