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In what occasion can a man wear DB suit?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MilanoStyle, Jul 26, 2006.

  1. yachtie

    yachtie Senior member

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    I have to agree with the posters on this thread. At least here in the Midwest, DB is considered more formal/stylish. Adding a vest or going 6x3(higher gorge) makes it more so. Any cut with a longer lapel line will make you look taller (e.g. 6x1) a la Armani. Most lolks, like me(I'm a little over 6') opt of a 6x2 as the lapel length vs. Body is more balanced. I occasionally give talks and the like and have no problem appearing in a DB. Just don't unbutton the coat.

    I'd say Go For It[​IMG]
     


  2. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    Double-breasteds are fine anywhere where you wear a suit. The vintage double-breasteds would have also had a vest included.
     


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    marc237 Senior member

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    Just one more voice in support and a word of caution. I think the one place that DB may not always be appropriate is before a jury. I think that there may be a negative conotation for some jurors and a good trial lawhyer would not take the risk.

    http://www.chron.com/disp/story.mpl/...e/3629357.html
     


  4. Jovan

    Jovan Banned for Good

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    Ask yourself why it would be inappropriate to teach in a DB if it is appropriate to teach in a SB. As far as the second, I've only had three professors who wore suits while teaching. One did the single breast + vest. The other two did single breasts. One of them wore what I suspect to be the same suit every day. IE if you feel like doing it, DO IT. No one is going to say "Oh he's a great teacher but I can't respect him because he wears a DB suit while he teaches..."
    I have something to add to this as well: Functionality. Yes, you can wear a DB suit. However, consider that you'll be doing some arm raising here and there. To look good, a DB has to be fastened at all times. (Just the middle button, please.)* With an SB you can leave it unbuttoned and still look okay. Now, I have no idea what you teach; so if you don't do a lot of chalkboard writing or projection screen pulling down in your class, take this with a grain of salt. *Yes, you can argue that people who don't know the rules won't care, but it does sunconsciously give the image of sloppiness.
     


  5. yachtie

    yachtie Senior member

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    I have something to add to this as well: Functionality. Yes, you can wear a DB suit. However, consider that you'll be doing some arm raising here and there.

    High cut armholes generally solve that problem...
     


  6. Buster

    Buster Senior member

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    I have something to add to this as well: Functionality. Yes, you can wear a DB suit. However, consider that you'll be doing some arm raising here and there. To look good, a DB has to be fastened at all times. (Just the middle button, please.)* With an SB you can leave it unbuttoned and still look okay. Now, I have no idea what you teach; so if you don't do a lot of chalkboard writing or projection screen pulling down in your class, take this with a grain of salt.

    *Yes, you can argue that people who don't know the rules won't care, but it does sunconsciously give the image of sloppiness.


    That's an excellent point. I do move a lot and do all of the above.
    My impression ( and I might be wrong) is that while with a SB you can be ( and project begin) dynamic, the DB (whether more or less stylish) is less dynamic ( and more stagnant, reserved). Depending on what I want to project - I can choose between the two.
     


  7. trogdor

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    A slight twist on the first post: I wear suits (only/mainly) when I teach. Would it be appropriate to teach in a DB? Have you had a professor wearing a DB to class?

    I know exactly what you mean. In fact, I'm still umm-ing and err-ing about going back into a store where I recently didn't quite pull the trigger on a lovely DB suit. My reticence was caused precisely by the fact that many students might think me too "stuffy" if I were to teach in a DB suit. I did really like it though.

    Maybe if I bust out the pink paisley pocket square as well, they won't think I'm too conservative [​IMG]
     


  8. Aureus

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    Maybe if I bust out the pink paisley pocket square as well, they won't think I'm too conservative [​IMG]

    If you busted out a rainbow pocket square I don't think they'd consider you conservative at all. [​IMG]
     


  9. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Suitsupply-sider

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    I agree. I wear mine to business meetings and social events all the time.
     


  10. medwards

    medwards Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    A slight twist on the first post: I wear suits (only/mainly) when I teach. Would it be appropriate to teach in a DB? Have you had a professor wearing a DB to class?

    I indeed wear double breasted suits when I lecture and have for over two decades.
     


  11. medwards

    medwards Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have always admired guys who can wear DB suits. Since I am 5'6", I have always shied away from DBs thinking that they can only be worn successfully by taller men. But since the Duke and Fred Astaire were about my height and were fans of the DB suit, I'm starting to change my opinion.

    Sammy:

    We are about the same size. For many years, I had the same concern. Then Keith Fallan -- who had a wonderful eye as well as remarkable tailoring skills -- convinced me to try a double breasted suit and for the past twenty years, I have worn no other style. I will leave it to others to assess how "successfully" I wear them, but I am quite comfortable with this approach and have no intention of changing now. [​IMG]
     


  12. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red "Mr. Fashionista"

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    It's a false difference on the double-breasted suit has too formal (USA) and too informal (UK). If the suit fits well and feels well, then it's the right suit for the occasion.

    That's very succinct.

    A slight twist on the first post: I wear suits (only/mainly) when I teach. Would it be appropriate to teach in a DB? Have you had a professor wearing a DB to class?

    I indeed wear double breasted suits when I lecture and have for over two decades.


    One could do worse than emulate Sir George Sansom, late historian of Japan at Columbia University, and Ryusaku Tsunoda, who taught such greats as Donald Keene.

    [​IMG]
     


  13. chobochobo

    chobochobo Rubber Chicken Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    I think DBs are great, but a good fit is absolutely essential.

    With regards to teaching, I don't think it'd look stuffy at all in comparison with a SB - quite the opposite. I think a well-cut DB would look very sharp indeed. I remember my old anatomy teacher who loved his tweed - he was such a character and constantly reminded me of Professor Calculus (from Tintin) and in my mind embodied the definition of 'The eccentric professor'.
     


  14. trogdor

    trogdor Senior member

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    If you busted out a rainbow pocket square I don't think they'd consider you conservative at all. [​IMG]

    Oh, now it's on. I'm going back to the shop to buy it.

    With regards to teaching, I don't think it'd look stuffy at all in comparison with a SB - quite the opposite. I think a well-cut DB would look very sharp indeed. I remember my old anatomy teacher who loved his tweed - he was such a character and constantly reminded me of Professor Calculus (from Tintin) and in my mind embodied the definition of 'The eccentric professor'.

    Fair point. I'd like to be "The Bad Ass" professor; not the kind who wears torn jeans and smokes weed with his students, but rather the kind of Nietzschean-superman-impeccably-dressed-razor-sharp-bad-ass professor (see my sig.) I think a nicely cut DB could contribute. I may be getting carried away, though.
     


  15. nemuu

    nemuu Senior member

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    b) Certainly not. Actually, it seems to be about to make a slight comeback in fashion, as far as I can see.
    More like a huge comeback.
     


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