New to the forum, surprised by some of the fashion/advice

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by SilverSurfer, Apr 19, 2006.

  1. poorsod

    poorsod Senior member

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    What is the suggested body shape for a DB? I assume it works better for thin people because it tends to broaden the figure.
     


  2. The False Prophet

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    I'm 21, 35" chest, 29" waist, and thinking about a career in the law.

    I see no obstacle whatsoever to wearing DBs. They need to have, I think, a highish button stance for my body shape, heavily waisted, and fairly soft shoulders. The only thing that will bug me is that if I'm in court and constantly standing up and down, a 4x2 (my preferred config) is a nuisance to button and unbutton...
     


  3. pejsek

    pejsek Senior member

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    I thought for sure that Manton would be The Decider.
     


  4. thinman

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    What is the suggested body shape for a DB? I assume it works better for thin people because it tends to broaden the figure.

    This is correct.

    pejsek, a DB should always remain buttoned.
     


  5. kcgreg

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    Actually, I wasn't really referring to you as the rule stickler. I was referring to those who ask for advice on the rules and then blindly follow that advice as "rule sticklers." So, I think that we agree. Knowing the rules is one thing, but blindly following them without adding your own flair is something totally different. I wasn't trying to say that you are the leader of some group that are stickler for rules, rather that there are some people that seek your advice on the rules and then blindly follow that advice - these people would be rule sticklers.



    With that statement, I was only stating a personal preference. Personally I don't wear DB suits and, like I said, if someone were to ask me to recommend something to them, I would not recommend a DB suit.


    All my suits are DB. Suits for business that is. All my sport coats on the other hand are always SB and have never been DB. [​IMG] So ultimately I guess it boils down to personal preference - right?

    I have never worn SB suits in my life because of my shape and height.
     


  6. pejsek

    pejsek Senior member

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    thinman, I certainly agree about keeping the db jacket buttoned up.
     


  7. odoreater

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    All my suits are DB. Suits for business that is. All my sport coats on the other hand are always SB and have never been DB. [​IMG] So ultimately I guess it boils down to personal preference - right?

    I have never worn SB suits in my life because of my shape and height.


    Definitely. If you feel comfortable and confident wearing DB suits, then by all means you should wear them. Personally, I would feel kind of self-conscious in a DB suit and that is why I avoid them. Maybe it's because I'm a young guy (my father always used to wear DB suits so maybe I associate that look with an older crowd), or maybe I just don't like the way they look on me. Some people can pull it off quite well (the guy in the Chan DB suit on the other thread looked pretty good in that suit I must admit - though I don't know how versatile it would be).

    Now that I think about it some more, another reason why I don't like DB suits is that they seem too dandyish for me. So, I guess it's fine if you want to foster the image of being a dandy, but I personally would not want anybody to think of me as a dandy (and I don't think of myself as one) so that might be another reason why I avoid them.

    But, the bottom line is, if you feel comfortable with that look and if it makes you happy then go for it. I would never rib somebody at work for wearing a DB suit, in fact, when people can pull it off (as some people at my office can) then I feel proud of them (if that makes sense).
     


  8. Martinis at 8

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    ...For example, it seems as though a good number of posters here wear double breasted suits. I was shocked to read this, as they are almost universally condemned...

    I wish some of you guys were around in the mid to late 60's and early 70's. The smart-looking man then had what was almost a uniform. A double-breasted blue blazer, gray slacks, a white shirt, and a regimental tie. The so called "mod" look was really not the hallmark of those years like so many have made out.

    The DB fell by the wayside because men got FAT, fat, and fatter. A DB will not look good on someone with a negative drop. Which most men in the US have today.

    To combat this, later on designers went from a 6-button DB to a 4-button DB. They also lowered the 4-button array, so that it descended well below the waist line. Incidentally, pleated pants came about as a result of increased fatness, and decreased fitness.

    We fat guys, started wearing our SB open as our girths increased. An open DB looks ridiculous, hence another reason for the demise.

    The classy 6-button DB was always worn closed. I would estimate that one needed a drop of at least 6 to look good in it. Women would swoon over the wearers because it showed the athletic profile of the wearer.

    M8
     


  9. whoopee

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    Incidentally, pleated pants came about as a result of increased fatness, and decreased fitness.

    Sorry, this is wrong. Pleats were here before the period of "increased fatness" you reference.
     


  10. Martinis at 8

    Martinis at 8 Senior member

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    Sorry, this is wrong. Pleats were here before the period of "increased fatness" you reference.

    Nope. They "pseudo-resurrected" due to fatness. Sorry, old Zoot-suit pleats don't count, since Zoots have never been taken seriously.

    M8
     


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    Definitely. If you feel comfortable and confident wearing DB suits, then by all means you should wear them. Personally, I would feel kind of self-conscious in a DB suit and that is why I avoid them. Maybe it's because I'm a young guy (my father always used to wear DB suits so maybe I associate that look with an older crowd), or maybe I just don't like the way they look on me. Some people can pull it off quite well (the guy in the Chan DB suit on the other thread looked pretty good in that suit I must admit - though I don't know how versatile it would be).

    Now that I think about it some more, another reason why I don't like DB suits is that they seem too dandyish for me. So, I guess it's fine if you want to foster the image of being a dandy, but I personally would not want anybody to think of me as a dandy (and I don't think of myself as one) so that might be another reason why I avoid them.

    But, the bottom line is, if you feel comfortable with that look and if it makes you happy then go for it. I would never rib somebody at work for wearing a DB suit, in fact, when people can pull it off (as some people at my office can) then I feel proud of them (if that makes sense).


    [​IMG] Hear - hear!!! Well said odoreater!!!! I'll second that.
     


  13. Tomasso

    Tomasso Senior member

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    ...nevermind.


    [​IMG]
     


  14. Teacher

    Teacher Senior member

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    Occasionally (less and less) I answer those questions.

    Let's reverse this trend to make it more and more

    Part of this comes from some (I repeat, some) strong language that was used in the past (and not just by you). Some of this comes from sensitive questioners. You decide!
     


  15. LabelKing

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    I take offense to 4x1 or any 1 buttoned double breasted.
     


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