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PREFERENCE: Naturaly shoulder vs. moderately padded shoulder

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by eHaberdasher, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. Crimson Red

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    As an ivy/prep/madmen [FONT=helvetica neue, helvetica, arial, sans-serif]enthusiastist,[/FONT] I prefer natural shoulder. I dislike padded shoulder. I have studied in London for years but padded shoulder, spread collar, cutaway collar, windsor knot never grow on me.

    Back in Thailand, there is sort of pad fetish among suit tailoring which I think it is totally horrible.
     
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  2. add911_11

    add911_11 Senior member

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    Far too casual for any real businessman.

    Contrary to popular culture, The typical english is even too soft for me.
     
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  3. iSurg

    iSurg Senior member

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    Lol at "real businessman" tag. Good one
     
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  4. VinnyMac

    VinnyMac Senior member

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    +1 to this, lol....
     
  5. msulinski

    msulinski Senior member

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    What is the right kind of shoulder to go well with minimal/no padding?
     
  6. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I haven't even the slightest of clues.
     
  7. msulinski

    msulinski Senior member

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    In general though, do sloping shoulders look better with padding?
     
  8. SkinnyGoomba

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    i fear we're going to start seeing pagoda shoulders again soon.

    I like the natural shoulder.
     
  9. bboysdontcryy

    bboysdontcryy Senior member

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    To me, it does. I feel that a little padding adds some definition to the shoulder, and gives a sharper overall look.

    I stand to be corrected on this, but I daresay that there's probably some padding on the first coat below, and the second looks like a natural shoulder.

    The first somehow looks sharper (and better) to me.

    http://cdn.styleforum.net/5/54/350x700px-LL-54d338d9_010.jpeg[img]

    [img]http://www.styleforum.net/content/type/61/id/815598/[img]
     
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  10. vida

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    I completely agree with your example. I think the jacket in the 2nd pic looks a bit sloppy. The shoulders on the DB look great.
     
  11. FlyingMonkey

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    Agree with this and DocHolliday. And this, I think is the basis of the English-style of suit cutting - it's all about making a flattering silhouette that emphasizes characteristics associated with masculinity, without going over the top. I like the stronger shoulder and nipped waist.
     
  12. SkinnyGoomba

    SkinnyGoomba Senior member

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    PG's use of a completely unpadded shoulder is done in the appropriate context, it's a casual jacket.

    The same can be said about the suit above it, a DB jacket is a great candidate for a structured shoulder.

    There is rarely better or worse in regard to these decisions, however there is better use of a style in respect to the context it will be used in.
     
  13. FlyingMonkey

    FlyingMonkey Senior member

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    Also true.
     
  14. redboat

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    Natural is best for me. I find padding and roping looks stiff, overly formal.
     
  15. redboat

    redboat Senior member

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    +1 as well. The shoulder looks fine.
     
  16. Zeppelin

    Zeppelin Senior member

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    +1 lightly padded natural shoulder. I have rather broad shoulders and a slightly small-ish head compared to the torso, so big shoulder pads do no good for me. But then I also don't have the perfect shoulders, so a little bid of padding is just about right.
     

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