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SB peak lapel suits

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by demeis, Apr 5, 2005.

  1. demeis

    demeis Senior member

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    I have noticed that the only peak lapel suits i've seen that are SB come on in 2-button. Is this the standard? Or can you do 3-button or single button (not counting tuxs)? Maybe its just luck in what i've seen but have been noticing this a lot more lately.
     


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    lisapop Senior member

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    I wore one of my 2-button (2B), SB peak lapel suits just last night.  I think this is the most elegant approach to a peak lapel *suit*.  A 2-button design elongates the torso and will naturally accentuate the width of your shoulders, or provide the illusion of such.  In contrast, a 3-button peak lapel suit is cartoonish, not elegant.  It abbreviates the length of the lapels and establishes the appearance of having a short torso and being stuffed in the jacket.  It fosters a somewhat columnar silhouette rather than the much sought-after v-shape London drape silhouette. Lastly, a 3B peak lapel jacket is dangerously close to a 4B peak lapel suit---Need I say anything more? 2B or not 2B, that is the question: The answer is 2B.
    Grayson
     


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    dorian Senior member

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    I didn't think Thomas Crown's three button peak lapel was cartoonish; not one bit. However, that suit was made by Campagna, so maybe Grayson's rule doesn't apply in this example.
     


  4. Carlo

    Carlo Senior member

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    I like the look in two buttons, this is my favorite simply because it so annoys Ernest. Â Brown is for farmer, pinstripes for city so this suit is never acceptable. [​IMG]
     


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    dorian Senior member

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    hehehe... [​IMG]
     


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    Carlo Senior member

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    I just can't help it. I try, I really do... it's just so damned entertaining.


    Will pray about it.
     


  7. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Darren likes to do single-button peak lapel. www.savile-row.com And there is a poster here and elsewhere who makes 3-button peak lapels something of a signature. Â Saw one today in progress. Â Can't say I was tempted.
     


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    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    Chuck, the tie and shirt are nice (of course) but I have to agree with Ernest - something is seriously wrong with that suit. Maybe the combo of the cut and the fabric, maybe just the fabric itself. It reminds me of the Star Trek episode where they end up on a planet with a weird 1920s-Chicago-gangster fetish.

    I think if stripes are to go on brown fabric they have to be minimal and buried in a really dense, almost boiled-wool looking weave (cf. JN3's navy Polo suit thread, IMMSMC) and probably should have a matching vest or a tan vest or something. Maybe not for farmer, but at least you must admit the countriness of it.
     


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    j (stands for Jerk) Admin

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    Oh, as to the topic, I think peak lapel looks good with one, two or in very limited circumstances, three-button configs. Need I post Sir Samuel Hoare again?: [​IMG] Of course the top button should not be meant to function.
     


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    I think that suit has way too much going on with peak lapels and a ticket pocket. Ditch the ticket pocket and I think it would work well, because the lapel roll sort of provides the 2B look.
     


  12. Doctor Crane

    Doctor Crane Well-Known Member

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    Would you believe me if I told you it was an Oxxford? [​IMG] Anyway, like you said, something just doesn't seem right.
     


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    Ahhh, yes I would believe you.  That is where I've seen this before.  On the Oxxford website there is a light/medium grey suit just like that on the "Suits" page under "Showroom".

    edit: Looking at that page, Oxxford is all about the ticket pocket. They need to learn to exercise some restraint.
     


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    One of Darrens... pretty. [​IMG]
     


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    I'm not a fan of that cut, at all... Also, the peaks are rounded, which is not to my personal taste. Sorry, Andrew...
     


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