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The Amazing Blazer Suit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. matadorpoeta

    matadorpoeta Senior member

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    This is absolutely inane.

    what is the point of a mtm shirt?
     
  2. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Senior member

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    Conservative Social Dress! LMAO. The Chino Blazer combo also approved for UVA cocktail parties on the Lawn. Don't spill your gin & tonic. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  3. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    A Napoli guy like you should appreciate the virtue of patch pockets on suits.

    I like the patch pockets at the hips as part of a casual suit, but I think the patch breast pocket goes too far. But then, I don't like patch breast pockets in general. When you put a pocket square in one, it looks like you have a potted plant glued to your chest.
     
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  4. itsstillmatt

    itsstillmatt Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    What I hate is when rookies like this guy get their MTM shirts so badly fitted that not only do they ride up the arm, but they don't even come back down when the arm is lowered. [​IMG]
     
  5. Artisan Fan

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    What I hate is when rookies like this guy get their MTM shirts so badly fitted that not only do they ride up the arm, but they don't even come back down when the arm is lowered.

    [​IMG]


    Amateurs. [​IMG]
     
  6. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I like the patch pockets at the hips as part of a casual suit, but I think the patch breast pocket goes too far. But then, I don't like patch breast pockets in general. When you put a pocket square in one, it looks like you have a potted plant glued to your chest.

    Think of it as a delicate flower.
     
  7. JLibourel

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    "Blazer suit," eh? At first I thought this would be a sarcastic look at some gawdawful thing with brass buttons such as the better dressed of my two brothers-in-law occasionally wears.

    There was a feller that called himself "Nicholas Antongiavanni." Wrote a book I liked very much called The Suit. For months, it sat, Bible-like, on my beside table. In it, Mr. Antongianni promulgates this dictum:

    "True blazers must have metal buttons; a blue jacket with horn buttons can be most elegant, but it is not a blazer." (page 138)

    Care to comment, Manton? Do you actually have the temerity to disagree with that eminent sartorial authority, Nicholas Antongiavanni?
     
  8. RJman

    RJman Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    "Blazer suit," eh? At first I thought this would be a sarcastic look at some gawdawful thing with brass buttons such as the better dressed of my two brothers-in-law occasionally wears.

    There was a feller that called himself "Nicholas Antongiavanni." Wrote a book I liked very much called The Suit. For months, it sat, Bible-like, on my beside table. In it, Mr. Antongianni promulgates this dictum:

    "True blazers must have metal buttons; a blue jacket with horn buttons can be most elegant, but it is not a blazer." (page 138)

    Care to comment, Manton? Do you actually have the temerity to disagree with that eminent sartorial authority, Nicholas Antongiavanni?


    Sounds like someone's flip-flopping in this election year.
     
  9. luk-cha

    luk-cha Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    What I hate is when rookies like this guy get their MTM shirts so badly fitted that not only do they ride up the arm, but they don't even come back down when the arm is lowered.

    [​IMG]


    or wear short sleave shirts with their tweed suits [​IMG][​IMG]
     
  10. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Think of it as a delicate flower.

    Ah, I see. I'm just not girly enough.

    But kidding aside, I don't completely hate patch breast pockets. Mainly, I hate them on me. And being an egomaniac, that's all I think that matters.
     
  11. King Francis

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    What I hate is when rookies like this guy get their MTM shirts so badly fitted that not only do they ride up the arm, but they don't even come back down when the arm is lowered. [​IMG]
    Also. Also. Look at the sloppiness of his tie. Shameful. Those were the bad old days when people didn't use fabric glue and Teflon coating to keep everything elegant. For what it's worth, I think you've got a great thing going there, Manton. You bring off each look with style. I'd like to make a neat analogy in which, say, your deep charcoal three-piece "funeral suit" is compared to a Derringer or a bolt-action rifle, good only for a powerful shot now and again, whereas this concoction is a 20-round Glock, durable and versatile, but the words just aren't coming out right. I do think the three-piece is brilliant in its own way, though. And thanks for taking the time to take all those pictures. Somebody's gotta learn the masses.
     
  12. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Well we've had some pretty silly debates on MC but this one is edging on surreal [​IMG]
     
  13. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    Wait, you smell that?
    what is the point of a mtm shirt?
    Apparently to get the circumference of the sleeve cuff to defy gravity when one takes pictures of one's self in the mirror or to lift a fork to one's mouth. The point of MTM is to get a shirt to one's own preference, not the preference of some anonymous poster on a clothing forum.
     
  14. mrmax

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    My favourite travel 'suit' is a similar concoction with patch pockets and a (single) horn button. I favour a welted breast pocket. When on a flight I wear the blazer with jeans or chino's and it works perfectly. I also have three pairs of matching trousers. Two flat front straight leg side fastening, and one single pleat in a wider cut for belts and options. I find it gives me a lot of versatility in a tiny piece of luggage. Manton, I see in your first photo that you chose a black belt (and footwear, obviously) with the 'suit' combination. I understand that it dresses up the look, but with my own "Blazersuit" I could not get to grips with the black leather and horn button contrast. Perhaps I suffer from OCD but I much prefer the look sans-belt and with black shoes. Would appreciate your thoughts on that. It goes without saying that IMO the brown belts in the subsequent photos are for more appealing to the overall aesthetic. I dont want aggravate the cuff discussion, but I have always felt the shirt cuff and coat-sleeve should act in unison. If one 'rides up' due to gravity or otherwise, they should both behave accordingly - staying true to your chosen proportion. I believe this is the true nature of bespoke, it is controlled perfection in imperfect conditions. I dont see anything wrong with Mantons proportions. In my case I tend to have my coat sleeves quite narrow with high arm holes. This tends to keep slippage to a minimum, but my shirts have to be cut narrower to prevent them from dissapearing into the coat sleeve. I hardly think this blogger is the bastion of sartorial knowledge, but he posted some time ago about this and it struck me that his subject had a great execution of sleeve proportion. http://thesartorialist.blogspot.com/...ve-length.html
     
  15. spectre

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    Am I the only one who can see the implications of matadorpoeta's incisive observation.

    Wake Up! Imagine the ramifications if this is allowed to spread. Disappearing shirt cuffs...what next? disappearing arms?

    For God's sake, act now! Take a stand!

    If it weren't for posters like this you'd all be allowed to run riot. We need rules and this is one of the most basic ones.

    Why can't anyone see it?
     
  16. mafoofan

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    The point of MTM is to get a shirt to one's own preference, not the preference of some anonymous poster on a clothing forum.

    Moreover, the best bespoke clothes should be beautiful in a way that transcends mere detail. Nothing is 'perfect'. Fixating on the little things can be as blinding as it is illuminating.
     
  17. teddieriley

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    Moreover, the best bespoke clothes should be beautiful in a way that transcends mere detail. Nothing is 'perfect'. Fixating on the little things can be as blinding as it is illuminating.
    But I thought the circumference of my sleeve cuffs were perfect! [​IMG]
     
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    ozonemania Senior member

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    Those shirts are made by the same maker, to the exact same measurements.

    Jesus Christ, can we try to remember that we are dealing with CLOTH? When you raise your arms, cloth slips down. I am not going to staple my shirt cuffs to my skin just to avoid dumbass comments from SF know-it-alls.


    This does NOT work. Now I've ruined a perfectly good shirt trying to get the stains out of my shirt cuffs.

    Next time, I'll try stapling it to the suit instead. Always a perfect 1/4" cuff reveal?
     
  20. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    "Blazer suit," eh? At first I thought this would be a sarcastic look at some gawdawful thing with brass buttons such as the better dressed of my two brothers-in-law occasionally wears.

    There was a feller that called himself "Nicholas Antongiavanni." Wrote a book I liked very much called The Suit. For months, it sat, Bible-like, on my beside table. In it, Mr. Antongianni promulgates this dictum:

    "True blazers must have metal buttons; a blue jacket with horn buttons can be most elegant, but it is not a blazer." (page 138)

    Care to comment, Manton? Do you actually have the temerity to disagree with that eminent sartorial authority, Nicholas Antongiavanni?


    Well, basically, it's not truly a blazer. But it substitutes for one quite well. It fits the same niche, serves the same purpose, etc.

    This one "replaces" my old (ancient) lightweigt blazer with metal buttons. I still have a heavy flannel blazer with brass buttons.
     

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