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The DB Stare

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, May 9, 2012.

  1. UncleCozy

    UncleCozy Senior member

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    I really got stares when wearing a three-piece earlier on. Perhaps it's due to my age, but even then I am sporting a beard, so that shouldn't really add to the costumey look.
     
  2. KObalto

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    Another undertaker?
     
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    Sometimes I wish the forum had a thumbs down button
     
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  5. Americana

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    I live in a medium sized town in South Carolina. I wear a DB Navy Blazer on occasion. It is RLBL wiith rather wide lapels. I find that many people dont realize it ever went out of style. It may be that style does not move much in rural South Carolina.

    I do get the occasional..."Oh are those back in style?" I usually just repond, "They are for me."

    You do have to be conscious not to come across as arrogant or an ass. As with most things, the key is having the confidence to pull it off. You have to be comfortable in it.
     
  6. MikeDT

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    I just get "The stare" :) DB or not, doesn't really come into it.
     
  7. MikeDT

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    You probably need to get out into the daylight a bit more.
     
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    This is now almost universally true. :(
     
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  10. Bradford

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    Yeah but people really stare when you burst into flames :D
     
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    I can't tell. Does it have hacking pockets?
     
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    Wow this 'Good' one is absolutely hideous. The 'Bad' one I kinda like though. It all depends on how it fits the wearer though - especially in the length. Crucial to get that right because the square end really emphasizes the horizontal line across the body. If it's not at the right place, calamity ensues.
     
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    If you are David Niven in Casino Royale, go for the first. If you are not and Jean-Paul Belmondo is not an extra in your late-60s film that is so bad it is actually good, then go for the second.

    What annoys me here is that you have a mediocre version of a 60s "dandy" look and a mediocre version of a classic CBD look. They are both mediocre. Difference in the real world is that the medicore classic look is fine at CBD work, but any variant of of the 60s look will draw very negative attention except possibly after hours in some clubs in the meat-packing district. And not necessarily in a good way.
     
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  14. Testudo_Aubreii

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    Like Patrick, I would also love to see a picture, Svenn. Were you thinking of the old short-skirted DB morning coats?
    http://imageshack.us/photo/my-images/407/shortskirtedmorningcoatch6.jpg/sr=1

    What did the tailor say about getting the cutaway fronts right? It always struck me that that would be hard.
     
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    Love the hair!
     
  16. Testudo_Aubreii

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    I agree with Manton's generalization. More men seem to wear tailored coats to work in the USA than did in 2008, but DBs are worn less frequently than in 2008. I don't think, though, that the decline of DBs has accelerated since 2008: it seems to me that the rate of decline has held steady since they started to fall out of fashion in the late 90s.

    I think four factors are important in explaining the decline, with the decline in custom tailoring the base factor:

    (1) Since the late 1990s, the fashion has been for tight and skinny. It is much easier for this silhouette to look decent in RTW SB than RTW DB. Back when the drape/droop silhouette was fashionable, RTW DB coats could hold their own against RTW SB coats.

    (2) The trend toward casualization has made leaving jackets open and unbuttoned ever more popular. DB lounge coats look terrible unbuttoned.

    (3) People are becoming less comfortable with the 20th century ideal male body type and male visual image. That body type and image were all about broad, straight shoulders, the chest, and an attractively presented face. People now are increasinly placing nearly equal emphasis on the thighs, buttocks, and genitals: more and more, the entire male body is coming to be accepted as a site for aesthetic evaluation. SB does a much better job of showing off the thighs than DB. Also, SB distributes visual attention more equally across the whole above-knees body than does DB, which drives attention to the chest, shoulders, and face.

    (4) The average person in the USA is fatter than she was 40 or 30 or 20 years ago, while the culture has become ever more harsh toward fatness ("No excuses!" "Don't be weak!"). SB has an easier time than does DB of emphasizing vertical lines which balance out fatness.
     
  17. F. Corbera

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    I wonder if you would be so kind as to furthur expand the part in your post on buttocks and genitals.

    Thank you.
     
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  18. mmkn

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    ^ Is it called "balance?"

    End of the chicken legs era?

    Are meaty thighs the end of meatheads? I don't know.

    I have heard that the swimmer's physique is the new ideal.

    - M
     
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    This thread has the potential to become awesome.
     
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    Where's reevolving, or iroh?
     

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