Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Caustic Man, Mar 1, 2013.
As an aside, I don't think this looks terribly dated, nor dead...
Check out Captain Peacock in old reruns of 'Are You Being Served' on PBS. He is always kitted out in stroller nd red carnation.
I was one of a large group who had to wear a rented stroller when I was a groomsmen in my sister's wedding in the eighties. It was a black jacket of heavy gaberdine, three buttons, notch lapels, straight flaps, can't remember if there were vents but I think not. We wore our own black shoes and plain white dress shirts. The waistcoat was dove grey, one of those fake ones that's just a front with a belt around the neck and waist. Trousers were grey and charcoal narrow stripe. She got us matching satin silver ties. I wasn't too happy as a moody teenager but realized on the day it could have been a lot worse, and looking back it wasn't so bad. At least there were no wing collars and paisley waistcoats with matching stocks/ascots like my mate had for his wedding. I was happy to not have been chosen a groomsmen for that one!
Hah! I haven't seen that show in years.
Yes!! "I'm free!!"
Captain Peacock came up in a discussion about British Warm Coats a few months ago, either on here or on AAAC. Of course Are You Being Served? was almost 40 years ago. Frank Thornton is now 92. Don't think you can even buy a new British Warm Coat now, except bespoke probably. BTW I'm sure a couple of the characters in that programme wore bowler hats as well, the starchy Mr Rumbold was one.
I seem to remember the "Grace Brothers" store even had a rule as well, that said junior sales staff could not wear bowler hats and boutonnieres, And that rule might have probably have included prohibiting junior sales staff from wearing strollers. Grace Brothers was ficticious of course, but the setting was an upscale London department store.
A stroller and boutonniere. I'm sure if one is going to wear a rig like that in London these days, it's probably going to turn a few heads and may be considered costume.
NO PARKING for Mrs Slocombe's pussy though.
There was another famous TV stroller, Monty Python's Ministry of Silly Walks 1970.
Is the consensus that a stroller is for events then, rather than occasional wear?
It's smth you wld wear to a semi-formal event in the day, and when the need calls for it. If you're not in England (and even then, only required occasionally over here), chances are you'll need it even less. Unless the dress code calls for morning dress, you'll get by with a three-piece suit.
It's not expensive if you already have a dark charcoal suit since you only need to bespeak trousers and a waistcoat (if you want a contrasting colour).
Too easy. Thx.
I think so. Great for Royal Ascot, not so good for the day job, especially if you have to commute by public transport.
Thing is, I could probably wear a stroller here, and a bowler hat as well. Because they'd all think, that's what Englishmen wear! Many locals here have never seen a real live Englishman before.
Unfortunately for my cartoonish prejudices, I have seen many. They mostly wear Iron Maiden t-shirts and denim shorts. When I do see one in a suit he is usually wear a shiny pink silk tie in a double windsor knot.
Bit different for me I think. I'm in a city of 250,000. There are only two westerners here. Me and another teacher from South Africa. And some of the school textbooks can be very stereotyped, "Englishman" picture of a man wearing a stroller suit, bowler hat, carrying a black umbrella and briefcase. "American" picture of man wearing sneakers, denim jeans, varsity jacket and baseball cap. "Frenchman" picture of man in bold striped shirt, beret, with bicycle and garlic. "German"..... The only TV programme from the UK that most of the locals have seen is Mr Bean.
Really? Is this what people are being taught where you are? That's kinda funny!
Hey, why do you think the entire population of N. Korea hasn't risen up in arms in protest against their appalling conditions? These people are socialised into thinking a certain way, and viewing the world through certain lenses.
This is not to say that the guy resides in a country like that. But Orwell famously said 'he who controls the past controls the future'.
I suppose we all are in our own way.
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