http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...LV9U1ERE7F.DTL Editor's note: A recent photo of J. Crew's shrunken suit had readers asking, "I'd love to know whether this represents high fashion or is a bad joke?" Style asked Pocket Square columnist Aaron Britt. The suit silhouette popularized by designer Thom Browne - a slim-fitting gray number whose short sleeves and cropped cuffs leave no joint to the imagination - has resounded across the men's sartorial landscape. Huck Finn-height clam diggers and slim slacks are de rigueur for the fashion set, resulting in breakless pants, sockless ankles and broken-in brogues. Add in record summer heat (in places that actually see the sun) and you've got the ingredients to keep tailors in needles and chalk. I say, why not? With the sagging-trousers set slumming in the Financial District during working hours, a flash of sharp tailoring (and just a bit of skin) not only suggests the suit wearer is paying attention to things sartorial, but also has enough sense to know when and how to separate himself from the un-dry-cleaned masses. A suit is all about respectability, and respectability is rarely bold. But a sense of proportion - the fit in the shoulders and around the middle still count for much in the shrunken suit - and just a bit of panache set apart those in the passing lane from those who are merely passable. An eye for subtle detail is critical, too: A crisp, white shirt with a simple pocket square will do. As ever, tailoring says more than your tie ever need try to. The shrunken suit addresses the biggest problem American men have with their duds: fit. The last time I checked, "comfortable" isn't a style. And if clothes were cars, most men would be wandering around in Astro vans. The shrunken suit might then be the Smart Car - undoubtedly snug, but zippy, knowing and unerringly now Read more: http://www.sfgate.com/cgi-bin/articl...#ixzz0wtoILXUi ============================================= Thoughts from the forum? Here are some comments from SF Gate readers: bsesf 4:45 PM on August 1, 2010 Is this the what NOT to wear picture? itsaspork 12:05 PM on August 1, 2010 Nice suit - did you borrow that from your little brother? nastij 9:29 AM on August 1, 2010 Aren't those pants a little "high-water" - i.e., too short?