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Tom Ford = well-tailored 70s suits?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dreamspace, Nov 7, 2015.

  1. dreamspace

    dreamspace Senior Member

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    Probably opening a can of worms here, but what the hell.

    I'm currently looking into buying my first Tom Ford suit. Mostly because I like the styling (wide peak lapels, roped and structured shoulders, button-stance, etc.), but also because I know they're high-quality. Zegna Couture IIRC.

    But with that said, are his suits basically just well-tailored 1970s suits? Whenever I see movies from the 70s, the suits absolutely scream Tom Ford. Wide lapels, slim waist, square shoulders, 3-piece, etc.

    I know that he's strongly influenced from that time period, and the tailors from back then (Nutter, Sexton).

    So, what do you think, are you basically buying a Zegna Couture suit with a very specific look?
    I've also noticed that every celebrity and their mother wears Tom Ford. You basically can't go to one awards ceremony, premiere or happening without spotting a celebrity wearing Tom Ford from head to toe.

    And lastly: Are there any better options for that exact look? (Excluding bespoke, that is)

  2. jonathanS

    jonathanS Senior Member

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    The Swamp
    I thought TF is inspired by the golden age of hollywood - 1920s/30s/40s - just a little bit more updated.

    Is TF like Zegna Couture? I didn't know it had that much handwork; I thought the lapel was rolled by machine. But I might be wrong & I don't have much experience w/ TF. So don't quote me on that.

    I like the styling too, but I do not think celebrities wearing TF is a reason to buy it - look at Stephen A. Smith on ESPN, the styling does not fit his body type, so, while he still looks okay, he could look much better with a properly styled suit.

  3. FlyGuy

    FlyGuy Well-Known Member

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    Jul 17, 2010
    Things to to know about TF suits are there are many different OTR cuts. Also, Each season has a different time period influence - to some extent - yet most of the clothing, IMO, is focused on 1960-80 periods - which also draws cues fro the 20-40s.

    They are made in the same factories as Zegna, either on the Italian or Swiss side.

    I have many pieces and find the suits interesting because combination of drape and slimness. Example: TF prides himself on being able to sit down with the jacket buttoned yet when standing, it still maintains the V shape figure. The sleeves and length of jacket are longer and jacket in chest and shoulders overall bigger than most other manufacturers, will cover your backside. It maintains the shape very well. Barchetta curved Chest pocket, straight hip pockets, and almost a southern Italian flair are part of the design too, just not as boxey as the so-ital cuts, Pants are higher wasted and not very slim but work well with the "curvy" look the suit silouhette brings. I find the jackets difficult to pair with slim/skinny jeans since the proportions becomes odd, but that's just me.

    For reference: RLPL Drake and Tom Ford Y cuts (now called the Harrington or Bond) and are my daily wearers.
    Last edited: Nov 8, 2015

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