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WJTW

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Hi,

Just two questions before I retire for the night.

1) What is/are your favourite lapel design(s)? Specified details, please, since I think there are several notch lapel or peak lapel designs. Pictures will do good, too.

2) What is/are your opinion(s) on four-buttoned suits? Do they look good? What are the 'criteria' needed to wear one (for example the height and/or size of the wearer, etc)?

[edit] 3) Oops, a third question just came to mind. I know square-toed shoes are not exactly well-liked here, but how about, say, pointed shoes? What are the forum members' most preferred toe-design?

Thanks,
WJTW
 

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I second the 4 button suit looking horrible. I think we would all be a bit surprised to learn, however, that most Norfolk hunting and riding jackets are traditionally 4 button. So, while they are only seen on NBA draft picks these days, they have a very long and storied heritage.

Pointy shoes are ridiculous. You will look like an elf. Some of the younger guy on the forum will disagree, and thats cool. There is a whole tight flared trendy jeans and pointed shoe thing going on here in NYC, mostly by young gay men, but also some fashion forward college aged guys.

My own favorite look, and one that comprises about 75% of my wardrobe is a single breasted peak lapel, 2 button suit. duel vents. I cant decide if I am annoyed or not by the whole peak lapel onslaught these days, but I wore them before this recent trend, and I will wear them long after it.
 

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Not to be too harsh, but I think the only criteria needed for wearing a four-button suit is bad sense of style.
An alternative to a 4-button suit is, of course, the shirt jacket, a deconstructed jacket (no canvass, no fusing) that wears like an untucked shirt. Mine are with patch pockets, no chest pocket, no vents, 100% wool.
 

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Don't know if this helps, but I've seen a few characters on Arrested Development wear 4 button suits and they appeared to be worn successfully. Possibly a shameless plug for the show, but seriously, check it out. I remember 2 characters specifically that wore 4 button suits, namely GOB and Wayne Jarvis.
 

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i. love. that. show.
 

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i. love. that. show.
The word needs to get out. People have to watch this show. And buy the first season on DVD. As I'm sure many know, Fox cut the episode order from 22 to 18. Makes it look like a third season is not necessarily a given. The More You Know
 

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Watching reruns of TV on DVD? Wow. Who has time for this?
 

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it's actually faster that way, as you don't have to deal with commercials. i watch it on tivo, to similar effect. a few months ago i bought the dvd of the first (and only) season of a great sci-fi show, Firefly, which I had somehow missed completely when it originally aired. watching all the episodes back-to-back (well, over several nights) was a treat. also with dvd's you get commentary, if you're into that stuff. ***edit - so sorry for perpetuating the threadjack...
 

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Fox really gave AD the shaft. I loved the first season, but the second season is airing so infrequently, makes it too hard to watch or get into. I always try to tune in on Sundays, but I'm thinking of just waiting for the dvd. I wonder if there'll be a 3rd season.

it's as if they get off on withholding /quote
 

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Honestly, I like a four button suit, especially the high stance it gives the suit. I like high stance suits, even though, at the same time, I like three-piece suits and as a result, a vest would need to be of an even higher stance, which I don't like...
: Actually, I get a bit uncomfortable looking at two or three buttons suits (and the *gasp* one button suit). For two buttons, there are too few buttons. Three buttons, a good number, but it is an odd number and just look strange to me. So, to me, four buttons seem to be the perfect balance. Good number of buttons, and an even number.
Just me, I guess. Hmm, a shirt jacket. I think that is the closest thing to the suit I would like to have. It is something like a shirt jacket (as described) with shirt-like collars and all (no lapels), but it is lined (constructed?) and has shoulder pads. I saw this suit being drawn in a book containing drawings of men's suits and I think it look good as a casual suit. I actually saw it on sale, but it is actually a mandarin collared suit with an attachable collar. Well, I have been drawing really (really) crude drawings of different lapel and collar designs and perhaps they might be turned into a real bespoke suit someday.
WJTW
 

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