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What do you think about chalk stripe suits?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by mg428, Nov 26, 2009.

  1. lasbar

    lasbar Senior member

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    I drool over this picture.
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    I don't like chalk stripes in general and especially thick London banking ones.

    They're actually my pet hate especially in the double-breasted form worn by some red-faced obese gentleman.

    The example on the picture is nice because it is a single breasted example and the cut is fitted.
     


  2. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

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    Love my white on black RLPL from member Holdfast. [​IMG]
     


  3. The_Foxx

    The_Foxx Senior member

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    If you're a 40 reg in isaia, navy two button chalkstripe at saks nyc, call omar in the mens dept. I didn't end up buying it today, but it looked great and 40% off
     


  4. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

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    mg, here you go: [​IMG] [​IMG]
     


  5. RUSSBHEEZ

    RUSSBHEEZ Well-Known Member

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    chalk stripe is a must have.. classic and timeless
     


  6. GBR

    GBR Senior member

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    OK but far from essential
     


  7. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

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    OK but far from essential
    It is, to some extent, a question of geography.
     


  8. fcuknu

    fcuknu Senior member

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    I love it on flannel, or any woolen suit, but it CAN look douchey on a worsted suit, or it can look great too...
     


  9. Concordia

    Concordia Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Way over the top, but I have always loved the look of Redford's suit in The Sting

    [​IMG]
     


  11. George

    George Senior member

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    mg, here you go: [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Those lapels are poor. I like a strong lapel on a SBPL, however, it takes a good tailor to execute them well and those aren't executed well, they're way to straight, way to angular, not long enough in relation to the width, I could go on. To sum up, they look like they belong on a zoot suit and a bad one at that. Of all the suit styles a man can own, the SBPL is one that should only be purchased tailor made and not off the rack. Off the rack, they're always badly executed.
     


  12. Huntsman

    Huntsman Senior member

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    Those lapels are poor. I like a strong lapel on a SBPL, however, it takes a good tailor to execute them well and those aren't executed well, they're way to straight, way to angular, not long enough in relation to the width, I could go on. To sum up, they look like they belong on a zoot suit and a bad one at that. Of all the suit styles a man can own, the SBPL is one that should only be purchased tailor made and not off the rack. Off the rack, they're always badly executed.
    All those aspects of a PL that you cite don't necessarily need a bespoke tailor to control -- the legnth:width ration, the straightness, angularity, etc. So I think what you are saying is that you merely don't like OTR peaks. I don't like them bellied at all, but I like them narrow as well as wide. Anyway, this suit is complimented every single time I wear it -- which, I suppose, could go to the general poor level of taste, but I'll take it. ~ H
     


  13. George

    George Senior member

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    All those aspects of a PL that you cite don't necessarily need a bespoke tailor to control -- the legnth:width ration, the straightness, angularity, etc. So I think what you are saying is that you merely don't like OTR peaks. I don't like them bellied at all, but I like them narrow as well as wide.

    Anyway, this suit is complimented every single time I wear it -- which, I suppose, could go to the general poor level of taste, but I'll take it.

    ~ H


    I agree, the problem you have with a lot of OTR is that there is a tendency to exaggerate details, especially, if those details are undergoing something of a revival as is SBPL at the mo. I like the suit through the body and the fit seems OK for OTR, the cloth is very tasteful it's just that I find the lapels too exaggerated. A SBPL is already a bold suit, you have a bold(ish) cloth so there's no need (in my book) to exaggerate the lapels as much as Lauren has, you may find that your suit date very quickly which would be shame as it's a nice fit and a tasteful cloth. I appreciate however, that longevity may not be a concern to you.

    I should imagine that RL purple label is quite expensive, have you not considered bespoke?
     


  14. knittieguy

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    I like the suit and the pattern, but I agree that the lapels are a bit high and wide. It seems kind of strange for there to be air between the top of the peak lapel and the shoulder. It almost looks as if you were looking at the suit from behind you would see the peaks peeking over the top of your shoulders.

    If you look at the Newman/Redford lapels and gorges, they are considerably lower.
     


  15. Film Noir Buff

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    Those lapels are poor. I like a strong lapel on a SBPL, however, it takes a good tailor to execute them well and those aren't executed well, they're way to straight, way to angular, not long enough in relation to the width, I could go on. To sum up, they look like they belong on a zoot suit and a bad one at that. Of all the suit styles a man can own, the SBPL is one that should only be purchased tailor made and not off the rack. Off the rack, they're always badly executed.
    The suit may have issues but the fabric is "strong". Chalk stripes are an amazing pattern. The confusion over gangsters liking them disregards the cut. The cut of a suit tells more about the owner than the pattern. The pattern tells something about the owner too but that's a personal stylistic choice/judgment versus the suit/tailor which is more general level one. I would prefer to have fabrics I didnt like as much made by my tailor than than the fabrics I want made by someone else. Happily, I dont have to make this choice but it underscores the difference between fabric choice and tailor choice.
     


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