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What Has Been the Worst Era for Men's Suits?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by MrDaniels, Jul 9, 2013.

  1. MisterFu

    MisterFu Senior member

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    The morning suit will always get a thumbs up from me (I won't even nit-pick the non-standard pattern on your pants as I am so glad to see that somebody still knows how to dress for a daytime wedding). Frankly, I think it's time to bring back the stroller for daily wear ;-) .

    I think you are right about a renaissance of sorts. A lot of it is driven by the fascination the public has with period television shows such as Boardwalk Empire, Downton Abbey, etc.. I have had a couple of suits with double breasted waistcoats that I thought would remain unique in this modern age. Yet starting last year, I see Paul Stuart, Ralph Lauren and now even Suit Supply all selling the double breasted waistcoat. If I had to venture a guess, it's in no small part thanks to the DB vests sported by Nucky Thompson in season 2 and 3 of Boardwalk Empire.

    One strange side effect of this rediscovery of menswear by the public is that we are seeing an astonishing array of styling elements making a simultaneous comeback. Edwardian, Jazz Era, Mad Men; you name it and it's out there right now. My hope is this doesn't turn into the bizzaro-world of the 1970's where they attempted to integrate 20's and 30's themes with baroque elements (test-pattern jackets with giant hacking pockets and shirt ruffles). So far though, a lot of the stuff I am seeing in the last 18 months is pretty damn excellent.

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  2. ImTheGroom

    ImTheGroom Senior member

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    I made a conscious decision to hi toward the more obscure, but traditional, check pattern. There is a long history of wearing check trousers with morning dress, it just hasn't been seen much since the mid 20th century. I assure you, my details are all absolutely correct. Plys I can wear these pants way more often than cashmere stripe. I also considered chalk stripe.
     
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  3. EFV

    EFV Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Bumping this thread because it's an interesting subject.

    Going back through the (now widely available thanks to Google pic search) centuries of menswear you can find what people have considered silly fads in each era. It's best illustrated by actually posting pictures of the good and the bad of each era, by a highly personal sense of taste of course. Let's start from the 40's:

    40's

    Hasn't aged with grace:

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    Good:

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    50's

    Hasn't aged with grace:

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    Good:

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    60's

    Hasn't aged with grace:

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    Good:

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    70's

    Hasn't aged with grace:

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    Good:

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    80's

    Hasn't aged with grace:

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    Good:

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    90's

    Hasn't aged with grace:

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    Good:

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    00's - present

    Will not age with grace:

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    So, what can be deducted from this?

    Nothing really, but even though the 70's and early 90's saw an outbreak in widespread use of horrible menswear, every era has seen both crap and greatness. The common denominator of the successful looks seem to be an adhering to classic measurements, colours and fabrics. Even though we can clearly tell that the Cary Grant suit would look dated worn today, it doesn't make us laugh either.
     
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  4. MrDaniels

    MrDaniels Senior member

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    I am still going with the Late 80s/ Early 90s.
     
  5. NefariousSabatour

    NefariousSabatour Senior member

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    hilarious
     
  6. size 38R

    size 38R Senior member

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    The current era. for sure.
     

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