Whats the ratio of SB to DB suits in your wardrobe ?

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  1. Baron

    Baron Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have a db blazer - a vintage thrift store find, American made HSM in a very heavy navy worsted (serge?). I like it enough to be very sad that it doesn't fit well.

    I don't have any db suits, but I do have a length of Minnis high-twist charcoal twill cloth that I'm thinking of having made up by one of the local tailors and I'm torn between going db or sb. This is going to be my most conservative suit, so maybe db is not timeless enough or perhaps too rakish for funerals and court appearances (if I ever get sued)? I'll have to start a thread at some point to get some feedback.
     


  2. Ianiceman

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    The following are all deeply held convictions I have hear about DB jackets:
    "Only tall, thin men can get away with them."
    "Only round men should wear them."
    "They give the illusion of height to short men."

    Moral: Anyone who rejects DB jackets on the grounds of body type is an idiot.


    I've yet to see a fat or even portly man look good in a DB. Maybe someone like Edward G Robinson could get away with a high button version but for real people in today's world I don't see it. I think that can add width to a tall skinny bloke.
     


  3. TheDarkKnight

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    I think it is the opposite. The senior people in my office wear Tommy Bahama shirts and khakis. Why? Because they make millions, have equity ownership and don't give an F. Besides, we work near the beach and a golf course.

    Haha, yes perhaps you have a point. The extremely well off do tend to dress like that. However perhaps this adds credence to not wearing a 3 piece, when those much above you dress very casually - you stick out much more than a well tailored 2 piece SB.

    My own subjective opinion is that if in my last job I had turned up to work in a 3 piece suit, they would think I was trying to oust the owners of the company. If I was director level however, a 3 piece would have been fine.
     


  4. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Goon member

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    Just as interesting is, what is the ratio of suit pants to suit jackets.

    I'm curious about the ratio of suit pants to office pants.

    That's not really a rhetorical statement, but similar to one.


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    Even better the ratio of suit pants to hot pants.
     


  6. OttoSkadelig

    OttoSkadelig Senior member

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    personally, i am interested in the ratio of four-button jackets to boy shorts.
     


  7. George

    George Senior member

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    I wonder what the ratio of female underwear to male underwear on here...?
     


  8. OttoSkadelig

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    The following are all deeply held convictions I have hear about DB jackets:
    "Only tall, thin men can get away with them."
    "Only round men should wear them."
    "They give the illusion of height to short men."

    Moral: Anyone who rejects DB jackets on the grounds of body type is an idiot.


    i don't buy this.

    first, random people saying contradictory things can be found everywhere and on every subject. that doesn't necessarily mean there is no underlying absolute truth. (as a connoisseur of rules and unwavering hard truths, AH, you of all people should appreciate this -- the notion that any old riff-raff can get away with a DB is disconcertingly laissez-faire by your standards.)

    as for "only round people should wear them": the reason i think people say this is that lots of fat people DO wear DB's (because fat people tend to be older, and the DB is also an "older" style), and so the public starts associating DBs with fat people, and the association over time starts blurring into a belief that fat people in DBs look good. i would hazard that if you saw the same fat person in both a DB and a SB, most would say that he looks better in a SB. a fat person in a DB looks like a fortified M1 tank.
     


  9. clee1982

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    12 SB/2 DB, would like to increase DB, but honestly don't wear DB that often even though I love them.
     


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    My SB to DB suit ratio is 2.25:1. 9 SB, 4 DB.
     


  11. voxsartoria

    voxsartoria Goon member

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    I wonder what the ratio of female underwear to male underwear on here...?

    "A chance to dance without pants!"

    (NSFW unless you read from prison like some members.)


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    I'm not a fan of DB briefs
     


  13. swaggerisaliability

    swaggerisaliability Senior member

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    Where would you say a DB ranks in prestige (ie needing to be senior in rank to wear one to work)?

    My opinion:

    1. 3 piece suit - requires most seniority

    2. DB

    3. SBPL

    4. SB


    I think this is an important question to ask, as I would not wear a 3 piece suit to work until senior management or thereabouts.


    What's SBPL stand for?
     


  14. TheDarkKnight

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    Single breasted, Peak lapel

    I generally guess at most of the acronyms on SF however, so I may be using this one incorrectly.
     


  15. OttoSkadelig

    OttoSkadelig Senior member

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    I wonder what the ratio of female underwear to male underwear on here...?

    we want an (open) poll. with highly specific answer choices, so that defensible research on the correlation between preferred underwear types and SF behaviors can be tested.
     


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