Double breasted suits are usually recommended for portly gentlemen as a way to slim the figure. I’ve never bought into that. I always found that they hung better on those with slimmer builds. This gentleman for instance.
Brown and grey go great together. And I love those shoes.
Those of us who believe that men’s attire achieved near perfection in the 1930s, and assemble our wardrobes accordingly, must be careful to avoid appearing costumed rather than well dressed when we want to be taken seriously. As others have opined, I think this gentleman is on the costume side of that line. Every element of his combination is excellent (too much of the handkerchief showing, but nothing wrong with the item itself); it’s just too perfectly 1937. And it would be simple to fix. Exchanging the spectators for a sleek black cap toe or, better yet, a dressy black slip-on, would negate the dated look. Or keeping the spectators and substituting a two button, shaped single breasted suit would also bring him right up to date.
Still, I would wear exactly what he has on for fun. I’d even show a lot of handkerchief, just not in such a stiff fold, but rather with all four points draped helter-skelter over the pocket welt. And I’d certainly add a soft straw fedora, whether with this version or an updated one.
A miss that’s a good as a…well, you know. The problem? The jacket doesn’t fit. It’s over-scaled and too long, even for a meant-to-be roomy double-breasted model. Pant fullness doesn’t provide balance so much as it emphasizes the jacket’s over-amplitude….
The last anonymous is onto something. I like everything the man is wearing in the abstract, and I also, unlike other commentators, donâ€™t mind the combination. The suit actually fits him is well. The problem is that he has chosen a cut that does not look good on him and is somehow very static and dull. As much as I like 6×2 DB suits, perhaps he should try 6×1 or 4×1. Another possibility is to add more fullness in the chest and do something to either slim the hips or at least move the center of gravity above them.
I canâ€™t quite explain why, but as much as I like and wear myself every thing I see in this picture, somehow the overall effect is blah. Or maybe it is just the camera angle.
Double breasted is the way to go! It’s unfortunate to see such comments as “If one MUST wear a double-breasted suit, I suppose this is the way to do it. If one MUST. But MUST one?”. Comments like these are just from people too focused on fashion and silly trends. It’s a classic look that isn’t done often enough. A double breasted suit can look great, if not better than a SB suit, on many, many people. I will admit that this gentleman’s suit is a tad bit off. His hanky is too stiff- if it were a little more relaxed it would look nicer. In response to the anonymous comment above, I think a 4×2 jacket that had a higher button stance and was cut shorter and slimmer in the waist and hips would suit this gentleman much more.
The other day on my bus a gentleman “of a certain age” was wearing:
* a pinstriped suit * a spotted business shirt * a floral bow tie * a trench-coat * dark bug-eye sunglasses * a black felt fedora tipped at such a rakish angle I couldn’t believe it was still attached to his head
This was truly the most hideous mental combination of fabrics, prints, everything.
He was also one of the most dapper and stylish individuals I have ever seen on a bus to Dulwich Hill, Sydney, Australia. Sometimes things that don’t work on paper (I’m going to dress head-to-toe gangster, for example) are absolutely fabulous in reality.
If many believe that the apex of style was in the 1930′s which I certainly do, than what is it wrong looking like your from 1937. It doesn’t look a tad like a costume to me but as if he has dabbled in the satorial classics that transpire time. The 1930s was a much more evoled time period in mens dress wear than now. for instance you had an array of styles for any size or frame focused on cut and line, much more than you have today. The fashion indusrty focused more about the aesthetic purpose of fashion than that of mass produced lackluster suits and little tends just too keep up with an obsessed consumer base society that knows nothing about fashion. For the most part The industries only purpose is to maximize profits with no regards to the art it created. That is why we dont see double breated suits, single breasted suits with peak lapels and double breasted waistcoats,spectators, and pure beaver wide brimmed teardrop fedoras, becuase for the simple reason, they are not cost efficent.