Every thing’s perfect. Tie dimple – check Nice combination of suit and tie – check But one thing missing is shirt cuff, but anyway thats not the point. Its about the d-b vest. I don’t know I don’t think I would wear it though but I think it would look good on an elderly gent.
I thinks there’s too much of everything in this picture, too many pleats, fabric, lapels, pointy shirt collar… Seems more like someone who’s going to a 1940ies inspired party or a tango session then an outfit for work. I would suggest to change tailors for getting a new approach to the same theme, cause I do think wearing the right 3-piece can be a very 2008 look. Try RL Purple Label, Mark Powell or any other tailor on the Row.
i’ve always had a problem with DB waistcoats… i’m not a fan of the way the trouser pleats emerge from the taught horizontal of the waistcoat. it reduces the height of what should be high-waisted trousers and makes them look wrong.
I love this one! Not only the fit is perfect, that humorous mix of dots and diplomatic stripes is brilliant and I also love the contrast between that red and that black, softened with white shirt in tone with the white hankie. ItÂˇs kind of daring in it’s formality, but that is what I like. Only a dark strong looking man like him could make this work so greatly.
I really like the geometry of the peak lapel and the large-ish point collar. Like a set of jaws, or something. If he’d been wearing, say, a spread collar it wouldn’t have had such an eye-catching effect.
Anon 11:17AM: I thought the “rule” was that if you are wearing a vest you never button the jacket. No?
Great look- The small tie knot on a broader tie is a nice change from the fist-sized knots on super-thick Italian silk ties and the skinny ties. I think this is a perfect example of proportions working at their best.
I don’t think this looks dated at all, although it references tradition in a similar way that Ralph Lauren pulls inspiration from the 30s. It’s classic in a way that transcends fashion- I could see Fred Astaire wearing a very similar look.
The stripes are definitely on the showy side, but they are balanced out by the conservative shirt and an eye-catching slash of red on the tie in a conservative pattern. Cary Grant probably would’ve worn something solid or slightly darker, but the red adds some life to what would otherwise be a very plain business suit (with some very exciting details for the already-initiated).
The only reason to date this to the 1930s is his slicked hair, which suits him, but I doubt anyone would even mention the Godfather references if he were a fresh-faced, billowy-sandy-haired Ivy League kid or a NYC hipster dressed in a similar manner.
Masculine peacockism at its finest. Kudos Scott.
By the way, is the jacket double breasted or single breasted? The single lapel button hole would suggest the latter, which would be more appropriate with a double breasted waistcoat.
That’s my pal Karl over at Anderson Sheppard, Savile Row tailors par excellence. Karl always loves mixing it up a bit, adding a bit of panache to the wonderful, though conservative, tailoring work down by Mr. Hitchcock over at AS. This shows how an essentially conservative, classically British outfit can be fantastically worn by a modern dude, brought up to date. Bravo, Karl and Anderson Sheppard!!
This is exactly what a London ‘city’ suit is supposed to look like, any Italian references (to the fabric) would have come from this first I believe. I’ve never really liked these on British men however as ‘city’ men who spend all their lives totting up figures have a tendency toward pale skin and this colour does nothing for that. Couple this with the British love of uniforms and herd mentality (read; everybody in a 1 mile radius wearing the same suit) and it paints a pretty dull picture. However this guys looks good as an isolated figure and the DB waistcoat is lovely in my opinion, although probably comical without a jacket
The suit is beautiful. The double breasted vest with a straight cut at the bottom is a nice bit of flash. But, the combination of the hair style with the suit does give a “gangster” vibe. I think a softer hair style would work better.