• Peaked Interest

    Dress Code  

    Photographed in New York, NY

    Noteworthy: double breasted tweed suit, unbuttoned bottom button, tassel loafers. This gentleman, specifically, could benefit from no break in his trouser to produce the appearance of additional height.

    Feb 22, 2012 | Permalink (11) Total Comments

    McBindle left a comment on 2/23/2012 at 2:25 PM:

    Nice fabric and classic peak lapel. In regards to the overall fit and the gentleman’s body type, Castleberry is right on point today.

    @DBCC - yes indeed.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/23/2012 at 12:09 PM:

    @bucephalus—Certainly good points; however, you’ve overlooked one thing: this gentleman isn’t fat.


    Matthew left a comment on 2/23/2012 at 8:25 AM:

    Wow, lively tailoring opinions! Love seeing such varying thoughts on subjects like this! And this guy clearly carries a lifetime of personal style with him, I presume he’s fully aware of the details of his suit that we’re so fervently discussing. My father is much the same way, he always recognizes the perfections and imperfections of what he is wearing, and embraces each respectively (my dad: “brown wings don’t match a charcoal suit? What? Screw it! Im 60! Im bald! I say it matches cause i like it!”) The devil-may-care/g-t-h approach changes as you age. This guy (as well as my father) would look ridiculous in kelly green skinny rolled chinos! His gth? Wicked trouser break, and HUGE (read: anti-current-trend) lapels! However, they’re implemented on a PERFECTLY on-trend db tweed suit! Never underestimate the seasoned gentleman. Often times, they know exactly what they’re doing…


    bucephalus left a comment on 2/23/2012 at 7:38 AM:

    Slim silhouettes are for slim people.  A fat person should not have an arbitrarily slim silhouette.

    Yes, this guy needs shorter sleeves and a much shorter trouser hem.  But zero break only works with a narrow leg opening like 15” or 16”, and you can only have a narrow leg opening on a slim man.  Narrow pant legs on a fat man only emphasize the amplitude of his mid-section.

    And a slight break is perfectly acceptable, especially on a wider leg opening.  I’ve never understood the supposed heightening effect of zero break hems.  If zero break makes you look taller, then why do the zero-breakers also typically wear cuffs on their trousers, sometimes more than 2” ??? The cuffs, by breaking the smooth lines, undo the heightening effect just as much as medium break.  In other words, if cuffs are acceptable, then so should a slight break.

    A shorter jacket is fine if you are slim.  You already have a waist.  But a certain amount of length on a jacket gives a fat man the illusion of waist—especially on a DB which is already widening.  A shorter jacket on this guy will give him the look of a stubby torso with legs only a tad longer looking.


    George left a comment on 2/23/2012 at 1:18 AM:

    I appreciate your consideration of a gentleman with a few years under his belt and the gray hair to prove it. All your photos are fine work, and this shot demonstrates your inclusive outlook…it’s not always the young bucks and babes, but quality fashion wherever it is encountered. Point well-taken about the break of the pants, but I look at it as an opportunity to learn, not to deride, and I think you do, too. I’m not convinced about the tassles, but that’s just me; the brown, as has already been pointed out, is a refreshing sight. Nice image, Fred.


    F.E. Castleberry left a comment on 2/22/2012 at 9:27 PM:

    @M Arthur—I think his skirt could be raised a little higher as well while still covering his bum. No break in his trousers would flatter him the most though. Every guy I know wouldn’t mind appearing a little taller.


    Laguna Beach Fogey left a comment on 2/22/2012 at 9:23 PM:

    Love the Tassel loafer and Tweed combination here. Really well done.

    Good point about the break.


    M Arthur left a comment on 2/22/2012 at 9:20 PM:

    I’d be interested in seeing a shorter skirt on his jacket right about where his left hand knuckles are and moving up from a full break to a medium break.


    Vic Delta left a comment on 2/22/2012 at 5:51 PM:

    I took some new cords into the chop shop last week. I told the guy to cuff them just like what I have on. “Too short!!” He says.
    Too funny.


    DBCC left a comment on 2/22/2012 at 1:09 PM:

    I’d also like to add how positively this dude stands out in a sea of black and navy suited up men.


    DBCC left a comment on 2/22/2012 at 12:35 PM:

    Agreed - lose the break in the pants, slim the jacket and pants, and shorten the sleeve length and this guy will appear ten pounds lighter and might even have a shot at the beautiful blonde in the background…but let’s not get carried away.


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