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    Bought this for a friend. Would have kept it if it was my size....



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    Nice find FFF, here's one I got a few weeks ago in a local charity shop; it's completely unmarked/ unworn save a very small bit of stitching coming undone on inside pocket, it cost 15 but fits like a dream, I've had the sleeves taken up a fraction and just need to get the waist taken in a bit, wore it a few weeks ago just adfter I got it whilst standing at a vintage/retro collectors event;


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    the trousers are high waisted with brace buttons and zipper fly, single rear pocket with button/loop fastener, here's a few detail shots;


    Correct colour is shown in above photo of waist closure clasp
    does anyone know the tweed as I'd like to get some to get a waistcoat made up!

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    I would think getting an exact match for the tweed might be tough. Why not try it with a nice cream or dark green waistcoat?
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    i wore a mustard yellow one along with a claret wool tie and it all looked great ....I do have a nice earthy green waistcoat also.

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    Lovely cloth and ditto on finding anything to match.

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    Doing winter purging to make up for other purchases...

    I'll probably be posting this classic 1960s/70s Hector Powe in the classifieds this weekend. I know its later than the Lounge's normal tastes but its a classic British three piece in the "Tinker, Tailor, Spy" and/or Michael Caine 1970s flick style. Lovely material as well.





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    Here is a suit i bought recently in Levisons (Cheshire Street, London).



    As someone with a 46/47 inch chest and 40 inch waist, true vintage clothing is rather rare to find. So I was pleased to find this suit which I guess dates from the late 1940s or early 1950s.





    I find it hard to accurately date pieces from that period, but the trousers are very high waisted, making think it can't have been made much later than early fifties since (in my understanding) the waists began to creep lower after that period. The trousers may not actually look particularly high waisted but I have a long body and short legs, so it can be deceptive.
    Interestingly, the trousers are made with belt hoops and had no sign of ever previously having braces buttons.


    It is by Jay Tailors:


    The suit isn't in great condition and may not last for too long (especially since i can be very hard wearing on clothes). But, when it collapses, it will be ideal to use to make a copy.

    I know that lots of people here on the FL like their suits to be flash, but I rather like the everyday simplicity of suits like this.
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    A "plain" grey DB is probably unmatched in versatility and was considered a staple item of any respectable wardrobe.
    At least that's what the German menswear "authority" of the 30-60's Freiherr von Eelking said.
    I agree with him fully on this... and am looking since years for a comparable grey suit in my size (38/40) ^^.

    I like everything about this suit... and it looks solidly late 30 to 40's to me (stylistically), thanks to the buttons not being set below the pockets, the sharply peaked lapels and rather small chest pocket. Of course a 50's dating wouldn't be out of question.
    Since it has no CC41-labels I assume it must be before 1942 or indeed early to mid 1950's, no? (Or the label was removed... but why would one do that... )

    How wide are the legs?

    BTW the buttons on your left side seem to be placed closer to the pocket than the other side (could be mistaken about that)... easy to fix anyway.

    Best Regards
    Last edited by Fastuni; 12-16-2012 at 03:29 AM.

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    Great find two types. I have no clue about the age but sure looks solid golden era to my eye.

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