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    Looks very thick and heavy. The yoke creates a 'western' association in my mind, but I suspect there is no intentional connection.
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    It is (lighter) overcoat-quality cloth.

    Scalloped yokes were quintessentially Continental European sports style - but in US fashion it is largely confined to Western wear.
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    A glimpse of the early 1930s German suit from Fastuni, internally referred to as the crazy pink suit, accompanied by one of Damian's brocade ties. Next time I have to do something about the shirt; it's not crazy enough to balance the rest of the outfit.
    Thanks to both of you for making these available!

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    How about a rich blue shirt with white club collar and cuffs?
    I would go for something extravagant BUT solid colored to balance the pattern-heavy suit and tie.

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    Yes, a white contrast collar on solid or semi-solid, like end-on-end, is fine. Also striped oxfords can work. The rule of balancing patterns with solids, or crazy elements with sober ones, is in my opinion a post-war idea. You can actually balance crazy patterns very well with other patterns, but it's not easy at all which is probably why it gradually got out-of-favor after the 1930s.
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    I have to check my German 30's style guides... but I think the recommendation to balance with solid elements was around already then.

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    Here another solid dark blue structure stripe DB. Mid to late 30's from Leipzig.
    The fabric is outstanding in quality and drape.
    Size is a 38 Short (but with plenty fabric to extend it to a Regular).




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    Quote Originally Posted by Rabbit View Post
    The waistcoat! Wow! And such lovely buttons.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Fastuni View Post
    I have to check my German 30's style guides... but I think the recommendation to balance with solid elements was around already then.
    Well, I'm not saying that wearing solids to balance strong patterns wasn't common in the 1930s. We know that it was, I agree with you.
    However, creating balanced outfits consisting of patterned shirts, ties and suits was decidedly a pre-war concept, and a difficult one to execute. Not everyone was doing it. The 20s with their subtle but intricate patterns certainly rank highest in that respect, and in the 30s the well-dressed were still busy practicing this concept.

    I think that what the more dapper dressers were doing and what we would find in magazine texts written for those who didn't have the inclination to figure it out for themselves are two different things. It would seem reasonable that magazines of a time when a general taste in dressing still prevailed would publish recommendations for safe ground outfits more often than recommendations for the crazier outfits. Again, even if you know in theory how such outfits work, they still sometimes don't when you put them on.

    I maintain that the post-war era gradually became a fashion lacking in patterns - it wasn't all solids, but the subtler texture-on-pattern, or pattern-within-pattern did disappear. Without those "special" patterns, wearing outfits consisting entirely of patterns became rather difficult. We only have to look at the 70s for a counter-example of mixing patterns.

    Edit: My references are almost exclusively American.


    TT, the buttons are just as nuts as the rest of the suit! This is the suit posted by Fastuni earlier with the ample supply of pockets everywhere.
    Last edited by Rabbit; 01-02-2015 at 06:17 AM.
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