You sir, got class!
I'll repost this new thread of mine from the Ask Andy forum:
Two years ago, I had a new series of bespoke clothing commissioned in Korea. Well, I just had another trip back to the same location with the tailor, so I had another one made. I'll resurrect the threads to add the latest piece.
Overall, I'm trying to "class up" my look, especially in semi-formal attire, and am exploring various options and combinations. Very open to comments, criticisms, and suggestions.
The master thread is here in the Bespoke Subforum: (participation by those who have applied for Bespoke Subforum access)
Part 1 of the series is here: http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/f...d.php?t=103468
Part 2 of the series is here: http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/f...d.php?t=103654
Part 3 of the series is here: http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/f...d.php?t=103682
Part 4 of the series is here: http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/f...d.php?t=103833
Part 5 of the series is here: http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/f...d.php?t=103859
Part 6 of the series is here: http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/f...d.php?t=103955
Part 7 of the series is here: http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/f...d.php?t=104182
Part 8 of the series is here: http://www.askandyaboutclothes.com/f...d.php?t=104250
This time around, I wanted to go retro again. I was inspired by Matt Deckard's clothing, particularly this picture below. I definitely wanted something from the Prohibition era, that could have been seen in "The Untouchables" or such, but wouldn't be totally out of place in today's world. Here's the Matt Deckard pic that inspired me the most. I wish it was a better look at the suit--I absolutely love the look.
So I asked my tailor to make that suit, of a Prohibition era but incorporating some modern aspects as well, and I'm really happy with the final results. I do hope I get the chance to get a true Matt Deckard suit some day! I decided to have the vest and jacket match, with different color trousers. They were going a particular direction with the vest and trousers, and had to have them raise the vest top point by a bit, and keep the trousers a bit baggy. The suit feels great to wear with braces.
Overall, feedback on the suit has been really good so far. The first time I wore it out in Denver, I was walking the downtown streets after a late dinner, and had some young hecklers go by on a scooter. The guy shouted, "Hey, it's Luca Brasi!" (I'm actually impressed he got the reference somewhat correct on that one) After which the girl shouted, "Yo, thah gawdfahhtheh!" (capturing her apparent Jersey accent as best as I can) But then on the plane ride home, the stewardess said, "it's so nice to see a man in a fedora nowadays!" Another lady said "wow, you're wearing the hell out of that fedora!" And another lady eyed me a couple times, and on the airplane after I had taken off the jacket and hat, she caught me in the isle and said, "I think you are very elegant!" That last one really made my day.
(I like to still dress up for airline travel, to remember the golden days of the airlines and our heritage)
So, the suit. Starting with the outerwear I wore to church. The suit is bespoke. Shirt this time is a standard Paul Frederick, silver cufflinks. Older tie from my collection. Decided to try it with a basic white pocket square today, although I wore it in Denver without a PS. Selentino Queen fedora, Allen Edmonds shoes. I actually forgot to wear my pocketwatch with chain today--that would have perfected the outfit. We've had a record BAD winter here in Alaska. Typically, my back deck is clear for pictures, but even though spring is a bit early here in Alaska, I'm actually standing on snow that has melted and packed down to about 2 feet thick.
You sir, got class!
That's very handsome!
I always thought vintage waistcoats came with more buttons than that, though. Most of the ones I've seen have at least six. I thought the five-button waistcoat was a more modern trend. I like that it has four pockets. Very handy, that'll be.
...Where did you get that hat, where did you get that tile? Isn't it a nobby one and just the proper style! I should like to have one just the same as that. Whereever I go they'd shout "hello, where did you get that hat?..."
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Very interesting! Matching waistcoat and jacket with contrasting complimentary trousers. This is a very nice look and it definitely seems to work; I was actually considering doing something similar myself since the pants from my favourite suit got swapped at the drycleaners and alas could not be recovered. I wasn't sure if it was a faux pas to wear a waistcoat and jacket that match and contrast the pants, but you look very smart with this look. It may be that matching the fedora to the pants is the key that makes it all come together, though, in which case I may yet be in trouble!
In any case, well done and very smart look. I wonder if Mr. Deckard will drop in to give his .02.
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I like the look. I often wear combinations too. But when I was in the situation to go bespoke I would go for matching pants AND an additional pair in a lighter color.
Matt Deckard has a cool style. He is a good role model. But you know...he has his own clothing line too. Why should he comment on some korean tailors work? Just sayin...
Oh well, that would have made for a wonderful suit. I remember that I really fancied the fabric (bird's eye, wasn't it?).
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I'm always a sucker for the belt backs. When I did mine a few years back I was specifically going for the look of Henry Jones Junior's suit in Raiders of the Lost Ark
Check out my tumbler about the look. Ford's cut is a bit different and the jacket is a 2 button, but I loved the look and emulated it a bit for my Laureate suit.