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    One of the Regulars Midnight Blue's Avatar
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    Esquire's Correct Dress Chart, 1953

    This pullout from the October 1953 issue was the last "correct dress chart" that Esquire issued. (Sigh.) I photographed this at a library then cleaned up the photo to offset the low light conditions. Click for a full-size version. Enjoy!


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    Really amazing how little has changed in half a century.

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    Wow it would be fun to see one for today casual dress world..

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Wiser Hatter View Post
    Wow it would be fun to see one for today casual dress world..
    I often think the same thing. I envision it as something like:

    • dressy casual
    • business casual
    • everyday casual
    • couldn't care less
    Last edited by Midnight Blue; 04-06-2012 at 11:13 AM.
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    Ditto on interest in a 'today' version. It would be difficult to parody something that would be so inherently funny.

    I was interested to see under the 'VIP in town" a recommended hat described as 'semi-Homburg'. A pic, anyone?
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    I am appalled by the informality of the chart! It must have been drawn by an American!


    Sorry, but I got tempted

    Well, to be honest for 1953 a "VIP in town" category and suggesting that the best you can do for daytime is a dark grey suit is almost appalling. The British First Lord of the Treasury (aka as PM) still wore frock coat and top hat if the occasion demanded formality.
    Aside from that a nice chart.
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    Phileas Fogg

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