When I met Kumar about a decade ago, he introduced me to the unique world of men's fashion. That initial arousal of my interest in this sub-discipline has grown and has been held ever since. Well, at the very least, I've been "sensitized" to it and can now spot (and smell!) a faux-pas from a mile away! And now, Kumar and myself are forming a dynamic duo (of sorts!) and together, we're endeavoring, to gently nudge and guide men, on to the path of sartorial "enlightenment."

Saturday, April 30, 2011

Week Thirty: Pink Shirts and Double-breasted Suits

Rest assured that the novelty of Kumee's new Eton pink shirt will fade for him at some point, but in the meantime, we might as well take the opportunity to demonstrate and really, showcase, the versatility and wearability of the "rose" shirt!!! In this pic, Kumee coordinates it with a double-breasted sports jacket. It's a pity how the bad rep the double-breasted suit had gained from its boxier and wider construction in the 80's has stayed with it until now and how as result, efforts to "bring it back" hasn't met with much success. Is it any wonder why the misconception that the double-breasted suit adds weight and girth prevails?

The entire 80's decade and the following couple of years well into the 90's were infamous for its fashion or lack thereof! With the exception of a few trends which we now covet and revere as "vintage," by and large, this era wasn't exactly the sartorial golden age, was it? These days though, the fashion-o-meter is a-spikin' and even the double-breasted suit wanted "in" on the fashion action and has gotten streamlined, too! With proper tailoring, it can be very flattering to the beefier guy, even more so than the regular suit. Isn't that the holy grail of dressing for both men and women? To create a semblance of trim? I will stand corrected, but I'm pretty sure that the secret to the double-breasted suit's ability to shave a couple of pounds off one's appearance lies in its slight overlapping structure that holds in/ contains, controls and cinches. But of all its many virtues, I looovvvve how the double-breasted suit lends "presence" to and bestows upon its wearer, a "distinguished" air:

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