Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Men's Suits



Spidy

A couple of weeks ago I donated half a dozen of my suits to a veterans' organization.  Those suits were from my former life as a bank operations manager.  I left my banking job over ten years ago. I haven't worn those suits since I left that job in 1998.

Me in business work drag at my last banking job - First Financial Bank Downingtown, PA

Out of habit I kept the suits hanging in my closet"just in case."  Ha!  Like "just in case" I got another banking job?  Fat chance of that ever happening. But still, those suits hung in my closet, taking up space and collecting dust for years.  That is until I faced reality that I'm never going to have a banking job again or any job where I have to wear suit work drag.

My present part-time job, which I will probably have until I can no longer function, I can wear just about anything short of tank tops and flip flops. I dress nice but I don't wear suits. 

I'm keeping a couple pair of dark Navy blue suits.  One to be buried in and one to attend funerals.  Ah yes folks, that is probably the only time I will wear a suit in my remaining years on this planet. 

Last week I saw a newspaper article about the new slim suits and how now all men are buying those suits.  Yikes!  Have you seen those suits?  What's that?  The Spiderman influence? 


The Actor James Marsden in the latest Hollywood decreed style 


Boy am I glad I don't wear suits anymore.  And when I do wear one of my loosely fitting suits, no one is going to notice because I'm either going to be laying in a coffin or milling around amongst the other mourners, sad faced, looking at the deceased layer out in shiny satin lined coffin.  Who wants to look like the latest Flavor of the Month movie star with one of THOSE ill fitting suits.  

Now is it me or do they look very uncomfortable?  First thing that comes to my mind when I see a guy sitting who is wearing one of those suits is that I'm reminded of the small two bedroom apartment where I grew up in Downingtown . . . . no ball room.

Put me down in the old fuddy duddy column but I'm sticking with my baggy suit.



11 comments:

  1. Ron your wrong! You would look great in a Slim Fit Suit from Jos A Bank. The tailor will make sure you have plenty of "crotch room" :-)

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    1. I don't know about that Roger. I like my clothes loose now. When I was younger I always made sure my suit pants didn't have a baggy seat of the pants. I don't care now. "Progress" of old age I guess.
      Ron

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  2. My reaction to the current fashion, is it looks like they were running short of fabric, The pants are short and tight and the jackets barely fit around them. I seldom wear a jacket, I wear a tie 5-6 times a year.

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    1. David,
      I noticed the trend of leg hugging pants and form fitting jackets. Who can wear those comfortably other than male models? Looks like the clothing industry is trying to gin up the guys to buying new suits. Not working though, too many men have "real" figures and this new form fitting suit just doesn't look good or is comfortable.
      Ron

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  3. In my teens, dad made "Fine Gentlemen's Clothing" so I had more than enough suits to last me a lifetime. So no more.

    Now I don't even own a suit, though I should probably have 1, navy or black. I haven't had one that fit since I was interviewing for jobs back in 2001 (and I wore it once to the interview that got me the job I am in today). Business casual will have to do.

    Peace <3
    Jay

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    1. Jay,
      I didn't have a suit growing up. We were too poor. I finally saved enough money from my paper boy job to buy a cheap shiny suit that I could wear to my choral concerts. I think I paid $13 for it.
      These days I don't wear a suit, unless I'm going to a funeral and I think I'll stop even doing that. Casual dress from me from here on out.
      Ron

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  4. Perhaps under the influence of Mad Men, I wish suits were back in style. I think people treat each other better and with more respect when we are suited. And this looks better than slob casual wear so common in the Southwest.

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    1. Dr. Spo,
      You are right, people do treat each other with more respect when properly dressed. One of the things that Pat said attracted him to me was my "spiffy" dress. And this from Mr. Casual Limited Wardrobe.
      Ron

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  5. http://theoatmeal.com/pl/minor_differences5/suit

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  6. Ron,

    I guess they want to push men more toward that skinny jean style they sold to women, in which no woman really looks good wearing. Maybe those guys wear suits on hikes like I take, because I pull the hiking pant up so the cuffs don't drag in the mud and slime or get wet crossing creeks. I wouldn't wear a puddle-jumper suit, though.

    I don't even own a suit anymore. I wore suits from when I was in kindergarden (suit, tie, dress shoes and even a snap-brim hat for church & Sunday school) and then to work for nearly 45 years. No more, I wear what is comfortable. I've told people if they bury me in a suit I'm gonna come back and haunt them.

    Oddly, I have about three dozen or more ties. I really ought to get rid of those nooses.

    Lar

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    1. Lar,
      The fashion industry just changes styles to generate more money. I ain't buying.
      Ron

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