Wednesday, August 17, 2011
Seeking your advice: should I alter my father's suit? - by Crawford
Several years ago, after a bit of prodding, my father allowed me into his closet to select a few items to add to my wardrobe -- as I walked in his closet, there before me I found a fascinating history of gentlemen’s fashion over the last forty years -- among other things, ties, belts, and lapels that fluctuated significantly in width. I first turned to the ties, the pocket squares, the belts, and the cuff links. I culled through the bevy of options, and walked away with quite a selection – in fact, I wear one of the ties (with birddogs on it) at least once each month and one of the sterling belt buckles has become a standard for me.
A problem arose, however, when I began to consider my father’s odd jackets, dinner jackets, and suits – none of them fit as my father is about six or seven inches taller than I am. Thus, I decided not to spend much time going through that particular section of my father’s closet.
As I was about to turn to his scarves, the suit pictured hereabove caught my eye! I have always loved houndstooth, and I am fond of the tan color of this particular houndstooth. This suit is made of a lovely heavy wool material – perfect for a nippy autumn evening or a cold winter day. I immediately had the vaguest recollection of viewing a photograph of the Duke of Windsor wearing a suit made of a similar houndstooth fabric – however, the houndstooth was gray or black. I then further recalled that the Duke of Windsor was quite fond of altering and wearing clothing from his overbearing but well-dressed father, King George V. In fact, there is a rather recognizable tartan jacket worn by the Duke of Windsor that had once belonged to his father.
So I decided to take home the houndstooth suit, and it has been hanging in my closet ever since -- I am now considering altering it – what are your thoughts? The jacket’s lapels are quite wide; the jacket’s armholes are too low for my liking; the jacket’s pocket flaps are longer than I prefer; and the pant’s belt loops are quite wide (belts must have been very wide when my father purchased this suit). So, should I alter my father’s suit with a view towards wearing it this autumn? Thank you in advance for what I am certain will be thoughtful suggestions
Posted by Crawford at 11:45 PM