What's with men's suits? And all the fiddling with the damned two suit buttons? I only noticed recently as a result of watching the Colbert reincarnation. (Now I see Noah Trevor does it too. Not Larry Wilmore – perhaps because of his sturdy build and mostly sitting.)
I am trying in vain to remember when I might have viewed a man in a suit in Real Life. And mostly on TV they're talking heads, no bodies. It was only with this bouncing up and down that Colbert does to welcome a guest that I noticed.
Well, there were the Republican debaters, but they were frumpy dumpy guys dressed, ah, conservatively. And they performed behind podiums.
So I'm wondering if this is a widespread habit, or just an affliction of TV 'personalities'.
And, at least on TV, skinny suits evidently are in. With short legs and arms for the big old feet and hands to hang out of. And the damned two buttons. Which get buttoned and unbuttoned. Sometimes unbuttoned in order to sit down comfortably in the tight outfit. Sometimes while standing as a stand-in for worry beads. Once I started noticing, it was hard to unnotice again.
[Colbert's suits aren't as skinny as those of his band-leader, Jon Batiste. I think some of JB's particularly bright and tight pants are made of polyester. (Stretchy, you know.)]
But skinny or floppy, men's suits are boring. Even the sharply tailored and blah blah. And, for that matter, men's casual wear too. When did this boring uniform start? (What happened to the fops of yesteryear?)
At least men's suits used to look as if they were comfortable. I watch Miss Fisher's Mysteries occasionally for the costumes. (It's otherwise too precious and preposterous.) Her clothes are of a mythical 1928 (it all happened only in that year, according to the author of the books on which the show is based) are simply wonderful. Her male foil's are kinda stylish, as best as men's clothes can get, I guess. Below are some shots of them together – not the best examples, but they'll do.
The women's clothes used to be comfortable too. When Colbert has a woman on (side note – he refers to both genders of performers as 'actors') she minces across the stage in ridiculous heels and has to seat herself, and remain sitting, very carefully, what with the tight short skirt. And does women's extra bit of subcutaneous fat (which, anyway, has been excised from all women on TV) really make up for bare arms and legs and half-bare breasts compared to men encased in long-sleeved shirt AND the two-button suit?
[Side note – a couple of women with no discernible breasts nevertheless wore plunging necklines. For one of them – I think the one pictured below – she had 'cleavage' that consisted of the channel in the middle of the breastbone.]
Anyway, regardless (even irregardless), don't our respective Heads o' State look handsome fiddling with their buttons?