Mad Men Formal, German Style (Part III)

Posted on June 10, 2012

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In the third of three posts on Jet Age German formal styling, we look at an example of formal day wear.

PLENARY SESSION

The morning suit (also called a “Stresemann”) is executed in different variations: double-breasted or single-breasted, closing with two or three buttons. Its characteristic feature is the combination with striped trousers of dark or light grey. It looks sophisticated with a light waistcoat and a dark velvet collar. Indispensable for a gentleman to wear with this suit is a blackĀ overcoat which nowadays can be worn single-breasted and fully buttoned.

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Formal Facts: the German word for overcoat is paletot (pronounced PAL-i-toh), a French term also used by the British.