One of the hallmarks of traditional American style, especially the Ivy League look popularized by Brooks Brothers, J. Press, etc., is the natural-shouldered jacket.  It’s referred to as a natural shoulder because, lacking much padding, it follows the line of your own physical shoulder.  It’s a relaxed, somewhat less structured look than the built-up silhouette of many English and European styles, and I find it both comfortable and attractive.  This vintage Brooks Brothers suit from the early ’70s is a good example.

Suit: Brooks Brothers, thrifted, $15
Shirt: Brooks Brothers, bought online, $40
Tie: Brooks Brothers, discount store, $10
Shoes: Johnston & Murphy Aristocraft, thrifted, $12

Total: $77
If I’d paid retail prices: $1500 or more, with a modern suit of equal quality.

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