I found this faded but interesting picture last week when rummaging through the archives back home. Here I am flanking my dad, at about four years old, sporting a three-two roll. I’ve had a few non-sartorial readers ask me to explain the 3-2 assignation and this little picture motivates me to comment.
I’ve never really cared for the uber trad three button sack coat contrivance. I’m still fairly slender so I like a bit more drape and shape to my coats. Three buttons-not rolled to the second button looks and feels too boxy for me. Notice my dad’s suit in the photo…ultra standard three button-no roll to the second. Notice also the cig in his hand. I think he’d have smoked in his sleep if he coulda hired someone to hold it for him…peri-rem-snooze. So really, the amusing thing to me about this old photo is the evidence that obviously, I started my preference for the 3-2 roll early on. Also, I have a habit of thrusting my hands in my jacket pockets and to accommodate this habit, I often have sportcoat made with open patch pockets. Looks like as a four year old I’d already engaged in said tendency.
I found a couple of shots in the ADG archives that illustrate the hybrid contrivance known as the 3-2 roll. Darted and shaped, but with the Trad trailer…the third button. Even though my linen blazer shown above rolls to the second botton, I'll often times secure the top two...linen behaves in ways conducive to "messing-fiddling" with the roll. Shut up.
Classic Ralph 3-2
3-2 Cavalry Twill Poacher Pockets. Damn.
Onward, from Boston….the Copley Plaza actually—really nice—rolling a 3-2.