“That’s The Right Length”

July 10, 2015

“That’s the right length”

“What does a person who knows a good suit say when trying on a suit at the tailor’s? “That’s the right length,” “That’s too short,” “That’s too narrow.” Words of approval play no role, although he will look pleased when the coat suits him. Instead of “That’s too short” I might say “Look!” or instead of “Right” I might say “Leave it as it is.” A good cutter may not use any words at all, but just make a chalk mark and later alter it.

How do I show my approval of a suit? Chiefly by wearing it often…”

–Ludwig Wittgenstein

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