The term "timeless style" probably did originate in the 80's as so much of all areas of design clothing, architectue, interiors, etc. was influenced by classic design concepts. However in most instances the 80's placed a very distinct stamp on each interpretation causing most of those renditions to look anything but timeless. When viewed today those items tend to scream 1980's.
Todays aesthetic does seem considerably more timeless as once again all aspects of design, not just clothing, tends to be more "anything goes." Yes there are certain trends, but I can't remember a time in my life that design was more diverse.
I agree with DZ, a lighter weight fabric and slight variation in lapel and virtually no one would suspect the suit was vintage.
By next fall, if the heavier weight fabrics make the predicted comeback the suit as shown may be perfect.
I think that the core of "timeless" suit is the proportion.
Exist a sort of "golden ratio" that makes a suit "timeless" (perhaps unintentionally timeless),and this is about the relation between the customer's body and the proportions of lapels,shoulders,widht and length of the coat,widht of trousers.
My point is that you can take the 1924 Patou's suit and walk in the street in every decade of XX century and in early two of XXI and not be see as a man in a period costume.
You today could not wear these (if not a masked ball on 70s):
This is well cut and good taste suit,but scream 60s!
These are two ageless 60s suits
This is a 80s costume:
This is a suit cut in 80s:
Is not about a specific age; 30s fashion is not "timeless" as said Alan Flusser,is about cut and proportions, and taste.
These are two pictures of late 30s,two men in double breasted.
The first: you can wear it from 1938 to the last "Pitti Uomo",the second (that is on a young John Profumo) is a very dated suit.
Edited by carpu65, 23 March 2015 - 03:34 AM.