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post #54211 of 57823
The dreaded dry-fit golf polo shirt - my oh my - how/when did that become the norm for office/casual attire?
post #54212 of 57823
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Originally Posted by gumercindo View Post

The dreaded dry-fit golf polo shirt - my oh my - how/when did that become the norm for office/casual attire?

People get hella sweaty typing away on their computers.........
post #54213 of 57823
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Originally Posted by el es dee View Post

@Epaulet Mike, could you elaborate on the salt washing process for me? I am not familiar with it an am curious as to its differences / benefits from say enzyme washing. Thanks!

 

@el es dee it's nomenclature from the factory, and honestly, I'm not totally sure of the exact process. But in terms of outcome, we were offered three options: 

 

Rinse Wash: Simple wash with minimal soap and cold water. Removes shrinkage

Salt Wash: More intensive wash with warm salt water. Removes shrinkage and softens fabric without distressing

Enzyme Wash: Most intensive, yields visible distressing on fabrics like oxford and chambray. 

 

These shirts are intended as biz-caz staples, so we chose Salt Washing to preserve the finish but still offer a soft, comfortable product. And since the Somelos oxford is such high-quality, it doesn't require any harsh chemicals to get a great hand. 

 

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Originally Posted by dalevy View Post
 

@Epaulet Could you remind me, are you planning on any suede GYW PTB's? I believe you indicated probably not in your first post on this, but not sure if that was final.

 

@dalevy not this season - our first GYW PTB's on order are Cognac Saffiano (like the sample) and straight up chocolate box calf (for a basic dress shoe)

 

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Originally Posted by eljlakers View Post
 

So I had a style reality check this weekend. I live in the DC area and travel quite a bit for work - mostly big cities and conferences with pretty well-dressed folks (not Pitti, but folks wearing well fitting sport coats and pants, and not-too-terrible shoes). 

 

Well, this weekend was my parents' 50th anniversary party in the suburbs of Chicago, and wow. Maybe this just speaks to the style of my extended family, but out of my four male first cousins who attended, three were wearing shorts (two with Teva-esque shoes, and one with Vans). All three were wearing cheapo polo shirts made of varying polyester "dry-fit" type fabrics (even though it was clear exercise is not a priority for any of them). One of the three was in all black, including a blacked-out baseball cap with sunglasses sitting on the brim, black cargo shorts, and shitty TJ Maxx black athletic socks. The fourth male cousin was dressed neatly if totally unremarkably, but stood out like a bright shining beacon. It gets better. The husband of one of my female cousins also came in shorts and Vans, while the boyfriend of another came in a backward-turned fitted Cubs cap. All six of these men, mind you, are in their 30s or 40s.

 

Bear in mind, this was my parents' 50th wedding anniversary! To put it lightly, it was an utter disgrace. I'm not a guy who's averse to casual wear. I live in shorts and Nikes and Vans (and EP sneaks!) in summer. But when it's time to look nice, make an effort. I was appalled, but kept it to myself. Needless to say, my dad (who is an inspiration for me in terms of dressing for an occasion) was nattily attired, and I rocked an EP shirt, chinos, and Rancourt loafers and looked like freaking Gianni Agnelli out there relative to the competition. In a better world, I worn a sportcoat, but I had to consciously dial it down for my adolescent-inspired relatives.

 

Just generally disgusted that a bunch of grown feel it's okay to look like little children at such a momentous event. I remember my grandparents' 50th anniversary party almost three decades ago and everyone looked so put together - they took time to make it a special occasion. Yesterday, the number of people wearing running shoes/flip flops/Tevas/Skechers outnumbered those wearing proper nice shoes 10-1 (and I'm not even talking $300 shoes - I would have gladly accepted some Bostonians).

 

I'll be frank, normally I like being one of the people in the room who's noticed for being well-put together, but last night made me feel ridiculous for my family. Anyway, rant over. Hope everyone had a great weekend. And let's all pray for the folks in Orlando. We've clearly got bigger issues in this country than sloppy dress.

 

@eljlakers I hear you on all of these points. Every time I see my friends or family on Long Island, I get smacked across the face with this. There's a lot of sweat pant wearing, and I'm not talking John Elliott / Yeezy Season One sweatpants. I'm talking $9 saggy-ass Walmart sweat pants. 

 

Sadly, the notion of dressing in a presentable way is really leaving the mainstream, especially as standards for work become more and more relaxed. I've got hope for the future though. I have a surprising amount of customers in college - who all dress RADICALLY better than I did in college. Hopefully the internet and social media is guiding the young'ins in the right direction, even if Generation X basically looks like this most of the time

 

 

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Originally Posted by JR Magat View Post

@Epaulet what season fabric is the Hertling trouser event on Tuesday?

Despite the perfect summer weather lately, I ordered my suede blouson last night, can't wait!

 

@JR Magat thanks for the order - you're gonna love that jacket! It's been a great seller this season. 

 

The Hertling fabrics will be a nice mix of cloth. There's about 9 wools, 8 cotton-linens, and 6 pure cottons. The wools are on the lighter side, but they're wearable for most of the year. They'll be great for dress pants. And the cotton-linens have an awesome texture. Even though they're intended for Spring-Summer, you can definitely wear them into the early Fall. 

 

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Originally Posted by lagsun View Post

Hi, my son bought the Wilshire 14oz cone mill on clearance and is looking for something similar in terms of fit and easy break in vs raw denim. Any recommendations in the $200-300 range?

 

@lagsun a lot of our guys really like Rogue Territory, and the designer is a very nice dude. 

 

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Originally Posted by Akeem View Post


is this color coming in the sport trainers?

 

@Akeem no, we're only offering that in the Tennis Trainer

post #54214 of 57823
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Originally Posted by eljlakers View Post

So I had a style reality check this weekend. I live in the DC area and travel quite a bit for work - mostly big cities and conferences with pretty well-dressed folks (not Pitti, but folks wearing well fitting sport coats and pants, and not-too-terrible shoes). 

Well, this weekend was my parents' 50th anniversary party in the suburbs of Chicago, and wow. Maybe this just speaks to the style of my extended family, but out of my four male first cousins who attended, three were wearing shorts (two with Teva-esque shoes, and one with Vans). All three were wearing cheapo polo shirts made of varying polyester "dry-fit" type fabrics (even though it was clear exercise is not a priority for any of them). One of the three was in all black, including a blacked-out baseball cap with sunglasses sitting on the brim, black cargo shorts, and shitty TJ Maxx black athletic socks. The fourth male cousin was dressed neatly if totally unremarkably, but stood out like a bright shining beacon. It gets better. The husband of one of my female cousins also came in shorts and Vans, while the boyfriend of another came in a backward-turned fitted Cubs cap. All six of these men, mind you, are in their 30s or 40s.

Bear in mind, this was my parents' 50th wedding anniversary! To put it lightly, it was an utter disgrace...

You left out the important details of where the event was, what time of day, what was the weather like, and were there formal invitations sent out.

While I agree that your male cousins don't sound too well kitted out for a party, calling it a disgrace if it were a backyard afternoon BBQ in 90º heat when Aunt Shirley had just called and invited everybody over the day before is a different situation than if it were an evening cocktail party at the local golf and racquet club to which RSVPs had been made weeks in advance.
post #54215 of 57823
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Originally Posted by Epaulet View Post

 

The Hertling fabrics will be a nice mix of cloth. There's about 9 wools, 8 cotton-linens, and 6 pure cottons. The wools are on the lighter side, but they're wearable for most of the year. They'll be great for dress pants. And the cotton-linens have an awesome texture. Even though they're intended for Spring-Summer, you can definitely wear them into the early Fall. 

 

 

Is there decent yardage avail?  I'm jammed up all day in meetings unless this baby goes live around 11 or 12.  

post #54216 of 57823
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Originally Posted by eljlakers View Post

The husband of one of my female cousins also came in shorts and Vans, while the boyfriend of another came in a backward-turned fitted Cubs cap.

My high school baseball coach would make anyone wearing a cap backwards catch batting practice. You want to dress like a catcher, you have to be a catcher for the day. Needless to say, everyone strictly adhered to the coach's dress code.
post #54217 of 57823
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Originally Posted by Michigan Planner View Post


You left out the important details of where the event was, what time of day, what was the weather like, and were there formal invitations sent out.

While I agree that your male cousins don't sound too well kitted out for a party, calling it a disgrace if it were a backyard afternoon BBQ in 90º heat when Aunt Shirley had just called and invited everybody over the day before is a different situation than if it were an evening cocktail party at the local golf and racquet club to which RSVPs had been made weeks in advance.

Fair points. Invites were sent out weeks before. It was blazing hot outside (90 degrees +), but the event was held in a banquet room in a nice hotel. The location was Lombard, Ill (about 30 mins east of downtown). In my opinion, even if they were notified a week before, gathering to celebrate a 50th anniversary at a hotel should be enough of a prompt to actual wear pants at least.

post #54218 of 57823
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Originally Posted by eljlakers View Post

Fair points. Invites were sent out weeks before. It was blazing hot outside (90 degrees +), but the event was held in a banquet room in a nice hotel. The location was Lombard, Ill (about 30 mins east of downtown). In my opinion, even if they were notified a week before, gathering to celebrate a 50th anniversary at a hotel should be enough of a prompt to actual wear pants at least.

After learning those details, I'd say your level of disgust was warranted.
post #54219 of 57823
My entry for worst menswear selfie. Including the new Somelos Oxford, very nice and I totally don't do it justice.

post #54220 of 57823
Nothing better than the feeling of receiving your shipping notice after buying the last of something in your size.

Twice this year I've lucked out icon_gu_b_slayer[1].gif
post #54221 of 57823
Being present, spending time with family, and enjoying the day is good enough for me. Threw my parents a 40th anniversary party a couple of years ago, and they enjoyed seeing their old friends and family so much, I doubt they noticed what anyone was wearing.
post #54222 of 57823
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Originally Posted by eljlakers View Post
 

Agree 100 percent. Part of dressing well is knowing the context and occasion.

 

Context and occasion are important of course, and given that it's a 50th wedding anniversary in a hotel ballroom I think it's fair to expect everyone to dress well. Any occasion where you are celebrating anyone is an occasion to dress well to express respect and admiration for the people being celebrated. I went to a university graduation recently and wore a suit despite it being very hot and humid (the REDA Crosshatch EP suit, btw). Any momentary discomfort one might experience wearing more formal clothing in a context where something more casual is acceptable shouldn't be a reason to dress down. My comfort wasn't the thing being celebrated; the person's graduation was, which is what matters, and what dressing well for them expresses.

post #54223 of 57823
So.... What time are we expecting the EFF event to start tomorrow? @Epaulet
post #54224 of 57823
@epaulet
Thanks for the shoutout Mike!
I only kid, I'm not that narcissistic. You say that college kids dress radically better but thats simply because you haven't seen the entire population. The insight that I can offer is that college students treat their professional wardrobe as an expense rather than an investment, I realized that I rather shell out that extra whatever and be left with something that Ill still be able to enjoy the next year instead of just discarding. Like these sunset pique trousers🙂


It seems like they were just sitting for a while and then one day later they're just about all sold out, highly recommend!

Anyways, personally I enjoy business attire but its a little awkward to dress nicer than your superiors, this is especially the case for shoes. Its not that hard to see the face of coporate culture changing to stop itself from being completely ostracized by the regular population. Recently many of the big banks revised their dress codes, it makes me sad that I might miss out on dressing like the men I admired from such a young age.
post #54225 of 57823
Got a nice EP package today including sizing up Rivets to accommodate my ever growing ass.

Natural trainers to add to the mix


EFF shirt I'm thrilled about. A bit snug in chest bit @epaulet please tell me cold wash and hang won't cause any shrinking.



And a few more EP goodies for my wife to help her small EP collection.

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