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metlin, you are on the right track... lock down the pants (primarily) and the shirts (secondarily) as your base, and express your personality or give in to your sartorial flights of fancy via your sportcoats, ties, and shoes. it's simply too difficult to try and coordinate otherwise, especially if you are packing in one shot for 3-4 days. believe me, as someone who likes patterns and lives the same life as you do, i have found myself in very sticky situations before i decided to give in and rein in the complexity. i said shirts (secondarily) because you can still play around with different weaves and very subtle checks and stripes that give you a bit of variety without necessarily causing clashes. it doesn't have to be all solids. in addition to the blues and whites, also consider pale pink and (if you're feeling up to it) a lilac or two. for the pants, personally, i am a big fan of medium gray... on the lighter side of medium. it is, quite simply, the most versatile color and looks terrific with almost every hue of shirt and shoe. charcoal is a cliche and evokes thoughts of orphaned suit pants. i am also very partial to a dark, crisp navy, which is also extremely versatile...
Otto, that's a great suggestion re: variety in the weaves on the shirts themselves - thanks!. I think that would introduce a very subtle variety factor while remaining fairly pattern agnostic. Yeah, I do own a couple of other lighter colored shirts (e.g. pink) and do wear them. Once again, the problem is seasons -- if I'm in two countries in the same week, I'm hesitant to wear a "summer" color when it's winter elsewhere (my job entails travel to Brazil and Argentina, so their seasons are a tad off cycle ).
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provided, as you have noted, you are not carrying around a blue blazer. which, as a person of style, you should not be anyway.
I'm curious to hear this, since the navy blazer is considered a staple. No?
post #32 of 37
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Fair enough, wasn't sure if you were leaning enough towards the "casual" end of B/C to warrant cotton trousers.

While AE isn't exactly my taste in shoes, I understand where you're coming from here too.

I'd also like to add:

If you will have more than one pair of nice shoes with you, I highly recommend one pair of slip-ons. You know better than most why you'll want these for the airport.

Absolutely. I currently rotate between a Ferragamo and Clark's slip-ons. Incredibly comfortable and convenient.

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Regarding the sport coat: If you're worried about the "security guard" look, don't get a plain navy blazer, get something a little more distinctive.

While "Regent" is probably the wrong fit for you, something like this for colder months definitely won't have you confused for a rent-a-cop:

http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCatP...=&sectionsize=

I love that -- it's a great looking piece. I wish they made them one size smaller (38S), but that gives me a good idea of what to look for. Thanks!
post #33 of 37
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With the assortment I suggested you don't have to take a blue blazer. Take a tweed jacket one week, a plaid wool and silk blend the next , etc.

Hmm, I never thought of that -- although, I do rotate between my jackets (and I have a couple of blue blazers that are included in the cycle).

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I would stick with brown shoes.

Any particular reason for this recommendation? I think there are occasions when black looks like the dressier option (especially to some of the more conservative folks).

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If you do take a Blue blazer, avoid black shoes, (avoid brass buttons too) make sure it is perfectly tailored, wear a pink or stripped shirt and a PS and you won't look like a security guard.

My blazers have all been altered to fit fairly well -- however, I'd like to stay away from a patterned shirt as I've explained earlier (clashes with jackets that have patterns).

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I see many guys traveling a lot with a thrown together Blue blazer, black shoes and grey pant look and for middle aged guys it adds 10-15+ years to their look and makes most guys look very "middle management". Yet I also see guys with a sharply tailored blue jacket, spread collar stripped shirt, pocket square, grey pants and brown shoes looking like interesting people and very stylish. It is all about how you put it together.

Indeed. But on some level, it is like the black suit. Yes, it's wrong, but there are times and places where people would think you're nuts for saying that it's wrong to wear 'em.

You can add a couple of elements to look different, but if you deviated too much from the "approved conservative look" (which, for a lot of people I work with, are white/blue shirts, gray slacks, and a navy blazer with black shoes).

I do agree with you on the brown shoes, though.
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Firstly I have something with the security guard obsession - the security guard look is mainly a guy who has an ill fitting, polyester laden clothes with low quality shoes, plastic tie, etc. Frankly, and I am wearing a blazer quite often, I had never been taken for a security guard! A good fitting navy blazer, with a nice shirt (stripes, checks, patterns) a good pair of shoes, some tasteful accessories and you are not a security guard!
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Yeah, I do own a couple of other lighter colored shirts (e.g. pink) and do wear them. Once again, the problem is seasons -- if I'm in two countries in the same week, I'm hesitant to wear a "summer" color when it's winter elsewhere (my job entails travel to Brazil and Argentina, so their seasons are a tad off cycle ).

well, pink is not necessarily a summer color... i'd say it is warm, and offbeat. with a navy suit, for example, it is very crisp and not summery at all.

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I'm curious to hear this, since the navy blazer is considered a staple. No?

yes. but also security-guardish, a bit yachty-preppy, and unimaginative
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Metlin, I sure don't envy your travel schedule. That's a LOT of time to be in the air and away from home.

You know, I presume, that for a reasonable fee AE will make shoes for in whatever leather you desire. Given that option, why not go with some consistently well-received colorways, such as chocolate brogue suede and/or walnut?

I like your idea of sticking with gray and suggest you go with mid-gray to light-gray. I've had good luck with Zanella, Canali, BB, JBRichards (Nordies house brand). The Zanella's often have some very interesting tone-on-tone patterns.
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I'd like to stay away from a patterned shirt as I've explained earlier (clashes with jackets that have patterns).
Strangely enough, a blue/white Bengal stripe (or other variants), can be enormously versatile. SpooP posted one recently that went well with a patterned SC as I recall. I've been wearing Bengal stripe shirts for 30+ years and I can tell you that they can work in MANY situations. EDIT: Here's Spoo's BS shirt:
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