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post #16 of 69
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Originally Posted by Lucky Strike
Absolutely no visible logos.

Unless it's stencilled on your forehead.
post #17 of 69
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Originally Posted by Lucky Strike
Absolutely no visible logos.
I think that in specific circumstances--unless worn by certain types of Russians--a so big it's politically incorrect logo worn to effect can be compelling. For example, the Versace Medusa in gold; it's almost fabulous. It's perfectly exemplary of Versace versus say, Armani, and their battle of taste.
post #18 of 69
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Originally Posted by Manton


Impractical. Are guys supposed to have two wedding rings?

One for each port, right?
post #19 of 69
watch all the cary grat films you can... then watch them again... then watch all the connery james bond films.... then just do and say and wear everyhting like they did.

those are the rules.
post #20 of 69
I'd say a general one is the old "wear your clothes; don't let your clothes wear you". This goes beyond looking comfortable; it also means that your clothes should help bring out your personality and not look affected or fake. This is, of course, something difficult to fix if you can't see the problem yourself so I'll move on to some more tangible rules of dress.

1. Always wear good shoes, you can get away (barely) with a lot of ugly, ill-fitting pieces of clothing as long as your shoes are beautiful and, above all, well-taken care of. There is no escaping the ugly shoe.

2. If you are in a city you really don't need gigantic clunky rubber soles on your shoes. This is hands down the most commonly occuring fashion faux pas here in Sweden. Young businessmen in expensive suits with hideous clunky shoes made in that shiny plastic-leather material. Don't ask me why, some might say something about the weather here but the problem remains in the summers.

3. If you are wearing a suit, your entire outfit sholud be geared towards this fact. Every time I see a man in a suit with an Adidas sports bag, bright red skiing gloves and a Nike windbreaker he just looks very uncomfortable and ashamed in his suit. He isn't wearing a suit, he's forced to wear one by his wife/job/mother and looks like a child whose mother decked him out in a sailors outfit. Wear a coat, leather gloves and a briefcase or smart leather or canvas bag. This way you chose your own outfit and you can wear it like a whole, looking relaxed and confident.

4. Keep the shirt lighter than than the suit or suffer the Borat, never striped shirt with striped suit, if you mix patterns use one big and one small. Alan Flusser has a good run-through of these.

5. The fit, of course, is paramount but the materials play a deciding role as well. This doesn't have anything (or very little) to do with price. It just comes down to knowledge and experience. FEEL the fabric of the clothes you are looking at. I sometimes get looks because I'm constantly groping the shirts, trousers and coats like some kind of deranged blind man but after a while you get a feel for the clothes. You'll soon recognize if a certain wool feels nice and durable or if it will age quickly. The sensation of a shirts cotton will tell you how it will fare after 20 washes. It's not that difficult, just something you get a hang of after a few tries. And as I said, you'd be surprised how seldom the price tells you what your fingers do.

6. Nobody wants to see your hairy leg sticking out when your pants ride up. Use long socks of good quality that completely cover all skin in risk of being revealed.

7. No sunglasses inside. Ever. If you don't need them for the comfort of your eyes, take them off. If you believe you can bypass this rule by wearing "café glasses" or whatever they're called, the semi-tinted blue, red or green ones, then... suit yourself.
post #21 of 69
When in doubt. Wear black.
post #22 of 69
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Originally Posted by The Swede

4. Keep the shirt lighter than than the suit or suffer the Borat, never striped shirt with striped suit, if you mix patterns use one big and one small. Alan Flusser has a good run-through of these.


I actually think a striped shirt with a striped suit can look very nice. You have to be sure that the stripes don't match, though, and stick with a solid tie.
post #23 of 69
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Originally Posted by VersaceMan
I actually think a striped shirt with a striped suit can look very nice. You have to be sure that the stripes don't match, though, and stick with a solid tie.

I think striped tie and striped suit with semi matching patterns can be cool. I saw a look like that in the movie "In Good Company" that looked pretty cool, actually.
post #24 of 69
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watch all the cary grat films you can... then watch them again... then watch all the connery james bond films.... then just do and say and wear everyhting like they did.

Quite a bit of truth there. Lots of great dress in those films.
post #25 of 69
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Originally Posted by maverick
...and monograms, too.

Basically, no "legible" clothing.
post #26 of 69
I didn't see this yet, so I'll post it here:

Men need to stop wearing their pants too long. This is NOT HARD. Hemming is cheap.
post #27 of 69
I disagree about the french cuffs without a suit. Some of us always buy french cuffs and its not practical to wear a coat in every office settings.

I also disagree about the loafers and suits, good shoes are good shoes that is much more important then the style. You will find that MANY members of this forum are just looking for a reason to buy more shoes.
post #28 of 69
i have to second that. i hate the full break. way too long
post #29 of 69
The most important rule to remember is that there are always exceptions to the rules (except this one).
post #30 of 69
I think you have to be carefull with flat front pants.
They are unforgiving to some body types, and they can
bring the whole outfit down. And good shoes won't rescue
it.
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