Suit & braces - Paul Stuart
Shirt - Lewin
Tie - JAB
Cufflinks - Natural History Museum, South Kensington, London
Shoes - Bergdorf Goodman house brand
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and the donations . . .
Thanks for the comments, all.
You're holding my comedy cravat wummery against me? Or you really didn't like the grey linen? Man, I love that suit. Anyway, appreciated that raspberry socks are not to every taste!
Yeah, I do have that tendency to want to fiddle with little details. I always figured embroidered initials and such were a bit insecure (like personalised number plates - I know it's my shirt/suit/car!), but still can't resist putting something odd in there. The buttonholes you wouldn't notice at first glance; as for the lapels..well...I can be an intense and serious dude work-wise, so a little whimsy doesn't hurt!
I know what you mean. I just kind of like that buttoned-up three piece look, but maybe it looks odd to some with a two button jacket. One of my linen ones is three button, will post to show the different proportions. Also adding lapels to the waistcoats on a couple of others. It's a balance for me, liking the very formal three piece while having to stay very light-weight in a hot climate.
Re. "previous work", also not digging grey linen, or still offended by cravat and "eye-fuck" socks?
Yeah, I do have those on several suits. If it's any consolation, the next batch just have the lapel buttonhole and the last of the sleeve buttons in odd colours. But, each to his own, eh? As for "matching", I never allow anything to match as such, but do tend to have maybe two "families" of colours going on, and then dilute it all like this with a plain white shirt or PS. I can see this purple/raspberry/burgundy mix just isn't for you, even against a conservative blue-grey suit. But yeah, it is a regular colour theme in my style; shoelaces get in there too, especially if the shoes are black and conservative. Thanks for the input, though, always interesting to see through others' eyes.
Most of my suits are blue, grey, somewhere in between, solid or pinstripe, and usually three piece. I pretty much never wear loafers for work, occasionally a simple monk, usually dark formal lace-ups. So the basics are always pretty conservative really. As for being appropriate, well I run my own businesses so I guess I'm only accountable to myself and my partners. There's also the aspect of customers of course, some of whom are senior military or security people. But in this environment, I enjoy playing the novelty English eccentric role from time to time, to offset the spikier side of my persona and the sometimes serious nature of business. Adding a bit of dandy-esque novelty seems to be something that works in the bigger package - I'm the novelty Arabic-speaking well-dressed foreigner anyway, so camping it up just a tiny bit seems to be something to which my clients respond.
Thank you. I think it's important to dress for oneself. Today, unusually bright - another linen number like the grey one, but three button. And no raspberry socks...;)