Decided to go with an orphaned suit jacket.
Pants/jacket contrast (Click to show)
Recondite & Cantabrigian:
I reckon the pants ought to have a little more rise -- somewhere between 2.5 - 4 cm. 5 cm on the trousers would make them I think a 5cm lower buttoning point would have the jacket button right in the middle of my natural waist, and I tend to think that would make it obviously low. I'd rather have the button stance appear to bisect the jacket's length, which is about what I feel this one does.
Okay, I can see not liking the snail tie, but the snail tie with the matching pocket snail... that's next level.
Nice fit. I think sockless oxfords has lot a bit of its novelty value, but if you're really going to do it, choosing a suitably informal pair of braces to go with it makes sense. I'm not terribly keen on the choice of handkerchief here (I think it might look better without one at all, or certainly a non-reddish one), but that's a minor point.
I do think there's a lot to be said for the sentiment that the thread is whatever people make it. If you want a certain kind of outfit (whether in terms of style or quality, really), the only way it will happen is if people who dress that way choose to post here. There's no cover charge or admittance policy at the door. We each just post what we like wearing, and the aggregate chips then fall where they may. As you know from the duration of time you've read the board, critique & complaining has historically had little effect (or, at most a very temporary one); shouting someone down on the internet rarely works because there's no fundamental incentive to listen. Those who want advice, will change. Those who don't, won't. Which camp they fall into is kind of irrelevant to whether they post photos in the thread or not. What alters the balance of photos in the thread at any given time is simply who chooses to post and how consistently they do so, as most people aren't really looking for fundamental reconstruction of their wardrobe, regardless of whether others feel it's needed. This thread ends up more about habit and general value of chatting within/around a familiar context (in this case clothes).
Sociologically, it's more actually analogous to how a group of colleagues who go out for a drink after work aren't really interested in what they're going to drink, so much as the opportunity to shoot the breeze and are using the drink as the context for that chat. Some the other WAYWRN threads on the board are ostensibly more targeted/specific in their aims... but it's noticeable that even those tend to rapidly evolve from that specific theme to a more general chat loosely centred around that original topic. Such is the way of the internet, I rather think. More focused/directed discourse only happens with very extensive & active moderation, which only works at the expense of narrowing down the group of participants (& audience) to those with a much more serious interest in the topic.
I think it's more that they don't fit well, not just the length. The jacket is basically fine to my eye and the shirt seems to go nicely with it.
I quite like the mint and lilac colour combination, but it feels very early in the year for them. I think I'd enjoy them more around April. Quirky comment, I know, but I do tend to associate certain colours with certain seasons.
I like it, regardless of your disclaimer, esp. the shirt/tie combination. Both are bold patterns, so it's very dependent on the different scale to make it work, and I think it works.
I think it would really rock with a suit in the same fabric, too.
I've mentioned it before, but I'm not a fan of fuzzy tie + fuzzy jacket when they're separated by a businessy-looking shirt. It makes the tie look like an island, somehow. It needs a more casual shirt. Or something to reduce the expanse of relative formality of shirt (eg a v-neck jumper or cardigan). Otherwise, a still-matte but non-fuzzy tie works better IMO. A good example of this would be look stitchy posted today. Fuzzy jacket, flat shirt, and a tie that bridges the two without falling into either camp. I like that (& have quoted it below for reference).
True, true. Can't dissent from that. I do think flat caps look a bit odd on me... I've yet to find one I like. But I suppose others would say the same about the trilby in this look, so it shouldn't stop me looking for one!
Don't like the square but I do like the suit/shirt/tie combination a lot. White linen would be an obvious choice instead of the blue-bordered variant, but I actually think a puffed silk (or slightly more textured silk blend of some sort) would look nicer with the overall look. Not sure what colour for it though, but I wouldn't go for a match.
Casual again today for me. The plan was for the solid coloured jumper to separate out the two patterned blues of the shirt & jacket; it didn't work quite as well as I hoped, but was certainly better than not having the jumper there at all. This was a classic case of getting dressed without really thinking about what look I wanted today. Put on the shirt and trousers. Then realised I didn't really know what jacket to wear with it, but felt too lazy to change, so came up with an ad hoc fudge around the problem, without actually solving it!