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post #91 of 118
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Originally Posted by offline100 View Post
You could've counted "pair of socks" as one. Then you wouldn't be wearing no underwear right now.

touche, I knew I was missing something
post #92 of 118
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Originally Posted by The_Foxx View Post
Great topic. I can't even remember if I've chimed in on this one in the past

Here's my contribution, because I was exploring this very topic personally, to ensure i had covered "all the items" required in a gentleman's wardrobe (my list was about 15 or 20 necessary items). So, I won't be purchasing ANY sartorial items for a good long time.

1. The perfect navy suit. Single breasted, good midweight cloth, 2 or three button jacket and double vented back, flat front trousers optional. The ideal suit for a hot date in NYC, wear the jacket as a blazer, interviews, weddings, or speak at a podium or on TV. Must be altered by a great tailor, not matter where you purchase it-- online or otherwise. 1/4" to 1/2" of shirtsleeve showing at the cuff.

2. A proper white dress shirt, with very little to no tie space where the sides of the collar meet at the top, forming an inverted "V". Trust me-- no tie space just looks sharper. point collar, no buttondowns for this one!

3. An English umbrella. I finally found one that fit the bill at Swaine Adney Brigg in London, solid wood shaft a must. Keep it in the back seat or trunk of the car. #3 can also be substitued for a nice light blue dress shirt. same important points as #2.

4. English plain captoe shoes (or the simplest wingtip pattern you can find) , in black or brown, with as much hand-craftsmanship as you can afford. Crockett and Jones Audley model (which CAN be found at discount, i.e. plal, ebay, etc.) seems to be a great choice, because it has a more elegant shape and overall sharper look than most allen edmonds, alden, or church's I've seen.

5. A good wristwatch, in steel if that's what fits your budget, white or pink gold if your budget allows. Must be the real mcoy-- an authentic swiss army or timex watch beats a fake rolex any day of the week. A steel bracelet goes with everything except a tuxedo, leather band should usually match your belt and shoes.

I would say the gentleman with these five items would be ready for just about anything-- and his monthly budget could surely afford a necktie, white pocket hankerchief (folded in the square TV fold, of course!), or reasonably priced leather belt from time to time-- and these other accessories need not be outrageously expensive or of the highest quality, if you've got the above 5 done right.

+1
post #93 of 118
a smile and a good attitude.
post #94 of 118
Many thanks to the OP and contributors to this thread. It's given me much to consider, and I've added a black cashmere turtleneck and a wrist watch to the top of my shopping list. I liked the comment that a watch should come with a good story. Alas my brother inherited my grandfather's wrist watch, and now that he too has passed no doubt it will go to his eldest son. Does "I read on the Intartubes that I needed one" count as a good story? I stopped wearing a wrist watch years ago when I purchased my first cell phone, as I only ever saw it as a tool and never as a fashion statement (these were dark and confused times).

A side note: the remarks about a gentleman always carrying a lighter reminded me that I learned as a child that a gentleman should always carry a lighter and a pocketknife, and yet I don't believe the pocketknife has been mentioned yet. Perhaps it is more a tool than an accessory and therefore does not pertain to the subject at hand? I do find a folding karambit to be an oft called upon implement.
post #95 of 118
I would love to see this thread but for each style.

What are 5 dress shirts no guy should be without
shoes
accessories
sweater
suits
sport coats
outerwear

etc....
post #96 of 118
Probably if you have to ask, youre not stylish.

1. A good shoe maker

2. A good tailor

3. A good shirt maker

4. A good set of manners, sense of humor, humility, entertaining demeanor, sensitivity for others.

5. The right friends
post #97 of 118
5 items? No amount of items can make a man if he doesn't have money.

There you go. All the man needs is money. Everything else is superfluous.

Example:

Your average "stylish" gentleman, by SF standard, vs. an average Joe with all the accoutrements of serious cash, and a serious bank account to backup the lifestyle.

Who gets the table at the finest restaurant?
Who gets the attention of the ladies?
Who gets invited to the big events?
Who gets the saleman fawning over him?
And on and on.

Not the guy with the proper fitting suit and the suede shoes with the pocketsquare. It's the guy with the money.
post #98 of 118
I disagree, lee. I'm far from affluent, and I always get top notch service and attention at the best stores in the nation-- probably due to a knowledge of tailored clothing and what I'm looking for, or mentioning the brands I'd like to see. In some cases, if I'm wearing a suit or jacket (or bring it in to pair a tie with it), same great service and attention.

As far as dressing for dinner, etc. goes I have been given the once-over by more than a few restuarant hosts, and I get a great table and service sooner than douchebags with gold bracelets and bling.

Although I'm a very average lookin guy, when I wear a suit I invariably get compliments and attention from beautiful women at wedding receptions, parties, or higher class clubs.
post #99 of 118
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Originally Posted by lee_44106 View Post
5 items? No amount of items can make a man if he doesn't have money.

There you go. All the man needs is money. Everything else is superfluous.

Example:

Your average "stylish" gentleman, by SF standard, vs. an average Joe with all the accoutrements of serious cash, and a serious bank account to backup the lifestyle.

Who gets the table at the finest restaurant?
Who gets the attention of the ladies?
Who gets invited to the big events?
Who gets the saleman fawning over him?
And on and on.

Not the guy with the proper fitting suit and the suede shoes with the pocketsquare. It's the guy with the money.

This is a truly shallow response, if it even could be considered a response, as the question was on style not money. Style is available to anyone no matter what the budget he possesses. Money may be able to buy nice clothes, but it can't buy style.

Considering a mans value based only upon the substance of his bank account is a flawed approach and I pity you for the many men of great character you have passed over based upon their lack of fortune.
post #100 of 118
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Originally Posted by The_Foxx View Post
OCTOBER, 2004

Only 5, huh? I guess I'll lean more towards the basics:

1. Good watch (seems we're al in agreement; as recent ads in magazines will tell you, it's the most telling thing you wear-- even more than shoes)
2. A classic tan trenchcoat
3. Grey flannel trousers
4. A solidly constructed italian or english white shirt
5. Dark suit, preferably navy or grey and single breasted

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Originally Posted by The_Foxx View Post

MARCH, 2008

Great topic. I can't even remember if I've chimed in on this one in the past

1. The perfect navy suit.

2. A proper white dress shirt,

3. An English umbrella.

4. English plain captoe shoes

5. A good wristwatch,

Four years later, and still pretty consistent... THAT is good style
post #101 of 118
1) A child or more
2) A mother of (1) or other female company
3) Gaziano and Girling Bespoke shoes
4) understated tiebar or an antique tiebar
5) Bank account at Coutts and Co. at 550 Strand
post #102 of 118
1. Patterned and/or interestingly coloured shirts. Anyone can pull off a shirt in light blue. 2. A sleek pair of sunglasses. 3. A slim-fitting, modern suit. If you can pull off black, wear black. Otherwise, charcoal. I don't like navy. 4. A pair of sleek dress boots. 5. Some iconic piece of jewelry; I don't wear watches personally, but a watch can work for this. A bracelet, necklace, ring, or earring will also suffice.
post #103 of 118
1: a nice, well tailored suit.
2: cap toe brown leather shoes, timeless
3: a nice watch with leather straps, preferably not too big and containing no gold
4: a razor and the knowledge of how to use it
5: a tuxedo, tailored, with all the trimmings
post #104 of 118
- Light grey 3 button suit - 1 pair of APC New Standards - Black plain toe laceups (preferably cordovan) - Crisp white shirt with hidden buttons - Black overcoat (wool or cashmere)
post #105 of 118
OK then, it's settled. I am ready for anything
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