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post #436 of 769
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

^^^ that is a good rule, like Keller's "no repeat ingredients from dish to dish in the same meal."

I follow it religiously. Nothing bothers me more than the very frequent combination of a floral medallion tie with a floral medallion square. It's awful. But it would even be bad if one were dots or little diamonds or whatever. That both things are dotted is a sin, no matter what they are dotted with.
post #437 of 769
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Originally Posted by mmkn View Post

Note how the true light gray of the jacket brings forth the pale beige skin tones of his hand.

Are you serious? The hand looks dead. Nice outfit, though.
post #438 of 769
I never combine checks in an outfit. It so rarely works why bother? There are so many better alternatives.
post #439 of 769
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post

I never combine checks in an outfit. It so rarely works why bother? There are so many better alternatives.

Checks include things as diverse as glen plaid, gingham, graph paper check, etc. Add in scale variance, and it becomes quite easy.
post #440 of 769
Never loafers with socks
Always socks with non loafers
post #441 of 769
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Originally Posted by Bounder View Post

I used to follow the "plain front = no cuffs, pleats = cuffs" thing myself. It was something that had been just sort of handed down. But I have come to understand that the real thing that should drive whether you put cuffs on your trousers is the weight of the material. Heavier materials don't really need a cuff while lighter weight materials hang better when cuffed.

 

For me it's a combination of a number of things, none of which absolutely lead to a decision one way or another, but which in combination will push me one way or another. Factors include weight, application/context, pattern, pleats, feel of fabric.

 

I guess that for me, the archetype of a "never get turnups on" pair of trousers would be a particularly sharp/slick flat front worsted city suit, whereas an  "always turnsups" equivalent would be pleated flannel odd trousers. Everything else, it's a fuzzy decision. :)

post #442 of 769

I try not to wear checks, stripes, or any combination of patterns all at the same time.

post #443 of 769
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Originally Posted by doughie View Post

Never loafers with socks
Always socks with non loafers

i ALWAYS wear socks.
post #444 of 769
I will not wear a shirt with a white collar/cuffs and contrasting color or patterned body.
post #445 of 769
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

Another rule: motifs other than stripes and checks should not repeat in an outfit.
In fact "dotted" patterns should not repeat either, even if the motifs are different.

I can't remember if this has been mentioned before, but I'd extend to ANY kind of neat pattern. Even if you've got a floral motif in one and a geometric or whatever motif in the other, I think neat tie + neat PS is pretty much always a fail.

Other rules for me:

1) always socks as well
2) no geometric ties where there's no ground (i.e., neats are ok, but not ties where the whole thing is covered in a geometric pattern)
3) agree with gus, no contrast collars for me.
post #446 of 769
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

I can't remember if this has been mentioned before, but I'd extend to ANY kind of neat pattern. Even if you've got a floral motif in one and a geometric or whatever motif in the other, I think neat tie + neat PS is pretty much always a fail.
Other rules for me:
1) always socks as well
2) no geometric ties where there's no ground (i.e., neats are ok, but not ties where the whole thing is covered in a geometric pattern)
3) agree with gus, no contrast collars for me.

Do these exist outside of Sears?
post #447 of 769
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Do these exist outside of Sears?

Absolutely. And from some SF-approved makers. I will not name names.

Even neats where there's not much ground I usually don't like. One of my objections to Mr. Chris's tie in #4 above.
post #448 of 769
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Originally Posted by pocketsquareguy View Post

I will not wear a shirt with a white collar/cuffs and contrasting color or patterned body.

i never have, but i kinda want to.
post #449 of 769
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Do these exist outside of Sears?

yes. burlington.
post #450 of 769
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

i never have, but i kinda want to.

It was an 80's cliche to wear a white collar and cuffs, blue shirt, red tie for the "Power Look". smile.gif
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