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post #91 of 772
I generally will wear only white shirts in the evening, although I'm trying to break the habit, and enjoy some pattern at night. I know that's a "Real Rule", but up in rural Canada, if you're wearing something other than a TapOut shirt, you're over-dressed anyhow.

Only double cuffs with DB suits, although, again, I'm trying to wean myself off of this one.

After getting called on not having any BD shirts in the Pattern mixing thread, I've ordered a couple, and I'll try them out, but, up until now, have never owned one.

Also, I agree with a tie being required with a suit, but (semi-) optional with an odd jacket.
post #92 of 772
Pants: flat or single forward pleat. Off-seam pockets. If there are belt loops then a center back loop is a must and five total loops.

Shirts: No collar stays. Ideally shirts have no slot for them either, so the collar can be flipped when it gets threadbare on top. Box pleat for BD collar, side pleats for spread. All shirts w/ barrel cuffs, single button and no gauntlet button. French cuff for tux only.

Shoes: no cap-toed bluchers. (OK on boots though.) No tassels of any kind.

Belts: 1 1/8" except 1" for plaque buckled belts. Anything 1 1/4 wide or larger is for jeans only. Never anything over or 1 1/2. Very plain buckles, no metal keepers.

I think I'm pretty open when it comes to ties and jackets, but I do have preferences.

Originally Posted by edmorel View Post

I actually like black, wingtip gunboats with khakis confused.gif
I wonder if this depends on one's hair/skin color. I wear black shoes w/ khakis and think it looks good in part bec. of my black hair and olive complexion.
Originally Posted by Manton View Post

Navy trousers are objectively wrong.
I don't own a navy shirt and don't think I ever would but I do have a navy sweater and a sort of cotton pullover that are OK.
re: suits without ties, the only time I do this is when I am travelling and I don't want to pack the suit and I don't want to bother with a tie. Makes me feel vaguely sketchy, like a pick up artist, mobster, or professional con man.
How about air force blue?
Originally Posted by Eustace Tilley View Post

What if the belt is built into the trouser? Boom!


Originally Posted by LA Guy View Post

I know that this is anathema to you, but sometimes I like to look slightly sketchy - especially if I'm wearing a suit - like Tom Cruise's contract killer in Collateral...
Sometimes? Did you just say "sometimes"?
post #93 of 772
Navy socks with everything.
Never wear BDs with suits.
Never wear shirts with breast pockets with suits.
And I would never wear a tie with a BD.
I try to not complicate things; two solids and one pattern.
post #94 of 772
^Good call on the BDs with suits. As much as I like BDs, wearing them with suits is a Tradly step too far for me.
post #95 of 772
Thread Starter 
I like BDs with tradly or casual suits, flannels and linens and such. I can't remember the last time I did it with worsted.
post #96 of 772
Im trying to stick to only two patterns lately, though I have been giving thought that texture is actually a pattern.

Example :

Here, I wore only two patterns, the shirt and square, however I think the knit texture of the tie acted as a pattern and I felt a bit too busy with it.
post #97 of 772
gonna sound like a contrarian here but...

- only french cuff with dress shirts; I spec the cuffs to be slim with the hole closer to the edge, so they're not conspicuous / clunky
- no BD collar on dress shirts; only soft semi spread
- only black oxfords with suits
- no shoulder padding in jackets
- no striped ties
- no pocket squares
post #98 of 772
only black or midnight blue shoes at night.

If i'm wearing a tie at night it is navy.

no belt ever. No loafers ever.

Oh, and the only shoes that ever get a spit shine are black. Brown spit polished shoes look weird to me, especially if they have some antiquing.
Edited by hendrix - 7/29/12 at 4:49am
post #99 of 772
Originally Posted by Manton View Post

I don't know why navy odd trousers are wrong. I just know that they are.
Without a jacket they are not terrible but with a jacket, noooo.

Tan linen jacket, white or light blue shirt, navy linen pants?
post #100 of 772

Navy trousers and white jacket. I like.
post #101 of 772
looks like a lab coat
post #102 of 772

Too wrinkled for that.
post #103 of 772
didn't mean it as a bad thing, i like it and have a similar margiela blazer, except it's a very very light blue. wrinkles like that and is a cotton/viscose/rayon blend. I mainly wear it over tshirts though (i shouldn't say that around here I know) as it's completely unstructured and unlined and feels more like a shirt than a blazer
post #104 of 772
Originally Posted by SpooPoker View Post

Im trying to stick to only two patterns lately, though I have been giving thought that texture is actually a pattern.
Example :
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Here, I wore only two patterns, the shirt and square, however I think the knit texture of the tie acted as a pattern and I felt a bit too busy with it.

Isn't this an example of the scale of the pattern/texture being too similar?

post #105 of 772
Originally Posted by Bounder View Post

Well, I suppose I should have added another personal rule.
5) A suit always requires a tie.
But I think that this is an actual rule even though it is regularly violated by style icons like Ahmadinejad.

Given my limited standing here, I wouldn't presume to promulgate my own non-rule rules.  But I heartily agree with this.  Unfortunately, this look is very common in the UK.  It is the dress down option of choice for middle-management.  Tie-less odd jacket, yes.  Tie-less suit, not for me.

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