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post #12256 of 12577
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post


I just mean that it looks like a compromise born out of lack of confidence. This is to me though, and I'm not the typical person.


I would rather see compromise resulting from a lack of confidence than a bad outcome resulting from overconfidence, at least in dressing. If you want to treat something as a purely aesthetic pursuit, then it makes sense to push it as far as possible. Is clothing a purely aesthetic pursuit, though? I don't treat it as such. I admit that I treat it more aesthetically than some people, sinceI am in a culture/career that encourages sticking out. Even so, I see it as at least 50% social communication.

 

I think we can basically agree that we'd like, socially, to be seen as well-dressed. That can't always happen. Which of these is more tasteful:

 

To be seen as 90% well-dressed, with the caveat that you failed to pick a bold enough shirt to counterbalance a bold suit/tie/square?

 

or

 

To be seen as 90% well-dressed, except for an over-confident shirt which pushes things over the top?

post #12257 of 12577
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

I just mean that it looks like a compromise born out of lack of confidence. This is to me though, and I'm not the typical person.

Why must is be compromise (I want to wear X but Ill wear Y instead because Im a wuss) and not a conscious decision (I want to wear X because its best for this look) to keep a combo from looking too busy?
post #12258 of 12577
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Originally Posted by DocHolliday View Post

Why would it be chickening out? A a lot of posters go wrong when they start treating pattern matching as a competitive sport.

 

Arguably 4 patterns is rarely in 'good taste', and any at all is suspect.  Look at SW&D- the aesthetic is monotone, minimalist.  couple of youngish women commented on my 'old man ties' i.e. patterned -  last week. 

post #12259 of 12577
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

Why must is be compromise (I want to wear X but Ill wear Y instead because Im a wuss) and not a conscious decision (I want to wear X because its best for this look) to keep a combo from looking too busy?
I strive chiefly to look "not shit," and only secondarily to look "good." It makes little sense to sacrifice the former in pursuit of the latter.

I treat it like The Price Is Right: get as close as you can without going over. If you go over, you automatically lose.
post #12260 of 12577
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post


Was flipping through pictures and found this oldie:

maker?
post #12261 of 12577
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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

Why must is be compromise (I want to wear X but Ill wear Y instead because Im a wuss) and not a conscious decision (I want to wear X because its best for this look) to keep a combo from looking too busy?

It's not that it must be a compromise. Just what it looks like to me. It's not some level-of-difficulty thing. All that stuff is stupid IMHO. It's that 1) I think it looks better with the striped shirt, and 2) the striped shirt captures more the "look" that the rest of the items belong to. A white shirt does too, although this has been basically discarded by SF. But a blue shirt, which is what would be the typical suggestion, does not.
post #12262 of 12577

FWIW, I dislike it on the grounds that I consider the dress stripe, well, dressy, while the rest of the outfit to my eye is more dressy-casual. (Stick that in your dressy/casual dichotomy and smoke it!) The suit, tie, and square are pretty sporty to me, but the shirt really means business.  Neat tie, by the way.

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post #12264 of 12577
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Originally Posted by sprout2 View Post

FWIW, I dislike it on the grounds that I consider the dress stripe, well, dressy, while the rest of the outfit to my eye is more dressy-casual. (Stick that in your dressy/casual dichotomy and smoke it!) The suit, tie, and square are pretty sporty to me, but the shirt really means business.  Neat tie, by the way.

I agree, should be pencil stripe, maybe Oxford cloth.
post #12265 of 12577
I guess I hear what you are saying, unbel.

I'm not saying that I agree with it, just that I understand it. It also kind of goes back to what we were discussing earlier that in some respects things most definitely are in the eye of the beholder and not bound to a specific standard or rule.
post #12266 of 12577
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Originally Posted by ThinkDerm View Post

maker?

Rider Boot Co.
post #12267 of 12577
While I am Mr. White Shirt, I don't think a white shirt would look good with that tie, personally, even if it was an OCBD.
post #12268 of 12577
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Originally Posted by Pliny View Post


I would not go that far, the items all look fine to me (especially the tie), the lines of the jacket and shirt just seem to be on the exact same wavelength, sending signals of confusion to my poor brain.
post #12269 of 12577
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Edited by scatterbrain - 4/11/14 at 6:26am
post #12270 of 12577
^ wrong thread. you already have a topic on this anyways
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