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post #316 of 12602
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Originally Posted by gazman70k View Post

Right by whose eyes? For every one combination, there are a multitude of views of too dull, too garish, too costumey, too studied, too disharmonious, too Italian, too English, too Continental, too Luca, too Lino, ...
Besides, all our pictures so far are close ups of four items - shirt, square, tie and jacket. And its just not having the full wardrobe since we exclude the context of occasion, mood, personality and perhaps even the halo effect of individual or specific brands. I feel that threads like this can evolve to be far too academic, bordering on intellectual masturbation.
Fortunately (or unfortunately), the five people that I would take their views serious - three used to post here and two have never frequented this site.

Interestingly, most of what I know can be attributed to hanging out with Ethan Newton (Ethandesu) over the course of '08 - '10.

With the exception of a handful of posters, taking your style cues from SF might actually be detrimental.
post #317 of 12602
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Originally Posted by KayJay85 View Post

Great thread
Subscribed
Thanks to all those who are posting and critiquing. It is very enlightening. Not sure what sparked this resurgence of posting from Manton et al but I like the life breathed into the forum
KJ

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Originally Posted by whnay. View Post

It's next level shit is all, many have tried (including me) and failed....

SAY IT AINT SO!
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Originally Posted by hendrix View Post

so...this whole taste thing is based around a window of suit, PS, tie and shirt?
And everyone here is posting attemping to conform to whnay's taste?
This is all very interesting to me.
I love some of the patterns on the pocketsquares...

its not really a thread about fit, more about coherence within the items that comprise the whole of ones ensemble.

certainly whnay has become one of the arbiters of good or bad coherence in this thread, and i guess rightfully so due to his success in the area, but its not about pacifying him specifically. there are things he felt one way about that others did not agree with. there is not always a definitive right or wrong.
post #318 of 12602
Any better?

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post #319 of 12602
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Originally Posted by Vintage Gent View Post

That pocket square is speaking to me, and it's saying, "I should have been a different color."
And I say this as someone who, from time to time, is guilty of the same transgression, sporting a shirt, tie and pocket square that are from the same hometown on the color wheel.
Edit: I notice that others have already said much the same thing. That's what comes, I suppose, from being late to the party.

Makes me see red.
The jacket is great, however.
post #320 of 12602
Also, found these. Still barfsome?

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And foo, not sure this makes any difference, but the coloring in the previous set of pics made the purple tie and overcheck look much more matchy than they were. This is a better representation. Better, same or worse?

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post #321 of 12602
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Originally Posted by hendrix View Post

Was thinking the same thing.
I guess isolation and removing context can be a, well, intellectual exercise that's interesting to some posters. I don't know about the actual benefit of it in terms of learning to dress better, but it's interesting all the same.

Hence, intellectual masturbation. Its fun when done in isolation...
post #322 of 12602
Stitches, it looks like you are trying way too many different, unorthodox options. I'd slow down and start over with just the basics: a solid navy single-breasted suit and a solid gray single-breasted suit. These should be staples in any wardrobe and are good benchmarks for whether things like shirts, ties, squares, etc., are useful. I'd be willing to spend two, three, four times as much on one of those than buy that many more random suits if it would get me something truly quality.

In the long run, you may actually save money too.
post #323 of 12602
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

Stitches, it looks like you are trying way too many different, unorthodox options. I'd slow down and start over with just the basics: a solid navy single-breasted suit and a solid gray single-breasted suit. These should be staples in any wardrobe and are good benchmarks for whether things like shirts, ties, squares, etc., are useful. I'd be willing to spend two, three, four times as much on of those than buy that many more random suits if it would get me something truly quality.
In the long run, you may actually save money this way.

Solid advice that needs to be repeated every now and again.
post #324 of 12602
Gaz, I think these sorts of threads can be incredibly useful.

The notion that this is all "mental masturbation" suggests that there is nothing objective to learn, ponder, analyze, etc. That's a serious mistake. I strongly believe I have become a much better dresser over the years by thinking better about how I dress. Also, it's worth noting that the best dressers on the forum, though they come from many different backgrounds and communicate very differently, tend to also be the most articulate and coherent when discussing aesthetics and style. I don't think that's a coincidence. It has to do with developing an understanding of common concepts and ideas that can be verbally expressed.

The return of many old-timers in this thread is aimed at reviving an objective, grounded discourse on dressing in good taste. I very much hope the discussion is not destroyed by popular, dismissive relativism--as it was before.
post #325 of 12602
I have a request. Could some guys put together some combos with white shirts. I love white shirts, but it always leads me to go with ties that are just in the midnight navy or gray realm and squares that are either cream silk, or white linen. Other color ties look rather stark to me against the plain canvass of the white shirt. Any thoughts?
post #326 of 12602
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

Stitches, it looks like you are trying way too many different, unorthodox options. I'd slow down and start over with just the basics: a solid navy single-breasted suit and a solid gray single-breasted suit. These should be staples in any wardrobe and are good benchmarks for whether things like shirts, ties, squares, etc., are useful. I'd be willing to spend two, three, four times as much on one of those than buy that many more random suits if it would get me something truly quality.
In the long run, you may actually save money too.

good advise, thank you. is there anything wrong with the solid gray single breasted suit i posted a few posts ago? i happen to like it quite a bit.

also, what is unorthodox about those last few pics? small dots, herringbone, repp stripe. i though those were pretty tame?
post #327 of 12602
Brown n' town

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Brown smiths fresco
Brown stripe shirt
Teal with brown and white diamond tie
Vintage hanky with pink, sea blue and gemstone green
post #328 of 12602
^^

I don't ever recall you being into the bright tie/bright square thing, is this a recent development?
post #329 of 12602
I am not a fran.
post #330 of 12602
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

Gaz, I think these sorts of threads can be incredibly useful.
...
The return of many old-timers in this thread is aimed at reviving an objective, grounded discourse on dressing in good taste. I very much hope the discussion is not destroyed by popular, dismissive relativism--as it was before.

Point noted but some comments fail to be objective, grounded or in good taste but instead come across as dismissive absolutism. Nuff said.

Let's move on, shall we...
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Keeping it simple and the jacket in the middle is dark navy winter weight hopsack.
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