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No idea, but as I recall he was wearing a flannel suit. Flannel + suede is like foie & sauternes. It's also a fall look.
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NOBD: reminds me of another aphorism. While "everybody knows" that you are supposed to wear brown shoes with a brown suit, it's actually quite hard to do it well. Aside from black tie, brown+brown is the only suit-shoe combo where both are the same color. So you have the risk of not enough contrast (too matchy) or too much (jarring.) Very hard to get right.
Black shoes with brown suits is actaully and "advanced" move that I do sometimes.

Brown/cream suit; black shoes (and tie, and square):

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Same suit; brown shoes:

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post #453 of 13589
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Flannel + suede is like foie & sauternes.

Definitely agree with this. I'm unable to find any pictures of HRH from that trip, so can't confirm your suspicion...anyone know where to find these?
post #454 of 13589
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damnit, misread o/o's post. His suit is easier to pair with brown shoes because of the light ground. With a solid dark brown suit, it gets harder.

unbel, I have his book at home I will look it up.
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o/o is that a gold bracelet I spy?
post #456 of 13589
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Bucks are the exception. I don't know why this is or where it came from, suppose from the idea that suede is contrified and goes with tweed, and let's face it, it is substantial and hairy and does not work well with summer fabrics and colors. This was a rule I learned when I was rebuked over it a few times many years ago. I also know that I have read it but I can't remember where, maybe in Hardy Amies? I don't think it's in Flusser.
BTW, for tan bucks to be OK in summer, they have to have brick red rubber soles. White shoes are fine for summer even with a more traditional leather sole. I think I made this one up but it makes sense to me.
My whites have brick, my dirty bucks have leather soles.
re texture, you are right about not mixing tan bucks with fine, lightweight gabardines or tropical worsted, but not right about mixing them with tissue flannel, linen or fresco. (or cotton twill)
post #457 of 13589
lol
post #458 of 13589
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o/o is that a gold bracelet I spy?

Brass, from West Africa, though polished to a golden shine. (That's not to say I don't have/wear gold gold bracelets.)
post #459 of 13589
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damnit, misread o/o's post. His suit is easier to pair with brown shoes because of the light ground. With a solid dark brown suit, it gets harder.

I know I was cheating. Here are a couple of brown shoe combinations with a solid brown suit.

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I've started to wear black punch cap oxfords with this suit a time or two, but it just looks dead to me. Here's the day I came closest, but I switched to dark brown suede at the last minute.

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Edited by oldog/oldtrix - 8/1/12 at 6:44pm
post #460 of 13589
The dark brown suit and dark brown shoes are a hard match, though I don't think they are necessarily deal-breakers. Some more contrast would be preferable.

Something I noticed about your outfits: you tend to be far too tonally monotonous, like in the most recent ones posted with all the browns, or you throw together elements that violently clash. Any way to convince you to aim for a happy medium?
post #461 of 13589
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No idea, but as I recall he was wearing a flannel suit. Flannel + suede is like foie & sauternes. It's also a fall look.

In full agreement. The only time I break my 'only black cap-toes with business suits' is that I quite often wear dark brown suede cap-toes with dark grey flannel suits. Only onFridays though...
post #462 of 13589
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Opposite of yesterday, light suit + dark tie. There's enough interest in everything else that I went with the simple square. Suit = cotton, shirt = linen-cotton, tie = silk, square = linen.

post #463 of 13589
What are the criteria for "good taste"?

I guess I'll submit this, which I wore to court today (and won, mostly, mind you).

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post #464 of 13589
Manton #462:

The colors are good here, but I would almost never wear a woven or printed silk tie with a cotton suit--maybe a repp, I guess. In this context, I'd do silk knit, linen, or cotton seersucker ties almost exclusively. I like the tie in the pic, but I'd wear it with wool suits.
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Opposite of yesterday, light suit + dark tie. There's enough interest in everything else that I went with the simple square. Suit = cotton, shirt = linen-cotton, tie = silk, square = linen.
 

 

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