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post #5191 of 12846
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Originally Posted by msulinski View Post


Ok, I'll go. This is the same outfit from earlier, minus the pocket square, which wasn't working. I'm just hoping I don't have to burn anything.
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Glad you ejected the pocket square, but the shirt is a fail. When it comes to striped shirts, there are the basic varieties (the candy stripe, the pin stripe, the bengal stripe, etc.) and the fancy sorts, like the one you're wearing. The worst type of fancy stripes is where the stripes themselves appear to be outlined by a darker color. Why? Their complexity does not juxtapose well with other pieces. That's why they are often relegated to fashion shirts that are meant to be worn alone. In this case, they also pose a contextual problem: too sharp, too city for an odd jacket, wool tie, and flannel trousers.

Really, it's best to avoid fancy stripes altogether. They don't play nice.

The other problem with your outfit is that the tie is really quite banal in context. It's a perfectly nice tie, but the blue is too close to the navy of your blazer and the brown is too close to your shoes. Would have been great with, say, a light grey flannel suit and a plain blue shirt.

Final score: foo.giffoo.gif
post #5192 of 12846
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Originally Posted by mafoofan View Post

Courage! I like it.

This is very close to foo.giffoo.giffoo.gif. You have done a great job of pairing patterns. That is a hurdle that 80-90% seem unable to clear, which always leads to ultimate fail. Color-wise, the tie, shirt, and jacket are unimpeachable together. Good job. The one big question mark is the square. It is hard to tell what color it is in the photo. It could either be passable, or an eyesore. However, what is definitively wrong about it is the way you've ruined the poof. It's really more of a crumple.

I think many of the other judges would give you foo.giffoo.giffoo.gif, but I am forced to give you foo.giffoo.gif. Know this though, it is a very high foo.giffoo.gif, and could easily get to the next level. Heck, with a better photo and an adjustment to the square, I could see this pushing foo.giffoo.giffoo.giffoo.gif.

Final score: foo.giffoo.gif

Thanks for the comments, foo. The square is the Rubinacci samurai square in black and tan. Rather than try to take a better pic of it myself, I'll just link these, which I think represent accurately:

http://downeastandout.com/post/36811440423/luca-educates

but it's basically kind of parchament-colored. I thought the hint of orange was a good partner for the tie.

Agree, the fold is pretty wimpy in my pic.
post #5193 of 12846
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Originally Posted by msulinski View Post


Ok, I'll go. This is the same outfit from earlier, minus the pocket square, which wasn't working. I'm just hoping I don't have to burn anything.

This is much better -- far more harmonious. I don't love the shirt, but what you have here hangs together in a way it didn't before.

Goes to show that an empty pocket can be better than a bad square.
post #5194 of 12846
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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post

Ouch. Foo is going to be brutal.

I gotta figure out my camera setup better so I can get in on the carnage. I'm sure I'll have to burn many things.

You will all soon learn that pocket square usage has an exceedingly high beta. A fumbled attempt can easily ruin an otherwise great outfit.
post #5195 of 12846
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Wow, he gave it more foo.gif than I would have. I personally think the shirt is hideous.

My shirt, pB? Seems pretty unobjectionable to me...y u no like?
post #5196 of 12846
Just for my own knowledge, what would my fit from the other day rate? The one with the white linen square you loved so much.
post #5197 of 12846
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

My shirt, pB? Seems pretty unobjectionable to me...y u no like?

Was also wondering this--perhaps he was referring to msulinski's?
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msulinski's
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post #5200 of 12846
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

My shirt, pB? Seems pretty unobjectionable to me...y u no like?

To be honest I don't find those collars very flattering. They make a skinny neck look skinnier and a fat neck look fatter. It's hard to judge here but I urge caution.
post #5201 of 12846

I have to say, this thread just got a lot more entertaining.

 

In order to survive as a interesting separate entity with its own identity, it needed active moderation (whether it will be viewed as arbitrary by someone else or not is actually irrelevant to its ability to thrive as a separate identity). Foo's stepping up to act as judge, jury & executioner gives it back some of that focus. Regardless of whether you agree with his perspective or not (or, indeed, those of any of the other judges, should they return to play), I think it will now have some good specificity for detecting outfits which meet the parameters set by the thread's concept, and therefore give the thread an internal purpose.

 

Whether it will have sensitivity is quite another matter... (stats pun entirely intended, and I think accurate in both senses of the word. That's why it will be entertaining. ;) )

 

tl;dr - will read thread regularly again after having stopped after first handful of pages.

post #5202 of 12846
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

This tie knot turned out better this time I think:
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Sorry for the dark lighting - it's really hard to get a pic that represents the color of the tie accurately. In more light the tie always comes off as a brighter reddish orange...it's actually more like the color you see here. The coat isn't that dark a navy though.

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Yup. Much nicer knot this time around. Like I said last time, very nice. Though I am no foo.gif.
post #5203 of 12846
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Originally Posted by sugarbutch View Post

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Im fairly certain this was taken in Manton's bathroom.
post #5204 of 12846
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Originally Posted by sugarbutch View Post


Another instance of squareFAIL. It also shows why white shirts are less versatile than you would imagine. You need a brighter, less saturated square to fill-in the contrast gap between the shirt and tie. That said, a blue shirt would have been a fail here too. The problem is truly the square, with which you're also demonstrated poor poofing technique.

Combined, it's an outfit that has been cobbled together without finesse. A standard Sears level outfit, with an inexpertly chosen pocket square added for good measure.

Final score: foo.giffoo.gif
post #5205 of 12846
It would look perfect with a white linen square. devil.gif Or a cream puff.
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