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post #7921 of 12603

As for miters -- it is a noncommital middle ground between FCs and barrels. It's not as tacky as cocktail cuffs, but there is something too willful about the miter -- it's deliberate, you have to ask for it -- that makes it run afoul of the taste heuristic Manton mentions. It's like sticking your thumb in a pie and pulling out a plum -- a little filligree or show of fanciness. But I don't have a solution, because unless the barrel cuff is exceptionally nuanced, it gives me a queasy feeling when worn with a suit.

 

Barrel cuffs on BDs and casual shirts, miters on dress shirts, has been my rule, but it's an imperfect compromise. Then again, that's OK. I won't wear FCs, for what it's worth.

 

I was thinking about a straight barrel cuff with no curve on it. Is this too weird?

post #7922 of 12603
Looking for a little Whnay Good Taste advice. Just picked up my mohair suit from Frank. Fabric is very hard to photograph but it is closest to a RAF blue (but a little more grey and a little less bright). What shirts/ties/shirts do you guys usually wear with this color? While I rarely reach for white shirts, here it seems logical with the higher saturation/brightness of the mohair. A lot of my ties seem too rustic to work with this suit, maybe a raw silk shatung in red? A wedding tie? I know I am overthinking it but when I go through my wardrobe options, most pairings dont seem quite right.
post #7923 of 12603
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Originally Posted by Axelman 17 View Post

Looking for a little Whnay.....

thats not nice.
post #7924 of 12603
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Originally Posted by sprout2 View Post

As for miters -- it is a noncommital middle ground between FCs and barrels. It's not as tacky as cocktail cuffs, but there is something too willful about the miter -- it's deliberate, you have to ask for it -- that makes it run afoul of the taste heuristic Manton mentions. It's like sticking your thumb in a pie and pulling out a plum -- a little filligree or show of fanciness. But I don't have a solution, because unless the barrel cuff is exceptionally nuanced, it gives me a queasy feeling when worn with a suit.

Barrel cuffs on BDs and casual shirts, miters on dress shirts, has been my rule, but it's an imperfect compromise. Then again, that's OK. I won't wear FCs, for what it's worth.

I was thinking about a straight barrel cuff with no curve on it. Is this too weird?
That is crazy. I used to ask for mitres on all my cuffs, French cuffs and barrel, because they wear out more slowly. I never considered that it had any aesthetic significance or carried any message (other than that I am a cheapskate).
post #7925 of 12603

Sorry, I do wear miters. I was mixing terminology. I was using barrel here to mean single cuff with a curve, and miter to mean single cuff with a notch. Is there a better word for a single cuff with a curve?
 

post #7926 of 12603
Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Axelman 17 View Post

Looking for a little Whnay Good Taste advice. Just picked up my mohair suit from Frank. Fabric is very hard to photograph but it is closest to a RAF blue (but a little more grey and a little less bright). What shirts/ties/shirts do you guys usually wear with this color? While I rarely reach for white shirts, here it seems logical with the higher saturation/brightness of the mohair. A lot of my ties seem too rustic to work with this suit, maybe a raw silk shatung in red? A wedding tie? I know I am overthinking it but when I go through my wardrobe options, most pairings dont seem quite right.
overthinking. I have three in that color (more or less) and almost any colors work.
post #7927 of 12603
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Originally Posted by sprout2 View Post

Sorry, I do wear miters. I was mixing terminology. I was using barrel here to mean single cuff with a curve, and miter to mean single cuff with a notch. Is there a better word for a single cuff with a curve?

 

I am not sure. I know what you mean, but I have no idea how it is called.
post #7928 of 12603
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Originally Posted by Fuuma View Post

Dress shirt comment for sweater and cardigan wearers:
I wear a white shirt 99% of the time with those as the sweater itself is colourful enough. It doesn't matter if it's with a conservative suit (well an approximation of one), a sportcoat/slacks outfit or a casual one. The shirt is almost always button down, hell I almost exclusively wear bd now, before styleforum I never even owned one and was WTF-ing the whole concept, hell I think I got my first one in 2011.

Anyone has an opinion on this (sweaters+shirt colour), it sorta didn't sound like a question so you might have missed it.
post #7929 of 12603
I hate sweaters. Always a better option.
post #7930 of 12603
White BDs are good with sweaters (wearing that combo right now, actually). It's when you wear white shirts with a formal collar that it gets trickier and a pale blue shirt is almost always better. My $0.02.
post #7931 of 12603
Thread Starter 
I don't really wear sweaters but if I did I would want to look like this:
post #7932 of 12603
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

I hate sweaters. Always a better option.


Philistine.

post #7933 of 12603

^^^ Going to chime in here and say that this is another geographical distinction. Tasteful Americans eschew sweaters and dress up, where in Europe sweaters are an art form and tasteful Europeans dress down.  Fuuma will support me on this. I would explain to you why but you would not like the answer. Hint: it has to do with an ability to let one's hair down. But since no one has long hair in the USA, the point is totally lost.
 

post #7934 of 12603
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post

I don't really wear sweaters but if I did I would want to look like this:

Sweaters/Cardigans/sweater vests count. I'm basically asking if there is some sort of norm regarding this. I personally don't like when the shirt isn't white (few exceptions aside, say grey sweater) as it ends up being too colourful. I also like the collar tips to stay inside the sweater, hence the BD.
post #7935 of 12603
I love sweaters. Especially a good chunky knit shawl collar cardigan.
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