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Originally Posted by Hayward View Post

What if he toned down the tie and cardigan? Say, brown tie, grey sweater?

My suspicion is that the moire of the tie is an artifact of the photo processing, and it's actually fairly subdued. In fact, upon second look, I wonder if the overall vibe I find objectionable may be entirely due to the oversaturation and graininess of the photo. But I don't love the cardi no matter what.

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Originally Posted by Gerry Nelson View Post

Ok, I'm happy to conduct a little experiment. If you can give some concrete suggestions about what would have worked, e.g. "brown tie, grey sweater" as hayward mentioned, I will do that (providing I have what you're asking) and repost the picture.

No egos will be bruised in the making of this ... smile.gif

Perhaps a solid grenadine/knit and a darker, more subdued hank could rescue this.

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Is that a brown blazer or a suit with brass buttons?

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post #8972 of 12606

Really solid helpful comments, guys. Thanks!

 

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Originally Posted by in stitches View Post

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i think just swapping the shirt for a solid light blue would be the easiest thing to do and would make a big difference. cut down from 3 patterns to 2 and i think the whole thing will be a lot better. just my 2 cents.

 

Thanks, in stitches, I'll give it a go.

 

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I'm no expert on clothes, but I guess we could think of this as like an art school crit? If so, y'all can either listen, or disregard me entirely, or ignore the parts where I just don't "get it." If anybody disagrees with me, please, let me know, because I'm trying to learn, too.

 

Gerry, I feel like what messes me up a little bit is the combination of the tie and the sweater. I was thinking it could be the suit (suit or SC?) and the sweater, given that the suit is in what I tend to think of as "Italian luxury fabric," with strong pattern but little texture, and then the sweater is a functional touch, better suited (in my mind) to a sort of English cloth -- one with either more texture/weight or less color.

 

Then, it occured to me that I've seen cardigan sweaters under that kind of suit before, and it's clicked for me in a way this wasn't quite working. I think it's the tie. This one is rather silky, and a bit too shiny (especially with the woven pattern). It's also too red -- it looks a little off with the mossy sweater. It's like the two elements are pulling me in different directions, in terms of color. I think a brown cashmere tie would be excellent here, or perhaps a brown knit. That would limit your color palette a little bit, and remove a pattern -- I agree with Stitches that that is a good idea. Heck, if you were to wear this with a solid blue shirt and a solid brown tie, I think you'd be doing very well. If you stick with the patterned shirt, you might want to reconsider the square (or perhaps just re-arrange it, if it's a pictorial pattern).
 

 

Thanks for this. I'll give this a try next week and repost here. I think you both might be onto something there. The sportscoat is a lighter blue with a dark orange windowpane pattern that's fairly subtle. The tie is actually more of a burnt orange which I was wearing to complement the windowpane pattern but in hindsight, the silkiness might make it more suitable for a worsted jacket/suit.

 

This is a better picture of the tie in question:

 

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Originally Posted by sugarbutch View Post


My suspicion is that the moire of the tie is an artifact of the photo processing, and it's actually fairly subdued. In fact, upon second look, I wonder if the overall vibe I find objectionable may be entirely due to the oversaturation and graininess of the photo. But I don't love the cardi no matter what.
Perhaps a solid grenadine/knit and a darker, more subdued hank could rescue this.

 

Thanks sb. I had a problem trying to figure out what kind of handkerchief would go with this. Trying to find something that didn't kind of blend in with the sportscoat was my challenge.

 

Take two next week.

 

Thanks again.

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Originally Posted by Gerry Nelson View Post

 

 

Thanks for this. I'll give this a try next week and repost here. I think you both might be onto something there. The sportscoat is a lighter blue with a dark orange windowpane pattern that's fairly subtle. The tie is actually more of a burnt orange which I was wearing to complement the windowpane pattern but in hindsight, the silkiness might make it more suitable for a worsted jacket/suit.

 

This is a better picture of the tie in question:

 


 

No problem -- I had fun with it. I like the tie much better in that picture, but I'm still not quite sure if it's at home with the jacket you posted today. I sort of figured you were working with the overcheck. I have a solid, burnt orange wool tie that works well with some of my tweeds. Something similar would have worked well with your rig, if you were to subtract the sweater.

 

Given that that particular jacket has the warm orange overcheck and a lighter blue-ish overcheck alongside it, I think you could pick out one or the other to play with, but maybe not both. The blue shirt, I read as a neutral, so that would still work with the orange tie. I kind of think it's nice to not pick up every color possible in a rig.

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Originally Posted by YRR92 View Post

I have a solid, burnt orange wool tie that works well with some of my tweeds. Something similar would have worked well with your rig, if you were to subtract the sweater.

 

 

That's what I'm after! Where did you get it from?

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Thrifted it, unfortunately. It's from Austin Reed. On the slim side (probably about 3.25"), so perhaps from the '80s? It's very heathered, and has a lot of texture. Pain to tie.

 

Here's the only (lousy) photo I have of it.

 

http://faintyoungsunking.tumblr.com/post/46630925814/i-went-on-a-date-to-taco-bell-dressed-in-this-it

 

My favorite wool tie is a solid hopsack, in kelly green, but I generally like something with some kind of heathering/wispy texture in a wool tie. Cashmere is wonderful for this, because it's easier to tie than wool with that kind of texture, but until I find another cashmere Zegna tie for 50 cents in a thrift store, I'll have to wait.

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Originally Posted by Gerry Nelson View Post

This is a better picture of the tie in question:


To my eyes, on my screen - I think it looks very nice.

IMO/FWIW, you could probably get away with a lighter patterned olive green pocket square.

[See Henry Carter - I'm not always a negative nancy. wink.gif]
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Jay-sus moo, you've come a long way. 2 thumbs up.
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looks great, moo.
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That looks great. Maybe a printed neat tie with the same ground color, and a plainer square -- white linen or cream silk?

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Wow Moo, just WoW! You look great.
 

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My only nit with Moo would be the ticket pocket and the big ugly watch.
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Excellent but need tie space on the shirt.
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

My only nit with Moo would be the ticket pocket and the big ugly watch.

 

the omega speedmaster is one of the most tasteful watches around. c'mon!

 

I like everything in this fit but the shinyness of the tie.

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