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post #451 of 467
Navy doesn't have the same graphic punch. And, what is this brown-black "mismatch" of which you speak?
post #452 of 467
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I will agree with sugar that white shirt+brown/tan suit and dark solid tie can be very cool. But I remind everyone that he wears two earings, so subject everything he says to extra scrutiny.
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Hugely enlightening OP and thread.

 

Notwithstanding all the wisdom espoused here on aesthetics, I have to say: On an important work day with important meetings, when my jacket's off, I'm at my best in a white shirt and serious tie.  I just am.  It's about feel as much as look.  Though, that said, part of the feel for me may be based on how white looks with my skin and hair/beard.

 

So working backwards, I suppose that means that on those days, I need to be sure the tie is the right tie with the blue or gray suit.

 

Again, great thread.   

 

Edit: I am choking a bit, though, on the aversion to white with a navy sport coat.  Outside SF, it would just never occur to me that it doesn't work...and I wear it a fair amount, with either gray or tan (!) trousers and a tie.  Maybe I compromise with a button down collar...


Edited by azwildcat - 2/22/14 at 10:11am
post #456 of 467
These were posted by AAS (An Acute Style) in the WAYWT thread. I really liked his use of the cardigans, I hope he doesn't mind me reposting them. Does anyone think they would be improved if he used a light blue shirt instead of a white shirt? I don't, but am curious what others think.



post #457 of 467
Yes. I personally hate the cardigan under the jacket look, but that's or another thread.
post #458 of 467
White shirts are great.
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As a SF n00b, I may provide a good counterexample. I really like this fit for the office, but it violates the OP's rules in at least four ways:

 

1) Brown jacket

2) Odd jacket

3) Red (burgundy) tie

4) Wool tie

 

Opinions? Suggestions for a pocket square would be welcome also.

 

post #460 of 467
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Yes. I personally hate the cardigan under the jacket look, but that's or another thread.

+1. I'd also note that the first example features a button down collar which creates a less formal look.
post #461 of 467
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Originally Posted by coldsalmon View Post

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As a SF n00b, I may provide a good counterexample. I really like this fit for the office, but it violates the OP's rules in at least four ways:

1) Brown jacket
2) Odd jacket
3) Red (burgundy) tie
4) Wool tie

Opinions? Suggestions for a pocket square would be welcome also.





- Would look much better with a light blue shirt from a pure aesthetics perspective. That color of tie just looks better on a light blue ground, even ignoring the white shirt and brown odd jacket issue. With a different colored tie or sans tie, an ecru shirt would also look much better than white.

- I don't mind spread collar shirts with odd jackets, but not a white spread collar shirt. It sends mixed messages about what you are trying to do. If you are going to wear a white shirt there, make it an OCBD. It still won't be an optimal look, but you'll at least avoid the formality clash.

- A wool tie calls for a more textured shirt, or at least something with some color or pattern. This looks odd IMO.
post #462 of 467
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- Would look much better with a light blue shirt from a pure aesthetics perspective. That color of tie just looks better on a light blue ground, even ignoring the white shirt and brown odd jacket issue. With a different colored tie or sans tie, an ecru shirt would also look much better than white.

- I don't mind spread collar shirts with odd jackets, but not a white spread collar shirt. It sends mixed messages about what you are trying to do. If you are going to wear a white shirt there, make it an OCBD. It still won't be an optimal look, but you'll at least avoid the formality clash.

- A wool tie calls for a more textured shirt, or at least something with some color or pattern. This looks odd IMO.

Thanks for the tips. Perhaps I will try the same fit with a striped blue shirt later in the week.

post #463 of 467

Dammit SF, you are always right.

 

 

 

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Oh well, live and learn I guess.
 

post #464 of 467
Like the guys are saying above, it woud be even better with more texture and a less formal collar. A blue striped broadcloth shirt with a partly cutaway collar looks very business-like to me, while the jacket and tie are more casual.

Vox did a whole thread on coherence which is worth reading.
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Originally Posted by cold war painter View Post

Like the guys are saying above, it woud be even better with more texture and a less formal collar. A blue striped broadcloth shirt with a partly cutaway collar looks very business-like to me, while the jacket and tie are more casual.

Vox did a whole thread on coherence which is worth reading.


Thank you, I haven't given much thought to my collars. I'm not too keen on button-down collars with ties; what other collars would be less formal than spread, and suited to this jacket?

 

Is this the Vox info you were referring to? http://www.styleforum.net/t/369569/voxsartorias-coherent-combinations-what-fit-s-do-you-wear-most-often-during-the-week

 

Looks like I'll have to get a navy blazer.

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