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post #1186 of 2123
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Originally Posted by poorsod View Post

The white summer shirt. I thought I was the only one who wears a lot of white shirts in the summer. I have white in different materials including linen, linen/cotton, Zendaline and some other open weaves that I don't know the name.

http://asuitablewardrobe.dynend.com/2013/07/the-summer-shirt.html

Interesting, though I find the whole rolling up French cuffs thing to be a bit strange. Especially for something like a linen shirt which is worn more casually, I think button cuffs would be a better choice. And this is coming from someone who generally prefers French cuffs on everything.
post #1187 of 2123
It's so hard looking for that one great sport coat / odd jacket especially being your first

Not sure whether to go 100% cotton, wool, linen (I live in CA so the weather is good), or a blend (I thin I prefer a cotton/wool blend). I like the cotton idea but dislike flat texture / canvas like fabric. Prefer similar to jersey like hand without the poly blend. Linen may not hold its shape well. Wool is nice but not sure if I can bare wearing it all day at my desk. I am also doing everything to avoid navy for some reason. I tend to wear gray trousers a lot and want to avoid the mall cop look.

Tired of the boring shirt with no tie combo everyday. I just want to spruce it up. Not sure whether I should pick up one nice jacket, or several. Cost vs. versatility.

Ughhhh

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What I find pleasing to the eye, a sample swatch
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post #1188 of 2123
I still have never seen a mall cop wearing grey trousers and a navy jacket. But you don't have to get navy if you don't want one.

Following the recent discussion in the whnay thread....I'd try to get something with some texture. If I were you, I'd just get linen or wool/linen blend and embrace any wrinkliness. Sportcoats are casual garments. They don't need to look freshly pressed all the time.
post #1189 of 2123
I have a blue linen jacket with lines sleeves I am hoping the tailor tomorrow can salvage

With the color navy I also prefer something lighter/brighter in blue vs. navy ..

I am trying to take pointers from jrd's tumblr / thread redface.gif
post #1190 of 2123
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Originally Posted by gettoasty View Post

I have a blue linen jacket with lines sleeves I am hoping the tailor tomorrow can salvage

With the color navy I also prefer something lighter/brighter in blue vs. navy ..

I am trying to take pointers from jrd's tumblr / thread redface.gif

Brighter blues work well on sunny days. Which you've got plenty of in California. But when they definitively leave navy and get to blue, I think they're better with off-white trousers than greys.
post #1191 of 2123
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Originally Posted by gettoasty View Post

It's so hard looking for that one great sport coat / odd jacket especially being your first

 

I wouldn't worry about it being just "that one" jacket; you'll find that you want a second as soon as you get the first.

 

An obvious starting point, given the needs/context you describe would be a (potentially subtly-patterned) navy linen blend. Would cover almost any circumstance you describe. If you find a a blend with some silk or light wool, then it would both feel nice and not crease too much.

 

Alternatively, anything in a sand/brown colour would look good. But yeah, you'll probably end up getting a second one down the line anyway, so I wouldn't sweat it too much provided it's reasonably versatile.

post #1192 of 2123
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Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

Brighter blues work well on sunny days. Which you've got plenty of in California. But when they definitively leave navy and get to blue, I think they're better with off-white trousers than greys.

A light grey trouser (vs. the more common medium grey) can work too IMO depending on what shade of blue jacket one's looking at.
post #1193 of 2123
Can work, yes, but if somebody tells me they have a closet full of grey trousers and they want to have a blue (not navy) blazer as one of their two or so sportcoats, I'd tell them to consider a darker blue or buying some off-white trouser.
post #1194 of 2123
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Originally Posted by gettoasty View Post

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Not sure whether to go 100% cotton, wool, linen (I live in CA so the weather is good), or a blend (I thin I prefer a cotton/wool blend). I like the cotton idea but dislike flat texture / canvas like fabric. Prefer similar to jersey like hand without the poly blend. Linen may not hold its shape well. Wool is nice but not sure if I can bare wearing it all day at my desk. I am also doing everything to avoid navy for some reason. I tend to wear gray trousers a lot and want to avoid the mall cop look.

I understand if you're going for a more casual texture, and thus led to cotton or linen. However, I'm not sure why you would be opposed to wool from a breath-ability standpoint. Open-weave wools oftentimes wear much cooler than cottons and linens, as cottons and linens often necessitate a heavier weight in jacketing. Even if you go completely unlined and unstructured, I still think an open-weave wool or wool-blend will be your best bet.

I really enjoy wool/silk blends. Especially if you can find one made from a raw silk, I think you'll be very pleased with the texture and surface interest of the fabric.
post #1195 of 2123
I have learned a valuable lesson: Despite a lifelong curiosity, never get the airport shoe shine.
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I have learned a valuable lesson: Despite a lifelong curiosity, never get the airport shoe shine.

Your first time

With the electric hand mixer?
post #1197 of 2123
When I was a young banking associate, I was traveling with one of my senior managing directors. When we landed in St Louis he told me "always get a shoe shine from these guys there" and so we did. He was right, and everytime I landed at STL after that day, I always made sure to stop by the shine guys. They take their time, are very chatty and do a superb job on the shine.
post #1198 of 2123
I have never to this day gotten a shine at a shine stand.
post #1199 of 2123
Me neither.

I once worked on a trading floor that still had a shoeshine guy come once a week. Almost took the plunge, but images of them glooping on mounds of shitty, off-color polish ran through my mind and I declined.
post #1200 of 2123
Glad to hear at least one positive airport shoeshine story. My last time was years ago at the Toronto airport and the person literally used a modified electric hand mixer that had a brush attached instead of the (more typical and expected) beaters. He got polish on my socks and pants and the shoes looked about he same as when he started. I have only ever seen the mixers used by shoe shine stands in airports in Canada and the US. Maybe they go to the same school?
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