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Conservative Business Dress

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K-man, this one's for you:



Suit: solid charcoal gray, single-breasted, two button, notched lapels. The most conservative color and cut of all.

Shirt: Solid white broadcloth, medium spread collar, not too dashingly open, not too mafia-closed. Note the button cuffs. NEVER wear French cuffs.

Special shout-out to josepidal: that is an ultraconservative lawyer tie. In fact, I got if from the general counsel to the John Birch Society in an ebay sale. Printed twill with a dark blue ground and small silver and royal blue figures; no accent colors.

Some might say, Wouldn't a solid tie be more conservative? I reply: In the abstract, maybe. But in context, no. Solid ties are actually seen less than prints in the modern office building. In particular, grenadines are known to be favored by men who enjoy their clothes, and that is not conservative. What about a stripe? Conservative-looking, yes. But risky. Stripe patterns are tied to schools or regiments. Even the ones that really aren't look like they are. So what if you wear one, and one of the partners at your firm went to that school or served in that regiment? What then? I'll tell you what. You are f*cked. Pwned. He will crush your @$$. Your career will be ruined. Now, is that worth the risk? Of course not.

Prints are safe. Everyone wears prints. But note well: that is not an iconic print like an Hermes, a Ferragamo, or Vinyard Vines. Stay away from those. Not Conservative. You want a classic looking print of utterly indeterminate provenance.

White linen pocket handerchief, square fold, showing less than 1/2".

However, there will those for whom the above is not conservative enough. Some partner will say, "Who the f*ck do you think you are to wear that hankie? Hankies are for closers!" Someone else might think the tie clasp too vintage, too old world. The Firm Does Not Want Individuals! The Firm Wants Pliant Comma-Checking Slaves!

If so, ditch both accessories, and you will have ultraconservative business dress:



Here endeth the lesson.
post #2 of 390
Pockets need flaps. Slash pockets are too eurofancy.
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Originally Posted by lawyerdad View Post
Pockets need flaps. Slash pockets are too eurofancy.

You are clearly NOT CONSERVATIVE. Those are not slash pockets. They are besom pockets. Enjoy your Armani, Eurotrash.
post #4 of 390
Darts? Hmmph.
post #5 of 390
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Pockets need flaps. Slash pockets are too eurofancy.
I agree. And it looks like the jacket actually has some waist suppression - completely unacceptable for "conservative business dress."
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Pay attention, you slack-jawed yokels. The lesson is not about Trad. It is about Conservative Business Dress. Conservative business dressers haven't worn Trad since 1965. Today Trad is a fad; it makes you stand out. NOT CONSERVATIVE.
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You are clearly NOT CONSERVATIVE. Those are not slash pockets. They are besom pockets. Enjoy your Armani, Eurotrash.

I hate your freedom.
post #8 of 390
Today I wore my single breasted peak lapel suit to my job at my law firm. I fear they may fire me.
post #9 of 390
I am sorry, but in conservative lawyer circles, no jacket would be complete without flaps.
post #10 of 390
The Lapels are too wide and that tie has too much pop for conservative business dress; shitty dimple too.
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The Lapels are too wide and that tie has too much pop for conservative business dress; shitty dimple too.

Dimples are NOT CONSERVATIVE, you Philistine. Dimples = artifice, trying too hard, thinking too much about clothes. Dimples are gay.
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You are clearly NOT CONSERVATIVE. Those are not slash pockets. They are besom pockets. Enjoy your Armani, Eurotrash.




Also for a true conservative business dress, one should have a small American flag pin on the lapel (Go Bush!)
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post
Pay attention, you slack-jawed yokels. The lesson is not about Trad. It is about Conservative Business Dress. Conservative business dressers haven't worn Trad since 1965. Today Trad is a fad; it makes you stand out. NOT CONSERVATIVE.

Exactly. Dressing trad makes you look like a Senator or a TV personality. Way too flashy.
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Dimples are NOT CONSERVATIVE, you Philistine. Dimples = artifice, trying too hard, thinking too much about clothes. Dimples are gay.

Well, for that matter the excellent fit of the suit and natural shoulders are a little swishy, for those of us in the know.
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Also for a true conservative business dress, one should have a small American flag pin on the lapel (Go Bush!)
Goddamnit, what do I need to do to get through to you people? This thread is not about POLITICAL CONSERVATISM. This is about Conservative Business Dress, which is bipartisan and apolitical. The lapel cannot be adorned. That is NOT CONSERVATIVE.
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