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post #20461 of 37395
A spread collar with a country tweed, such as a nice donegal or herringbone looks weird. Same goes for anything that isn't 100% wool. Besides, you guys all wear the most casual kind of Neapolitan suits, so a BD goes well with that as well.

I've also noticed that when I wear a blazer, grey flannels and a spread collar, I sometimes get asked why I'm so dressed up, while if I wear the same outfit with an OCBD I never get asked that question. Like clags said, casual expressions of something more formal work very well in today's world where suits and ties are rarely worn outside of the office.

If you're wearing structured and smooth suits and jackets a spread collar is the only option, but if you wear textured Neapolitan suits and jackets with lots drape and natural shoulders, an OCBD is by far the best option.
Edited by Monkeyface - 3/16/15 at 12:35am
post #20462 of 37395

Your taste is your taste, but saying spread collars look weird with anything that isn't 100% wool is even more odd than wearing a button-down with worsted, imo. 

post #20463 of 37395

Unless he's an American living on the East Coast, a man should never wear a button down shirt with a tie. :nest:

 

http://putthison.com/tagged/The-Oxford-Cloth-Button-Down-Shirt-Series

http://www.theawl.com/2011/04/when-you-may-wear-a-button-down-shirt

post #20464 of 37395
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Originally Posted by jaywhyy View Post

Your taste is your taste, but saying spread collars look weird with anything that isn't 100% wool is even more odd than wearing a button-down with worsted, imo. 

It just looks more natural with the forum's favourite style, which is very casual suits in textured fabrics and patch pockets. With the right OCBD you won't even see the buttons, because they're hidden under the lapels. A hidden BD is nice as well, and a very soft and rounded spread collar with some roll works too.
post #20465 of 37395
Also, just an aside--

I live in the south, and I would say the majority of suit wearers wear a BD and tie where I live. I would say that spread collar shirt wearers are the minority.

I wonder why there is so much dislike. Many of the best dressed Americans wore a BD and tie. I think the secret is just having the right collar. It is much more challenging to find RTW BDs with enough tie space.
post #20466 of 37395
One of the most highly regarded Italian dressers liked BDs too (unbuttoned), of course.

I prefer BD without a tie, but I have no strong feelings about it. I do like loafers in all occasions, however. Sorry, Murl.
post #20467 of 37395
I feel my sense of personal style is firmly rooted in prep/trad, so maybe that is why I am a bit more open to it. That, and highly saturated colors.
post #20468 of 37395
The way I dress is a mix of Neapolitan, North Eastern American and a little bit of British mixed in (mainly the black cap toe oxfords). This means that OCBDs with casual ties are my preferred choice for blazer and casual suit fits. More formal suits (no patch pockets, worsted/less textured wool) will be worn with a soft spread collar.
post #20469 of 37395

I wear BD with tie all the time and I am awesome.

post #20470 of 37395
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Originally Posted by Anden View Post
 

I wear BD with tie all the time and I am awesome.



This.

post #20471 of 37395
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Originally Posted by Newcomer View Post

I live in the south, and I would say the majority of suit wearers wear a BD and tie where I live. I would say that spread collar shirt wearers are the minority.

 

Same here. Well, the upper South but the South nonetheless. BD collars are the norm. Anymore a spread collar makes me feel like I'm "power" dressing.

post #20472 of 37395
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I feel my sense of personal style is firmly rooted in prep/trad, so maybe that is why I am a bit more open to it. That, and highly saturated colors.

 

Mine is rooted as well, but I ODed on BD when I was young, so no longer enjoy the look for myself.  Six years of BD, tie, with navy blazer with gold buttons, so now when I see myself wearing BD with tie I just think middle/high school.  I guess it is similar to when I drank too much vodka once when I was younger and now I don't touch the stuff.  

post #20473 of 37395
Help choosing tie?

Grey is a herringbone that's darker in person.


post #20474 of 37395
Green polka dot
post #20475 of 37395
BDs are fine for others, but I currently have no use for them. Even without a tie, I think the swept look of the wide spread collar looks better. Of course, you need points sufficiently long that they don't hover above your collar bones.
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