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Working on my tie collection.  To paraphrase the ever-stylish Cleav, one can never have enough green or brown ties.  My collection is long on navy, but light on green and brown.  Can I solicit a recommendation favorite green (ideally darker/forest) and brown ties available? Thanks,

WTL

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I have that brown Vanda challis and it's pretty great.

Regarding fit, there's the thread on how trousers should fit. There's also this archived article by Manton: https://web.archive.org/web/20090204180928/http://www.ctda.com/newsite/why-2.htm. Unfortunately, it doesn't have photos like the Coherent Combos or trouser fit threads. It does have a useful verbal description of fit, however.

Does anyone have this page saved somewhere? I was about halfway through before it could no longer be archived
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Originally Posted by WillingToLearn View Post

Working on my tie collection.  To paraphrase the ever-stylish Cleav, one can never have enough green or brown ties.  My collection is long on navy, but light on green and brown.  Can I solicit a recommendation favorite green (ideally darker/forest) and brown ties available? Thanks,
WTL

You're very kind WTL

@Claghorn amongst others, is also a fan of brown and green ties of which there are many favourites here

I took delivery of this yesterday courtesy of http://www.styleforum.net/t/451445/frui-tie-sf-group-buy-interest-check



and these are two recent posts...




Plenty more on offer out there. I'd consider looking here for inspiration...

http://www.drakes.com/online-shop/ties/view-all?limit=all

http://www.patriziocappelli.it/catalog/index.php?osCsid=7jrmvp80fck48b37islpf8bse7

or a purchase or two depending on your pocket and where you are in the world.
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Originally Posted by WillingToLearn View Post
 

Working on my tie collection.  To paraphrase the ever-stylish Cleav, one can never have enough green or brown ties.  My collection is long on navy, but light on green and brown.  Can I solicit a recommendation favorite green (ideally darker/forest) and brown ties available? Thanks,

WTL

Can you tell us a bit more about your usual attire?  Are you dressing conservatively for work or out of preference, going for a more relaxed aesthetic, into country tweeds and checks, some combination of the above?  

 

If you're just getting started, grenadines are the true "tie for all seasons" and Exquisite Trimmings makes a good one.  They are also running a 20% discount this weekend with the code BANK20.  Everybody needs a brown grenadine, and forest green grenadines, while a bit less versatile, can look great as well. 

 

After grenadines, recommendations will depend on how you plan to use them.  

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Need your input, gentlement. I'm new to 1) shell and 2) loafers. I'm considering purchasing a pair of loafers in dark brown calf. Being new to the idea of loafers I'm not sure I want to pay premium price for a pair of new loafers. The alternative is to purchase a used pair in dark brown shell. What is the (dis)advantage(s) of shell vs calf when it comes to loafers? Is one preferred before the other, and if so, why? Thanks.
Edited by DonRaphael - 4/5/15 at 1:24pm
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^Start with suede
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Can you tell us a bit more about your usual attire?  Are you dressing conservatively for work or out of preference, going for a more relaxed aesthetic, into country tweeds and checks, some combination of the above?  

If you're just getting started, grenadines are the true "tie for all seasons" and Exquisite Trimmings makes a good one.  They are also running a 20% discount this weekend with the code BANK20.  Everybody needs a brown grenadine, and forest green grenadines, while a bit less versatile, can look great as well. 

After grenadines, recommendations will depend on how you plan to use them.  

Thanks for the mention!
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Originally Posted by kulata View Post

^Start with suede
I have 2 pair of suede shoes already. Or did you mean suede loafers? May I ask why you'd recommend that?
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Originally Posted by WillingToLearn View Post
 

Working on my tie collection.  To paraphrase the ever-stylish Cleav, one can never have enough green or brown ties.  My collection is long on navy, but light on green and brown.  Can I solicit a recommendation favorite green (ideally darker/forest) and brown ties available? Thanks,

WTL

 

As the risk of heresy, I would push brown and green one stop further down the list: burgundy is higher.  It is the perfect contrast to both navy and grey - the two best and most common suit colours.  It also works equally well with black or brown shoes.  It expresses dominance and confidence while remaining classy: a thinking man's red, if you will.  Get two burgundy neats - a madder and a challis, and a solid burgundy grenadine or shantung for summer.  Then do those browns and greens for variety; they are lovely, but burgundy is essential!

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I have 2 pair of suede shoes already. Or did you mean suede loafers? May I ask why you'd recommend that?

Meant suede loafers. I had shell loafers in the past and I really didn't like how the shoe aged. It looked all rumpled and it was difficult to maintain. I don't mind the rumpled look on longwing bluchers but I really hated it on loafers.
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Originally Posted by DonRaphael View Post

Need your input, gentlement. I'm new to 1) shell and 2) loafers. I'm considering purchasing a pair of loafers in dark brown calf. Being new to the idea of loafers I'm not sure I want to pay premium price for a pair of new loafers. The alternative is to purchase a used pair in dark brown shell. What is the (dis)advantage(s) of shell vs calf when it comes to loafers? Is one preferred before the other, and if so, why? Thanks.


Shell loafers r classic, but  even shoe-treed shell develops distinctive beef rolls, so a very casual look. 

 

With any loafer, particularly suede, buy them tight.  Once they stretch they fall off your feet.

 

I suggest u take a look at the 2nd hand shell.  If they fit & they haven't developed the rolls, go for them. 

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Originally Posted by WillingToLearn View Post

Working on my tie collection.  To paraphrase the ever-stylish Cleav, one can never have enough green or brown ties.  My collection is long on navy, but light on green and brown.  Can I solicit a recommendation favorite green (ideally darker/forest) and brown ties available? Thanks,
WTL

My favorite green ties are combinations with blues or purples. The Blues being a bit more classic while the purples tend to be a tad more expressive.
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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

As the risk of heresy, I would push brown and green one stop further down the list: burgundy is higher.  It is the perfect contrast to both navy and grey - the two best and most common suit colours.  It also works equally well with black or brown shoes.  It expresses dominance and confidence while remaining classy: a thinking man's red, if you will.  Get two burgundy neats - a madder and a challis, and a solid burgundy grenadine or shantung for summer.  Then do those browns and greens for variety; they are lovely, but burgundy is essential!

I agree that burgundy should be considered here. Quite a few posters have a strong love of brown ties, and while I'm starting to appreciate the rationale for it, I find myself reaching for burgundy much more often with my suits and even with a blue odd jacket.
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X post from the tailors' thread.  

The jacket is slightly short, needs a bit more waist suppression, and the armholes and sleeves need to be addressed given the dimpling and bunching on the left side. Is this a fair assessment? I am open to any general or specific suggestions! 

   

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If you're just getting started, grenadines are the true "tie for all seasons" and Exquisite Trimmings makes a good one.  They are also running a 20% discount this weekend with the code BANK20.  

 

Thanks for the heads up. Picked up my first Cappelli tie that I've been eyeing for a little bit.

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