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@Mr. Six 

 

I suspect less yellow in the cream trousers might help? White would be perfect. Have you tried tan.

 

On blue trousers, I understand the challenge but I am imagining a lightly textured slate blue wool-linen-maybe silk mix (I have such a pair). The slate blue pulls in the gray from the jacket as well as distance it from navy, and the textures would pull it away from the orphan look. You'd have to find a pair and see if it actually works.

 

There's a picture of Alan See from the Armoury in grey with navy trousers that I thought looked good. Can't find it tho.

 

@dazedstate 

 

Fit issues aside (on which I agree better pics are needed), the worry is that your jacket is an orphan and you'll run into the difficulties of pairing a grey lightly patterned jacket. Mr. Six's pattern is much stronger to identify it as a SC and it has other elements to distinguish it as such (patch pockets),  though I could imagine some might think it still not strongly patterned enough (@UrbanComposition has a robustly patterned gray jacket that works well, recently posted on his Instagram).

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@Mr. Six 

 

I suspect less yellow in the cream trousers might help? White would be perfect. Have you tried tan.

 

On blue trousers, I understand the challenge but I am imagining a lightly textured slate blue wool-linen-maybe silk mix (I have such a pair). The slate blue pulls in the gray from the jacket as well as distance it from navy, and the textures would pull it away from the orphan look. You'd have to find a pair and see if it actually works.

 

There's a picture of Alan See from the Armoury in grey with navy trousers that I thought looked good. Can't find it tho.

 

@dazedstate 

 

Fit issues aside (on which I agree better pics are needed), the worry is that your jacket is an orphan and you'll run into the difficulties of pairing a grey lightly patterned jacket. Mr. Six's pattern is much stronger to identify it as a SC and it has other elements to distinguish it as such (patch pockets),  though I could imagine some might think it still not strongly patterned enough (@UrbanComposition has a robustly patterned gray jacket that works well, recently posted on his Instagram).

 

And this is why one should think about how to wear an item before buying it. Unless you don't mind having a massive wardrobe and have lots of money to spend on clothes, it's not exactly practical to search for the perfect shade of slate blue trousers in a linen mix just so you can wear that one jacket you bought.

 

More wardrobe planning, less impulse purchases! Foo did this to an extreme with his one-everything, but at least some kind of wardrobe planning would be helpful for many, myself included.

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And this is why one should think about how to wear an item before buying it. Unless you don't mind having a massive wardrobe and have lots of money to spend on clothes, it's not exactly practical to search for the perfect shade of slate blue trousers in a linen mix just so you can wear that one jacket you bought.

More wardrobe planning, less impulse purchases! Foo did this to an extreme with his one-everything, but at least some kind of wardrobe planning would be helpful for many, myself included.

In my next life, I'd stick to navy blazers and mid grey slacks. Now where can I find the slate blue wool-linen fabric???
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IMHO, chukkas are THE casual CM shoes.

 

Would you extend that to plain-toe bluchers?

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Would you extend that to plain-toe bluchers?

Yes, even though I don't own any. PTB:s are on my list of must-haves. I want to find the right model though. I like Alden's but there are no stores selling them in Sweden.
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@dazedstate
 

Fit issues aside (on which I agree better pics are needed), the worry is that your jacket is an orphan and you'll run into the difficulties of pairing a grey lightly patterned jacket. Mr. Six's pattern is much stronger to identify it as a SC and it has other elements to distinguish it as such (patch pockets),  though I could imagine some might think it still not strongly patterned enough (@UrbanComposition
 has a robustly patterned gray jacket that works well, recently posted on his Instagram).

I understand but hoped that the pattern was strong enough to stand on its own.
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Jacket and suit care question. After wearing for the day I hang them up and put them outside of my closet and have a small fan blowing into the jacket to help circulate clean air through.

Anyone have any other routines/techniques they use for post wearing?
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Yes, even though I don't own any. PTB:s are on my list of must-haves. I want to find the right model though. I like Alden's but there are no stores selling them in Sweden.


Is that because they are uncommon in northern Europe, or because you simply haven't found the right store yet?

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And this is why one should think about how to wear an item before buying it. Unless you don't mind having a massive wardrobe and have lots of money to spend on clothes, it's not exactly practical to search for the perfect shade of slate blue trousers in a linen mix just so you can wear that one jacket you bought.

More wardrobe planning, less impulse purchases! Foo did this to an extreme with his one-everything, but at least some kind of wardrobe planning would be helpful for many, myself included.

MF white trousers would work fine with that jacket but Mr. Six dislikes them. He could wear them tomorrow after Mem day too in good conscience.

kulata, I have no idea where but someone must have it. I think it would be a great odd summer trouser. I meant I have something in such a mix but alas not the color...looking still...
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Jacket and suit care question. After wearing for the day I hang them up and put them outside of my closet and have a small fan blowing into the jacket to help circulate clean air through.

Anyone have any other routines/techniques they use for post wearing?

A good brush is important too. Fan is pretty next level. smile.gif
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Is that because they are uncommon in northern Europe, or because you simply haven't found the right store yet?

There are certainly stores selling PTB:s, but they're always either too blobby or too sleek IMHO. I haven't found any stores selling Alden's though.
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I understand but hoped that the pattern was strong enough to stand on its own.


In the end, if it fits and you like it, I'd wear it in good health. I've learned to make my compromises wrt SF "rules" which I mostly take as advice not norms. You'll have trouser issues similar to Mr. Six tho but I find white really goes well for light gray jackets. @EFV has a nice pairing in darker trousers IRC. Erik?

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There are certainly stores selling PTB:s, but they're always either too blobby or too sleek IMHO. I haven't found any stores selling Alden's though.


Erik, I like Carmina Forest last...but might still be too sleek? The PTB calf grain I posted on my instagram is in the Forest last (actually as is the tan semi brogue posted last week)

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A good brush is important too. Fan is pretty next level. smile.gif

Fan is the one in my room and it just gets turned on an hour before I sleep so I figure it would help. What sort of brush? I've seen clothing brushes from hangar project. Do you brush before or after wearing? Outside and inside?

Reason I ask is due to summer and warm weather with body heat and perspiration I want to minimalize dry cleaning if possible.
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Fan is the one in my room and it just gets turned on an hour before I sleep so I figure it would help. What sort of brush? I've seen clothing brushes from hangar project. Do you brush before or after wearing? Outside and inside?

Reason I ask is due to summer and warm weather with body heat and perspiration I want to minimalize dry cleaning if possible.


Yes, Kent brushes are a source, picked up one of their 'seconds' via eBay and it works great (two sided, one for cashmere or softer piles, other a bit stiffer bristles).

 

http://www.kentbrushes.com/index.php/clothes-care/clothes-brushes

 

Certainly brush afterwards to shake off the dirt/dust (before wear if they've been in storage, but probably not necessary if you're rotating them). I suspect the ones from the Hangar Project will do the trick too.

 

I'm for minimizing dry cleaning too.

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