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post #26251 of 37427
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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

I wear jeans. And shorts. What sort of crazy doesn't wear jeans?

Also, Noodles, I know on SF, monk straps are like the 4rd or 5th shoe everyone gets, but I wouldn't put them in a top 15 for me personally. For you, well, I don't know how much you like them, but I'd explore more blucher and oxford type shoes first. Boots as well (I'm a huge fan of chelseas; chukkas can be very nice as well)

wow, really? 

 

It's not on your top 15? I did be curious what's your top 15 if you don't mind typing it out. I think monks are pretty versatile as long as it's not in a formal setting. Is the design too aggressive? 

post #26252 of 37427
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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

I wear jeans. And shorts. What sort of crazy doesn't wear jeans?

Also, Noodles, I know on SF, monk straps are like the 4rd or 5th shoe everyone gets, but I wouldn't put them in a top 15 for me personally. For you, well, I don't know how much you like them, but I'd explore more blucher and oxford type shoes first. Boots as well (I'm a huge fan of chelseas; chukkas can be very nice as well)

I don't wear jeans. They're too hot from mid-spring to mid-fall, and I wear cords or other more cold weather appropriate things the rest of the year.

I do have junk jeans for manual labor activities, but that's it.

post #26253 of 37427
Monks - I have one I think? Every time I wear, which is like once a year, fiancee isn't too keen on it.
post #26254 of 37427
Thread Starter 
I've had two pairs and sold both, though in both cases nothing to do with design.

I just don't particularly like them. Sometimes they make me think of dwarves. Other times, old timey Quakers. Like the Quaker Oats guy.

As far as what I would put before buying a pair for the sake of variety (and they would probably get worn if the outfit jives with them).

2 pairs of brown calf captoe oxfords, different shades of brown.
2 brown shortwings, varying levels of brogueing
2 brown split toe bluchers
1 oxblood captoe oxford
3 brown suede oxfords or bluchers, different shades and brogueing
Brown cordovan chelseas
Brown calf dress boots
Brown calf penny loafers
Sleekish black blucher
Black captoe oxfords. Actually, make them an austerity shortwing

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I comfortably wear jeans through Texas summer, and I run hot. But I've also mastered the art of staying inside as much as possible, walking through buildings to get to places, and walking under shade
post #26255 of 37427
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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

I wear jeans. And shorts. What sort of crazy doesn't wear jeans?

Also, Noodles, I know on SF, monk straps are like the 4rd or 5th shoe everyone gets, but I wouldn't put them in a top 15 for me personally. For you, well, I don't know how much you like them, but I'd explore more blucher and oxford type shoes first. Boots as well (I'm a huge fan of chelseas; chukkas can be very nice as well)

 

Claghorn knows I'm with him on this one.  A plain, undecorated Chelsea is a very versatile shoe; in a sleek last they can even work well with a suit for a very classic English look.  I'd definitely rank them above monk straps.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

post #26256 of 37427
I think Clag's has the most idiosyncrasies in terms on preferences of any poster on CM. Also, monks are awesome.
post #26257 of 37427
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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

I've had two pairs and sold both, though in both cases nothing to do with design.

I just don't particularly like them. Sometimes they make me think of dwarves. Other times, old timey Quakers. Like the Quaker Oats guy.

As far as what I would put before buying a pair for the sake of variety (and they would probably get worn if the outfit jives with them).

2 pairs of brown calf captoe oxfords, different shades of brown.
2 brown shortwings, varying levels of brogueing
2 brown split toe bluchers
1 oxblood captoe oxford
3 brown suede oxfords or bluchers, different shades and brogueing
Brown cordovan chelseas
Brown calf dress boots
Brown calf penny loafers
Sleekish black blucher
Black captoe oxfords. Actually, make them an austerity shortwing

 

You're forgetting tan shoes. Can't really wear summer fits involving very light grey/white/cream trousers without tan shoes. Also, I'd have at least one pair of longwings instead of 2 shortwings.

post #26258 of 37427
Thread Starter 
Heigh ho, heigh ho

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I'm including tan in shades of brown.

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The only idiosyncrasy I consider an idiosyncrasy is my avoidance of gray suits. Everything else is a mild variation of preference that doesn't impact my dressing or purchasing habits much. I dislike flap pockets on anything but suits (feels messy and distracting, and since I often use my pockets, they get annoying in general). And you all have to admit, monks are like the most archaic looking thing folks around here regularly wear. Except maybe cravattes. But people don't wear those much. I'm not saying monk straps can't look good. They just aren't for me.

And alright. Maybe my obsession with blue jackets is just a little bit odd.
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Oh no. 

My tailor is telling me that the fresco will not be finished until next Friday. 

I have already paid the tailor.

I wonder if I should just take it to my hood tailor since she has about a 2 day turn around.

FUDGE!

 

I have some terrible looking jeans with boot cuts. I am thinking about just trashing all and start dressing in shorts or grey trousers. I looked at chukkas and will look again when the cold weather comes. 

 

Oh, I only have 2 pairs of...SF compliant shoes.

Hallams in black and dark brown. So I am really low here.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

I've had two pairs and sold both, though in both cases nothing to do with design.

I just don't particularly like them. Sometimes they make me think of dwarves. Other times, old timey Quakers. Like the Quaker Oats guy.

As far as what I would put before buying a pair for the sake of variety (and they would probably get worn if the outfit jives with them).

2 pairs of brown calf captoe oxfords, different shades of brown.
2 brown shortwings, varying levels of brogueing
2 brown split toe bluchers
1 oxblood captoe oxford
3 brown suede oxfords or bluchers, different shades and brogueing
Brown cordovan chelseas
Brown calf dress boots
Brown calf penny loafers
Sleekish black blucher
Black captoe oxfords. Actually, make them an austerity shortwing

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I comfortably wear jeans through Texas summer, and I run hot. But I've also mastered the art of staying inside as much as possible, walking through buildings to get to places, and walking under shade
All them shoes and yet how many are in your waywrn pix? :crazy:
post #26260 of 37427
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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

Heigh ho, heigh ho

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I'm including tan in shades of brown.

 

How do you wear the sleekish black bluchers? Grey trousers, navy blazer and sedate non-brown tie?

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Thread Starter 
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Originally Posted by Monkeyface View Post

How do you wear the sleekish black bluchers? Grey trousers, navy blazer and sedate non-brown tie?

Precisely! I love this look.
post #26262 of 37427

I don't see anything especially idiosyncratic about Claghorn's list.

 

It’s worth remembering—particularly given the ethos of this thread where the emphasis is on wardrobe rather than individual items—that Claghorn is not a suit guy.  To some extent I expect his shoe priorities might be somewhat different if he were.  I, on the other hand, wear mostly suits, so cap toes, black and dark brown, are at the top of my list.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

post #26263 of 37427
I didn't say Clag's list I said Clags. He hates ticket pockets, flaps, OCBD, monks, suits, that's pretty idiosyncratic.
post #26264 of 37427
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Originally Posted by The Noodles View Post
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All them shoes and yet how many are in your waywrn pix? :crazy:

 

He said he's got shoes.

 

He never said he's got feet.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

post #26265 of 37427
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Originally Posted by The Noodles View Post
 

Oh no. 

My tailor is telling me that the fresco will not be finished until next Friday. 

I have already paid the tailor.

I wonder if I should just take it to my hood tailor since she has about a 2 day turn around.

FUDGE!

 

I have some terrible looking jeans with boot cuts. I am thinking about just trashing all and start dressing in shorts or grey trousers. I looked at chukkas and will look again when the cold weather comes. 

 

Oh, I only have 2 pairs of...SF compliant shoes.

Hallams in black and dark brown. So I am really low here.

 

 

There are lots of options, outside of jeans, for casual wear. Take a browse through MC casual and SW&D WAYWT threads for ideas. Identify people or looks with which you resonant.

 

Next, determine how often you will be wearing such outfits. Will you replace your jeans/polo/sneakers outfits completely, or are you just trying to get some casual looks together for going out to bars, friend's houses, etc? The typical advice is dark wash, straight or slim/straight jeans (try Uniqlo, perhaps) some casual shoes/boots...suede chukkas perhaps (Loake Kempton are a favorite of NOBD, but I like unlined chukkas with jeans a lot too - AE has some that are very reasonably priced - Gobi, i think).

 

I suspect you will be dumping the boot cut jeans whichever direction you go, though. Even for trips to the mall with your wife. 

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