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post #28861 of 37396
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Originally Posted by Academic2 View Post

Well, as I’m sure you already know, the conventional wisdom used to be that one’s first two suits should be solid navy and charcoal.   That's probably still good advice, although these days, in the U.S. at least, I think you might substitute a mid-gray for the charcoal, or make it a third suit.

That’s probably the most anyone can say at this point.  "Appropriate" isn't a property an item of apparel has on its own; it describes a relation between the garment and a social context.

Cheers,

Ac
Thanks, that's solid advice. I'm thinking if I can get five suits (navy, charcoal, mid gray, navy pinstripes, charcoal pinstripes) by the time I need them, that'll be a solid foundation on which to build.

EDIT: @archibaldleach just saw your post - thanks to you too for the solid advice!
post #28862 of 37396
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Originally Posted by semperexcelsius View Post
 
 
Thanks, that's solid advice. I'm thinking if I can get five suits (navy, charcoal, mid gray, navy pinstripes, charcoal pinstripes) by the time I need them, that'll be a solid foundation on which to build.

EDIT: @archibaldleach just saw your post - thanks to you too for the solid advice!

 

In the most general terms, I’d just say postpone as much as you can for as long as you can until you learn more about your new environment.  

 

Unless, of course, you’re quite sure you won’t end up in a position where, for example, everyday office wear is a sport coat and tie, with suits required only when meeting with clients.  

 

Brooks Brothers used to have an advertising slogan “The most expensive clothing is that which you end up never wearing” (or other words to that effect).  

 

Of course, if your finances are such that money isn’t an issue, then none of that really matters.

 

Good luck.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

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post #28864 of 37396
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Originally Posted by Coxsackie View Post
 

Can we pleeeeeease drop the American sports drivel and go back to bitter recriminations between thread regulars and affiliate vendors? That was much more fun.

 

All it took was a single comment about a lakers tie, for which I apologise. I guess folks on here are as deprived of sports talk as they are of menswear talk in real life.

post #28865 of 37396
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Originally Posted by Darkside View Post
 

 


I actually find that jersey design to be relatively CM friendly, though I wouldn't wear it with a grenadine tie or anything.

 

Jersey colors, combinations are actually a big part of sports. It's not the most off-base topic we've seen around here.

 

For whatever reason, I have an anti-Northern Lights bias where it comes to (American) football home jersey/pants combos.  As long as the pants are the traditional white or gray, no problem.  However, if a team tries to use a color for the pants with its home (colored) jersey, it usually looks odd, and bad, if the lighter color is on top.  E.g.  Michigan = blue over "maize" (yellow) = good

 

SDST or Texas Tech = red over black = bad

 

Oregon's green over yellow = good

Their yellow over green (or black) = bad

 

I often see "Northern Lights" jacket/trouser combos here that look good but I can't think of a single light color jersey over dark color pants that look good for any college or pro team.

 

Curiously (to me anyway), almost any color pants look fine to me with away (white) jerseys.

 

I don't know if it is conditioning from years of watching traditional looks (color over white/gray at home; white over white/gray away) or something that makes me think the top ought to be the location of the more "dominant" color, which would seem to be the thinking of some here on the Northern Lights issue.

post #28866 of 37396
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Originally Posted by SartodiNapoli View Post

 

How is that?

 

Sorry mate it was just a joke. I just picked two people from the forum who have strong opinions and like to express them, and invented a scenario where they have an argument.

 

In real life I know you would never deliver a bad shirt.

 

Maybe we could find a way to get you into a debate with Foo about, oh I don't know, Rubinacci. :D

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it has begun.

post #28868 of 37396
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Originally Posted by Academic2 View Post
 

 

In the most general terms, I’d just say postpone as much as you can for as long as you can until you learn more about your new environment.  

 

Unless, of course, you’re quite sure you won’t end up in a position where, for example, everyday office wear is a sport coat and tie, with suits required only when meeting with clients.  

 

Brooks Brothers used to have an advertising slogan “The most expensive clothing is that which you end up never wearing” (or other words to that effect).  

 

Of course, if your finances are such that money isn’t an issue, then none of that really matters.

 

Good luck.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

An issue that I've had as I get more and more into SF is the "I need this too" syndrome. While I originally got on here to find out more about suits and general CBD wear, I've been "seduced" by odd jackets/trousers and the like (which are more applicable to my life until I get until a most-likely CBD environment), so now I have to decide what is more important to me to get first and what can wait for a bit later.

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When it’s at its best this thread can be very good at encouraging people to:

 

(1)  prioritize their purchases;

(2)  think in terms of their wardrobe as a whole instead of in terms of individual components;

(3)  consider the contexts in which they wear their clothes; and, therefore,

(4)  avoid impulse buying.

 

It’s about being thoughtful, systematic, and disciplined, I think.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

post #28870 of 37396
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Originally Posted by Academic2 View Post
 

When it’s at its best this thread can be very good at encouraging people to:

 

(1)  prioritize their purchases;

(2)  think in terms of their wardrobe as a whole instead of in terms of individual components;

(3)  consider the contexts in which they wear their clothes; and, therefore,

(4)  avoid impulse buying.

 

It’s about being thoughtful, systematic, and disciplined, I think.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

 

I wanted to take this time to call attention to my thread:

http://www.styleforum.net/t/504478/you-should-buy-this-the-open-ended-e-shopping-enabling-thread/

post #28871 of 37396
Other times it's just a mad kop frenzy.

I kind of enjoy both.
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couple comments

 

has anyone ever fantasized about what Yoox would be like if it weren't cast-off reject items from yesteryear, but rather a massive compendium of items from our favorite makers? The mind boggles. Just got through looking at some of the worst ties ever from what are considered the best makers ever and this thought crossed my mind.

 

Also, what is the consensus on those plain weave knit ties that don't have stippling -- the ones that are smooth like a sock. Are those weird?

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Thread Starter 
I have one from Yount that's pretty cool.
post #28875 of 37396
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Originally Posted by sprout2 View Post

 

Also, what is the consensus on those plain weave knit ties that don't have stippling -- the ones that are smooth like a sock. Are those weird?

 

link? I've been looking for one in navy.

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