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post #30526 of 37396
Re: overdressing at the office.

I work in the creative department at an advertising agency. Most of my coworkers wear t-shirts or polos and jeans. I wear jackets and trousers, and more than half of the time sport a knit or grenadine tie. At first some of my coworkers were worried I was a spy from the Accounts department, but now it's viewed as a positive (I think) quirk and an extension of my creativity.

The Creative Director also wears almost exclusively bespoke clothing, which means I'm not outdressing my boss's boss.
post #30527 of 37396
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Originally Posted by Veremund View Post

Fifteen minutes for one shirt?!?! That IS slow! Yikes!

+1


Takes me appr 5 minutes for a shirt.
15? Either need a better iron or a better method.
post #30528 of 37396
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Originally Posted by TweedyProf View Post

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I'm finding the pattern to be a bit too flat in some of the fabrics that were chosen in the Massdrop run (and yes, I voted for some of these).

 

 

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From a distance, looks a bit flat to me, not enough differentiation in the elements (green and brown) cf. the rust below (and the brown too) where the elements are more distinctive.

 

 

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I'm glad it seems like a success (58 units sold, it seems). Still not sure about it myself.

 

 

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Originally Posted by Murlsquirl View Post

^ You academics....stop overthinking it! That's the one I bought and it's going to be great.

 

All joking aside, there’s a point here which we all know but which needs to be acknowledged on occasion.  This is such an occasion, I think.

 

Some of SF’s best-dressed posters also produce first-class photographs of their clothes, many of fully professional quality which could easily appear in print.  But that’s not always what things look like in the real word.  In the hyper-focused, frozen, and perfectly lit world of the best of these photos everything is bigger than life:  colors, patterns, textures, you name it—all are brighter and more vivid than they would be if encountered in motion in the poorly lit world in which we actually live our lives.  So it’s reasonable to ask oneself what this stuff would look like should we encounter it in person.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

post #30529 of 37396

Speaking of ironing, I will be receiving a Seersucker shirt shortly.... Would ironing mess up the grooves/what do you do...

post #30530 of 37396
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Originally Posted by Cao Cao View Post

@Coxsackie
Ok. I just arrived. Where are you?
 

 

- sigh -

 

I left NY at lunchtime on Monday. Back in Sydney now, it's 3.30am, and of course I am unable to sleep.

post #30531 of 37396

I work from home and still wear a jacket and tie everyday. This is just how I dress for life. I dig it. Makes me happy.

post #30532 of 37396
If you are sweating and wearing a jacket you will look pretty silly. If you are comfortable in a jacket and sweat-free, you will look comfortable and that is good.
Standing around and constantly wiping sweat off your brow will ruin almost any fit, IMVHO...
post #30533 of 37396
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Originally Posted by Academic2 View Post
 

 

 

 

All joking aside, there’s a point here which we all know but which needs to be acknowledged on occasion.  This is such an occasion, I think.

 

Some of SF’s best-dressed posters also produce first-class photographs of their clothes, many of fully professional quality which could easily appear in print.  But that’s not always what things look like in the real word.  In the hyper-focused, frozen, and perfectly lit world of the best of these photos everything is bigger than life:  colors, patterns, textures, you name it—all are brighter and more vivid than they would be if encountered in motion in the poorly lit world in which we actually live our lives.  So it’s reasonable to ask oneself what this stuff would look like should we encounter it in person.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac


Point taken...but I'm wondering, do you share my concerns?

 

 

The base colors are exactly what I would want in madder, but the pattern gives me pause.

 

Here's another worry: from a distance, if there's not enough separation in colors, it will be like a dotted tie. But I like the dots to alternate and not go down in same columns at each row. This is what I mean: 

 

 

 

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This was the worry about the small scale rust neat until it was pointed out that the material would be cut on the bias.

 

Anyway, I'm talking out loud to be convinced to take part in what is a very nice joint-venture. But I'm thinking these might not be the madders for me (except maybe for the small scale rust).

post #30534 of 37396

Tbf, i sympathise with the Prof's position as a larger motif and more distinct pattern in one or two of the choices would have been more ideal. I have just been looking for a rust neat for so long aligned with the fact that i am more of a suit guy and when i wear odd jkts, i seldom wear a print (challis/madder otherwise) so i am golden.

 

Koala, that is some serious dedication.

post #30535 of 37396
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Originally Posted by Academic2 View Post
 

 

 

 

All joking aside, there’s a point here which we all know but which needs to be acknowledged on occasion.  This is such an occasion, I think.

 

Some of SF’s best-dressed posters also produce first-class photographs of their clothes, many of fully professional quality which could easily appear in print.  But that’s not always what things look like in the real word.  In the hyper-focused, frozen, and perfectly lit world of the best of these photos everything is bigger than life:  colors, patterns, textures, you name it—all are brighter and more vivid than they would be if encountered in motion in the poorly lit world in which we actually live our lives.  So it’s reasonable to ask oneself what this stuff would look like should we encounter it in person.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac


Point taken...but I'm wondering, do you share my concerns?

 

[...]

 

The base colors are exactly what I would want in madder, but the pattern gives me pause.

 

Here's another worry: from a distance, if there's not enough separation in colors, it will be like a dotted tie. But I like the dots to alternate and not go down in same columns at each row. This is what I mean: 

 

 

To an extent.   That was the point of my post:  I think you're being wholly rational.  (Just for the record, I too prefer that adjacent rows not be vertically aligned, but if they're not it wouldn't necessarily be a deal-breaker if outweighed by other virtues of the tie.)

 

If I go in on this group-buy it will be for the small-scale rust (although it would mean breaking an as-yet-unbroken 2015 resolution not to buy ties that are too long for me).   I looked at it on the screen from about 25 feet away both at home and in my office and was able to imagine wearing it with things I own.   Not sure what more one can do (of course I'm open to suggestions).

 

Depending on one's wardrobe, I imagine that the lack of separation could be a virtue in some combinations, such as a bolder striped shirt that one might otherwise wear with a solid tie so as not to have the two compete.  Again, much depends on what else one has in one's closet.

 

Cheers,

 

Ac

post #30536 of 37396
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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

When I was forced to wear suits, I didn't enjoy it at all. After I was no longer forced to wear suits, I joined SF. So I sort of get what Sprout's saying in his last comment, but again, people needing to wear CM for their 9-8's* (Americans...if we're lucky) or 9-5's (for those living in more reasonable places) might just be making the best of a bad situation.

* The Protestant work ethic has been so heavily socialized into me that I feel like a lazy turd if I've not been productive at least 8-10 hours on a weekday and 4-5 hours on a weekend. I know I number of people who feel the same way (to greater or lesser degrees). I have a friend who's wife wisely started prohibiting him from working on Sundays. This led to anxiety issues, and so they've worked out some sort of deal where he works part of Sunday--not much, but enough--and relaxes the rest of the day.

Freakin eh, at least regarding work hours/ethic.

 

7:30/8-6, excluding client meetings and other unexpected hiccups, is the "normal" day for me.

 

For weekends, however, I am quite content doing literally nothing except eating and watching football lol.

post #30537 of 37396
I'm 7:30-8 or 9, later if busy, and at least 10-3 or 4 on Saturday, sometimes more, sometimes less.
post #30538 of 37396
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Originally Posted by TweedyProf View Post


Point taken...but I'm wondering, do you share my concerns?

So insomnia gave me the chance to finally read through that Massdrop thread, and I'm surprised to see all these people talking excitedly about the wonderful madders that they're going to get. Don't they realize they're clearly just inque jette prints?



The white on the back of the tie is bad enough, but even the slightest run, pull or printing error will also reveal the white on the front.
That would be my concern.
post #30539 of 37396

Are Boglioli's cotton blazers worth the money? I found one for about $300:

 

post #30540 of 37396
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Originally Posted by Koala-T View Post

I work from home and still wear a jacket and tie everyday. This is just how I dress for life. I dig it. Makes me happy.

Are you being serious?
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