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post #31216 of 37411
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Originally Posted by archibaldleach View Post


For someone who has to wear a suit everyday, stripes are fine for one or two of one's first five suits. I can understand preferring solids (I do myself, though more because I wear suits to less business-y occasions) and not having stripes in your personal first 5 list (maybe that's all you're saying), but I think it's wrong to say that they don't belong in a generic suit wearing professional's first five.

 

That is what i am saying but i will also add that stripes are too memorable. For someone who is just starting out or with less than five suits in your rotation, one or two stripes evokes the grunts of ' oh that guy in the stripes' and it is just not very versatile. Solids (and semi-solids) don't evoke that; it blends in, passes over the eyes and is demonstrably more versatile making easy transitions from say day to night, more formal  to *gasp* informal occasions. And he doesn't have to worry too much about getting new accessories  for his stripes as his accessories goes with most of his solids and semi-solids.

 

And yes, they have negative connotations around my parts as the uniform of the bankers.

post #31217 of 37411
Thread Starter 
But surely everyone likes bankers?
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More seriously, surely it depends on the stripes, no? A subtle pinstripe in silver or grey on a dark grey or navy suit is not very memorable, nor would it require a different set of accessories, shirts, or ties (all of this in my opinion, not trying to state it as immutable fact).

I could see a thick, white chalkstripe on a dark suit being much more memorable and enforcing a bit more rigor on the rest of the ensemble's choices.

post #31219 of 37411

I think MrTc is thinking of bold stripes and not the endless permutations of subtle pinstripes that exist.

 

In any event, y'all need to learn the difference between the words "less" and "fewer." I scream every time I read these posts. Seems the word fewer has all but been deleted from the lexicon.

post #31220 of 37411
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Originally Posted by sprout2 View Post

I think MrTc is thinking of bold stripes and not the endless permutations of subtle pinstripes that exist.

In any event, y'all need to learn the difference between the words "less" and "fewer." I scream every time I read these posts. Seems the word fewer has all but been deleted from the lexicon.

Fewer words and less pedantry, please.
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For someone starting off their business wardrobe that already has a grey and navy suit, are J Crew sportcoats ok? I know the quality isn't the greatest but they fit me perfectly OTR. I only wear suits to weddings, funerals, and job interviews. I rarely wear suits and would like to pick up sportcoats and not anymore suits. Thanks.
post #31222 of 37411
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Originally Posted by sprout2 View Post
 

I think MrTc is thinking of bold stripes and not the endless permutations of subtle pinstripes that exist.

 

Not at all.  I own a few striped suits; although they don't get much use. I am not against stripes.

 

Of course your respective milieus might differ but where i spend most of my time  (London and Reykjavik), stripes of any permutation is looked at in askance by most.

 

PS

 

Strolling through London's square mile of course you will find a surfeit of stripes which further proves my point.

post #31223 of 37411
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Originally Posted by yesssir View Post

For someone starting off their business wardrobe that already has a grey and navy suit, are J Crew sportcoats ok? I know the quality isn't the greatest but they fit me perfectly OTR. I only wear suits to weddings, funerals, and job interviews. I rarely wear suits and would like to pick up sportcoats and not anymore suits. Thanks.

Ultimately it's up to you. I believe the common critique of J Crew (other than quality) is that they tend to have lapels that are a bit slim vs. middle of the road (hence more likely to look dated at some point) and have a fit that is in general a bit too modern. We all have to make choices about what we're willing to spend on this stuff. If you like it and it fits well (as you say it does), I would say go for it if they have the styles you want. Don't do it, however, if it's a compromise that you'll ultimately resent.
post #31224 of 37411
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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

Do get a rough silk. I just don't think black is the right color. Any outfit casual enough for that texture will be infinitely better served by a knit.

Mine is in plum:

Are you always a flap tucker, or is this just coincidence to ht nth degree?

post #31225 of 37411
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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

Do get a rough silk. I just don't think black is the right color. Any outfit casual enough for that texture will be infinitely better served by a knit.

Mine is in plum:

 

 

Great tie, but Hober has not offered the plum version for awhile now.

post #31226 of 37411
Thread Starter 
Always a flap tucker. If I ever own a gray suit, I'll let the flaps flap.

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@Sam Hober
Bring back the plum!!
post #31227 of 37411
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Originally Posted by yesssir View Post

For someone starting off their business wardrobe that already has a grey and navy suit, are J Crew sportcoats ok? I know the quality isn't the greatest but they fit me perfectly OTR. I only wear suits to weddings, funerals, and job interviews. I rarely wear suits and would like to pick up sportcoats and not anymore suits. Thanks.

The ludlow line is not a bad starting point, but I think you can get a better product for just about the same price from Suit Supply.

post #31228 of 37411
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Originally Posted by sprout2 View Post
 

I think MrTc is thinking of bold stripes and not the endless permutations of subtle pinstripes that exist.

 

In any event, y'all need to learn the difference between the words "less" and "fewer." I scream every time I read these posts. Seems the word fewer has all but been deleted from the lexicon.

If we need to know the difference, perhaps you could explain?

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Noodles good natured grammar thread. I think I am going to start deliberately misusing "that" and "which."
post #31230 of 37411

I would definitely have put the plum on my list if they had it. =[

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