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post #3346 of 37672
Doodals, I'm happy to proxy for you if you wish at cost of course.

I'd be keen if you were comfortable with last and size etc before kopping on your behalf, LMK.
post #3347 of 37672
Originally Posted by Cleav View Post

How very dare you!
Forgive me for my sin! I didn't know.
post #3348 of 37672
Let me figure it what my size is.
Thank you, Cleav.
post #3349 of 37672
Dear heart, if forgiveness necessary you have credit to burn.

Hope you're well.
post #3350 of 37672
Doodals, it's only an honest offer. If it's something you want to do great. If not now then let me know when. You got da bigger fish to fry at the moment, don't busy yourself with shoes etc until you're ready. smile.gif
post #3351 of 37672
When I bought 2 pairs of shoes from RLBL, I thought I was purchasing made by C&J but I was very disappointed when I found they weren't. The SA had no clue and said they think they were made by C&J. Bummer.

I will take up on the offer. I will PM you when I am ready. I appreciate yor help.
post #3352 of 37672
Originally Posted by unbelragazzo View Post

Lol @ anyone on SF thinking of their wardrobe as "near complete" for more than 48 hours at a time. Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Anyway it's true that you may want to consider the various things you could buy in the future and not just what you have and wear currently. But I think for people on here, there's basically only one crossroads in terms of fabric types and colors and that's whether or not to dress seasonally. A random item in linen isn't going to be that useful without a few other linen items around it. Same for tweed. And once you get a seasonal wardrobe, you won't want to wear your 3-season worsted stuff anymore except maybe the suits.

Other than that, there are fairly few directions a typical SFer could take that would make large parts of your wardrobe obsolete. Sure, maybe a few navy ties here as in your example, a few of the more "business" or "casual" accessories that you use less as you move your taste in one direction or the other, but these are not drastic changes. Take, for instance, Will Boehkle of A Suitable Wardrobe and Gus/pocketsquareguy (easiest to compare people who live in the same climate). Their styles are about as different as you can get within the SF landscape. But if you forced them to swap accessories, they would do fine putting together outfits, at least in terms of colors and patterns and fabrics.

What's underappreciated is the difficulty and importance of having the silhouette of your items fit together. Maybe you found a maker of slim trousers that you like a lot because they fit you well, the price is right, and you like their selection of fabrics. Then later you notice how nice drape cut coats look in Apparel Arts illustrations and try to replicate that. Your coats and your trousers now look ridiculous together. Likewise if you build a wardrobe in a relaxed fit and then insist on elongated lasts and chiseled toes. The range of silhouettes is much wider, and the areas of incompatibility larger, than the range of commonly (at least within our world) used colors. It's also harder to see and harder to explain the virtues and aspects of different silhouettes, so it's less discussed on fora and whatnot. But if and when you think about what "direction" your wardrobe is going to take, I would recommend spending at least as much time thinking about this as whether you will wear more gray suits or more navy suits.

cant argue against this, even though my silhouettes are not always in sync. something i could use to work on.
post #3353 of 37672

Can you expand on silhouette coherence, especially what silhouettes are ideal for elongated / chiseled shoes? I might be doing this all wrong lurker[1].gif
post #3354 of 37672
i think that essentially its a trim shoe, so one should have a more fitted looking jacket and pants, not all drapey. also, depending on shoe size, you sometimes need a hem opening that is not too narrow, or your feet will look like boats, that happens to me a lot. i try now to stick with pants that have an opening of 8.5-9 inches.
post #3355 of 37672
The contradiction of having extra wide sized chiseled shoes is not lost on me. I too have learned the lesson of over tapering trousers, 9 inch opening is my standard now as well. No bunching and good shoe coverage.
post #3356 of 37672
Yeah - it's really just common sense but easy to overlook re: proper silhouette. It probably doesn't occur to mostly everyone as they first start building a wardrobe.

You don't want some full cut suit and then a really narrow shoe or vice versa. If you want a tapered jacket then the reast of the outfit should reasonably match it. There isn't a whole lot more to it than that.
post #3357 of 37672
If one chooses a fuller cut, is one relegated to strictly rounder / conservative shaped shoes?

Honest question...
post #3358 of 37672
As with most things we nit pick on, to most people here, yes. Out in the world, no one will care. Imo, for the most part yes, but there some tweener shoes that are not too aggressive that do work.
post #3359 of 37672
Originally Posted by luv2breformed View Post


I almost purchased 1 and 3 for myself. I already own one too much like 2. However I did not because I think that when I get to squares I want to get large motifs instead of patterns. I think if you don't have any serviceable squares to begin with those might be a good starting point. I already have a few small patterns so I'm looking for something more like the following from Kent Wang:



The Great Wave



really very nice

post #3360 of 37672
Thread Starter 
Stitchy, I'm thrilled you're looking for pants with less taper. The narrow opening kept the fit of a lot of your looks from being amazing. Big hips, big feet, and teeny ankles didn't look quite right.

I try to get my jackets made with a bit more drape up front because I've got a sizable ass. Profile, super trim jackets looked ridiculous, even if they were perfectly cut. Too much going on in the back.
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