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@sycsyc I know you responded to feedback regarding polishing your shoes. But now I think they are too shiny and make your great fits look too
planned. I suggest a matte finish. Your fits are awesome btw
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If you are going to shine the toe it should be shiny. Mirror shine. Perhaps another of the recently mentioned military affectations.

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I agree that they are not business appropriate (not all of us exist in the business world though) however I don't take them as particularly 70s. Even if they were, a lot of good came out of the 70s (even if the disasters stick out in our minds more than anything else from the decade).

Just my two cents:

I thought I liked double monks until I bought a pair. Whether dressing for business or pleasure, they're the pair of shoes that continually get passed by in my shoe rotation. It just seems there is almost always a better choice.
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Double-Breasted Day:








(Oscar Hunt Tailors suit, Kamakura shirt, Vanda Fine Clothing tie, Christian Kimber square, Crockett and Jones shoes)

This has me lusting to add some DB goodness to my wardrobe. nod[1].gif
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Is that coral in your pocket @sugarbutch?
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With a suit thrifted yesterday (Zegna 15 milmil 15) :











What a find. smile.gif
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Just my two cents:

I thought I liked double monks until I bought a pair. Whether dressing for business or pleasure, they're the pair of shoes that continually get passed by in my shoe rotation. It just seems there is almost always a better choice.

 

Interesting to hear a lot of feedback to this extent. I have found the exact opposite to be the case. I have to stop myself from overwearing them and make sure I use my other shoes.

 

I think a lot of this has to do with levels of formality expected in the social situations we each find ourselves in. For myself, I dress well because I want to and I am overdressed fairly frequently. If I wanted to I could get by wearing no ties all year and not have any problems. I find monks to be a happy medium between loafers and lace-ups and really enjoy wearing them.

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Love your style Gerry.  Your clothes look 'lived in'

 

 
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Classic Crusty. :satisfied:

 

 
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Really nice. Navy + pale pink + olive = so much win.
I suppose you have tried cuffing your trousers and not liked it, I just want to add that it would go really well with the aesthetic here, especially of this suit. Are your pants pleated btw?
 

 

Thank you!

 

The last time I wore cuffed trousers was in the early '70s, when it was a thing. I didn't really like it then, and I don't like it now. It's perhaps the one element of sartorial taste that hasn't really changed through my life. To my eye, cuffs look wrong; ugly. Worse, they can look (to my eye, again) juvenile. This is purely a matter of aesthetics; there is no objective standard that says cuffs are correct in one context and not another. It's a choice I get to make, and I choose not to have cuffs on my trousers. Once again, to my eye, the aesthetic of that navy blue flannel suit is completely consistent without cuffs. Having beaten that particular horse to a pulp...

 

All my trousers are pleated (except for RTW, and those get worn less and less these days). Almost all of them have double forward pleats. I experimented for a short while with single forward pleats, much to the distress of my tailor, and I ended up with about three pair with single pleats before switching back to double forward.

 

I prefer the cuff-less (and pleat-less) look.  It's cleaner, less fussy & more contemporary imo, but in practice I generally go for cuffs because the extra weight helps drape.  In heavier cloths I go without, but for some cuffed odd trews I reserve for balancing gunboats.    

 

 
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Now, I feel the split toe derby will become the next big thing among enthusiasts. I just hope they won't get the same "has been" status that double monk received 2 years later.

 

@Andy57, I am pretty surprised to hear about your disdain for cuffs and unlined jackets. I respect your opinion, of course, but you've stuck me as the kind of classic gentleman to cuff his trousers to go along with the pleats and high waist. Guess I was mistaken! Still, I truly appreciate your sense of aesthetics! 

 

The DM and the Norweger are two of the half-dozen or so classic men's shoe styles, so so I don't think either's going to disappear.  There's a pic of Lawrence (of Arabia) at leisure in an English drawing room wearing a pair of DMs back in about 1910 and the William (DM) is Lobb's signature shoe, just like the Dover (Norweger) is EG's and the Demi-Chasse (Norweger) is JM Weston's.  

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Interesting to hear a lot of feedback to this extent. I have found the exact opposite to be the case. I have to stop myself from overwearing them and make sure I use my other shoes.

I think a lot of this has to do with levels of formality expected in the social situations we each find ourselves in. For myself, I dress well because I want to and I am overdressed fairly frequently. If I wanted to I could get by wearing no ties all year and not have any problems. I find monks to be a happy medium between loafers and lace-ups and really enjoy wearing them.

I think there is a good deal of merit in the points you make. Maybe this is what is happening on a subconscious level for me.

Like you, I tend to be overdressed, and always feel comfortable with this. But then, I can achieve this in a well fitting jacket with or without PS (with is my default), a pair of English loafers, and no tie. Far from a formal fit, but considered "dressy" in my non-sartorially inclined locale.

I specify loafers, because I'm far fonder of these most casual of dress shoes than my lone pair of double monks. I concede double monks could receive more love from me if I'd purchased suede rather than calf, and as such I may trial a suede pair in future to see if that does change my mind.

If I'm not in loafers, I most often reach for wing tips in calf (oxford or derby), suede semi-brogue oxfords, or suede chukkas, unless a calf oxford cap seems or actually is required.
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Is being overdressed a common thing for folks here? When I feel that a jacket and tie is out of place I simply don't wear it.

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Is being overdressed a common thing for folks here? When I feel that a jacket and tie is out of place I simply don't wear it.

Often enough, I wear a jacket even if nobody else will be, and sometimes I add a tie.
I'm becoming increasingly uncomfortable not wearing jackets, in fact. Somehow, it makes me feel like I'm in my Victorian underwear when sans jacket. Once the jacket is on, out of habit, it's hard to pass on stuffing a square in the breast pocket.
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Is being overdressed a common thing for folks here? When I feel that a jacket and tie is out of place I simply don't wear it.

 

The 'dress code' at my job seems to be essentially tennis shoes, light wash dad jeans, and an ill-fitting polo with a white crew neck underneath. In that context I try to wear good selvedge, an ocbd, and nice boots.

 

When people go out they often continue to wear said uniform from work, or perhaps throw on a jacket of some sort. When I go out I always try to wear a jacket and a tie about half the time. If we are going to dinner of any sort, the bar or anything like that.

 

Church is probably the dressiest context I attend, but even then I am usually one of two or three people wearing a tie. I nearly always wear a tie to church.

 

I wish I weren't overdressed. I try to dress just a little bit above everybody else in general. But I wish to wear the clothes I enjoy more than that. If I only dressed roughly how everybody else did, all of my favorite clothes would languish in the closet. So yea, sometimes I show up to the movie theater wearing a tie.  

 

Do most people here live in big cities? The population of the town I live in is not much greater than 10,000. I'd bet that has something to do with it.

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Often enough, I wear a jacket even if nobody else will be, and sometimes I add a tie.
I'm becoming increasingly uncomfortable not wearing jackets, in fact. Somehow, it makes me feel like I'm in my Victorian underwear when sans jacket. Once the jacket is on, out of habit, it's hard to pass on stuffing a square in the breast pocket.

 

This x10 for me. In fact I nearly refuse to leave the house sans jacket. Now, sometimes that is a leather motorcycle jacket, but its a jacket nonetheless . . . . . :)

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Ok, well I don't know that I would feel overdressed wearing jeans and an OCBD when others are wearing jeans and polos. Dressing better doesn't necessarily mean being overdressed. I tend to get the impression that @blekit really is overdressed for the context in which he operates. He has mentioned that his colleagues wear t-shirts to work and he wears jackets and ties. Wearing a BD shirt and occasionally throwing on a sport coat hardly bucks the status quo as the both of you have expressed it IMO.

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