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post #13891 of 33197
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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post

I'd prefer them with a navy suit, to a charcoal suit. Just saying. I think the tie would work slightly better with a navy suit, and the pocket square would, as well. And the suit color would serve to tie the necktie and the square together.
I assume you'll be wearing a white shirt.
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Michael

Yes, white shirt--there are so many other colors, I think anything but white would be disorienting.

I see what you mean with the navy suit, too...a shame I haven't got one. That is something that needs to be fixed (next up on my to-buy list!) Though perhaps a pale blue would serve to tie the colors together as a navy suit would...


edit: or I could just go for a navy blazer / khakis, with the above combo. though a blazer / sportcoat & khakis is what I wear nearly every Sunday confused.gif
Edited by Acer - 4/2/12 at 7:19pm
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Also, should cotton / linen ties be worn with wool suits? Something about that seems odd to me, not sure why. Never really been one for non-silk ties shog[1].gif
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Where is a good place to buy fitted clothing (I live in Kansas)?

 

I have been buying clothing from Express, but I suspect it wasn't that great of quality; everyone on these forums seems to think that, too. I've seen some suggestions of H&M. They seem really inexpensive, but perhaps they are nicer..I've never visited one. They don't have a lot of options on their site. I've been buying the fitted 1MX shirts from Express, and I think they look pretty good when I'm standing, but when I sit they bunch up a lot at the buttons. If I try wearing a jacket with them, the collars seem to get pushed down and look terrible. I've bought one extra slim shirt from Brooks Brothers. They had me get a 15/33, although I think a 34 would have been better. When I bend my arm at all, my sleeve goes and stays down. It also seems a little bunchy at my waist. Maybe I'm overly picky? I'm 6ft1, 160lbs.

 

Thanks for any advice.

post #13894 of 33197

So I have a wool sweater and some Allen Edmond cedar hangers. The hangers fit pretty tight in the sweater. Will this stretch it out greatly?

post #13895 of 33197
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Originally Posted by Essential View Post

So I have a wool sweater and some Allen Edmond cedar hangers. The hangers fit pretty tight in the sweater. Will this stretch it out greatly?

It might. Don't put sweaters on hangers for exactly that reason. Fold them and stack them.
post #13896 of 33197

Hello everyone I'm a new member and I need some shoe advice. I'm going on vacation to Hawaii in a few weeks and I've bought a pair of straight white jeans to wear with some light colored polos (pink, light blue) but I have no idea what type and color shoes to match these jeans. Any advice is welcome. Thanks in advance.

post #13897 of 33197
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Originally Posted by Acer View Post

Yes, white shirt--there are so many other colors, I think anything but white would be disorienting.
Right. I just wanted to make sure, since you didn't explicitly state that it'd be a white shirt.
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I see what you mean with the navy suit, too...a shame I haven't got one.
Hey, if you haven't got one, you haven't got one. So many items of clothing worth buying, and only a finite quantity of money, right? But you say it's next up on your "to buy" list, so no need to fret over the lack.
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Though perhaps a pale blue would serve to tie the colors together as a navy suit would...
A pale blue shirt, you mean?

I don't know... Sometimes, it's possible to think of a pale blue shirt as almost an "honorary" white shirt. As in, very simple, unobjectionable, suitable in a wide variety of business or social settings, etc.

But it's not actually a white shirt. And there are some times when a white shirt is a better choice than a blue shirt. And with all the color you've already got going on, I don't see how adding additional color - even a pale blue - to your shirt is a plus.
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or I could just go for a navy blazer / khakis, with the above combo. though a blazer / sportcoat & khakis is what I wear nearly every Sunday confused.gif
Nothing wrong with wearing them again. Just because it's Easter, doesn't mean you have to go for something completely different. The tie and square would be new elements, right? That ought to be enough of a difference.

And a charcoal suit tends to be very much on the conservative side. I mean, even compared to most suits, a charcoal suit is usually on the conservative side.

Whereas your tie and pocket square are decidedly not staid and conservative. They're colorful. The pocket square in particular is almost light-hearted. (Which is fine for Easter. Easter is more about life and joy and rebirth and renewal, than it is about the somber and sober. It's more like a wedding than a funeral, in a sense.)

The contrast between the very conservative - almost somber - charcoal suit, and the colorful, happy accessories, might strike some as unsettling. Yeah, contrast certainly has its place, but like anything, it also has its excesses.

A navy blazer and khakis, on the other hand, are much less serious than a charcoal suit. They represent a level of sobriety that just about perfectly matches that of the tie and pocket square you want to wear.

It's your call, but if it were up to me, I'd give very serious thought to going with the blazer. Unless this is a church wear almost every man will be in a conservative suit on Easter Sunday (a rarity these days), the blazer just seems like the obviously better choice.

Well, just my take on it. Even if you utterly reject my opinions, I dare say you won't be the worst dressed man in church, in a charcoal suit and the square and tie in question.
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Michael
post #13898 of 33197
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Originally Posted by D.B.Cooper View Post

Don't put sweaters on hangers for exactly that reason. Fold them and stack them.
+1
post #13899 of 33197
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Originally Posted by Acer View Post

Also, should cotton / linen ties be worn with wool suits? Something about that seems odd to me, not sure why. Never really been one for non-silk ties shog[1].gif
There's a "rule" (obeyed by some, ignored by others - like many other rules involving how to dress) that the only silk neckties should be worn with business suits. (And business suits should be wool.)

But what this rule really means is that the formality of the tie should match the formality of the suit, which should match the formality of the occasion/situation. (And the formality of traditional business practice calls for a conservative wool suit.)

Once we move outside the traditional business setting, the options open up considerably. In certain social settings, linen suits or cotton suits may be entirely appropriate. Sure, they're more casual than the typical worsted wool suit, but if - for example - I'm meeting friends for lunch at an outdoor cafe, in the summer, "more casual than traditional business attire" is a totally correct standard. Heck, I've been known to wear a seersucker suit with not just a cotton tie, but a cotton bow tie, at summertime social events. No way that I'd ever wear that combination if I were interviewing for a position at a conservative law firm, but horses for courses, and all that.

So, if your wool suit is something casual or "summery," and it's a less than tremendously formal setting, feel free to wear a cotton or linen tie. Heck, go madras, if that's your thing. Well, at least you sometimes could.

'Course, if you're asking specifically about the aforementioned charcoal suit, well, a charcoal suit doesn't usually say "casual" to me. I suppose some charcoal suits might. I guess. Maybe. But most won't. Sorry. (A charcoal wool suit's a fine suit to own, mind you. For most men, a charcoal suit and a navy suit could be staples. It's just typically not the best way to go if you want a casual, less formal, spring/summer suit.)

BTW, you previously mentioned a navy blazer. A navy wool blazer can generally work pretty well with a cotton/linen tie. I mean, it depends, of course. But on average, it'll work better with such a tie than will a charcoal wool suit.
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Michael
post #13900 of 33197
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Originally Posted by Acer View Post

For easter, I'm trying to mix the "Sunday best" with Easter colors. I'm going to wear a charcoal suit (haven't decided if I'll wear the waistcoat as well), but what do you think of this tie / square combo?
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Color theory-wise, there are some good pairings--navy in the tie, red in the square...lavender in the tie, green in the square. However, it's not something that I would pick intuitively.
Thoughts?

The tie is very nice touch but the pocket square not so much..
post #13901 of 33197
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Originally Posted by tomis View Post

Hello everyone I'm a new member and I need some shoe advice. I'm going on vacation to Hawaii in a few weeks and I've bought a pair of straight white jeans to wear with some light colored polos (pink, light blue) but I have no idea what type and color shoes to match these jeans. Any advice is welcome. Thanks in advance.

Welcome!!! I'd pick a brownish color pair of shoes.
post #13902 of 33197
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Tether for glasses. I can't remember what they're actually called.
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Originally Posted by Gerry Nelson View Post

The Knottery calls them Lapel Eyeglass Holders.

Thank you
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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post

In my experience, eyeglass tethers look much cooler in those photos than they do in real life. (Not that I've seen them all that often in real life, but on those few occasions when I have seen them, they've been "meh," at best.)

Despite the interesting look, I have a feeling they are not very practical.
post #13903 of 33197
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Originally Posted by CousinDonuts View Post

Hello everyone. This weekend my wife and I are headed to LA for the first time. We'll be attending the wedding of a college friend. Normally, I am a dark suit, white shirt kind of wedding guest as I feel it is proper and traditional. However, I'm trying to determine if I want to step out of my comfort zone a little. I recently purchased a dark purple (plum) gingham dress shirt. So far I have only worn it with jacket only, no tie. But I'm thinking of pairing it with a mid-gray tie with a subtle glen plaid design, and solid charcoal suit. The wedding and reception is in the evening and being held at a downtown rooftop banquet hall / outdoor garden. What do you think? Sprezzy outfit for an LA wedding, or dumb? thanks!
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The shirt and combo seem good to me.

But I don't hang out in the WAYWRN thread, so I'm far from an expert on this sort of question. Cheers.
post #13904 of 33197

I have a taupe suit I was intending to wear to a rehearsal dinner in May. A friend of mine told me I couldn't wear that light of a color after dark. Is he right or is taupe dark enough to get away with?

post #13905 of 33197

Hello,

 

  I would like to get a nice suit.  My jacket size is 44L and my waist size 33-34.  Can anyone recommend any OTR brands? 

 

  I checked at one of the MTM makers (thick as thieves), and they don't really like going up to my size in the chest apparently.  I am by no means thin or athletic (I weigh about 192 or so), but I'm having a hard time finding things that fit.  I wouldn't really want to spend more than $2500, but if I had to, I guess I could.  I cannot afford the 4-8000 it would cost for bespoke, unfortunately.

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