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Styleforum Top Pickspost #17627 of 321709/26/12 at 3:23amHow does one avoid looking like a security guard when matching lighter pants with darker blazers (or darker blazers with lighter pants...sometimes they both make me think of security guards)?
Since there are probably a lot of ways to answer this question, perhaps I should ask it it reverse: what would one do to look like a security guard when combining blazers with slacks?post #17628 of 321709/26/12 at 5:07ampost #17629 of 321709/26/12 at 6:04amQuote:
You can wear suede year 'round, although Chukkas are a bit of a heavier shoe so I would think they would be most comfortable in fall and winter. Just keep them out of the rain and snow.post #17630 of 321709/26/12 at 6:08amQuote:Originally Posted by Claghorn
How does one avoid looking like a security guard when matching lighter pants with darker blazers (or darker blazers with lighter pants...sometimes they both make me think of security guards)?
Since there are probably a lot of ways to answer this question, perhaps I should ask it it reverse: what would one do to look like a security guard when combining blazers with slacks?
Make sure the blazer is two sizes too big. Carry a flashlight. Harass teenagers loitering outside the combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell.post #17631 of 321709/26/12 at 2:27pmpost #17632 of 321709/27/12 at 4:00pmpost #17633 of 321709/27/12 at 5:01pmpost #17634 of 321709/27/12 at 8:53pmQuote:
IMO lambswool is gonna last you loner, merino can lose its shape fairly quickly and will pill easier. hence the price difference. but you could always buy 2 colors in merino, etc etcpost #17635 of 321709/27/12 at 9:59pmpost #17636 of 321709/27/12 at 10:13pmQuote:Not necessarily, no. Sometimes, at a given price point, the lambswool will be better, and other times the merino will be better. Heck, at certain price points (particularly the more modest ones), lambswool or merino may be better than cashmere, too. Plus, a lot depends on how you define "better." Are you looking for comfort, weight, color, warmth, durability, or what? (In practice, of course, most people look for some specific combination of qualities.)
If you can examine the sweaters in person, figuring out which one is more to your liking is pretty easy.
If you can't examine them in person, well, I guess there are two ways to look at it -
Way #1 is "It's a crap shoot, since I'm buying sight unseen. I'd rather risk $70, than risk $150, so I'll buy the merino."
Way #2 is, "The lambswool is priced more than twice as high as the merino. Assuming even a loose connection between price and quality, that suggests the $150 sweater is better than the $70 sweater. I'll buy the lambswool."
And JBMarce21's point is valid, too. Even if the $150 sweater does turn out to be nicer than the $70 sweater, will it be nicer than two of the $70 sweaters?
Me? I prefer merino, simply because it tends to be a little thinner than lambswool, and is more comfortable to me. But that's just my preference; maybe you like a heavier sweater, or a warmer one. I'd add that I find virtually no sweater to be itchy, but if you are sensitive to itchiness, merino tends to be less itchy than lambswool. Again, these are just generalities - they don't mean that a specific merino wool sweater will appeal to me more than a specific lambswool sweater. Moreover, my preferences are based on the sort of sweaters I wear - almost always v-necks. I haven't worn a cardigan in years. So, again, your situation does differ from my own.
Still can't decide? Then buy the sweater offered by the merchant with the better return policy.
Finally, I'll mention that while Jos. A. Bank gets lots of criticism around here - and often deservedly so - I own a couple of JAB merino wool Signature v-neck sweaters, and am pleased with them. 'Course, I didn't pay the $100 "everyday" price, but instead picked them up for about $25 each, due to a sale and a coupon. So if anyone's thinking of buying some merino v-necks, and there's a 70% off sale on these, they're worth considering. Just saying, is all. (And no, they're not particularly trim fit. If that's what you're after, well, to each his own.)
Michaelpost #17637 of 321709/28/12 at 8:58amQuote:
In my exp, lambswool is warmer, has less stretch and pills a bit less than merino wool; in most cases its also thicker than merino.
Edited by canstyleace - 9/28/12 at 5:58pmpost #17638 of 321709/28/12 at 9:06amQuote:Originally Posted by JBMarce21
which will look better with denim, balmoral boots or jodphurs? I need a pair of boots mostly for wear with suits and slacks with odd jackets, which either would work with, but I am curious what people think about the versatility of each. I'm leaning towards jodphur now.
Balmoral boots are a much safer bet for suits and slacks. They are the most formal footwear you can have (pre WWI at least). Jodphurs are more acceptable for casual wear.post #17639 of 321709/28/12 at 9:09am
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