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post #18871 of 33080
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Originally Posted by Bartleby Trout View Post

Thanks, I definitely will. The brown shoes I posted though, would they be able to work?

styling-wise, sure, but not knowing what kind of shoe that is, don't expect anyone to say "pull the trigger."

check out the AE Leeds. it's a nice simple shoe (that looks a lot like the darker brown plain toe one you posted) that you can wear with almost anything. dark brown or burgundy are going to be your most versatile choices.
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Originally Posted by mexicutioner View Post


styling-wise, sure, but not knowing what kind of shoe that is, don't expect anyone to say "pull the trigger."
check out the AE Leeds. it's a nice simple shoe (that looks a lot like the darker brown plain toe one you posted) that you can wear with almost anything. dark brown or burgundy are going to be your most versatile choices.

Much appreciated. Thank you.

post #18873 of 33080

What would go well (as far as shirt and tie) with a charcoal suit, park avenues, and this tie square?

 

 

700

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What is seersucker? Does it just refer to the lightweight material?
post #18875 of 33080
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Originally Posted by Left Hand View Post

What is seersucker? Does it just refer to the lightweight material?

It's a specific type of fabric, yes. Light cotton, and the way it crinkles keeps it away from the skin and keeps air circulating, so it's very cool to wear, temperature wise.
post #18876 of 33080
Interesting, thank you. Is it the same thing with chambray? It's hard to tell whether they're fabrics or styles when you're a noob like I am. sorry for the painfully obvious (and maybe tiresome) questions, I'm new at this.
post #18877 of 33080
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Originally Posted by WakeJake View Post

What would go well (as far as shirt and tie) with a charcoal suit, park avenues, and this tie square?

 

 

700

Because your pocket square is not a dominant piece of clothing, I think a light blue shirt with a pink tie would look great with that combination. 

post #18878 of 33080
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Originally Posted by Left Hand View Post

What is seersucker?

http://www.gentlemansgazette.com/seersucker-fabric-suits-origins/

While there are a couple of items in that article with which I'd take exception, it's basically accurate. Also, it pretty much limits its discussion of seersucker to suits, although other clothing items - shorts, robes, etc. - can also be found in seersucker.
post #18879 of 33080
Hello

I like the feel of lightweight, smooth cotton shirt fabric that is a bit cool to the touch, almost like silk. I have tried Charles Tyrwhitt and T.M. Lewin, but they don't feel as smooth or light as I'd like them to.

Do any of you know what makers have this type of shirts? I have read about (Su)pima cotton that supposedly has "exceptional smoothness" according to Lands' End. Are they like this? Any others?
post #18880 of 33080
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Originally Posted by Fredrik View Post

Hello
I like the feel of lightweight, smooth cotton shirt fabric that is a bit cool to the touch, almost like silk. I have tried Charles Tyrwhitt and T.M. Lewin, but they don't feel as smooth or light as I'd like them to.
Do any of you know what makers have this type of shirts? I have read about (Su)pima cotton that supposedly has "exceptional smoothness" according to Lands' End. Are they like this? Any others?

Most cotton is made of singles yarn meaning that strands of the cotton staple are spun to make a single thread. This thread can then used to weave fabrics. To make two-fold yarn these separate yarns from the cotton staple are then spun together again giving a very fine yarn that has effectively been 'folded together' twice.
The "Cotton Count" 100 means the fabric has 100 threads per inch. So if a fabric has a high cotton count it means more threads per inch, so the threads are be finer and the fabric is of a higher quality. Many shirtmakers use cotton with between 80 and 200 threads per inch.

Two fold 170s and 200s are smooth as silk yet durable in Thomas Pink shirts




Supima Cotton is excellent variety of cotton with longer fiber, but my Gant shirts made of Supima cotton are tough and solid, not fine and smooth. I guess fineness depends on number of folds and yarn count, more than just length of fibers

Edit:

I'll go for Turnbull & Asser Sea Island or Thomas Pink Imperial Line for fine soft durable shirts

You may read about Cotton used in shirts here

http://store.turnbullandasser.co.uk/Materials_and_styling
Edited by goodlensboy - 12/3/12 at 5:39am
post #18881 of 33080
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Originally Posted by Fredrik View Post

Hello
I like the feel of lightweight, smooth cotton shirt fabric that is a bit cool to the touch, almost like silk. I have tried Charles Tyrwhitt and T.M. Lewin, but they don't feel as smooth or light as I'd like them to.
Do any of you know what makers have this type of shirts? I have read about (Su)pima cotton that supposedly has "exceptional smoothness" according to Lands' End. Are they like this? Any others?

the numbering system for cotton is somewhat useless to the consumer these days.
most of the mills are producing single ply compact yarns. 60/1, 70/1, even 80/1
they are then finished with all sorts of resins and chemical finishes that give broadcloth fabric a super soft and slick finish.

you may like those "silk Like fabrics" but they are sort of fake in my opinion.

Mills like Grandi & Rubenelli actually weave in lower yarn counts, (as well as high yarn counts) but , the raw material is better so the fabric does not have to be masked with high tech finishes.
post #18882 of 33080
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Originally Posted by Left Hand View Post

Interesting, thank you. Is it the same thing with chambray? It's hard to tell whether they're fabrics or styles when you're a noob like I am. sorry for the painfully obvious (and maybe tiresome) questions, I'm new at this.

Chambary is a type of fabric.

This might be helpful.
post #18883 of 33080

Could you wear these with a suit? Are split toes suit worthy?

 

Thank you.700

post #18884 of 33080
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Originally Posted by Bartleby Trout View Post

Could you wear these with a suit? Are split toes suit worthy?

Thank you.

The hard rule is that you should only wear oxfords (as opposed to derbys) with suits. These are a bit more casual for suit wear, but many Americans would not bat an eye at you for wearing it with a suit.
post #18885 of 33080
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Originally Posted by Bartleby Trout View Post

Could you wear these with a suit? Are split toes suit worthy?

Thank you.

are you sure you need a shoe to wear with suits? i've helped several friends buy their first pair of "nice" shoes, and they always start out by saying "i want a pair of shoes i can wear with jeans/t-shit and with a suit for job interviews." don't think like that.

ask yourself "how do i dress 80-90% of the time?"

buy a shoe that works for that 80-90%, and forget the other 10-20%, otherwise you're going to end up with some lame shoe that is just mediocre at everything. this won't be your last pair of shoes ever, so get a pair that works for how you dress now.

based on what you've posted, it seems like you're trying to find one shoe that will work in every scenario perfectly. that shoe doesn't exist. if you wear mostly jeans vs mostly wear suits, that's two totally different types of shoes. before you start asking questions about particular shoes, think clearly about what you need shoes for and tell everyone what your intended use is. if your intended use is "ratty jeans and business suits" then you probably need to think about this a bit more.

dressy shoes look stupid with jeans.
casual boots look stupid with suits.
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