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post #20236 of 33308
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Originally Posted by donjuan17 View Post

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To add to the MJ-eating-popcorn nature of the question - the reason I wouldn't go straight to a more formal brown shoe is that I simply don't wear warm colors that often because a. I prefer cooler colors and b. I'm a teacher, so summer/later spring are less formal for me.

I like fit of the Leeds - would the blucher/plain style be too informal to occasionally wear with a grey/charcoal suit? Maybe I'm overthinking it.
post #20237 of 33308

I'm pulling a black tie rig together, but I have no actual experience with dinner jackets and all the fine points. I have read blacktieguide.com probably a thousand times, but I feel like some real world experience is also pertinent.

 

Are people rocking the velvet slippers (alberts) with their tuxedos?

 

It's one of the few elements I haven't been able to pin down..

post #20238 of 33308

I really like this blazer but I've been told it's too short. It covers about half my rear which I know is too short for a suit jacket, but are the rules different for a casual blazer? I'm extremely skinny (5'8" and around 130 pounds) so I find it very hard to find jackets that fit. This one feels great and it looks pretty good to my eyes but I'm a fashion neophyte as you can probably tell.

 

 

 

post #20239 of 33308
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Originally Posted by amusiccale View Post

To add to the MJ-eating-popcorn nature of the question - the reason I wouldn't go straight to a more formal brown shoe is that I simply don't wear warm colors that often because a. I prefer cooler colors and b. I'm a teacher, so summer/later spring are less formal for me.

I like fit of the Leeds - would the blucher/plain style be too informal to occasionally wear with a grey/charcoal suit? Maybe I'm overthinking it.

If you're a real stickler for rules, then the blucher/derby style of the shoe will be too informal for suits. Having said that, a lot of people wear PTBs with suits.
post #20240 of 33308
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Originally Posted by Chenko View Post

I really like this blazer but I've been told it's too short.
It certainly looks too short to me.

There's currently a fashion trend for short jackets. I find it unappealing. However, I suppose that to someone who likes that look, your blazer might not seem to be too short. That's just a guess though.

BTW, if you really want people to comment on jacket length, you'd be better off posting a picture showing how it looks on you from the side or, better still, from the rear. Yes, I know that most of the time the person has a picture showing the front view, but that doesn't change the fact that the other views - particularly rear view - permit far more meaningful judgement than does a front view. (This preference for a frontal view of how the jacket looks may also feed into the belief that proper jacket length can be determined largely with reference to the curl of one's fingers or the first joint of one's thumb or somesuch. But these are general rules of highly questionable value.)
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It covers about half my rear which I know is too short for a suit jacket
And too short for a blazer.

Again, there are people who embrace what I consider silly short - and often ridiculously tight - suits, sportcoats, blazers, etc., who would presumably disagree with me.

You must decide for yourself which standards you will embrace. And, ideally, understand why you prefer them to the various alternatives. Otherwise, you're essentially dressing by online forum polling result, which is not ideal.
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I'm extremely skinny (5'8" and around 130 pounds) so I find it very hard to find jackets that fit.
I appreciate that it can be difficult, but finding the right fit is a problem which confronts the tall, the short, the thin, the fat, the long torsoed, the broad shouldered, the narrow waisted, etc. So believe me, you're not alone in finding it difficult to get a great fit (once you decide for yourself just what constitutes "great fit"), right off the rack.

Ultimately, some men accept that they will have to have their off-the-rack jackets taken in here and there. Some even go for made-to-measure jackets. (The former tends to be the less expensive of the two approaches, and is often a perfectly adequate solution.) Most men, of course, wind up buying ill-fitting off-the-rack clothing and wearing it without significant alterations, and looking like... men in ill-fitting clothing. Hey, that's just the reality of it. It's to your credit that you appear to desire something rather better than that.
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Michael
post #20241 of 33308
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Originally Posted by amusiccale View Post

Question: I'm finally starting to switch over to 'decent' footwear and have budget for one additional pair of AE-level shoes.  I already have a basic black cap toe and a more casual dark brown dress shoe. At this point, I think I am looking for a flexible shoe in between these levels of formality. Am I right to think that a burgundy shoe would be the most flexible option? I'm not a big fan of brogueing, so is a burgundy cap toe shoe going to be too formal if I sometimes try to wear it over the weekend?


Yes, it would seem too formal, though burgundy is a very good idea for your third shoe. Go with a split toe, like the Allen Edmonds Delray.
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why do some of the tom ford items for sale in the market place have redded out tags and what does this mean?

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can i wear a suitjacket as a blazer to pair with jeans?
post #20244 of 33308
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Originally Posted by eddiecibrian View Post

can i wear a suitjacket as a blazer to pair with jeans?

Depends, but unless you know what fabrics make good sportcoats versus which are really suit fabrics only, no.
post #20245 of 33308
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Originally Posted by eddiecibrian View Post

can i wear a suitjacket as a blazer to pair with jeans?
I don't like the pairing of blazer with jeans, but that personal preference aside...

Some suit jackets work much better as sportscoats than do others. Without seeing the suit jacket in question, it's difficult to give a meaningful answer to your question.

I'm tempted to suggest that taking it that extra step from "sportscoat" to "blazer," should involve the changing out of the suit jacket's buttons with metallic ones, but I acknowledge that this may be nitpicking. Although replacing an orphaned suit jacket's buttons with ones that are more sportscoat-like (say, leather buttons), can help in transforming it into its new wardrobe role. It's not a particularly expensive or difficult change, and it can really make a major difference in the look and perceived level of formality of a former suit jacket.

But, again, some suit jackets can manage the transition pretty well, and others can't. Show me some pictures, if you want a more solid answer from me than that.
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Michael
post #20246 of 33308
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Originally Posted by eddiecibrian View Post

can i wear a suitjacket as a blazer to pair with jeans?

I would never do that.

post #20247 of 33308
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Originally Posted by eddiecibrian View Post

can i wear a suitjacket as a blazer to pair with jeans?

No.
post #20248 of 33308

Hello,

 

Two part question. I was looking at purchasing some Grenson 0006-01, and was wondering if anyone had any experience with this brand/shoe and their thoughts or if they had possible recommendations of similar shoes. 

Secondly, sizing. Since I would be ordering from overseas and do not readily have a place to try this brand on does anyone know how the sizing compares to Allen Edmonds (5-65 Last 11) or Alden (trubalance last 10.5). 

Feel free to message me any input. Thanks again.

post #20249 of 33308
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Originally Posted by eddiecibrian View Post

can i wear a suitjacket as a blazer to pair with jeans?


I will occasionally do this when flying- then you can ask the attendant to hang your suit jacket so it won't wrinkle in a small bag. 

post #20250 of 33308
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Originally Posted by tubby34 View Post

Ill have to be in the minority I guess...

Just wear the pastel bowtie, she might have picked it out to match her own attire for the night.

All of the posters above me are looking at it as a control issue, it's simply a relationship one and a silly one at that.

Ask her why she wants you in that particular bowtie, if its a good enough reason then consent. If its not, tell her you don't like it.

You can't have a happy relationship without knowing which battles to pick... This isn't one of them.

You are a wise man. Agree with what you write.
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