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I have two pairs of black oxford shoes (one is cap toe, one is wingtip without medallion), they are decent quality shoes, but not luxury you know. Now I want to replace them by a better pair, kind of AS, C&J or maybe Vass. Thus I have a question:

If I had only one black pair of shoes, which should I go for: a whole cut, a cap toe or a balmoral, an wingtip with/without medallion? I intended to buy a whole cut but I think the whole cut isn't really appropriate for daytime because it looks to simple (although I hardly ever wear black shoes in daytime). So could you suggest me to choose from list above?

post #20687 of 31067
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Originally Posted by walkms00 View Post

Hi, can someone tell me if either of these shirt/tie combos work?
With a blue suit, I think a white shirt would work better than a blue one. Yes, even if it's a pale blue shirt.

I'm not thrilled with either tie. They're both a little skinny for my taste. They seem to be a rather uninteresting satin finish (although it's hard to be sure from a photo). And while I have nothing against red ties, I prefer a darker, more burgundy red, than yours seems to be.

Might I ask why you decided on midnight blue? I like midnight blue in a tuxedo, otherwise... not so much.
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post #20688 of 31067
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Originally Posted by azumi View Post

I have two pairs of black oxford shoes (one is cap toe, one is wingtip without medallion), they are decent quality shoes, but not luxury you know. Now I want to replace them by a better pair, kind of AS, C&J or maybe Vass. Thus I have a question:
If I had only one black pair of shoes, which should I go for: a whole cut, a cap toe or a balmoral, an wingtip with/without medallion? I intended to buy a whole cut but I think the whole cut isn't really appropriate for daytime because it looks to simple (although I hardly ever wear black shoes in daytime). So could you suggest me to choose from list above?

Stitched captoe oxford.
post #20689 of 31067
Silk tie, no deep wrinkles but under certain lighting with the sheen, it looks uneven textured. Is there a way I can smooth this out? Would rolling it up for storage rather than hanging it be better? (I roll my knits, hang the others)

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And FWIW I just picked up this beautiful tie from the funny guys at The Knottery


Paired with a gray suit, which PS would go best?




Some texture




I was considering this from The Knottery as well but felt too much patterns going on hence perhaps one of the two solids may fair better

Edited by gettoasty - 3/10/13 at 12:48am
post #20690 of 31067
In each case the shirt is a very pale blue. Thanks!
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Both are fine, my preference is for the blue tie. Consider introducing patterns through the pocket square.
post #20691 of 31067

Is there any place that specifically make 4.5 in ties?

 

Looking to get wide lapel suits and i need ties but most places don't seem to go to 4.5 in

post #20692 of 31067
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Originally Posted by patrickBOOTH View Post

Well, it is from an entirely different plant. What does it matter, though? Curious.

 

I just find it interesting why some fabrics hold a crease better. This question arose out of boredom.

 

So I thought of possible reasons and tried to disprove them afterwards.

My starting point is the fact that (assuming a similar weave) fabrics made of protein (animal) or synthetic fibres hold a crease better than fabrics made of cellulose (plant) fibres and linen holds a crease better than cotton.

  • Resistance to wrinkles/Difficulty of creasing a fabric: False because linen wrinkles more than cotton.
  • Elasticity: False because linen is less elastic than cotton.
  • Stiffness: False because linen is generally the stiffest fabric.
  • Fibre length: Probably true.

 

Now I only know it could be true that the ability to hold a crease is proportional to the fibre length. Maybe there is a reason I didn't think about?

post #20693 of 31067
4.5" is really, really, really wide for a tie. If you are a large guy, I'd say 4" is probably more fitting.

Anyways, Sam Hober will custom make ties to your specifications, but I'm sure they'd charge more for a tie that wide as that's a significant amount of extra silk.
post #20694 of 31067
Agreed. Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece ties are very wide at 4 1/8 inches. 4.5 inches is 1970's wide and would look odd to the modern eye.
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^ Also depending on your budget, check E. G. Capelli, they don't seem to charge extra for wide ties (only length).

post #20696 of 31067
I have a nice Caruso suit, canvassed, fully lined. Whenever it gets slightly soaked it starts to smell like a mold. Is it the mold that lives in the lining? Is it possible to salvage the suit? Thanks!
post #20697 of 31067
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Originally Posted by AE7 View Post

I have a nice Caruso suit, canvassed, fully lined. Whenever it gets slightly soaked it starts to smell like a mold. Is it the mold that lives in the lining? Is it possible to salvage the suit? Thanks!

You sure it's not just the smell of wet wool?
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You sure it's not just the smell of wet wool?

Well, it may be the wool, but other woolen suits I have do not smell like the Caruso one. The smell is harsher and more persistent.
post #20699 of 31067
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I have several cashmere jackets and I'm now doubting myself on the ties I wear with them. Is there a preferred material for ties worn with cashmere jackets? Thanks.
I might steer away from wearing cashmere ties (or wool ties, generally) with cashmere jackets. Although if someone claims it can be done successfully, I won't argue the point.

I would think that if you rightly wanted some contrast in texture between your cashmere jacket and your tie, any number of silk ties might be worth considering.

Also, as cashmere strikes me as being more of a cold weather thing, than a summertime one, I probably wouldn't pair a cashmere jacket with a summery necktie. You know, like a linen tie.

What do you think? Could you post some reasonable quality photos of the ties which you wear with your cashmere jackets, and about which you have doubts? Specifically, what is it about these ties which causes you to think they might not be quite right? Heck, pics of the jackets themselves might not be amiss, as not all cashmere jackets are alike.
post #20700 of 31067
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Originally Posted by driftking View Post

I have several cashmere jackets and I'm now doubting myself on the ties I wear with them. Is there a preferred material for ties worn with cashmere jackets? Thanks.

Cashmere (for me anyhow) is 4 seasons, I wear it with silk, wool, and more cashmere.
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