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Styleforum Top Pickspost #20837 of 317283/22/13 at 6:11pmQuote:Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321
Typically, one is well advised to make a first grey suit a solid grey, in either medium grey or charcoal. A solid grey tends to be most versatile both in terms of being appropriate in the widest range of situations, and in terms of working with potentially the broadest array of shirts, ties, etc.
I don't dislike the suit you indicated. I just don't think it's as strong a choice, particularly for wear in a business environment, as a solid grey suit would be. If you'd indicated that you already owned a solid grey, a solid navy, and a navy pinstripe,, and were looking for a fourth suit, well, that might be a little different.
A green, patterned jacket is definitely a bit unusual and not exactly "quiet." It's the sort of item people will remember you having worn in the past. If you have several other jackets, and buy this one because you really love it (which I don't, but that's not the point), so be it. But if you're going to be getting by with just a navy blazer and one other jacket, seriously reconsider any decision to make this one the other jacket.
It's not necessarily a mistake to buy a seasonal jacket as your only non-blazer jacket, although geographic considerations do apply. (ie. A spring/summer jacket might make more sense if you live in Miami, than if you live in Maine.) But the jacket in question here is both seasonal and odd. And perhaps because I just don't find much about it to be particularly attractive, I have no problem suggesting you not buy it.
Buying an odd jacket as your 6th jacket is one thing. Making it your #1 non-blazer jacket is something else entirely.
First of all, thank you for this well thought out post, it definitely helps a lot for me. However, I am curious, given that you mentioned getting a navy, solid grey, and then a pinstriped navy suit I was wondering if your advice would change for someone who plans on being a professor, and therefore living in a less formal environment? I only ask because I feel like that line of suiting is quite formal and traditional, and a professor who needs to maintain a minimum of business casual (though I do like to dress more formally) might not need the traditional range to start off?
What do you think about this jacket for a second odd jacket?
Thanks again for your response!post #20838 of 317283/22/13 at 7:01pmQuote:You're welcome.Quote:Might not even a professor occasionally wear a suit to the theater, symphony, weddings, church, funeral, cocktail party, awards ceremony, judicial proceeding, etc.? What I mean is, suits shouldn't be thought of solely as one's "work uniform." And for the aforementioned activities, along with many others, a certain "core" wardrobe consisting of some traditional suits such as those I mentioned would likely serve a professor well.given that you mentioned getting a navy, solid grey, and then a pinstriped navy suit I was wondering if your advice would change for someone who plans on being a professor, and therefore living in a less formal environment? I only ask because I feel like that line of suiting is quite formal and traditional, and a professor who needs to maintain a minimum of business casual (though I do like to dress more formally) might not need the traditional range to start off?
Moreover, a solid navy suit, or a solid medium grey suit, needn't be so overly formal as you seem to suggest. Worn with the right shirt, tie, and accessories, it can definitely be far less "serious" than with other pairings. The solid navy which is a "power suit" when worn with a white point collared dress shirt, burgundy silk necktie, and AE Park Avenues, can be downright friendly when worn instead with a pink OCBD, madras bow tie, and penny loafers.
(I would also ask whether your plans to be a professor are likely to be realized in 10 weeks, or in 10 years. Timing matters, and buying clothes for current and near term needs, rather than needs which may materialize at some unknown time years down the road, is often the wiser course. But that's perhaps more of a side issue.)
But assuming you will be a professor in the near future, and you choose to dress relatively informally (academic business casual, if you will), you could probably get by with a "work wardrobe" consisting largely of chinos, a couple of pairs of cords (for the cold weather, assuming you're someplace that experiences winter), some OCBD's, and maybe a few sweaters. If an occasional sport coat is desired, some inexpensive lightweight thing (warm weather) and one in tweed (cooler weather), would cover those needs.
Still no real argument for a less than optimally versatile plaid suit (which, again, I rather like - so long as you've already taken care of those "maximum versatility" suits constituting the core of your suit wardrobe), and especially no argument for the weird green jacket.Quote:I like it a whole lot better than I do the green jacket you previously referenced.What do you think about this jacket for a second odd jacket?post #20839 of 317283/22/13 at 9:07pmpost #20840 of 317283/22/13 at 10:09pmpost #20841 of 317283/22/13 at 11:20pmHi, don't worry about the clothes and instead perhaps ask the question whether the World needs one more Starbucks?Quote:Originally Posted by peanut
Hey guys( and girls?)!
I'm new to this forum so I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this... Here goes
Basically I started working at a local Starbucks and would like help with different combinations to wear for work!
I am limited to black or white collared tops (polos, shirts etc...)
Black or brown coloured pants (no jeans)
And absolutely black or brown shoes. (I suppose a mix of the two colours is fine)
I already have a basic idea of what I will be wearing however, I feel that wearing the same old outfit everyday would bore me to no ends. Being the pretty fashion un-savvy guy, I would like as much help as I can get!
Looking forward to hearing from you guys! (And girls) haha.. Thank youpost #20842 of 317283/23/13 at 2:08pmXpost from MC General Chat:
If i have a pair of tan grain shoes, such as the C&J coniston, could I use brown polish and wax to help darken the color (not to dye it brown or anything, but to just get a slightly darker color on it), or will the texture of the leather just make it so the valleys are dark and the hills remain tan? Or worse, will the polish just rub off and look streaky?post #20843 of 317283/23/13 at 2:31pmQuote:Originally Posted by NotoriousMarquis
Xpost from MC General Chat:
If i have a pair of tan grain shoes, such as the C&J coniston, could I use brown polish and wax to help darken the color (not to dye it brown or anything, but to just get a slightly darker color on it), or will the texture of the leather just make it so the valleys are dark and the hills remain tan? Or worse, will the polish just rub off and look streaky?
I have used shoe cream (not wax) of a dark brown on paler brown pebble grain boots, which darkened the boots slightly - the finish was even, not streaky and not just the valleys.post #20844 of 317283/23/13 at 4:36pmQuote:Originally Posted by stgrim
My factory seconds McGraws in Burgundy Cordovan finally arrived. However, the left shoe is significantly darker than the right.
What should I use to darken both to the same shade? What do you think about first using Saphir Renomat followed by Saphir Cordovan Wax polish?
Also, does anyone know where I can get Saphir Renomat other than from thehangarproject? It is back-ordered there.
xpost from the Allen Edmonds Appreciation Thread.post #20845 of 317283/23/13 at 4:37pmpost #20846 of 317283/23/13 at 4:59pm
I'd use RenoMat to strip as much color off as possible. Wipe it down with a damp cloth, let it dry a bit. Then I'd go Dubbin Graisse (let it sit for a day or two, then brush it down), Renovateur, then Cordovan Cream Shoe Polish, in that order.
If somebody disagrees, feel free to add in your $0.02.post #20847 of 317283/23/13 at 7:53pmpost #20848 of 317283/23/13 at 10:38pmpost #20849 of 317283/23/13 at 11:03pmpost #20850 of 317283/24/13 at 6:29amSorry to come atch'yall with a total noob question, but here is my quandry:
I find myself having to wear chinos and trousers more often these days. I prefer a half-break and relatively slim leg opening. My footwear collection consists mostly of side-zip boots. Whenever I sit down, I tend to cross and uncross my legs, and the hems of my pants rise up above the opening of my boots. When I stand up, the trouser hems sometimes fail to fall back into place neatly around the shaft of the boots, sometimes sitting partially on top of or inside of them.
Is there a way around this? I suppose I could wear trousers with a wider hem, but my boots are, for the most part, relatively sleek. Do I just need to suck it up and wear lace-up shoes instead of boots?
Thanks in advance for any insight and advice. I'm still getting used to not being able to wear raw denim every day of the week.
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