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post #22591 of 30179

Hello everybody, 

 

I was wondering about these shoes: http://www.johnstonmurphy.com/product.aspx?c=1215&sc=1215&pid=68092

 

I like the look (and the price even more) but before buying them I noticed (or am I imagining?) that they were slightly... square-toed.  Now, the fashion media has driven me to a state of utter paranoia when it comes to square-toe shoes - I'm supposed to avoid them like the plague and if I am ever caught wearing a pair of the horrid creations it shall be my fashion demise.

 

So the question to you experts is, I suppose, are they square-toed or are they alright, because I can't quite tell.

post #22592 of 30179
Oysters, do not engage.
Welcome to Styleforum.
post #22593 of 30179
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Hello everybody, 

I was wondering about these shoes: http://www.johnstonmurphy.com/product.aspx?c=1215&sc=1215&pid=68092

I like the look (and the price even more)...

If price is a concern and you need a half-decent pair of dress shoes, I'd suggest these from J&M on Amazon after the 20% discount you get from signing up for their men's shoes email list. Impeccable styling and a goodyear welt so they should hold up far better than the glued rubber-soled examples you provided.

My now-brother-in-law bought some to use at his wedding last weekend and was shocked at how good they felt and looked (he's a middle school teacher, so he only needed special-event shoes to wear a few times a year).
post #22594 of 30179
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Oysters, do not engage.
Welcome to Styleforum.

Dear Man of Lint,

 

Thank you, but what do you mean by "do not engage?"

 

 

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If price is a concern and you need a half-decent pair of dress shoes, I'd suggest these from J&M on Amazon after the 20% discount you get from signing up for their men's shoes email list. Impeccable styling and a goodyear welt so they should hold up far better than the glued rubber-soled examples you provided.

My now-brother-in-law bought some to use at his wedding last weekend and was shocked at how good they felt and looked (he's a middle school teacher, so he only needed special-event shoes to wear a few times a year).

 

Thank you, I had no idea Amazon offered such a discount!

 

I am a bit apprehensive about buying online, though - I could always go into a Johnston and Murphy store, try them on, and then walk out, but that would be a bit awkward.  

post #22595 of 30179

Anybody familiar with the quality of Adrienne Vittadini luggage? It's on Vent-Privee right now at deep discount.

post #22596 of 30179
Attending a wedding this evening an my favorite blue suit requires braces. Is it considered ostentatious to wear this suit considering jackets normally come off at the reception?

I have no knowledge of the expected etiquette, level of dress, and venue. I will comment the wedding couple are in early 20's if that adds perspective.
post #22597 of 30179
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Is it considered ostentatious to wear this suit considering jackets normally come off at the reception?
One could maintain that the larger issue is that your jacket should not be coming off at the reception.
post #22598 of 30179
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One could maintain that the larger issue is that your jacket should not be coming off at the reception.

I can subscribe to this. Doubtful any others abide by #meanswear so I foresee being harassed to remove jacket.
post #22599 of 30179
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Doubtful any others abide by #meanswear so I foresee being harassed to remove jacket.
Is #meanswear like #menswear, just a little nastier? smile.gif

More to the point, someone who harasses you in an effort to get you to remove items of clothing can typically be ignored. Or at the most, resort to a polite, "Thank you for taking such an acute interest in my comfort and my clothing. I assure you I'll give your advice all the consideration it deserves." Then walk away.

I would add that if the person harassing you at the wedding is an attractive woman, it's not suave and sophisticated, in a Jame Bondian sort of way, to ask her, "If I remove my jacket in order to make you happy, what will you take off for me?"
post #22600 of 30179

How are the Thomas Mason shirts from Jcrew. They're probably not worth it for full price, but what about paying $65 dollars on sale? I believe it's 2-ply fabric with MOP buttons. 

 

http://www.jcrew.com/mens_category/shirts/thomasmasonfshirts/PRDOVR~22286/99102849579/ENE~1+2+3+22+4294967294+20~15~~20+16+4294967106~15~~~~~~~/22286.jsp

post #22601 of 30179

Is this fit of this sportcoat unbalanced?  Is the (too) short look with the heavy lapels a poor look?  And does the styling look dated?

 

 

post #22602 of 30179
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I can subscribe to this. Doubtful any others abide by #meanswear so I foresee being harassed to remove jacket.
I have never been asked to remove my jacket at a wedding. I doubt anyone gave any thought at all as to the fact that I had my jacket on. For outdoor receptions in warm weather, I could see someone saying something.
post #22603 of 30179
No, braces are not ostentatious.
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No, braces are not ostentatious.
Somewhat more to the point, braces are similar to underwear, in that they are not meant to be displayed in public. So just as one could wear purple and orange boxers with pictures of Taz, the Tazmanian Devil, on them, even at a very formal and conservative wedding, and not have to worry very much about being criticized for wearing inappropriate underwear (since who's going to be seeing them?), so is one free to wear ostentatious braces. That which goes unseen is unlikely to be criticized for its appearance - which is why it's possible to get hired by even a conservative law firm despite having one or more profane words tattooed on your butt.

Now, I fully appreciate that some men do display their braces in public, walking around at work, at a wedding, at wherever, with jacket removed, thus displaying their braces to the world. And a man who intends to ignore the traditional rule about keeping his jacket on and keeping his braces to himself, might understandably be concerned with how his braces will be judged by those around him.

Similarly, some men may finding "saggin'" to be a splendid sartorial practice. These men may choose to wear their pants down low, such that their underwear is clearly visible. And I imagine that such men might likewise be concerned with whether their Tazmanian Devil boxers would be overly ostentatious to wear to a wedding.

But I still maintain that in both cases, the issue isn't truly "Is this ostentatious?" Rather, the real issue is, "Should I be exposing these clothing items to public view?"

And if the answer is, "No, I should not be exposing these clothing items to public view," then that's the answer, even if you fear that someone might harass you for it.
post #22605 of 30179
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Somewhat more to the point, braces are similar to underwear, in that they are not meant to be displayed in public.

For my wedding a few years back, I had a 3-piece charcoal suit done up and found a pair of suspenders in burgundy with a whimsical navy pattern and black leather attachments. I'll be wearing that same suit (without the vest) to a funeral next week -- but just to be safe I'll be swapping out the burgundy/navy suspenders for a black satin set normally worn with the black tie rig.

Granted, it's best to avoid removing a jacket... but it can't hurt to plan for contingencies. OP: by the time in the reception that House of Pain's "Jump Around" is blaring and folks are drunk enough to be jacketless on the dance floor, nobody is likely to give you any grief about suspenders.
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