Bought a new Samuelsohn Twill SC last week and am looking forward to pairing it with something more formal than jeans. It's my fist grey jacket so I'll ask here if charcoal trousers and mid brown shoes ought to work? I'd post pics with those pants and shoes but I haven't bought them yet, need to do some shopping so I'm asking. Thanks All!
1. Never wear those jeans again. Maybe not any jeans. The only person over 35 who looks good in jeans is Iggy Pop. And you don't really want to look like Iggy Pop anyway.
2. Buy better shoes. There is a whole world of shoe-love here that you should investigate. Even if it's Allen Edmonds to start with. But get rid of those ugly fuckers; nothing brings down an outfit faster (bar novelty ties, and arguably, your jeans).
3. Grey jackets are notoriously hard to pair - I've given this some thought as I'm having one made right now. I also wear a grey suit jacket on its own sometimes. If the jacket were very light, you could go dark grey flannels, for instance. Yours seems a little darker, so try it with beige/khaki chinos, olive or even navy. In any of those cases, brown/tan shoes are a good call. Just not yours. :)
1. You're wearing fuchsia socks. If you're wearing fuchsia socks then I'm keeping the jeans. Hugh Jackman is older than I am and the guy looks fantastic in jeans. Sure, he's a tall, rich, ridiculously handsome and talented likeable man in phenomenal shape but I'm ... uhhhh.... I'm tall too and you're wearing fuchsia socks. I will however look for alternatives to jeans when it comes to pairing with SCs. I really like your call with the olive pants. I had a chance to see some Samuelsohn olive trousers next to that jacket and I thought that it might be a great, if not totally formal, look. I ordered them and am looking forward to having those colourful pants the next time I take my Salsa Dancing Trinidadian girlfriend to one of her clubs.
3. For the sake of ordering the Olive trousers I tried on some very light grey pants for size that I'm thinking are 'contrasty' enough and would also work very well and could be used for a bit more conservative a look than the olive. There are 3 Harry Rosens (at least) within walking distance of each other in down town Toronto. As I was walking between them yesterday I couldn't help but notice just how many dudes actually are wearing those bicycle toed shoes these days. Also, I noticed a guy in a grey SC with a white shirt over black pants and shoes and thought it worked really well. When I googled that combo there was actually a pic of (I believe) Spoo** from the WAYWRN thread that came up and looked great. Do you have an opinion of black pants with grey jackets?
Yeah, forget the labels and get more shoe for your money. Ferragamo make some decent shoes ("Tramezza"), OK/variable ("Lavoraziane Originale") and utter shit ("Studio"). But all of them are too expensive for what they are. I've not seen Canali shoes so I can't comment, and I love the Canali jacket I'm wearing today. But I suspect that it's a similar picture - unless there's a stunning sale on, then there's really no point in paying for the label.
When I asked the SA at Harry's about Canali vs. Ferregamo this was almost exactly what she said. Her comment about Canali shoes was that, while she loves their clothes, the shoes use a softer leather that ages faster through use. They may be more comfortable to some out of the box but you're giving up the longevity of the AEs to a degree that's not worth the price difference. She told me she'd show me Canali and Ferregamo if I insisted but otherwise she 'downsold' me and I walked out with my first pair of Allen Edmonds pictured below. In terms of which fantastic shoes might have been worthwhile at a higher price, I dunno. Carmina's seem to be popular but I checked Leatherfoot's site and there didn't seem to be anything available in my size. Now that I have the AEs in hand I see them as being more than enough shoe for my uses and I've now been measured for their sizing. So again, I really like your call. Thank You Sir.