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Originally Posted by Exdeath View Post
 

Black or med/light brown laces on #8 shell shoes?

 

I have three pair of #8 shell.  Curious, I checked.

 

The oxford wingtips have black welting and edging and black laces.

 

The PTB's and LWB's have a more brownish welting and edging and, coincidentally or not, both pair have dark brown laces.

 

I'll confess to never having noticed before your question.

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Two questions relating to pairings of sport coat (with tie) and odd trousers.

 

1. Best two or three color pairings with a brown jacket.

 

2. Best color pairings with olive wool pants.

 

Thanks!

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1) Mid grey, light grey, mid grey again.
2) Nothing, olive is a very, very hard color. Maybe some sort of grey SC? But grey SCs are themselves hard, and the whole thing runs the risk of looking like a 1990's Jos A Bank ad.
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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post

1) Mid grey, light grey, mid grey again.
2) Nothing, olive is a very, very hard color. Maybe some sort of grey SC? But grey SCs are themselves hard, and the whole thing runs the risk of looking like a 1990's Jos A Bank ad.

 

Thanks again.

 

1) Would any shade of tan/lighter brown/cream be tolerable if the dark/light contrast were obvious enough?  Or best simply stick to grays?

 

2) Duly noted.

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I don't know I think Olive looks good with a dark blue sport coat.
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What's the general consensus on trenchcoats here (from burberry especially)? Are they on the casual side? I would've thought they are supposed to be an overcoat but I see most of the photos they have are worn without jackets, right on top of shirts. I thought they would be good for rainy weather that aren't too cold ie autumn etc where rain/wind may pick up but it's not freezing.

 

Really want this one to wear semi casually: http://uk.burberry.com/mid-length-cotton-gabardine-trench-coat-p38946931

 

But seems like it wouldn't be very versatile.

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Originally Posted by Count de Monet View Post

Thanks again.

1) Would any shade of tan/lighter brown/cream be tolerable if the dark/light contrast were obvious enough?  Or best simply stick to grays?

2) Duly noted.

Yeah, I think a cream could work, so long as the contrast is there. It's definitely tricky. Put it this way--I would suggest buying 4-5 pair of different mid-to-light grey trousers before any other color.

Also, I realized my previous post came off somewhat snarky, so apologies for that.

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Originally Posted by Ich_Dien View Post

I don't know I think Olive looks good with a dark blue sport coat.

It might work... Would have to see some examples. I think it would be very, very dependent on the respective shades of the pants and jacket.

Regardless, I'd pretty much never recommend someone go out and buy olive pants.
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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post

1) Mid grey, light grey, mid grey again.
2) Nothing, olive is a very, very hard color. Maybe some sort of grey SC? But grey SCs are themselves hard, and the whole thing runs the risk of looking like a 1990's Jos A Bank ad.

What? Gray might work with brown SCs in some cases, but it's not usually the best option with earthtones. A much lighter or much darker brown than the jacket (chocolate brown/khaki) works well, olive works well, navy works well. I'd put gray of any shade behind all of those on my list of recommendations.

And olive is not that hard a color. Gray sportcoats do work- a gray herringbone tweed is not hard, a gray windowpane is not hard. Also, navy, and any earthtone distinct enough from the pants.


Honestly, it sounds to me like you're really not anywhere near comfortable enough about earthtones to be giving advice on wearing them. Yeah, brown is for farmer, blah blah blah. Try it sometime- it's a wonderfully rich color.
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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post

What? Gray might work with brown SCs in some cases, but it's not usually the best option with earthtones. A much lighter or much darker brown than the jacket (chocolate brown/khaki) works well, olive works well, navy works well. I'd put gray of any shade behind all of those on my list of recommendations.

And olive is not that hard a color. Gray sportcoats do work- a gray herringbone tweed is not hard, a gray windowpane is not hard. Also, navy, and any earthtone distinct enough from the pants.


Honestly, it sounds to me like you're really not anywhere near comfortable enough about earthtones to be giving advice on wearing them. Yeah, brown is for farmer, blah blah blah. Try it sometime- it's a wonderfully rich color.

I'd put grey way ahead of brown, olive or navy. For just about any color jacket, but definitely for brown. Frankly, there is just about always a better option than navy or olive. And I'm not sure how you are saying that grey trousers don't go with brown SCs--it's just about the best pairing there is. I see far, far more successful pairings of brown SC and grey trousers than just about anything else.

As for olive, I can't think of any good pairing off the top of my head. I am sure someone could find one, but there are many dozens of good grey pairings for each olive I am sure.

Fwiw, I wear a brown SC three or four days a week, so I am very comfortable with the color.
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Sizing question for first pair of dress shoes

 

I measured my foot size that the widest part and longest part is 10 cm and 27.5 cm respectively. Which size should i pick for Grenson shoes (for both Fitting F and Fitting G)?

I wear UK 8.5/US 9.5 in Nike sneaker that fits perfectly (even little tightly)

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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post

I'd put grey way ahead of brown, olive or navy. For just about any color jacket, but definitely for brown. Frankly, there is just about always a better option than navy or olive. And I'm not sure how you are saying that grey trousers don't go with brown SCs--it's just about the best pairing there is. I see far, far more successful pairings of brown SC and grey trousers than just about anything else.

Just as a matter of color theory, earthtones go more naturally with brown then gray does. I virtually never opt to wear gray with brown jackets- brown sweaters sometimes, but I almost always wear khaki, dark brown or olive with the jackets. And my outfits are not unsuccessful. Navy gets worked in there on occasion (actually quite a lot if you count jeans), but a lot more than gray. The long running wisdom on matching earthtones is "any other earthtone". It's not bad advice. Olive goes with khaki goes with brown goes with green.

Gray will go inoffensively with anything. If inoffensive and unspectacular dressing is your goal, great! If you want to limit yourself to only one color of odd trousers, that's the one. Don't know why you'd want to do that, but hey. Wear gray with browns and earthtones. You'll look like a guy who's been wearing suits all his life and doesn't own pants more casual than gray flannels, but it won't offend. Or you could instead choose to actually wear colors that compliment the outfit.
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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post

Gray will go inoffensively with anything. If inoffensive and unspectacular dressing is your goal, great! If you want to limit yourself to only one color of odd trousers, that's the one. Don't know why you'd want to do that, but hey. Wear gray with browns and earthtones. You'll look like a guy who's been wearing suits all his life and doesn't own pants more casual than gray flannels, but it won't offend. Or you could instead choose to actually wear colors that compliment the outfit.

I don't think we're ever going to see eye to eye on this, and the trouser color thing has been done to death on this forum. I'll just say this--if the below pictures look like "a guy who's been wearing suits all his life and doesn't own pants more casual than gray flannels", then I am 100% OK with that.

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Not sure if this is the right thread for this... two ties I have my eye on, I'm wondering what people think.

 

First one is a Drakes, reduced to €25 which is a pretty good bargain. I've often had trouble with purple ties though, but its so soft and textured... would work with a grey suit and white / lilac check shirt perhaps? The second is a bold tartan... feels amazing and would certainly be a statement tie.

 

 

 

Which would you get, if either?

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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post

I would, however, recommend the Orange/black monster in that price range. They can be had fairly inexpensively as far as good watches are concerned. Cheaper used as well.

I think the Orange Monster is too extreme if you were to have one watch. I think a thin diver or a pilot's watch would be better. In that price range I would go with something from the Swatch Group, e.g., Tissot or Hamilton.
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I think the idea that you'll only want one watch is extreme.

 

If you want to feel you got a lot for $200, and don't have a knockabout sports watch, the Monster is the way and orange is the colour.  The original, not the newer one with the ugly shark teeth.

 

As RTC said, $200 can also get you something interesting used.  My 1970 Omega has family sentimental value, but in the market is not far north of that.  

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