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post #26521 of 30956
Because of your ongoing weight loss, the most prudent decision may be to rent a tux.

Edit: Just saw the picture you posted, if yours is as dark and subtle as that one, it is fine for BTO. Just don't wear a crazy tie.

J
Edited by J011yroger - 2/12/14 at 1:30pm
post #26522 of 30956
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Originally Posted by southbound35 View Post

My girlfriend and I have been invited to her cousin's wedding in Houston, mid-March. It's a church wedding and country club reception. The dress is black tie optional. Would a charcoal windowpane suit be dressy enough? Or do I need to stick with solid charcoal or navy (since I don't plan to wear a tuxedo)?
It'd probably be okay. Not ideal, maybe. But perfectly okay.

I mean, you're not in the wedding party, right? So don't worry about it.

If the dress code were black tie preferred, I'd suggest you bite the bullet and get yourself a tux. But for black tie optional, I wouldn't be surprised if most of the men showed up in suits. A charcoal windowpane, assuming it fits you even moderately well, will quite possibly leave you among the better dressed guests. (There's SF, and then there's the real world. Don't go confusing the two.)

Enjoy the wedding. Do not be self-conscious about what you're wearing. No man looks good when he's clearly second-guessing his wardrobe choices.
post #26523 of 30956
I was looking at the new shoes from Paul Evans, but noticed that the toe spring is rather excessive in all of the models i am interested in. Take a look...

http://www.paulevansny.com/

Not only do I think it is an ugly look, but I did some research and found that it is bad for your toes/feet as well.

https://nwfootankle.com/foot-health/drill/2-articles/17-toespring

What are your thought on the matter? Do you have any experience with exagerated toe spring?
post #26524 of 30956

In the end, I wasn't too happy about the polished leather used for the Loake Jones, and will instead order something from the Loake 1880 Anniversary series.

 

Now I am also considering whether to order a double monk strap in black calf, although I think I will leave that for now.

 

 

Edited:

 

Still not sure which shoes I will keep.


Edited by RPM1 - 2/12/14 at 2:07pm
post #26525 of 30956
Do you already have brown monks?

J
post #26526 of 30956
Quote:
Originally Posted by J011yroger View Post

Do you already have brown monks?

J


Not yet, J011yroger.

 

However, living in London, black is still a very much desirable shoe colour. And as I already have a growing selection of shoes in shades of brown, I was considering black.

 

I take it you have monk strap shoes?

post #26527 of 30956
I don't yet, I'd like a pair but can't really convince myself that I would wear them with a suit as I consider them a more casual shoe than convention dictates so I feel I would get more use out of brown ones.

Plus I already have like a dozen pair of black shoes.

It just seems logical to get brown first in more casual shoes and black first in more formal shoes.

J
post #26528 of 30956
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Originally Posted by ridethecliche View Post



Try the dry cleaner maybe? It'll probably be like 5 bucks for them to try with the tie. And you can try your madness if it doesn't work haha.

For a wool tie, a dry cleaner's is exactly the right answer.
post #26529 of 30956
Saw two fitzgerald suits at the brooksbrothers in downtown nyc that fit me. something like 1200 for both. Navy and Grey.

I'm wondering if there are other suits I should look at in that price range/style before I pull the trigger. Thanks.
post #26530 of 30956
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Originally Posted by southbound35 View Post

The dress is black tie optional. Would a charcoal windowpane suit be dressy enough?

Yes, you'll be fine.
post #26531 of 30956

Is it okay to wear burgundy oxford captoes for casual wear (chinos, dress shirt and a blazer) or that is big a no-no ?

Here is a photo:

post #26532 of 30956
^ Feel free.
post #26533 of 30956
Those are beauties, wear them with pride.

J
post #26534 of 30956
Just got back my fifth avenues from the cobbler to replace the heels. By default, the fifth ave. has a black heel but my cobbler painted my heel area dark brown, the same color as my uppers.

Does this make the shoe less formal?
post #26535 of 30956

Feryll, those should look great with chinos, provided they're pressed and creased.

 

JezeC, I don't think it matters as long as the welt is noticeably lighter than the upper. Next time you polish them, use black edge dressing, I guess.

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