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post #28786 of 33183
Off white trousers / khaki chinos and a blue blazer is about as formal as you can get in the semi-formal spectrum. Think MCC members at Lord's for the cricket or tennis at Wimbledon, Members enclosure at Henley Royal Regatta etc. - there's absolutely no chance it won't look right, especially in the relaxed settings of a beach. Whilst classic it can look both formal and stylish if done well and with the right fitting clothes.

Depends on the overall look you're going for but for trousers it'd be better PT01 or Incotex for a more youthful look. As for the linen shirts your options are more varied, yet you'll want one with a stiffer collar if you're wearing a tie.
post #28787 of 33183
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Originally Posted by Ich_Dien View Post

Off white trousers / khaki chinos and a blue blazer is about as formal as you can get in the semi-formal spectrum. Think MCC members at Lord's for the cricket or tennis at Wimbledon, Members enclosure at Henley Royal Regatta etc. - there's absolutely no chance it won't look right, especially in the relaxed settings of a beach. Whilst classic it can look both formal and stylish if done well and with the right fitting clothes.

Depends on the overall look you're going for but for trousers it'd be better PT01 or Incotex for a more youthful look. As for the linen shirts your options are more varied, yet you'll want one with a stiffer collar if you're wearing a tie.

incotex is what i am keeping my eye out for (on ebay). not familiar with PT01 but a quick google search shows they're a bit out of my price range.

im really trying to lean towards the more stylish side. so now that i have a general idea about the trousers, i need to narrow down the shirt search. probably going no tie, a few buttons open. so collar being stiff isn't mandatory.

thanks!
post #28788 of 33183
I live in Michigan, and my feet get cold in the winter, so I like to wear wool socks instead of the usual business dress socks. I put some on today and obviously my shoes are tighter; a bit too tight for comfort. I find myself considering buying a second set of shoes, a half size larger for winter. Am I crazy?
post #28789 of 33183
^ there are plenty of wool dress sock options. Check BB for their OTC wool dress socks for example (order them during sales which stack with a 25% off 3 or more promotion). Also consider thermal sock liners -- thin but warm. See terramar on amazon for example. They are silk.
post #28790 of 33183
Smartwool and many others offer thin wool dress socks. The Nordstrom house brand wool dress socks are pretty good and not too hard on the wallet.
post #28791 of 33183
^^Thanks. I'll check into those brands.
post #28792 of 33183
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I just bought a Mantoni suit from Jeff & Justin at http://thewizardofaahs.com/ as an alternative to Jos A Bank.

It's currently at the tailor, but bang for buck, they seem to be good suits. I should have found a suit with a 41 jacket instead of a 32 (shoulder alt's) but after the suit and all alterations I'll be in for just under $400.

Missed your reply before. Thanks; I will check them out. Found an almost, but not quite at rack (low rise was the final nail on it) and a great suit at Nordstrom's but it was more than the MtM my tailor can do, which I want more, so that would've been silly. Are they in Seattle, or do you just me from them because they have good, affordable, stuff?
post #28793 of 33183
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Originally Posted by ImTheGroom View Post


Missed your reply before. Thanks; I will check them out. Found an almost, but not quite at rack (low rise was the final nail on it) and a great suit at Nordstrom's but it was more than the MtM my tailor can do, which I want more, so that would've been silly. Are they in Seattle, or do you just me from them because they have good, affordable, stuff?

They were a pretty big player on here a few years ago. I think I'm the first to reorder from them in a while, but they're located and ship out of CA.
Most of the reviews are that the materials are good, construction is solid, and you can spend the money on a tailor. I will agree with them.

post #28794 of 33183
Cheers, @riverflow!
post #28795 of 33183

Looking for a fun sportcoat for the fall/winter.  Which of these do you like?  Welcome any comments on the styling, colors and value of these. 

 

Havana Blue Plain

Pure Wool by Moessmer (It)

http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/jackets/havana-blue-plain/C701.html?utm_content=C701&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=US_Display_Retargeting_SM_Web&utm_source=sociomantic

 

 

Havana Blue Check

 

Soft Tweed by Ormezzano (It)
 

http://us.suitsupply.com/en_US/jackets/havana-blue-check/C790I.html?start=1&cgid=Jackets&prefn1=material&prefv1=Tweed

post #28796 of 33183
how do you guys get wrinkles out of stubborn cotton chinos. even with ironing it seems they're impossible to get fully crisp...
post #28797 of 33183

going to a weekend soon. I wanted to do something a little more vibrant than what i would usually do, but think i might have gone too bright. any opinions on this? (suit is a 3 piece, vest not shown in pic)

 

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the purple in the tie is darker than the shirt, the flash just makes it look brighter.

 

also read, brown shoes are too informal, so im going with black wingtips, is that major faux pas or am i thinking too deep into things,

 

also any reccomendations on a flower lapel and pocket square color combination? maybe one or the other or both together? i was thinking possible something yellow or is that color overkill?

post #28798 of 33183
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how do you guys get wrinkles out of stubborn cotton chinos. even with ironing it seems they're impossible to get fully crisp...

Steamer. Then trouser press.
post #28799 of 33183
Why do natural fibres like denim, leather, wool get better with wear and age whereas synthetic materials like polyester and nylon at best only looks as good as it did new and at worst regresses
post #28800 of 33183
Because millions of years of evolution has lead to much better materials than what people can come up with in a single century of messing with plastics.
Edited by Veremund - 10/7/14 at 12:13pm
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