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post #29341 of 33197
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Originally Posted by archduke View Post
 

What brands should I be looking at for brown monk straps around ~$300?

Consider Meermin and it's closer to $200.  

post #29342 of 33197
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Originally Posted by JezeC View Post
 

Consider Meermin and it's closer to $200.  

 

Andrew Lock makes a great double monk on half-rubber sole.  http://andrewlockshoes.com/products/389942-the-double-monk

 

$225 with code SF10 for 10% off.   Personally, I like them more than the Meermin. 

post #29343 of 33197

Can anyone identify either the Sweater that Bill Gates is wearing in this picture, or his glasses?

 

Thanks.

 

Link to slightly larger image

 

post #29344 of 33197

Busy day tomorrow - dinner with the chairman of the council (big company, about 50 executives will be there), and opera in the evening.

 

I've already decided on suit, shirt and shoes - navy suit, white shirt, black captoes.

 

I got several options with the tie, however - burgundy with navy dots, navy with red dots, sky blue with darker blue dots, and a purple on with darker-purple dots.

 

which one should I go with? I kinda like the look with the burgundy one, but am afraid to look like a politician of some sorts.

post #29345 of 33197
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Originally Posted by mfridman View Post
 

Busy day tomorrow - dinner with the chairman of the council (big company, about 50 executives will be there), and opera in the evening.

 

I've already decided on suit, shirt and shoes - navy suit, white shirt, black captoes.

 

I got several options with the tie, however - burgundy with navy dots, navy with red dots, sky blue with darker blue dots, and a purple on with darker-purple dots.

 

which one should I go with? I kinda like the look with the burgundy one, but am afraid to look like a politician of some sorts.

 

If the burgundy makes you feel good, wear it.  You can't go wrong, really, pairing a burgundy tie with a navy suit.  I would try the navy, but depends on how red the dots are.  If it's fire engine red, don't do it, but if it's a deeper red/maroon sort of colour, that could be quite elegant.  If you could conjure a tie, I'd suggest navy/midnight with white pindots.  Not seeing the navy tie, I'd vote burgundy to be safe.  I'd also wear a white linen, or cotton, pocket square, neatly pressed, and showing a folded edge, but that's entirely optional/personal, and if you're in doubt about it, don't wear it.  The key thing is to ensure you feel good, and confident, in what you choose, as this sounds like a rather important opportunity to make a strong impression.

post #29346 of 33197

Can I take in a shirt further if it already has darts in the back? Some of the slim fit shirts I have already have darts in them but are still a little too billowy for me.

 

Thanks.

post #29347 of 33197
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Can I take in a shirt further if it already has darts in the back? Some of the slim fit shirts I have already have darts in them but are still a little too billowy for me.

Thanks.

Take it to an alteration tailor and see what they can do.

If they are willing to do it. They will take the side seam of the shirt in to eliminate the excess fabric.

Remember that you need some fabric for you to sit and move comfortably. Don't take in too much.
post #29348 of 33197
Is there a clothing list of what every man should own at a minimum?

I am building a woredrobe. I'm donating clothing to GW as I transition from relaxed casual to higher quality well dressed. I started a month ago and donated all my jeans and several chinos after buying wool trousers.
I have:

Canali blazer, 3 button dark blue
Zegna blazer, 2 button dark blue
Armani SC, 2 button medium charcoal
Burberry SC, 3 button 100% camel hair
Hugo Boss SC, 3 button dark brown herringbone
Croft & Barrow SC, light tan 100% silk
Brook Brothers blazer, double breasted blue brass buttons
Mark Shale blazer, 2 button dark blue metallic buttons
Hart/Marx blazer 2 button dark blue, brass buttons
Hart/Marx SC 3 button dark brown
Christian Dior, 2 button blazer dark blue brass buttons

Wool pants: BB very dark brown, Zanella dark charcoal, Zanella medium/dark gray, Zanella medium charcoal with a golden, earth brown and warm red threads woven into the charcoal that looks solid medium charcoal from 10 feet away, Britches very dark blue looks black in low lighting.

Chinos: 2 Eddie Bower light khaki, 1 RL light khaki, Nordstrom light khaki, Nordstrom black

Shirts: BB point collar white and light blue, BB button collar white checkered light blue, Target button collar 1 blue 1 light pink 1 white checkered aqua and gray, Zegna white French cuff, Ike Beher white with glossy white vertical stripes french cuff, Zara Man light blue with thin blue vertical lines french cuff, RL button collar pink, Bugatachi 1 crimson and 1 dark purple/dark blue/ black vertical lines, Armani redish brown looks like velvet texture, CK button collar black, J Crew button collar white crimson checkered, 5 long sleeve linen shirts 1 Saks white, 1 tommy Bahama white 1 Saks light peach 1 bannana republic black and 1 light powder blue with blue, Nat Nast silk black and greyish white, Croft and Barrow silk dark gold

Polo's: RL more than a dozen, half solid colors & half striped, 1 BB gray, Lacoste 1 black 1 red 1 blue, 1 American Eagle black with red lining inside collar, Burberry 1 white 1 red

Shorts: Target cargo 1 black, 1 tan 1 white checkered thick blue and thin gray, RL cargo white,

Shoes: AE Strand walnut, AE Verona black, AE McAllister merlot, Bruno Magli black captors, Sperry topsiders traditional brown (worn out and needs to be replaced)

Watch: Orient Ray diver

Ties: Peter Millar thick powder blue with thin royal blue and white stripes, Peter Millar thick bright red with thin white and blue stripes, wool blue red and gray stripes, 2 club room ties 1 light golden and 1 striped pumpkin and gold.

Sweaters: Nordstrom merino wheat, Scothland Lambswool V-neck dark charcoal, RL cotton very light pale earthy green, RL silk light wheat/tan, AF wool with turtleneck collar medium charcoal with one large red stripe across chest, 1 quarter zip cotton cable knit white

Outerwear; Dark charcoal wool outer coat, RL light jacket black, Vintage Wilson leather bomber jacket brown
post #29349 of 33197
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What shoe is next?

 

Current line up for biz-casual environment. Lots of days in chinos/oxfords/sweater/tie/odd jacket, less days with wool dress trousers (one a week), and a suit a couple of times a month:

- Black Cap Toe Oxfords -- AE Byrons

- Black Roper Cowboy boots by Lucchese -- very nicely polished with no stitching on the vamp. I live in Denver where such boots are quite acceptable. I think of them as the Western version of the Chelsea.  

- Dark Brown Cap Toe -- AE 5th Aves

- Country tan calf (orangish) longwing blucher -- Random old make -- "Collegiate for French Shriner?". About to require a too-expensive resole for what they are "(and how they fit 1/2 size too big). Will need replacing.

- Dark brown suede (but lighter than cap toes) shortwing oxfords. Tywrhitt / Barkers. 

- Bass Weejun pennies in a medium brown with contrast stitching. On their last legs. 

 

Other shoes that get worn on more casual / summer days: 

- Natural CXL Oak Street Boot Makers Trench boots.

- Red Wing Round Toe  (now called the Blacksmith) in medium brown. 

- Eastland Camp moc in brown. 

- AE Suede Penny in muted green. 

- Navy boat shoe (LL Bean Sig -- 4 eyelet)

 

Most of the above have been thrifted and restored by myself with help from my local cobbler (all the dress shoes except the suede shortwings. All the more casual shoes were bought/given new.)  

 

Debating between:

- Dress loafers. In medium brown or suede? Tassel or penny?

- Full brogue bluchers. In light brown, tan, or medium brown? 

 

But open to suggestions if you think there is something I am overlooking. (Probably not monkstraps. I'm young, but not very edgy.)

 

Considering breaking down and placing an order with Meermin for a medium-brown suede loafer, and the country calf blucher (basically a direct replacement for my current shoe.)  Would welcome other recommendations in the similar price-range (e.g. AE, Loake, ??, higher-quality but used).


Edited by jmeb - 12/19/14 at 1:51pm
post #29351 of 33197
Something in burgundy, mahogany, or chestnut. Brogue oxford for first, derby/monk for the other two.

I personally find brown and black chukkas indispensable both to have an extra pair of black/brown shoes in case I need them twice in a row and because I find then generally versatile. That said it doesn't seem like they fill a gap that much.
post #29352 of 33197

Hello,

 

I'm 23 years old and roughly 6' and 160 lbs with dirty blonde hair. I think I'd like to wear a navy dress vest with a dress shirt with DARK blue slim-fit  jeans and tan coloured dress shoes (new years outfit).

 

I would like to know if this would be a good mix? As I mentioned it's for new years and the goal is to look good without over doing it (or under doing it) - a blazer is simply too much and I will get extremely hot quick and end up taking it off. I'll be at a club (not a trashy ghetto one) and it is new years after-all.

 

Currently I am considering a white or light gray dress shirt to go under the vest. Am I headed in the right direction? Any suggestions or tips on what would be best?

post #29353 of 33197
Wound dark brown trousers match with a gray sports coat.
post #29354 of 33197
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Originally Posted by guccihomme View Post

Wound dark brown trousers match with a gray sports coat.

OK since I picked on your novel the least I can do is try and answer this much less open-ended question. This can be kind of a tricky pairing. Make sure that the brown and grey are sufficiently far enough apart in colour to be visibly different (i.e. one doesn't look like a faded version of the other). Also this will go a lot better if there is a textural difference between the two, like if the trousers are smooth worsted and the coat is tweed or something.

It's not exactly the same as what you're asking but I wear chocolate brown cords with a light grey sweater all the time.
post #29355 of 33197
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Originally Posted by CruzAzul View Post

OK since I picked on your novel the least I can do is try and answer this much less open-ended question. This can be kind of a tricky pairing. Make sure that the brown and grey are sufficiently far enough apart in colour to be visibly different (i.e. one doesn't look like a faded version of the other). Also this will go a lot better if there is a textural difference between the two, like if the trousers are smooth worsted and the coat is tweed or something.

It's not exactly the same as what you're asking but I wear chocolate brown cords with a light grey sweater all the time.

Thank you for the reply. I paired a medium gray with a dark chocolate brown that has a subtle red windowpane. But I love your answer of different textures, that's a winning look to my eye. Thank you!
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