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post #7981 of 33388
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Originally Posted by Scotty View Post
Hi, I'm venturing step by step into better shoes and I'm feeling insecure about what I know about clothes (very little), so I'll ask here. I work in an office with no dress code. People there dress casual but not t-shirts and old jeans and the boss wears a sport coat sometimes (me too ). I usually wear some kind of cotton pants (blue, khaki, brown) or dark jeans in blue though I've bought grey flannels for next winter and beige linen trousers for this summer. Would Loake Hiltons be too much for this attire ? It's a brown blucher but looks so "refined" to me that I'm not sure (I haven't had a shoe with a medallion before). Mine would be mid brown.
For most of the trousers you described these shoes are a little too light - tradition calls for your shoes to be darker than your pants. I'd look for something a bit darker if it is going to be your primary shoe year-round (at least until you really get the SF bug and have to buy an antique teak chest to hold your Summer shoe collection...
post #7982 of 33388
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Originally Posted by Sanguis Mortuum View Post
They look like they'll be fine.
Thanks, I had to hear it

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I would say they are ok for lighter colored trousers, however I think that a darker brown would work better for colors such as charcoal, or navy.

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Originally Posted by imatlas View Post
For most of the trousers you described these shoes are a little too light - tradition calls for your shoes to be darker than your pants. I'd look for something a bit darker if it is going to be your primary shoe year-round (at least until you really get the SF bug and have to buy an antique teak chest to hold your Summer shoe collection...

I'm thinking about mid brown. This picture was just to show the shoe. My question was more about the style of the shoe. Thanks anyway
post #7983 of 33388
+1 to everything nohio said. Well done.
post #7984 of 33388
Does anyone know of a decent shoemaker that does loafers with stretch panels between the vamp and the sides of the uppers? I have a high instep and can't even get my foot into most loafers, as they tend to be stitched tight to the sides. I know some cheap mall brands have the panels, but they're of the square-toed fake leather variety (spring, etc).

Alternatively: could a competent cobbler separate the tongue of the vamp and sew in some leather/stretch panels to alleviate the pressure on my instep? Is this a common alteration?

I'd like to have some casual loafers, but my foot seems determined to keep me bound to bluchers and other lace-ups.
post #7985 of 33388
Alden No. 8 Cordovan PTB. What can they be worn with? Specifically I want to know what wash jeans or suit colors would be a good choice? Also khakis?

Second, I chose the PTB because I thought it would be more versatile as to what I could wear it with (i.e. button-up and jeans or a gray suit for example). If I were to choose another style in the same color, say a long wing, is this considered more dressy (as I am guessing) or can it also be worn with the same outfits?
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Originally Posted by Gauss17 View Post
Alden No. 8 Cordovan PTB. What can they be worn with? Specifically I want to know what wash jeans or suit colors would be a good choice? Also khakis?

Second, I chose the PTB because I thought it would be more versatile as to what I could wear it with (i.e. button-up and jeans or a gray suit for example). If I were to choose another style in the same color, say a long wing, is this considered more dressy (as I am guessing) or can it also be worn with the same outfits?

Long wings are actually less dressy than PTBs (the plainer the shoe, the more formal). Hardcore traditionalists would say neither is appropriate for suit wear, as both are bluchers. That said, the current style is to pair longwings with slim fit suits, and it can look excellent.

Overall PTBs do seem a bit more versatile than LWBs. Colorwise, #8 goes well with a wide range of colors - darker browns and blues, the full range of greys. The only color I won't wear it with is black.
post #7987 of 33388
Quick question, what if I have a suit jacket that's pretty darn far off in sizing. Like four inches off the chest (23" instead of a 19") and the same for the shoulders. Could this be tailored, or is it just too large?
post #7988 of 33388
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Originally Posted by Nananine View Post
Quick question, what if I have a suit jacket that's pretty darn far off in sizing. Like four inches off the chest (23" instead of a 19") and the same for the shoulders. Could this be tailored, or is it just too large?

The tailor would essentially be remaking the jacket, which is to say, that it would be about as expensive as having a new one made for you. The shoulders are one of the most difficult things to alter on a jacket, anyway. In the future, make sure the jacket fits there very well. Length is also difficult to alter (although, a jacket can sometimes be shortened a small amount without throwing off the balance).
post #7989 of 33388
Can anyone help me with identifying the pattern on this coat, is it tweed?: http://min.us/mvoaJM7
post #7990 of 33388
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Originally Posted by Lyon_BC View Post
Can anyone help me with identifying the pattern on this coat, is it tweed?: http://min.us/mvoaJM7
Looks like Prince of Wales check, which is a particular variation of glen plaid, which is a type of tweed. (Ref 1) (Ref 2). Edit: Actually, the checks might be a little small for a real POW, but you get the idea.
post #7991 of 33388
Going to a Memorial Day weekend wedding, date is wearing a peach dress with some tan in it. I'm either going with a khaki poplin suit or a medium grey. I don't want to look like her prom date and wear a peach tie, but I was thinking of a peach/pink gingham pocket square. I just don't know what color tie to pair with that sort of pocket square and suit. Suggestions? Light blue?

Edit: either wearing a light blue or white shirt.
post #7992 of 33388
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Originally Posted by nohio View Post
Looks like Prince of Wales check, which is a particular variation of glen plaid, which is a type of tweed. (Ref 1) (Ref 2).

Edit: Actually, the checks might be a little small for a real POW, but you get the idea.

Uh, what? Price of Wales and glen plaid are patterns. Tweed is a fabric with a specific weave.

That jacket is NOT tweed.
post #7993 of 33388
Is it possible to lengthen the bottom of a canvassed suit? Also, is there inherently material in the sleeve to lengthen from the shoulder? I am looking at a canvassed suit on here and it will need some adjustments. Thank you
post #7994 of 33388
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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post
Uh, what? Price of Wales and glen plaid are patterns. Tweed is a fabric with a specific weave. That jacket is NOT tweed.
Tweed is not a "specific" weave. Tweeds can be made using several different weaves. Per Manton:
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Originally Posted by Manton View Post
Glen-plaid is the genus; Prince of Wales is the species. "Glen-plaid" is short for glenurqhardt, a specific Scottish estate tweed pattern that can be woven in an almost any scale and in any color(s). Prince of Wales plaid is a specific glenurqhardt that is large-scale and has a rust-red, cream, gray and black color scheme.
EDIT: I see now what you didn't like about my answer. Yes, GP and POW are not "types" of tweed, but rather "patterns" found on tweed jackets.
post #7995 of 33388
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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post
Uh, what? Price of Wales and glen plaid are patterns. Tweed is a fabric with a specific weave.

That jacket is NOT tweed.

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Originally Posted by nohio View Post
Looks like Prince of Wales check, which is a particular variation of glen plaid, which is a type of tweed. (Ref 1) (Ref 2).

Edit: Actually, the checks might be a little small for a real POW, but you get the idea.

Thank you both for your responses, so is it simply a wool jacket w/ a GP pattern? Sorry if these are redundant questions but I'm new to this and trying to figure out exactly what the pattern is on the jacket
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