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post #17026 of 28558
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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post


Wedding ties aren't really a necessity for guests.
Where do people get the idea that you need to dress highly formally when attending a wedding anyway? AT least in the US, coat and tie is called for, but outside of that, you can have a pretty fair bit of fun?
Maybe it's just that I come from a southern area, where "summer wedding" is the excuse for seersucker, linen, embroidered belts, white bucks, bowties, and the like. Weddings are supposed to be fun, and attire reflects that.
IMO, There is nothing wrong with a checked suit. There is nothing wrong with that tie. The concern I have about that shirt is that the pattern is too much, not about formality.

Well said. Light blue shirt solves the problem. [Life Lesson #38: The wedding is really all about the bride, everything else -- even the groom to a large extent -- is sort of an accessory.]

post #17027 of 28558

Noob here, don't kill me.

 

Every time I flip through the various shoe threads (Carmina, C&J, etc) I notice that a lot of people love dark brown shoes. Being new into mens fashion, I only a small shoe collection, but my collection doesn't have any dark brown shoes because I don't like the look. Plus, I go crazy over walnut and burgundy dress shoes. I'm wondering if I should look into investing in a pair of dark brown dress shoes? are they a versatile color?

Should I look into leather dress shoes or suede dress shoes in dark brown?

 

I'm likely going to buy them from Meermin as they're cheap and decent quality. Rather do that than spend a lot on Carmina's and then wear them infrequently. 

 

Thanks!

post #17028 of 28558
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Originally Posted by amathew View Post

Noob here, don't kill me.

 

Every time I flip through the various shoe threads (Carmina, C&J, etc) I notice that a lot of people love dark brown shoes. Being new into mens fashion, I only a small shoe collection, but my collection doesn't have any dark brown shoes because I don't like the look. Plus, I go crazy over walnut and burgundy dress shoes. I'm wondering if I should look into investing in a pair of dark brown dress shoes? are they a versatile color?

Should I look into leather dress shoes or suede dress shoes in dark brown?

 

I'm likely going to buy them from Meermin as they're cheap and decent quality. Rather do that than spend a lot on Carmina's and then wear them infrequently. 

 

Thanks!

I can relate to the uncertainty; I am on this journey myself. I think we train our eye to what looks good to us or what we think is acceptable, and then we lock that in. And get in a rut.  It's a fact that dark brown is versatile and works with blues and grays even though everything in your intuition says otherwise. Your eye will re-train on this, trust me.  Next question is style of shoe -- oxford or derby/blucher. If you're going to wear the new dark brown Meermins with suits, let me encourage you to go with oxfords (they will seem better to your eye as a starter). If you're doing trousers and odd jackets or slacks alone, then perhaps a derby/blucher style will "look" better to you.

 

Then, once your eye and brain are retrained, you will have an easier time making the leap.  My current personal mind-bender is brown suede in summer. SF-groupthink generally seems to think it's OK, but I'm not yet quite so sure (yet).  Expanding my horizons ... and eyeing Carminas myself ...

post #17029 of 28558
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Originally Posted by scoredtx View Post

Well said. Light blue shirt solves the problem. [Life Lesson #38: The wedding is really all about the bride, everything else -- even the groom to a large extent -- is sort of an accessory.]

Thanks again to everyone who has given input (especially those who give me hope there are perhaps more answers to 'what should I wear to a wedding?' than 'solid dark suit/white shirt/subdued tie'.)

As of now I think I'll probably compromise and go for a light blue dress shirt and maybe a more subtle (perhaps burgundy, as someone suggested) tie, sticking with the suit, which I happen to be fond of. Cheers.
post #17030 of 28558
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Originally Posted by amathew View Post

Noob here, don't kill me.

 

Every time I flip through the various shoe threads (Carmina, C&J, etc) I notice that a lot of people love dark brown shoes. Being new into mens fashion, I only a small shoe collection, but my collection doesn't have any dark brown shoes because I don't like the look. Plus, I go crazy over walnut and burgundy dress shoes. I'm wondering if I should look into investing in a pair of dark brown dress shoes? are they a versatile color?

Should I look into leather dress shoes or suede dress shoes in dark brown?

 

I'm likely going to buy them from Meermin as they're cheap and decent quality. Rather do that than spend a lot on Carmina's and then wear them infrequently. 

 

Thanks!

Walnut could work with some colors, but burgundy is actually quite versatile; you might even be able to get away with wearing burgundy whenever your outfit calls for dark brown.

 

However, I think it would be a good idea to try out at least one pair of dark brown shoes, as I reckon you'll grow to love them (and they'll look good).

post #17031 of 28558
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Originally Posted by amathew View Post

I'm wondering if I should look into investing in a pair of dark brown dress shoes? are they a versatile color?
If you truly hate dark brown shoes, then don't buy yourself any dark brown shoes; it's possible to get along without them. But yes, they are a highly versatile color.

I know people who hate black shoes. Nevertheless, most of them own at least one pair of black shoes, simply because sometimes black really is a good choice, and it's only one pair. Depending on your level of distaste for dark brown shoes, perhaps you could adopt a similar approach to the matter.
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Should I look into leather dress shoes or suede dress shoes in dark brown?
Since you explicitly mentioned versatility, I would point out that, in general, suede dress shoes are less versatile than leather dress shoes. (In much the same way that a tan suit is usually less versatile than a grey suit.) Exceptions may exist. But exceptions do not necessarily invalidate a general rule. That's what makes it a "general" rule, and not an absolute rule.

However, there is nothing inherently wrong with suede shoes in dark brown. If you like the shoes, and think you'll have occasion to wear them, feel free to buy them. (Nor is there anything inherently wrong with a tan suit, if you like the suit and think you'll have occasion to wear it.)
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I'm likely going to buy them from Meermin as they're cheap and decent quality. Rather do that than spend a lot on Carmina's and then wear them infrequently.
I'm not terribly familiar with Meermin. (Nor am I all that expert on Carmina's, for all that I do own one pair of them. A suede pair, coincidentally enough.)

But that having been said, when it comes to shoes, it's often sensible to spend a little more money to get excellent quality. Then properly maintain and care for the shoes. Doing so can result in many years of excellent service from them. (To further complicate matters, even with proper care and good quality shoes to begin with, it's likely fair to suggest that leather shoes will tend to outlast suede shoes.)
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Michael
post #17032 of 28558

I have black blazer which I love. I hate the pants. Provided I have a loud enough tie or heavily patterned shirt, is it possible to match the black blazer to some other slacks? And if so...how?

post #17033 of 28558
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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

I have black blazer which I love. I hate the pants. Provided I have a loud enough tie or heavily patterned shirt, is it possible to match the black blazer to some other slacks? And if so...how?

Is it a blazer (a standalone sportcoat) or the top part of a black suit?  I believe black is one of the most difficult colors to make work, and perhaps that is the reason it doesn't get much appreciation in this forum (that may be an understatement).

 

First, do not try and match it to a pair of black pants. That will not be anything that looks good, nor will it have lasting value in your wardrobe.

 

Second, forget trying to get a loud tie or crazy shirt to make it more appealing.  See next point.

 

Finally, if it were me, and I had to keep the black blazer, I would pair it with a pair of gray slacks (medium gray, not too dark and not too light). Then, I would find a complementary shirt/tie combination.  You can bring some color into the shirt/tie, but do not go crazy. Tall, gray socks with polished black leather shoes and a plain black belt.

 

Importantly, where are you going to wear this?

post #17034 of 28558

I'm about to get a dark blue-grey suit (more gray imo, looks like this color pretty much) as my first suit when I always envisioned myself getting a navy one (I'm getting a navy blazer as well, so I found it redundant to have a suit in the same color). Problem is, I feel like the darker grey is just so flat, dull, uncreative. What can I do to really make it exciting and stand out?

 

For context, I'm in college and the suit will be used for social events and business events. 

post #17035 of 28558

Does anybody know the reason as to why Tuxedos have satin lapels? Always wondered about that.

post #17036 of 28558
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Originally Posted by thisisfun View Post

Does anybody know the reason as to why Tuxedos have satin lapels? Always wondered about that.
Not to be facetious, but if a tuxedo didn't have satin lapels and satin stripes down the sides of the pants, it'd just be another black suit. I mean, the former is probably the single most common characteristic differentiating a tuxedo jacket from an ordinary black jacket, and the latter the single most common characteristic differentiating tuxedo pants from ordinary black pants.

Yes, there may well be other, less common or more subtle differences, but the satin thing is the almost universal and immediately obvious one. Also, there may be differences in accompanying items - cummerbund, shoes, shirt studs, etc. But they're just that - accompanying items, and not the tuxedo itself. And for purposes of this post, "satin" should be taken to technically mean "satin or grosgrain."

It's sort of similar to the reason why tricycles have a third wheel - it's because without that third wheel, they'd just be bicycles. smile.gif
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Michael
post #17037 of 28558
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Originally Posted by Claghorn View Post

I have black blazer which I love. I hate the pants. Provided I have a loud enough tie or heavily patterned shirt, is it possible to match the black blazer to some other slacks? And if so...how?
Not well. Are the pants beyond tailoring?
post #17038 of 28558
[quote name="mytton" url="/t/79716/ask-a-question-get-an-answer-post-all-quick-questions-here/16980_60#post_5689020"...(I'm getting a navy blazer as well, so I found it redundant to have a suit in the same color). Problem is, I feel like the darker grey is just so flat, dull, uncreative. What can I do to really make it exciting and stand out?

For context, I'm in college and the suit will be used for social events and business events. 
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A navy blazer and navy suit are not redundant. They are different things and you do not wear them both at the same time.

The suit should not be exciting and should not stand out. You can jazz it up or down with your shirt, tie, belt and shoes.
post #17039 of 28558

I have a question in regards to Burberry's Duffle Coats.

Do the coats from their company generally run large and roomy? I am planning to buy a new coat for the winter since the winters are incredibly rough in Chicago.

I am 5 feet and 7 inches and have a relatively slim stature. (5'7) My clothes are generally medium, but I can fit into some small sizes.

Would this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=221095799906

Fit someone who wears a medium?

Your feedback is appreciated!
 

post #17040 of 28558
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Originally Posted by Tomoglo View Post

I have a question in regards toBurberry's Duffle Coats.

Do the coats from their company generally run large and roomy? I am planning to buy a new coat for the winter since the winters are incredibly rough in Chicago.


I am 5 feet and 7 inches and have a relatively slim stature. (5'7) My clothes are generally medium, but I can fit into some small sizes.


Would this: http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=221095799906


Fit someone who wears a medium?


Your feedback is appreciated!

 

The listing has measurements off the coat. Compare them to measurements on a coat you'd be wearing in a similar situation that you own and fits well.
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