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post #17281 of 29141

Can't tell if it's just the limitations of the camera, but the tie looks like it matches very closely with the shoes in the first pic. I would shy away from that. I like the second one a lot although I always undo the top two buttons if I'm not wearing a tie. I think you could get away with that. The third is kinda "meh" with that billowy sweater. Then again I'm more of a cardigan guy myself.

post #17282 of 29141

Hello Gentlemen

 

I have a few short questions

 

1. Are there any occasions where rubber soled shoes are absolutely not allowed(style wise)?

 

2. When you wear a jacket indoors, what dictates when you can take it off? Is it majority rules, or are there some other more hidden rules? Or can I just do it whenever it gets too hot?

 

3. Biking and formal wear, any tips there, or is that just a no-no. The reason I ask is that in my city, biking is usually the fastest method of transportation. 

 

4. Can a stylish gentleman combine short sleeved shirts(tucked in and everything) with formal (aka business etc) pants? 

 

5. Cargo pants - In terms of style, yay or nay(personally, I love them. I can carry all my stuff around without anyone noticing)?

 

6. Dust, It seems that all my clothes ALWAYS get dusty or fussy even if they are fresh from the cleaner. How do you guys keep your clothes dust free?

 

7. Sunglasses - How/where do you store them when you are indoors and you obviously can't be wearing them? I've tried pretty much everything and it always ended up looking awkward. 

 

Thanks for your help!

 

- Maximator

post #17283 of 29141
1) No, depending on the formality of the shoe
2) Many people remove jackets in the office when not in meetings, etc. It depends on the culture of your office
3) Keep your pants away from the chain. happy.gif
4) No
5) Nay
6) Clothes brush. Kent brushes are quite good and they sometimes sell seconds cheap on Ebay.
7) On your desk, perhaps in a case. If you don't wear a pocket square and they are nice sunglasses, some place them in the outer breast pocket of the jacket.
post #17284 of 29141
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Good advice, except I live in a place where temperatures climb above 25-30C(that's 82-86F for you guys across the pond), which makes wearing a jacket really uncomfortable. I also REALLY hate sweat stains on my shirts. Also, as business dress tends to be a bit less formal here(China that is) wearing a jacket when everyone is just wearing a shirt just makes you look awkward. 

- Maximator

Get jackets made out of linen or cotton/linen blends. That or lightweight wools with an open weave to let air flow through. I lived in the American South and did just fine with lightweight wools and such year-round (much to the amusement and amazement of friends/colleagues). Even lightweight shirt-jackets would work for you, both functionally and meteorologically.

That or the do the small bag thing.
post #17285 of 29141
Is there anything that can be done about this? small crack in the leather of my shoe.

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thanks!
post #17286 of 29141
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Is there anything that can be done about this? small crack in the leather of my shoe.
kind of hard to photograph... click for big
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
thanks!

 

If it's a true through-hole, aka, the leather as separated from each other at that point and there is an absence of material, then there is no saving it. If it's just an exagerated crack, best bet is to take it to a skilled cobbler and see if he can work that area down (to reduce the glaring separation) and blend it in - if it is NOT separated/a whole. In the meantime, re-post this in the Official Shoe Care or Official Shoe Damage threads - there are a few solid gents over there who can help way more than I can.

post #17287 of 29141
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Originally Posted by BrizzleCizzle View Post

If it's a true through-hole, aka, the leather as separated from each other at that point and there is an absence of material, then there is no saving it. If it's just an exagerated crack, best bet is to take it to a skilled cobbler and see if he can work that area down (to reduce the glaring separation) and blend it in - if it is NOT separated/a whole. In the meantime, re-post this in the Official Shoe Care or Official Shoe Damage threads - there are a few solid gents over there who can help way more than I can.

cool, i'll check that thread out, thanks.

and no, its not all the way through, though it is kinda deep. I suppose its to be expected when I wear these shoes 4 to 5 days per week for the last 2 years... been re-toppied like 3 or 4 times now.
post #17288 of 29141

Sueded double monk straps with jeans, OCBD, cardigan and polo aka. very casual outfits? yay or nay?

post #17289 of 29141
[Sorry for double posting this. Accidentally put this in SW&D's version of this thread.]

Need some advice y'all. Are these boots too rakishly narrow and pointy?
There is 1.5" or 2 thumbs width of empty space in the toe box because of the elongated last.
Most likely they're inappropriate in any conservative work environment, but I'm unsure how they look for casual wear with slacks and denim?



post #17290 of 29141
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Sueded double monk straps with jeans, OCBD, cardigan and polo aka. very casual outfits? yay or nay?

I'd go with single monks but that's just me.
post #17291 of 29141

Should an OCBD always have a box pleat?  Should the fit be baggier than a dress shirt?  If not, is it weird to have the traditional box pleat on a slim-fitting OCBD?

post #17292 of 29141

I've been looking around for messenger bags to carry my laptop (15") around in. I had seen one on SF before that I liked, but I can't find it, so I've been searching around online.

 

I really like the style of http://www.neimanmarcus.com/p/Brunello-Cucinelli-Contrast-Strap-Leather-Messenger-Bag-Leather-Goods/prod149480219/?ecid=NMALRFeedHy3bqNL2jtQ...&ci_src=14110944&ci_sku=prod149480219skuBROWN&CS_003=5630585, but unfortunately it costs a ton of money. I'm not thrilled about the idea of paying $3k for a bag, so I'm hoping that someone can suggest another one that is similar to that. I would like to find a brown leather one. I think the straps make it look less bland, too.

 

Any suggestions? Thanks

post #17293 of 29141
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Originally Posted by aw82 View Post

Should an OCBD always have a box pleat?  Should the fit be baggier than a dress shirt?  If not, is it weird to have the traditional box pleat on a slim-fitting OCBD?

OCBDs, like many shirts, vary widely. There's really not a correct version, though the box pleat and collar loop are traditional. And no, a box pleat on a slim shirt isn't weird, it's keeping the waist fit to the body while the pleat allows for easier arm motion. Perfectly reasonable. It won't be skintight, but a shirt really shouldn't be.


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Originally Posted by Dingusberry View Post

Sueded double monk straps with jeans, OCBD, cardigan and polo aka. very casual outfits? yay or nay?

OCBD and a polo? If you're suggesting the two shirts with popped collars douchebag prep kid thing, no. One or the other. Otherwise, fine. I'm not a double monk fan, but with a single monk, I've worn variations on that many times.
post #17294 of 29141
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Originally Posted by max_r View Post

Is there anything that can be done about this? small crack in the leather of my shoe.
kind of hard to photograph... click for big
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
thanks!
Yeah. Stop buying corrected grain shoes.
post #17295 of 29141
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Originally Posted by cptjeff View Post


OCBDs, like many shirts, vary widely. There's really not a correct version, though the box pleat and collar loop are traditional. And no, a box pleat on a slim shirt isn't weird, it's keeping the waist fit to the body while the pleat allows for easier arm motion. Perfectly reasonable. It won't be skintight, but a shirt really shouldn't be.

 

Thanks. 

 

I'm kind of going to answer my own question here, but what is the hot-weather equivalent of the OCBD?  Linen? Higher-yarn number Oxford (e.g., 80s or 100s instead of the traditional 50s/60s)? End-on-end?

 

I have a blue/white 2-ply 120s end-on-end from J. Crew that sort of acts like a lightweight OCBD, in my opinion.  It's not a button-down, but it has a very tiny point collar that works best without a tie or jacket.  I definately need OCBDs for fall/winter, but I'm wondering if I'm better served in the spring and summer with non-oxford cloth OCBD-looking shirts.

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