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I need advice on what to wear with Kkakis from American Eagle or Dockers. I want to wear a dress shirt with a tie and maybe a dark charcoal or dark maroon quarter zip, but what color of dress shirt and tie goes with those. Does anyone know if there is a website that I can find pictures of different combos?? I would like to see some pictures but can't find any.

 

Thanks for all your help in advance!

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Do not wear a tie without a jacket.
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Originally Posted by Midwest Guy View Post

I need advice on what to wear with Kkakis from American Eagle or Dockers. I want to wear a dress shirt with a tie and maybe a dark charcoal or dark maroon quarter zip, but what color of dress shirt and tie goes with those. Does anyone know if there is a website that I can find pictures of different combos?? I would like to see some pictures but can't find any.

Thanks for all your help in advance!

I can't think of a dress shirt and tie combo that will look decent when paired with AE or Dockers khakis. Those are for very casual outfits and would only be appropriate with sport shirts or t-shirts.
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Originally Posted by Midwest Guy View Post

I need advice on what to wear with Kkakis from American Eagle or Dockers. I want to wear a dress shirt with a tie and maybe a dark charcoal or dark maroon quarter zip, but what color of dress shirt and tie goes with those. Does anyone know if there is a website that I can find pictures of different combos?? I would like to see some pictures but can't find any.

Thanks for all your help in advance!

Don't wear a tie without a jacket, you'll look like a waiter at best, a child at worst.

Try a solid (light) blue, solid white, or blue and white striped oxford cloth button down. Try Brooks Brothers for the classic, or Lands End for something cheaper. Just make sure to buy something that fits. And no non-iron junk.

You won't get much love for those chinos around here, but paired with a button down, a sweater, and some nice shoes, assuming everything fits, youll be better dressed than most people, so cheers to that.
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Aren't Brooks shirts non-iron? Also what is wrong with non-iron?
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Aren't Brooks shirts non-iron? Also what is wrong with non-iron?

Brooks sells both non-iron and regular. The non-iron ones look and feel weird. I bought one once, and will never make that mistake again. It's just unnatural looking, especially in an OCBD where a bit of wrinkle is part of the charm. It's not as big of a deal in a true dress shirt, but even then, I just find it looks unnatural... Shirts wrinkle. I've also found that non-iron or not, they still need a bit of ironing, so the benefit is very minor.
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Aren't Brooks shirts non-iron? Also what is wrong with non-iron?

Not saying I buy into this 100%, but I've never purchased non-iron shirts as it is:

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/12/11/your-money/11wrinkle.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0
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I need advice on what to wear with Kkakis from American Eagle or Dockers.

A bag over your head? sly.gif

 

All kidding aside, I would strongly recommend a different brand of khakis, and if you really want to wear a tie, a jacket as well. That said, just make sure everything fits.

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Total noob to formal shoes and have always bought cheap. I am slowly trying to educate myself but I'm not ready to spend huge amounts of money as I'm not really sure what I like yet.

 

I came accross these shoes today...

 

http://www.tedbaker.com/men%27s/men%27s_accessories/shoes/list.aspx#-&styCode=103154&colRef=00-BLK%20LEATHER&path=/men%27s/men%27s%20accessories/shoes/

 

I did a search on this forum and it appears that the quality of Ted Baker shoes varies depending on who actually made them. I like them because I am pretty skinny and the slim derby style suits me better than other shoes I have owned.

 

My question is, will I seriously regret buying these? I.e. will they fall apart in five minutes?

 

Thanks, Chris

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Don't wear a tie without a jacket, you'll look like a waiter at best, a child at worst.
Try a solid (light) blue, solid white, or blue and white striped oxford cloth button down. Try Brooks Brothers for the classic, or Lands End for something cheaper. Just make sure to buy something that fits. And no non-iron junk.
You won't get much love for those chinos around here, but paired with a button down, a sweater, and some nice shoes, assuming everything fits, youll be better dressed than most people, so cheers to that.

Please don't do this.

The pairing of khakis with a light blue Brooks Brothers button down shirt is the ubiquitous uniform of the unimaginative office drone, seen in airports and cube farms the world over. Even if you're starting out on your sartorial journey and taking small steps, a little bit of flair or imagination will set you apart from the crowd in a good way.

Start with chinos, or even wool trousers, in colours other than khaki (gray, charcoal, navy, olive, whatever) but if you must go with khaki they are sold by just about every mall chain so have a look at their websites and see what their models are wearing and what you think might work for you.
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Originally Posted by Midwest Guy View Post

I need advice on what to wear with Kkakis from American Eagle or Dockers. I want to wear a dress shirt with a tie and maybe a dark charcoal or dark maroon quarter zip, but what color of dress shirt and tie goes with those. Does anyone know if there is a website that I can find pictures of different combos?? I would like to see some pictures but can't find any.

 

Thanks for all your help in advance!


Check out the current Ralph Lauren Polo site for some pictures of khaki pants paired with a sweater and tie.  It's possible to pull it off, but unless you're built like this guy you stand a chance of looking bulky and from a different decade.  Keep in mind that khaki pants are not dress pants which is why you may get some pointed comments. 

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Check out the current Ralph Lauren Polo site for some pictures of khaki pants paired with a sweater and tie.  It's possible to pull it off, but unless you're built like this guy you stand a chance of looking bulky and from a different decade.  Keep in mind that khaki pants are not dress pants which is why you may get some pointed comments. 
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And keep in mind that the clothes on these models are pinned, i.e., they generally don't actually fit as pictured.
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And keep in mind that the clothes on these models are pinned, i.e., they generally don't actually fit as pictured.


Yes- that sweater has definitely been taped/clipped in the back.  And that guy is very thin- so anyone with the slightest belly will not pull off that horizontal stripe- but the OP asked for some ideas and I thought that the pics on RLP would help him out. 

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Yes- that sweater has definitely been taped/clipped in the back.  And that guy is very thin- so anyone with the slightest belly will not pull off that horizontal stripe- but the OP asked for some ideas and I thought that the pics on RLP would help him out. 

No problem, was just pointing it out FTR.
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Please don't do this.
The pairing of khakis with a light blue Brooks Brothers button down shirt is the ubiquitous uniform of the unimaginative office drone, seen in airports and cube farms the world over. Even if you're starting out on your sartorial journey and taking small steps, a little bit of flair or imagination will set you apart from the crowd in a good way.

Agreed that it is ubiquitous, but you have to start somewhere. Telling someone who is just getting started to go with some flair is usually going to end in tears. Get the basics down, then move onto something more advanced. He asked what shirt to wear with the trousers he has and a sweater. I don't think there is a better answer to this than a blue, white, or blue/white striped OCBD, especially for someone just getting started.

Granted that some better trousers would do wonders though. Not a bit of argument there smile.gif Some mid-grey flannel trousers and nice shoes, and assuming that everything fits and the sweater is tasteful, would make this a legitimately nice outfit.

And as always, fit is paramount. If those OCBDs don't fit him, they will look terrible.
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