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Originally Posted by AmericanGent View Post

 


Jester-

That is a beautiful play on a Black Watch tartan.  When you first mentioned that you had a blazer in Black Watch I was not convinced that it would look anything but tacky. 

Original Black Watch is not as washed-out/faded as this blazer and would be too bold (for me) to wear except maybe on a pair of "trews". 

 

This is a great looking antique tartan.  I think you could pull it off with med. grey wool pants or even that purple/blue found in the coat.  I think solid black pants would be too stark for this.

 

When I say washed-out/faded I don't mean to insult the pattern..in fact I love it! - If you don't mind sharing- where did you pick it up?

Here comes the shocker. I've been trying to be pretty picky with what I get since I've been looking at them as investments. I took my girlfriend to Nordstrom Rack since she loves the swimwear and shoes there. I was walking around, not intent on buying anything. I walked past this on the discount rack (from $900 to (something scribbled out) to $400. The only thing that needs done is to shorten the sleeves .75". 

 

It's also half lined. Half lined may be a negative to some, but not to me in Arizona. It's just Z Zegna but it's got everything I wanted in a blazer and I loved the pattern. Not so narrow lapels, 2 button, double vented, half lined, patch pockets, functional boutonniere. 

 

Side note: I tried to purchase it yesterday and my card got declined (debit). I drove to the bank and asked why. Turns out, they ran my card six times. It was charged, refunded 3 times. It all got fixed and I picked it up today.

 

Really appreciate the comment.

 

 


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Originally Posted by mimo View Post

 

Very nice indeed, and grey flannels is definitely the way to go.  Add brown brogues for a nice semi-formal look; black cap toes might imply Scottish golf hotel receptionist.

 

Thanks mimo!

post #20642 of 28243
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Originally Posted by mrjester View Post

I've been trying to be pretty picky with what I get since I've been looking at them as investments.
It's be far more truthful to look at clothes not as investments, but as... clothes.

Then again, a former colleague of mine used to insist that his quarterly trips to Las Vegas were investments, because these mini-vacations "de-stressed" him, thus permitting him to do better work when he got back. And any expenditure which enhances one's ability to do high quality work is an investment, right?

Just don't try selling that line of reasoning to the IRS.
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Originally Posted by 12345Michael54321 View Post


It's be far more truthful to look at clothes not as investments, but as... clothes.

Then again, a former colleague of mine used to insist that his quarterly trips to Las Vegas were investments, because these mini-vacations "de-stressed" him, thus permitting him to do better work when he got back. And any expenditure which enhances one's ability to do high quality work is an investment, right?

Just don't try selling that line of reasoning to the IRS.

Nope. I just figure if I'm going to have it until it dies, I want to really like it. Maybe investment is the wrong word. How about, "I've got to like it a ridiculous amount," and Nordstrom Rack usually doesn't carry stuff I like.

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That's a great find.  The Nordstrom Racks in Seattle had a great selection.  And I know what you mean when you say investment- I just bought a very expensive shirt and some workmates were shocked that I would spend so much for a short.  I answer that you don't blink an eye when someone spends $600 on a new iPad that will be obsolete in 3 years...my shirt will last for 25. 

Spend your money well and you will only spend it once. 

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I am looking into getting a couple fairly inexpensive sport coats. Initially I was looking to get 100% wool, but I read that including a percentage of polyester under 20% can increase fabric strength and minimize wrinkling without greatly affecting look. I am planning on wearing them a lot so I thought it would be good to have a slightly stronger fabric. I know a larger percentage of polyester can make a jacket look cheap, shiny, and plasticy. Is it true that it is ok to have a lower percentage of polyester, like 15%, without ruining the look of the coat?

 
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Do people wear fair isle sweaters in Spring/Summer? or is it just winter apparel?

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I am looking into getting a couple fairly inexpensive sport coats. Initially I was looking to get 100% wool, but I read that including a percentage of polyester under 20% can increase fabric strength and minimize wrinkling without greatly affecting look. I am planning on wearing them a lot so I thought it would be good to have a slightly stronger fabric. I know a larger percentage of polyester can make a jacket look cheap, shiny, and plasticy. Is it true that it is ok to have a lower percentage of polyester, like 15%, without ruining the look of the coat?

Not in my opinion. While a bit of poly in and of itself is not going to be the end of the world (though it's certainly far less than ideal), it usually is part of a very poorly made jacket. I'd stay away.
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Hello everyone! I am new to SF and I am extremely happy that I found it. I have decided to get serious about my appearance and my clothes. I am pretty much starting my dress shoe collection from scratch and I wanted to ask for pointers on where to start and what brands to purchase . Any pointers?

I agree with the other responders above but here are a few posts and sites that may help you

 

http://putthison.com/tagged/Shoes

http://asuitablewardrobe.dynend.com/2006/12/shoe-wardrobe.html

http://www.styleforum.net/t/338954/streamlined-shoe-wardrobe/0_30

http://www.styleforum.net/t/336452/five-shoes-for-a-versatile-wardrobe/0_30

http://www.acontinuouslean.com/?s=shoe

 

And here is a pretty comprehensive list of good shoemakers (in alphabetical order):

 

 

1. Alden – www.aldenshoe.com

2. Alfred Sargent – www.alfredsargent.co.uk

3. Allen-Edmonds – www.allenedmonds.com

4. Altan – www.altanbottier.com

5. Artioli – www.artioli.com

6. Aubercy – www.aubercy.com

7. Bally – www.bally.com

8. Barker Black – www.barkerblack.com

9. Barrett – www.barrett.it

10. Berluti – www.berluti.com

11. Bontoni – www.bontoni.com

12. Carlos Santos – www.santosshoes.com

13. Carmina – www.carminashoemaker.com

14. Cheaney – www.cheaney.co.uk

15. Church’s – www.church-footwear.com

16. Cleverley – www.gjcleverley.com

17. Corthay – www.corthay.fr

18. Crockett & Jones – www.crockettandjones.co.uk

19. Ducker & Son – www.duckerandson.co.uk

20. Edward Green – www.edwardgreen.co.uk

21. Emling – www.emling.fr

22. Enzo Bonafe – www.enzobonafe.com

23. Finsbury – www.finsbury-shoes.com

24. Foster & Son – www.foster.co.uk

25. Gaziano & Girling – www.gazianogirling.com

26. Gravati – www.gravati.it

27. Grenson – www.grensonshoes.co.uk

28. Heschung – www.heschung.com

29. J M Weston – www.jmweston.com

30. John Lobb – www.johnlobb.com

31.Loake – www.loake.co.uk

32.Loding – www.loding.fr

33.Ludwig Reiter – www.ludwig-reiter.com

34. Lutwyche/ Lodger – www.lodgerfootwear.com

35. Magnanni – www.magnanni.com

36. Marc Guyot – www.marcguyot.com

37. Moreschi – www.moreschi.it

38. Paolo Scafora – www.paoloscaforanapoli.it

39. Paraboot – www.paraboot.com

40. Quoddy – www.quoddy.com

41. Saint Crispin’s – www.saint-crispins.com

42. Sanders – www.sanders-uk.com

43. Santoni – www.santonishoes.com

44. Scarpe Di Bianco – www.scarpedibianco.com

45. Septieme Largeur – www.septiemelargeur.fr

46. Shipton & Heneage – www.shiptonandheneage.com

47. Silvano Lattanzi – www.silvanolattanzi.com

48. Stefano Bemer – www.stefanobemer.it

49. StefanoBi – www.stefanobi.com

50. Sutor Mantellassi – www.sutormantellassi.com

51. Testoni – www.testoni.com

52. Tod’s – www.tods.com

53. Tricker’s – www.trickers.com

54. Vass – www.vass-shoes.com

post #20649 of 28243
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Originally Posted by aravenel View Post


Not in my opinion. While a bit of poly in and of itself is not going to be the end of the world (though it's certainly far less than ideal), it usually is part of a very poorly made jacket. I'd stay away.

Agreed. Poly in and of itself isnt a bad product when mixed with wool, theoretically, but there are no decent, self respecting mills that would ever put the two together. So to answer the question, if you want good fabric, stay away from poly blends, however minimal the percentage of poly is.

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Originally Posted by jakeypotato View Post

Do people wear fair isle sweaters in Spring/Summer? or is it just winter apparel?

Depends where you live. If you live in a climate where the average spring temperature is cold, i say go for it (although i do not think it would ever really fit in during the summer months). In fact there was just a post about this over at a suitable wardrobe:

http://asuitablewardrobe.dynend.com/2013/03/show-little-wear.html

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VAMC, I king of agree that this would be an interesting new thread - "The $3000 Shoe Collection".  But whether or not you want to do that, I'll bite and answer here anyway; just a couple more questions:

 

- approximate age

- occupation (or if you'd rather not say, then working environment e.g. office or not, how formal/professional, whether you travel a lot, etc)

- leisure activities (e.g. do you attend black tie functions much, work-related socialising, sports events with their own fashion e.g. golf, equestrianism etc)

- shoe size and fit (based on anything you have or have had before)

 

There are a million options of course, but I think it would be fun to just take a shot and give you a selection within your budget, that could you be wearing and rotating a week or a month from now.  So let's have it.

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Today I was happy to receive a pair of AE Boca Raton shoes today and have a question about the stitching on the back of the heel. It is off center from the shoe. Is this normal? Its the 333 last. This is my first pair of them and it doesn't look that crooked from the pictures online. I'm new to the forum and will post a pic when I can figure it out. They also seem to run large.
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Although I really like the shoe I feel I should return it a get something in brown. This is a secondary shoe and I own a good pair of black wingtips. (Hanover- paid ten bucks for them re soled twice) What does SF think of a walnut VS a darker bourban color for a secondary shoe. This is something I need to be able to wear with everything
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Then go a little darker - walnut isn't always right for formal options.  I'd suggest a whole cut or a stylish two or three hole derby.  Different enough from your brogues, smart enough for a suit or sports jacket, and cool enough for chinos* and a polo.

 

 

 

 

*Some people would insert "jeans" at this point.  I would not, because denim is the work of Satan.  And the French.

post #20655 of 28243
What does CM recommend as a decent dress belt around $100?

Something along the lines of the Allen Edmonds Manistee, which I think can be found on eBay for around that price.
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