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post #21901 of 29354
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If it's too light a color, it'll probably look out of place, and if your fall and winter are actually cold, will probably wear too cool.

The basic rule is that if the weather is appropriate for a garment, you can wear it. So no tweed in summer, or linen in winter. Because one of those things is intended to keep you cooler in hot weather, and the other intended to keep you warm in cool weather.

The coat is the blue one on the right.its 47% wool 53% linen

post #21902 of 29354
Then you'll probably be fine until you want something warmer.
post #21903 of 29354

any ideas to my Q:

can't imagine a look with a scarf (semi flax, semi cotton, white polka dot on navy blue plain)

could you recommend or point to pics?

post #21904 of 29354
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Originally Posted by Danzel View Post

guys, can't imagine an outfit with a scarf (semi flax, semi cotton, white polka dot on navy blue plain)
could you recommend or point to pics?

White polka dot on blue - http://asuitablewardrobe.dynend.com/2013/05/spring-scarves.html

It took me about 10 seconds to find this one. I'm sure that if you were to devote a few minutes of effort to the task, you could come up with numerous other examples.

post #21905 of 29354

Came across this Hickey Freeman in the BST, orphan or blazer?

 

post #21906 of 29354

Given that it's charcoal, worsted, and has standard buttons, it's probably orphaned.

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Can someone please point out the differences of English, Italian and American shoes? Does one usually have thicker soles than the other? Pointier as opposed to a rounder toe? Thanks...

post #21908 of 29354

(Just created my account and (surprise surprise) I'm immediately posting a question. This seems the least annoying place for it - though let me know if there's a more appropriate thread, or if starting a new thread would be acceptable.)

 

Is anyone able to recommend UK retailers for British-made, goodyear welted, classic design (esp. oxford-style) shoes under £100? I realise £100 is a very limited budget in this market, but what are my best options at this price point?

 

I'm essentially a 'beginner' at shoes (not that I have been barefooted for the last couple of decades), and struggling to work out what would be a good go-to option. Also struggling to find the middle ground between the ultra-cheap (for example, samuel-windsor.co.uk) and the more desirable, £200+ shoes that I can't quite afford at the moment. I assume there is a middle ground, and that some of its brands should be avoided like the plague, while others make shoes of at least acceptable quality.

 

At the moment, I am not open to buying second hand or internationally, as I suspect I might need to return a few pairs whilst I work out exactly what my tastes are...

 

Any advice much appreciated.

post #21909 of 29354

Scroll back to my last reply.  Samuel Windsor is amazingly cheap, but yeah, you get what you pay for.  That said, if your budget is limited and you need a couple of pairs to start, then get the more conservative styles and they won't look amiss.

 

But the others I suggested can get you close to £100, and below it with clearance items.  Loake's "L1" range, for example, are made in India, but the same last shapes and upper leathers as their more expensive counterparts.  I have a suede pair that I like very much.  I also have far better shoes that I've had half price from Herring for just over £125, so it's worth keeping an eye on these sites for what might be on clearance in your size.  I've personally had very good customer service from Herring and Pediwear.

post #21910 of 29354

Advice on where to get quality cardigans for around $160? Howard Yount is MIA and doesn't have my size. Just need to pick up one or two in a little while, as I think they look pretty good under sports coats/blazers and are a nice alternative to a thicker jacket.

post #21911 of 29354

Are scratched up belt buckles OK?  I have a few nice belts that have held up really well but the buckles are all scratched up.  Does this look bad or can it "add character" to the belt?  I'm really not sure.  I know with watches, some people keep their scratches because they start to like them.  Can this apply to buckles as well? 

 

I know it's a weird question....   :-) 

post #21912 of 29354
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Are scratched up belt buckles OK?
It could be nice to have one or two belt buckles which aren't scratched, for occasions when a certain elegance of dress might be desired.

But that having been said, signs of honest wear are usually fine. Signs of abuse, decay, neglect, etc., are to be avoided.

Similar general rules could be applied to various other articles of clothing and accessories - including wristwatches, which you noted. And even extended to things like automobiles, boats, furniture, houses, etc., where some hold that certain signs of age and use can actually be preferable to the new and pristine.

Ultimately, it comes down to what your particular style is. And, of course, where you personally choose to draw the line between an item "having a history and exhibiting character" and being "a broken down piece of junk."
post #21913 of 29354
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Originally Posted by dapperdoctor View Post

Are scratched up belt buckles OK?  I have a few nice belts that have held up really well but the buckles are all scratched up.  Does this look bad or can it "add character" to the belt?  I'm really not sure.  I know with watches, some people keep their scratches because they start to like them.  Can this apply to buckles as well? 

I know it's a weird question....   :-) 
The line between character and seediness is fine indeed and certainly not one that can easily be drawn on an internet forum
post #21914 of 29354

Hopefully an easy question, is "Brooks Sport" made by Brooks Brothers? I couldn't find it on the BB site. I was interested in this shirt http://www.ebay.com/itm/Mens-Large-Brooks-Brothers-100-Linen-Long-Sleeve-Button-Front-Grey-Shirt-EUC-B-/251280205365?pt=US_CSA_MC_Shirts&hash=item3a8177a635
 

Thanks

post #21915 of 29354
business casual with a white shirt, is a dark sage green tie acceptable? or would some other color be better?
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