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Originally Posted by theh00d View Post

When one calls for black business or cocktail attire, would a navy suit/white shirt/burgundy tie/black cap top oxford be appropriate?
Let's split the question into two general parts - social and business.

While I've on numerous occasions received invitations to social events noting cocktail attire, I can't recall once when _black_ was specified.

I suppose, were I ever to receive such an invitation, I'd try to figure out why black was specified. If, for example, it's because the invitation's to a "Let's All Wear Black, In Support Of National Black Cocktail Attire Day!!!" party, I'd choose to decline the invitation, since none of my suits are black (nor have I ever had any real desire to own a black suit - and lest anyone ask, a charcoal suit is perfectly appropriate to wear to a funeral). If there were no special reason for specifying black, then it's not impossible that I'd accept the invitation and wear a non-black suit. Still, I do respect the right of a host/hostess to establish a dress code (even if it's a dress code which I don't find personally appealing), so I'd think long and hard before showing up dressed in navy, when my invitation asks me to wear black.

As for business, generally speaking when you accept employment, you accept that your employer can establish reasonable guidelines on how you are to dress at work and at work-related functions. If my employer required that I wear only black suits to work, I'd either wear only black suits to work, or I'd find another job.

Of course, sometimes it might be worth asking for clarification from the host/hostess or employer. If, upon asking, I'm told that navy or dark grey is acceptable, then the problem's solved. This might be the case, were black specified as a sort of shorthand for "something dark and conservative, so don't show up wearing a tan suit, or a red and white seersucker suit, or anything like that."

But, as I've said, I've never received an invitation specifying black cocktail attire (different from black tie, of course), nor have I ever worked for an organization which required me to wear black suits, so I've no actual personal experience at handling such a situation.
post #23822 of 28546

Last three years of GQ and Esquire ...

... Any market for these out there?

I may be moving house soon and probably don't have any need for them. Any likelihood someone will pay me for them (postage wont be cheap) or should I donate them to local library or recycle plant?
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Currently looking into buying a new winter coat, I'm quite taken with one but it has a half belt at the back. I've no experience with this style and wanted to ask is it possible to have the waist taken in with this style? As currently it's very shapeless 

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Maybe my computer's messed up, but I don't see any photo. Can you provide one so we can see what we're talking about?

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Any idea how old this RL label is? Is it a quality piece? It was made for Dillards, but also manufactured in China.

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Last three years of GQ and Esquire ...

Recycle.... save the trees :)

post #23828 of 28546
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Originally Posted by gyasih View Post

Any idea how old this RL label is? Is it a quality piece? It was made for Dillards, but also manufactured in China.


Found this through a quick Google search:
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RALPH Ralph Lauren is a line made exclusively for Dillard's. Ralph Lauren and his company have no involvement in the production process. It's a licensed product consisting of suits, sportcoats, dress trousers and outerwear. It's essentially one of Dillard's private labels like Roundtree & Yourke, Murano, or Danial Cremieux. Dillard's uses different factories to produce the various products with most of the items now made overseas. Quality is decent for a department store brand. I've noticed that the fabrics tend to be better then on other suits at similar price points. I have a nice 3/4 overcoat that's lasted 4+ years. I'd start considering to buy some of the pieces at 50% off.

It's not to be confused with LAUREN Ralph Lauren, another licensed product with Ralph Lauren's name on it. RALPH has some redeeming qualities while LAUREN is pure crap.
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Bought a new Samuelsohn Twill SC last week and am looking forward to pairing it with something more formal than jeans. It's my fist grey jacket so I'll ask here if charcoal trousers and mid brown shoes ought to work? I'd post pics with those pants and shoes but I haven't bought them yet, need to do some shopping so I'm asking. Thanks All!

 

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here in my country it's summer and i'm looking for summer shoes. i want shoes that can be used with shorts and with jeans. i thought of new balance, what do you think? if it were winter, i would buy chukka boots, but not now. 

what do you recommend? vans? nike? 

thank you and excuse me the bad english

post #23831 of 28546

sort of an odd question:

the plastic laminate panel on the ID pocket of my wallet has taken on a warped, bump texture because i often left it in my car in the hot summer. is there a way to smooth it out?

 

it's not a particularly expensive wallet, so i'd consider risky, as well as safe, methods

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I finally gave up the idea of using a tux on my daytime wedding even though its what my fiancé fancies most I would have felt inappropriate so I decided to wear a tailored morning dress and I think the idea is growing in her and I feel now great about the attire I'll be wearing and I have to thank this forum for all the advices! Now I encountered a new issue and it's my groomsmen attire in which my fiancé is influencing a lot since I didn't follow her advice in me using a tux in our daytime wedding (which makes me proud by the way) she wants me to give my groomsmen non matching solid colored bow ties A different color each of course and I read an article here that it would be apropos te to give them matching neckties...would it look bad or funny of they're using non matching bow ties? By the way I already have the fabrics for my morning dress, check out what I've put together so far... Any advices are welcome

Bucho
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Here is what I've gotten together so far of course black is for the coat grey waist coat and stripped for the trousers any impressions?
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Originally Posted by buchoelbrusco View Post

Here is what I've gotten together so far of course black is for the coat grey waist coat and stripped for the trousers any impressions?
o don't know why the image is not showing up sorry
Edited by buchoelbrusco - 10/7/13 at 2:21pm
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Originally Posted by buchoelbrusco View Post

my fiancé ... wants me to give my groomsmen non matching solid colored bow ties A different color each of course and I read an article here that it would be apropos to give them matching neckties...would it look bad or funny if they're using non matching bow ties?

Tell her to worry about dressing the women and you'll worry about the men. Colored bowties is an incredibly stupid idea (in the Anglo-Saxon world) Get them wedding ties. Check out the StyleForum wedding thread. http://www.styleforum.net/t/329568/official-wedding-attire-question-answer-picture-thread/900_100#post_6629158

What country are you in?
Edited by Veremund - 10/7/13 at 11:32pm
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