Originally Posted by dsmivtr
Originally Posted by Dbc0919
I understand that blutchers are less formal than balmorals, but where is this idea coming from? I feel like I'm in the middle, age wise of those on this forum and for as long as I've been in the work force, LWB's and PTB's have been a staple of business attire. More importantly, fifty years ago, do you think the dozens of American shoe makers making shell and calf LWB's and PTB's were selling them to 20 and 30 somethings wearing selvage denim?
I think much of it is tradition. The same way a suit is more formal than a sports jacket/trousers. The majority of people won't know the difference between a blucher or bal. It also depends on the "work force" that you are in. Some are more formal than others.
It's perfectly permissible to pair bluchers with a suit, but the suit should reflect the fact that bluchers are less "city", so the suit in turn should be less formal. A tweed or donegal suit, for example, would pair well with a big ol' gunboat. A casual cotton suit in khaki would go very well with a ravello captoe blucher. I often wear a dark brown captoe blucher with my navy and charcoal suits, because I only have one pair of balmorals - that's not a style that tends to work with my orthotics.
On the other hand, it's currently somewhat in style to wear LWBs with slim-fitting city suits (the Thom Browne look), but this is really an exception rather than the rule.
I'm not sure what suit would pair well with the monstrosities shown above.