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post #27496 of 54996
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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

Jason - so do you try and have a belt for each pair or just avoid extremes? Eg a black belt with a sand brogue?
I pretty much have a belt for each colour but I don't think it's necessary i.e I have multiple black shoes but only 1 belt. I don't have a huge shoe collection thiough prob 10 pair of dress/boots, so someone like Gerry or JM can probably answer that better than me. I don't think you need a sand belt for sand shoes though. A more casual shoe like that, you could get away with a fabric belt in a contrasting colour like navy or something, like a woven cotton belt if you know what I mean. I guess what I'm saying is don't get stuck in to thinking you need a belt to match every one of your shoes.
post #27497 of 54996
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Originally Posted by Charlie's Wardrobe View Post


I pretty much have a belt for each colour but I don't think it's necessary i.e I have multiple black shoes but only 1 belt. I don't have a huge shoe collection thiough prob 10 pair of dress/boots, so someone like Gerry or JM can probably answer that better than me. I don't think you need a sand belt for sand shoes though. A more casual shoe like that, you could get away with a fabric belt in a contrasting colour like navy or something, like a woven cotton belt if you know what I mean. I guess what I'm saying is don't get stuck in to thinking you need a belt to match every one of your shoes.

 

I aim to stay in the ballpark rather than matching exactly. I have the following:

 

1 black belt (for black shoes)

1 dark brown belt (for dark brown and burgundy shoes)

1 chestnut belt (for chestnut, mid-brown and saddle shell shoes)

1 mid brown suede belt (for all my brown suede shoes - I think the texture matters a little more here anyway)

 

1 woven reversible dark brown suede/navy cotton belt (I use the dark brown side casually with my dark brown chukkas and the navy side with my grey suede boots and blue suede sneakers)

 

1 dark brown wider belt and 1 black wider belt for jeans.

 

I find this to be very versatile and all of them get used. You can see the shoes I match them with here.


Edited by Gerry Nelson - 3/3/13 at 7:37pm
post #27498 of 54996
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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

Questions guys:
1) I've been told that belts should always match your shoes - but what do you do if you have an odd coloured shoe (eg an ox blood or burgundy) and can't find a belt to match?
2) in regards to trousers - should they be cuffed? What is a good trouser height for suit pants which is both contemporary but appropriate?

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Originally Posted by Charlie's Wardrobe View Post

1) don't worry about matching them, it's near impossible on most odd coloured shoes. I have a pair of burgundy carmina and wear them with a dark brown belt that has a reddy kind of tinge to it, looks fine. Once every 6 months I give the belt a coat of burgundy polish.
2) Whatever you like really. I prefer them cuffed if possible and try to buy un-finished trousers to accomodate it. But it's not the end of the world if they aren't.

With regard to belts and matching with shoes, I agree with CW. I think that I may have posted something about this a week or two back, but despite having lots of shoes in black, brown, chestnut, beechnut, chocolate brown, burgundy, chilli, tan and so on, I only have a few leather belts - one black calf leather belt, one mid-brown calf leather belt, and one chocolate brown suede belt.

I've been thinking of a lighter brown belt, in more of a chestnut colour, for some years now but somehow I've just not found one that I liked or could be bothered buying at the time.

Given that I wear a jacket pretty much all the time that I step outside the office, it's not something that most people see in any case, so I'm not too bothered about matching colours/shades and, as others have said, I don't think that it pays to be too "matchy matchy" anyway.

With regard to trouser rise, I'm not able to give measurements at the moment (as I would get some very peculiar looks from colleagues!), but I like trousers that come up to about an inch/2.5cm below my navel or even 0.5cm higher, which is probably higher than is the trend at present. I think that, in part, the best rise for you depends upon your build - are you skinny, or are you tall, or is your upper body longer than your lower body and so on.
post #27499 of 54996
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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

Questions guys:
1) I've been told that belts should always match your shoes - but what do you do if you have an odd coloured shoe (eg an ox blood or burgundy) and can't find a belt to match?
2) in regards to trousers - should they be cuffed? What is a good trouser height for suit pants which is both contemporary but appropriate?

 

1) You want to be roughly right rather than totally mismatched. If in doubt go a shade darker on the belt than the shoe to draw the eye down to the shoe (shoes are far more interesting than a belt/crotch/waist).

 

Ive got too many belts but you need a black for black shoes. Thats easy. Brown is the tricky one. Ive got a dark brown, a mid brown and natural tan (that im trying to age). Ive also got a "snuff suede" for my suede shoes. Again they dont match perfectly but the material is similar.

 

Ive also got fabric D-ring belts with colour that I wear casually with shorts/coloured loafers

 

2) There's no "should" all personal preference. So my preference has played out... 80% of my pants are cuffed (even my jeans and chinos I roll) and then i have 2 suits that I dont have cuffs. I generally find that after wearing cuffs my pants feel unfinished without them. Some say shorter guys shouldnt cuff but then people like MostExerent pull it off and he is short and looks great. 

 

I think it also depends on your shoe/sock situation and how much break you like on your pants. I noticed that as my collection of shoes got "nicer" my pants came higher to a point of now just breaking with about 1-1.5inch off the bottom of my heel and cuffed.

post #27500 of 54996

Gentlemen, yes or no?

 

Autran & Viala Aviator B Automatic Pilot Watch 3.0902.01

post #27501 of 54996

Speaking of shipping delays, I bought some skivies from the buying and sellers' forum. It was posted 8 weeks ago from Canada, via 'ground post'.

 

Considering they'll never be flown anywhere, I don't have much faith that I will ever see them.

post #27502 of 54996
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Originally Posted by Petepan View Post

Gentlemen, yes or no?

3.0902.01-M.jpg


Personally, I'd say no.

Classic style, but ruined by the needless, "change for change's sake" trick of putting the minutes on the outside of the dial and the hours on the inside.

I'd rather get a Stowa or Archimede pilot's watch (or, if you've got more cash, an IWC Mark XVI).
post #27503 of 54996
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Originally Posted by Petepan View Post

Gentlemen, yes or no?

 

Autran & Viala Aviator B Automatic Pilot Watch 3.0902.01

 

no from me

post #27504 of 54996

Get this one:

 

http://www.iwc.com/en/collection/portofino/IW3565/

 

No bullshit. Stylish and elegant. Fxh kind of watch.

 

It will be my next watch. Once DB gets his act together and we pull another heist at Rob's house.

post #27505 of 54996
Yeah like the Portofino's and the Portuguese are beautiful too. But I like owning a house even more, so it'll be a while before I ever fork out for one.
post #27506 of 54996
I don't know nuttin' about watches, but those Stowas are beautiful. Get one of those.
post #27507 of 54996
or even NOMOS. they make nice watched. But IWC has been on my want list for 5 years. Can't afford it frown.gif

Not sure about home ownership. Should I invest in real estate or is the bubble going to burst?
post #27508 of 54996
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Originally Posted by Petepan View Post

Gentlemen, yes or no?

 

Autran & Viala Aviator B Automatic Pilot Watch 3.0902.01

 

No from me; the metal studs on the strap just don't feel 'right'. Personally, of course.

post #27509 of 54996
Petepan, go hard and blow all your money before the recession hits and get an IWC. You'll love it and have it forever. Can't say the same for cash - it disappears before you even get to see it these days!
post #27510 of 54996
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Originally Posted by AriGold View Post

Not sure about home ownership. Should I invest in real estate or is the bubble going to burst?

Are people going to stop wanting to live in Sydney?

 

Does the government have a plan to clear vasts amounts of 1800 terraces and put in apartment blocks?

 

Then the bubble is not going to burst. People think that there was a housing bubble because of credit....blah blah blah......I don't see many empty houses in the Inner-West.

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