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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

Question - calling on Servaggo, Pop, fxh and the greats...

 

I've been looking at the fashion of the italian industrialists of late - the di Montezemolos, Elkanns etc - despite their fabuous enormous wealth they seem to get around like most italians with a black and navy knit, white pocket square and the occasional wedding tie for very formal occasions.

My question is, if this is all you owned could that take your average businessman everywhere without being staid?

I've considered doing this myself - my only concern is getting away with knits as a CBD lawyer. 

 

In my opinion if you need to ask then you dont have the style or confidence to pull it off anyway. Dont get me wrong - im not saying personally that you are not stylish or confident, i just think that if anyone ever needs to question wearing something then you are going to be out of your comfort zone or deep down you know its not the right thing to do ... make small, incremental changes and you may change your mind next year. :)

 

 

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Originally Posted by California Dreamer View Post


Nah, it's five years old. If you're going to spend that much money, you should buy the current model.

i lol'd

post #30587 of 52281
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post #30588 of 52281
You can easily get a lot of combinations out of a mid grey suit, navy suit, couple of white shirts, pale blue and blue and white stripe shirts, solid ties in navy, light grey, burgundy, brown and olive ties and three captoes in black, dark brown suede and dark brown calf.

Depending on your preferences and the fabric you could have the navy suit jacket made with patch pockets and match it with the trousers from the grey suit.

More than patterns and so on the thing which will make you look the best is a simple outfit but one which fits perfectly and has quality materials.

I'm about to launch into a dissertation about my highly expensive 40-year sartorial journey, the mistakes I've made along the way and how I eventually ended up totally satisfied with my entire wardrobe - which is now complete and which I will outline in some detail.

This may help some from making the same costly errors I did based on whims and trends.
post #30589 of 52281
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Originally Posted by Romp View Post

In my opinion if you need to ask then you dont have the style or confidence to pull it off anyway. Dont get me wrong - im not saying personally that you are not stylish or confident, i just think that if anyone ever needs to question wearing something then you are going to be out of your comfort zone or deep down you know its not the right thing to do ... make small, incremental changes and you may change your mind next year. :)

 

 

i lol'd

 

You started a discussion a while back where we picked out what are the 'must own' shoes for your average guy with a girlfriend, mortgage etc to contend with who still wants to look nice, and we came out with a black cap oxford and dark brown brogue combination. 

 

It got me thinking - if you had to draw a 'must own' list of ties, whether they be 3, 6 or 12 what would they be? 

I get that these discussions can turn into a 'how long is a piece of string?' debate, but I like the idea of keeping a minimalist approach. I'd rather have a wardrobe with bare spots but some 'old faithfuls' than one full of exotics that never see the light of day.

post #30590 of 52281
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Originally Posted by spectre View Post

I'm about to launch into a dissertation about my highly expensive 40-year sartorial journey, the mistakes I've made along the way and how I eventually ended up totally satisfied with my entire wardrobe - which is now complete and which I will outline in some detail.

This may help some from making the same costly errors I did based on whims and trends.

 

I'd like that :)

post #30591 of 52281
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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

You started a discussion a while back where we picked out what are the 'must own' shoes for your average guy with a girlfriend, mortgage etc to contend with who still wants to look nice, and we came out with a black cap oxford and dark brown brogue combination. 

It got me thinking - if you had to draw a 'must own' list of ties, whether they be 3, 6 or 12 what would they be? 


I get that these discussions can turn into a 'how long is a piece of string?' debate, but I like the idea of keeping a minimalist approach. I'd rather have a wardrobe with bare spots but some 'old faithfuls' than one full of exotics that never see the light of day.

I'm with you on this Oli. If there is any place to ask, it's here.

More questions, more often.
post #30592 of 52281
It's amazing how you can stick with a minimalist sort of approach yet still end with a lot of items. Navy suits for example - flannel, cotton, linen and worsted all are useful. Repeat with sportcoats.

You could easily have three or more solid navy ties like a grenadine, cashmere and knit.

Take in one other colour, grey, and it all quickly builds into a largish wardrobe, yet everything is totally conservative and there is nothing you would regret buying and leave in the back of the closet.
post #30593 of 52281
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Originally Posted by fxh View Post

Gone boys. I dropped in today.

But I did get a brand new unworn Brooks Brothers Oxford Cloth Button down blue with very pale yellow broad candy stripes and a blue guarded broad stripe. My size. - Noice. The collar has more roll on it than Clive Palmer in the bath on the Princess of Tasmania on a stormy night. Hanging beside the Made in USA university blue stripe unstructured collar one I got on Japan for $5 aud.

My LOLing at you shirt anecdote only barely makes up for that bad decision on the shoes...naughty boy corner for you until absolution kicks in....
post #30594 of 52281
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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

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It got me thinking - if you had to draw a 'must own' list of ties, whether they be 3, 6 or 12 what would they be? 

I get that these discussions can turn into a 'how long is a piece of string?' debate, but I like the idea of keeping a minimalist approach. I'd rather have a wardrobe with bare spots but some 'old faithfuls' than one full of exotics that never see the light of day.

Oli,

I'd say that ties are a matter of taste even more than other elements of the wardrobe.

Apart from knit ties, I'd suggest going for a consistent weight and width that you like, for starters.

I used to have a wide variety, including lots of 8cm ties which were and still seem to be in vogue. Also SF approved stuff like grenadines and Macclesfield prints.

All the same, when I wanted to look the business (I'm a lawyer too) I always found myself reaching for the same one - a Bvlgari seven fold print which is nearly 10cm wide.

It ties a perfect knot and always hangs just so, so I ended up ditching the narrow ones and getting more, as well as other fairly wide ties (9.5cm+) from Borrelli etc.

The consistency in proportions means that I look more or less the same every day, so I have my own uniform of sorts.

If you're still working out your style, my recommendation is not to buy too much of any one style or brand, but play the field (on sale, ideally) and just find what makes you feel good.
post #30595 of 52281
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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

 

It got me thinking - if you had to draw a 'must own' list of ties, whether they be 3, 6 or 12 what would they be? 

I get that these discussions can turn into a 'how long is a piece of string?' debate, but I like the idea of keeping a minimalist approach. I'd rather have a wardrobe with bare spots but some 'old faithfuls' than one full of exotics that never see the light of day.

 

this is a good start:

 

http://putthison.com/post/1644340218/mostexerent-great-example-of-what-to-start

 

after that, you can start building your collection based on different textures too. wool, cashmere, grenadine, wool knits/silk knits.

post #30596 of 52281
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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

 

You started a discussion a while back where we picked out what are the 'must own' shoes for your average guy with a girlfriend, mortgage etc to contend with who still wants to look nice, and we came out with a black cap oxford and dark brown brogue combination. 

 

It got me thinking - if you had to draw a 'must own' list of ties, whether they be 3, 6 or 12 what would they be? 

I get that these discussions can turn into a 'how long is a piece of string?' debate, but I like the idea of keeping a minimalist approach. I'd rather have a wardrobe with bare spots but some 'old faithfuls' than one full of exotics that never see the light of day.

 

Hey Oli, I sometimes brainstorm what I'd need for a minimalist wardrobe - to me it's the ideal. Everything with maximum utility. Minimum fuss and satisfaction.

 

For work (MC) I prefer consistency rather than variety. For fun (SWD) it's the opposite.

post #30597 of 52281
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Originally Posted by Oli2012 View Post

 

You started a discussion a while back where we picked out what are the 'must own' shoes for your average guy with a girlfriend, mortgage etc to contend with who still wants to look nice, and we came out with a black cap oxford and dark brown brogue combination. 

 

I don't want to rustle any jimmies but are the pictured shoes good examples of these two 'must haves'?

 

Thanks to you guys I need some good shoes and am not entirely sure what constitutes 'stylish'. I'm assuming handmade calf skin leather covers the quality side of things?

 

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