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CBD WAYWRN: An Experiment

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Mar 11, 2011.

  1. mktitsworth

    mktitsworth Well-Known Member

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    Very glad to see this thread!

    I would guess for the average poster/lurker here, the question is not 'what's required' but rather 'what can I get away with while still being highly appropriate for a business environment'.

    It seems to me that there is a difference between what is modern conservative dress in London vs. north american large cities, and perhaps even between cities in north america. It is, for example, my impression that while a few still dislike it, brown shoes are generally accepted with suits as day to day business wear in most of north america, but not in London.

    That sort of difference is extremely useful to understand for those of us who travel, and might otherwise be surprised by shifting standards.


    I would have to imagine. Here in Texas, it is entirely acceptable for just about anybody to wear a western hat and/or cowboy boots in almost any situation. At my previous job, I sat in formal meetings with Venture Capitalists and Lawyers wearing awesome suits with hats and perfect boots... Then again, maybe that is just VCs.
     
  2. Manton

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    I think he meant he likes the brown, but is on the fence because black would have been the CBD choice, Manton.

    Mike


    Sigh.

    I hate to explain jokes but ... the original CBD threads were ... jokes! Everyone has forgottent the troll Kasper/Joseph K. Bank. But he was prolific at the time and the threads were inspired by his schtick.

    This thread is not a joke, or at least not intented to be. I really did wear this to work. I work in a conservative place. Suit & tie every day. No casual Friday. My boss even wears his jacket in the office. I never see odd jackets on people on my floor. (People visiting are another story.)

    So, yes, this about "CBD" but it's also about what you can do to CBD without straying from the straight and narrow.

    Or, at least, it's about what I do.
     
  3. chrisb0109

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    I will post every day, or every day I can be bothered, or when the spirit moves me, what I wore to work. The idea is to show what CBD is, how it can be bent, and -- crucially -- what the old-timers, or at least me, mean by "classic style." Be warned: this is going to be really dull and repetitive. To those who post your own pics: you WILL be criticized, by me, to the extent that you unsuccessfully deviate from CBD or do anything I disapprove of. Beyond that I will do my best to maintain equanimity, which as we all know is very difficult for me. Today: solid gray worsted twill suit, cream shirt, orangish brown cashmere houndstooth tie, blue & purple paisley square, dull orange & gray striped wool socks, dark brown pebble bluchers.
    You've got to be kidding.
     
  4. Manton

    Manton Well-Known Member

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    I would have to imagine. Here in Texas, it is entirely acceptable for just about anybody to wear a western hat and/or cowboy boots in almost any situation. At my previous job, I sat in formal meetings with Venture Capitalists and Lawyers wearing awesome suits with hats and perfect boots... Then again, maybe that is just VCs.

    There is a Texan in my office who wears cowboy boots almost every day.
     
  5. J. Cogburn

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    Sigh.

    I hate to explain jokes but ... the original CBD threads were ... jokes! Everyone has forgottent the troll Kasper/Joseph K. Bank. But he was prolific at the time and the threads were inspired by his schtick.

    This thread is not a joke, or at least not intented to be. I really did wear this to work. I work in a conservative place. Suit & tie every day. No casual Friday. My boss even wears his jacket in the office. I never see odd jackets on people on my floor. (People visiting are another story.)

    So, yes, this about "CBD" but it's also about what you can do to CBD without straying from the straight and narrow.

    Or, at least, it's about what I do.


    Your office would appear to be little different from mine.
     
  6. UrbanComposition

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    I think it's funny that I was (as far as I know) the first to assert this on any forum and it provoked a furor. I cited it only as an ancient rule, FWIW, not something that has to be followed today, or that I follow. Though I mostly used to. Not because of the rule but because I didn't like derbies.
    I agree with you, insofar as I myself would wear this, and that it's good to know as an historical precedent, but not obsessively follow.
    I don't get this. The Italians wear brown with everything.
    Mike clarified it - the Italian side of me is wont to choose brown in almost every situation. I have black shoes that I wear for the occasional times when I feel a whimsy of conservativeness.
     
  7. mktitsworth

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    There is a Texan in my office who wears cowboy boots almost every day.

    Apparently we don't get the hint when in other locations. Then again, Texans are not good at it not being obvious that we're Texan.
     
  8. mafoofan

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    I like the idea of this thread since it will contrast some of the more creative clothing combinations in the other threads, in particular, http://www.styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=160731. This is a great opportunity for new people (like me) to learn more about the variations that encompass this "dress code".

    I hope the uploading problems are ironed out soon.
     
  10. Despos

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    ^ I say no to the spread collar and that tie Mr. Mafoo.
     
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    ^ I say no to the spread collar and that tie Mr. Mafoo.

    Spread is OK but that tie is [​IMG]
     
  12. Manton

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    ^ I say no to the spread collar and that tie Mr. Mafoo.

    Looks good to me though I tend not to wear silvery ties like that to the office. I do sometimes but not much.
     
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    manton: are longwings too heavy to be paired with odd trousers and no jacket?
     
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    My submission:

    Wow. That fabric, lapel roll and breast pocket shape are killer. Is this Rubi's house Fresco?
     
  15. mafoofan

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    That tie is incredibly difficult to photograph. It's actually brown and light blue herringbone, not silver.
     
  16. mafoofan

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    Looks good to me though I tend not to wear silvery ties like that to the office. I do sometimes but not much.

    Really? Why's that?

    I'm wearing this to a wedding tomorrow.
     
  17. Despos

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    spread collars don't register as CBD IMO.
     
  18. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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    Is no one going to notice that I followed my own pattern-balancing advice?
     
  19. Manton

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    Really? Why's that?

    They have a formal/wedding connotation to me.
     
  20. mafoofan

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    Wow. That fabric, lapel roll and breast pocket shape are killer. Is this Rubi's house Fresco?

    It's the house winter-weight hopsack. The tie is also Rubinacci. The shirt is obviously Matuozzo, and the square is a brand-new Charvet I picked up after work today.
     

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