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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. WillingToLearn

    WillingToLearn Well-Known Member

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    Working on my tie collection. To paraphrase the ever-stylish Cleav, one can never have enough green or brown ties. My collection is long on navy, but light on green and brown. Can I solicit a recommendation favorite green (ideally darker/forest) and brown ties available? Thanks,
    WTL
     
  2. sebastian mcfox

    sebastian mcfox Well-Known Member

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    Does anyone have this page saved somewhere? I was about halfway through before it could no longer be archived
     
  3. Cleav

    Cleav Well-Known Member

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    You're very kind WTL

    @Claghorn amongst others, is also a fan of brown and green ties of which there are many favourites here

    I took delivery of this yesterday courtesy of http://www.styleforum.net/t/451445/frui-tie-sf-group-buy-interest-check

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    and these are two recent posts...

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    Plenty more on offer out there. I'd consider looking here for inspiration...

    http://www.drakes.com/online-shop/ties/view-all?limit=all

    http://www.patriziocappelli.it/catalog/index.php?osCsid=7jrmvp80fck48b37islpf8bse7

    or a purchase or two depending on your pocket and where you are in the world.
     
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  4. heldentenor

    heldentenor Well-Known Member

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    Can you tell us a bit more about your usual attire? Are you dressing conservatively for work or out of preference, going for a more relaxed aesthetic, into country tweeds and checks, some combination of the above?

    If you're just getting started, grenadines are the true "tie for all seasons" and Exquisite Trimmings makes a good one. They are also running a 20% discount this weekend with the code BANK20. Everybody needs a brown grenadine, and forest green grenadines, while a bit less versatile, can look great as well.

    After grenadines, recommendations will depend on how you plan to use them.
     
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  5. DonRaphael

    DonRaphael Well-Known Member

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    Need your input, gentlement. I'm new to 1) shell and 2) loafers. I'm considering purchasing a pair of loafers in dark brown calf. Being new to the idea of loafers I'm not sure I want to pay premium price for a pair of new loafers. The alternative is to purchase a used pair in dark brown shell. What is the (dis)advantage(s) of shell vs calf when it comes to loafers? Is one preferred before the other, and if so, why? Thanks.
     
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  6. kulata

    kulata Well-Known Member

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    ^Start with suede
     
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  7. davesmith

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    Thanks for the mention!
     
  8. DonRaphael

    DonRaphael Well-Known Member

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    I have 2 pair of suede shoes already. Or did you mean suede loafers? May I ask why you'd recommend that?
     
  9. mimo

    mimo Well-Known Member

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    As the risk of heresy, I would push brown and green one stop further down the list: burgundy is higher. It is the perfect contrast to both navy and grey - the two best and most common suit colours. It also works equally well with black or brown shoes. It expresses dominance and confidence while remaining classy: a thinking man's red, if you will. Get two burgundy neats - a madder and a challis, and a solid burgundy grenadine or shantung for summer. Then do those browns and greens for variety; they are lovely, but burgundy is essential!
     
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  10. kulata

    kulata Well-Known Member

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    Meant suede loafers. I had shell loafers in the past and I really didn't like how the shoe aged. It looked all rumpled and it was difficult to maintain. I don't mind the rumpled look on longwing bluchers but I really hated it on loafers.
     
  11. Pliny

    Pliny Well-Known Member

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    Shell loafers r classic, but even shoe-treed shell develops distinctive beef rolls, so a very casual look.

    With any loafer, particularly suede, buy them tight. Once they stretch they fall off your feet.

    I suggest u take a look at the 2nd hand shell. If they fit & they haven't developed the rolls, go for them.
     
  12. GusW

    GusW Well-Known Member

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    My favorite green ties are combinations with blues or purples. The Blues being a bit more classic while the purples tend to be a tad more expressive.
     
  13. archibaldleach

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    I agree that burgundy should be considered here. Quite a few posters have a strong love of brown ties, and while I'm starting to appreciate the rationale for it, I find myself reaching for burgundy much more often with my suits and even with a blue odd jacket.
     
  14. SnowSwat

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    X post from the tailors' thread.

    The jacket is slightly short, needs a bit more waist suppression, and the armholes and sleeves need to be addressed given the dimpling and bunching on the left side. Is this a fair assessment? I am open to any general or specific suggestions!
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  15. LeBeef

    LeBeef Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the heads up. Picked up my first Cappelli tie that I've been eyeing for a little bit.
     
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  16. ridethecliche

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    Not sure i mentioned it here or on waywrn, but remember that pinstripe navy suit i posted a pic of when i was interviewing for medical school in Philadelphia?

    Well, i got in.
     
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  17. EliodA

    EliodA Well-Known Member

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    Congrats, @ridethecliche!
     
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  18. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Well-Known Member

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    Nice work, RTC. Best wishes on the next stage in your career.
     
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  19. jrd617

    jrd617 Well-Known Member

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    well done @ridethecliche :slayer:
     
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