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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. heldentenor

    heldentenor Well-Known Member

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    Yes. For me it's pinstripes. I like the look on others, but feel very conscious/aware that I'm "dressed up" when I'm wearing them. It's not a CBD vs. more casual thing for me, since I'm fine with solid suits. I've let my two pinstriped suits go as a result.
     
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  2. Cao Cao

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  3. Claghorn

    Claghorn Well-Known Member

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    This guy, an RTW Huntsman.
     
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  4. ericgereghty

    ericgereghty Well-Known Member

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    I can definitely feel the difference, in that I feel more restricted than wearing a SB jacket. That said, i like them. Feels similar to a vest to me, which I also like.
     
  5. WillingToLearn

    WillingToLearn Well-Known Member

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    @jcmeyer

    I have an eidos just less than navy birdseye suit with patch pockets (mtm). Brown buttons, so it qualifies as having blazersuit potential. My conclusion is, though, I dont love birdseye for a SC. It just screams orphan to me. I welcome/encourage others to change my mind and tell me I am wrong.

    Manton and other old school SF gods have opined on the ideal fabric, so you may want to search for that discussion, but my sense it it would be a summer weight fresco or mohair blend
     
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    sprout2 Well-Known Member

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  7. CaptainTohm

    CaptainTohm Well-Known Member

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    @Claghorn You do you, but for what it's worth I have that photo saved in my "SF Inspiration" folder.
     
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  8. Claghorn

    Claghorn Well-Known Member

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    Yeah. I love that outfit too. And I generally like the way I look in it.
     
  9. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Well-Known Member

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    You're just not used to it yet
     
  10. sebastian mcfox

    sebastian mcfox Well-Known Member

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    FWIW I think it looks great Clags
     
  11. Newcomer

    Newcomer Well-Known Member

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    Clags - I think you bring up an interesting issue - an issue that I am currently working to resolve.

    Very recently, I decided to get rid of everything that I feel uncomfortable wearing, and everything that does not fit as well as another garment. At the end of the day, it really does not matter how it looks in a picture posted to the interwebz. If you are not comfortable, you will lack the insouciance necessary to be a well-dressed person. If you are constantly looking down at that donegal herringbone tie, you will not be rocking it. I see plenty of people on a daily basis, some better dressed than others. However, I have noticed that some people who, perhaps, are not technically well-dressed, can come across as well-dressed as a result of their posture, gait, comfort, etc.

    So do I think the jacket looks nice? Yep. But that really does not matter.
     
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  12. Claghorn

    Claghorn Well-Known Member

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    Pretty much my sentiments, Newc.
     
  13. Academic2

    Academic2 Well-Known Member

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    Of course if one feels uncomfortable one won't look one's best.

    The psychology of dress is complex (both from the point of view of the wearer and the observer) and I think it may matter why one doesn’t feel comfortable.

    I can certainly sympathize. I’ve gone on record more than once that I think that Huntsman jacket is lovely and it’s quite flattering on Claghorn. And, for myself, I love the look of a formal well-tailored British style double-breasted jacket. But I’d never wear one myself.

    Why? Because in many years in my profession I think I’ve seen only one. That’s also why I don’t wear pocket squares. In my world it would be a step too far, crossing the border between formal and foppish. In your world you might be regarded as undressed if you didn’t wear a square, on the other hand.

    Every man needs to decide for himself just how far, if at all, he’s willing to deviate from the norms of dress in the environment in which he finds himself, and the nature of that deviation. It’s a personal decision for which there is no ‘right’ or ‘wrong’ and it simply needs to be respected.

    “A man should look as if he had bought his clothes with intelligence, put them on with care, and then forgot all about them” - Hardy Amies

    Cheers,

    Ac
     
  14. Cao Cao

    Cao Cao Well-Known Member

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    You gotta wear what you are comfortable with.
     
  15. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Well-Known Member

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    I agree.

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  16. Claghorn

    Claghorn Well-Known Member

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    I may sell my Huntsman, but I shall never sell my jockstrap.
     
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  17. CaptainTohm

    CaptainTohm Well-Known Member

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    I'm still trying to make a decision on how to improve my shoe wardrobe. I've decided that I may as well skip Loakes and starting paying for better quality. I'm considering getting a few pairs from the LM Meermin line, or one pair from Carmina. My shoe wardrobe isn't very large, which is the reason why I'm hesitating to start investing in Carmina.

    As far as shoes that fit passably, I have:
    Black captoes
    Brown brogues
    Brown suede Chelseas
    Brown tassel loafers (which I find get the most use)

    I also have a pair of brown captoe boots that are a half size too large, but I wear in the snow anyway. It should be noted I'm not thrilled with the quality of any of those shoes, and would like to replace them all eventually.

    Thoughts?
     
  18. Isolation

    Isolation Well-Known Member

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    What's your size, claghorn?
     
  19. ericgereghty

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    Maybe give Cobbler Union a try? From everything I've seen, they look to be very nice, both in construction and appearance. They claim to offer the value of a $750 shoe (which, admittedly, is probably BS), but I think they can be fairly bunched in with Carmina and brands of the sort...and they come in around $50 cheaper, at $400 or so, if you forego shoe trees...though they'll still be a touch cheaper if you don't.

    Honestly, it comes down to what you can feasibly manage price wise. If you're already viewing lower priced/quality shoes in a somewhat "meh" light, I'd say bite the bullet on the front end, and pay a bit more for higher quality...at the end of the day, you'll probably find yourself yearning (which in my book means inevitably purchasing lol) for the higher quality show you passed on initially.
     
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  20. CaptainTohm

    CaptainTohm Well-Known Member

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    Someone earlier also mentioned KW, and I may take a swing at his captoes, but his selection is still small enough that I'll need to find another "favorite" shoe brand regardless.

    It's difficult to have little disposable income, be very snobby about clothes, and have gaps in your current collection.

    (Assume the word, "difficult" is being used in a very self-aware way)
     

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