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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. PCK1

    PCK1 Well-Known Member

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    The shoes are disgusting.
     
  2. mimo

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    They all look like they have just escaped from some kind of asylum, having just stolen only half of a visitor's outdoor clothes.

    And plus one on the shoes.
     
  3. Isolation

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    I think white sneakers are fine things. They are obviously extremely staple on the SW side of the forums, it seems narrow minded to just cast them all as terrible. Obviously not a CM item. I actually find the top three combinations to work surprisingly well in a way that defies general CM thought (black trousers, white shoes and camel trousers). They give a very comfortable/soft fall feeling, seems very harmonious.

    I'd just bought 3 pairs of sneakers =P No white sneakers, though. I am tempted get some spectators for white trousers in summer, but I mean, if you have to weigh between white sneakers and spectators, surely the latter is more ridiculous.
     
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  4. mimo

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    Enjoy your tennis, but not in a camel coat. Xx

    Also, spectators are wonderful for summer casual. And can be worn with trousers. So there.
     
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  5. jedwards

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    I like the individual pieces in the outfits, might not necessarily wear them in that combination, but I like the clothes.
     
  6. jedwards

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    I know what you are saying, but what ROI / 'benefit' was this type of clothing ever going to have!

    I made peace with this years ago by writing bespoke off as a hobby.
    It's really no different to amateurs who buy top of the range fishing gear or whatever their thing is.
     
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  7. Gerry Nelson

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    What he said was "I have no illusions that for a normal person I have a small wardrobe,", i.e. he doesn't believe that his wardrobe is small compared to a normal person which is also what you said above [​IMG]
     
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  8. EFV

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    I agree with this. Combined in these outfits it's all a bit meh, looks like what you'd see on the streets in certain parts of Stockholm.
     
  9. kulata

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    If this is what brings you joy and as long as it's done within reason then why are you denying yourself? I am sure you don't calibrate your self with your peers by other vices they may indulge in.

    Where is Noodles btw?
     
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  10. Isolation

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    If you enjoy it that's potential justification right there.

    The pictures I posted I only like the top 3 but I think they work quite well together.

    I'm always looking for ways to make use of my expensive black trousers that I never get to wear anymore. It only goes with smart mid gray jackets which nobody should own, and lighter blue blazers and even then doubtful, so I'm gonna try pairing it with knitwear to see if I can make some use out if them.
     
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  11. ridethecliche

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    I was just thinking about noodles being gone.
     
  12. unbelragazzo

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    @isolation wear them at night with velvet or cream jacket.
     
  13. in stitches

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    MF, Garry properly explained what I was saying, which is pretty much what you said. : )

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    Noodles is taking a little break, and I hope he will be back soon.
     
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  14. Monkeyface

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    It does bring me joy, but perhaps not enough to justify the cost. All that extra money I would save could be used on traveling with loved ones for example, which I'm sure I'd enjoy more. Or save up more for a rainy day, or invest so I can create a steady stream of income next to my salary.

    For example, I have 12 pairs of shoes at the moment, but I don't wear most of them. During the week I wear black cap toes, of which I have four pairs. So, for during the weekends I'd need a pair of loafers, boots and perhaps long wings/gunboats. That's 7 shoes, which means I have nearly double than what would be necessary. The same goes for suits, odd jackets, trousers, jackets, etc.

    So, I have all that I need and could possibly wear, and I'm still looking to buy more! I just realized if I were to continue along this path I would end up with lots of bespoke suits at $5k a pop and lots of expensive shoes, perhaps 30 pairs, which I couldn't wear anyways, and lots of coats and jackets.

    My salary will (hopefully) go up fast enough that I could afford it, but even when I'm at $500k+ in about 5-7 years I'd still be giving up other things in exchange for clothes. I've decided that's not worth it for me.

    So, I'm going to put some thought into making a capsule wardrobe that looks nice enough at minimal cost, and my aim is to realize that over the next 5 years or so. So no more buying things whenever I like it or the price it right, because that's won't get me anywhere.
     
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    I dunno if a velvet jacket is "versatile" in the sense that you can wear it with many things but it is definitely something you will wear a lot once you have it. Unless you never go out at night. What's the opposite of a vampire?

     
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  18. in stitches

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    I'm confident you dont want the work life that comes with it.
     
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  20. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Well-Known Member

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    Some humanities superstars can make >300K as their 9 month salary. For B-school/med-school/law-school types, with consulting, well, the ivory tower can be quite lucrative. Alas, not for me. Writing a major textbook helps as does consulting which is easier for the science/engineering types and some of the social sciences like economics.
     

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