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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Well-Known Member

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    What Stitchy said for the most part. Saturation in this context refers to the depth and richness of the color. Generally the greater the saturation the harder it is to successfully pair a shirt with a jacket and tie.
     
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    @Claghorn may I ask what you would consider the 10 essential shirts?
     
  3. in stitches

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    Some combination of a solid white, solid blues in different shades, and some blue/white stripes in a few different widths.
     
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    Murlsquirl Well-Known Member

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    Yup, it's that simple.
     
  5. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Well-Known Member

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    Honestly a guy could probably do very well with just white broadcloth (formal suit-wearing days) and a light blue end-on-end. :foo:

    Blue and white stripes are nice too, though.
     
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    No pinks or lilacs? No plaids?
     
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    As a first 10, definitely not imo. And as far as plaids, the only ones Id ever wear with a tie are certain graph checks and a micro gingham.
     
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    I'd say one light brown stripe in the first ten. But everything else light blue, basic light blue patterns, and white.
     
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    After looking at cufflinks through Ebay, I don't see any double-sided, wrap-around cufflinks? Do those exist? If they do, I bet they are bloody expensive..

    By the way, I prefer double-sided cufflinks more than single-sided; but regardless of style, I would purchase either if I really like it. It is a shame to see how the former is becoming more harder to find (at a reasonable price).
     
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    No to plaids, no to lilacs. But personally I'd have a pink shirt in my top 10.
     
  11. archibaldleach

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    Pink and lilac definitely have a place in a 10 shirt rotation if you like those colors, but they are not what I would call essential. You could definitely have a pretty well-rounded wardrobe with 2 white shirts, 6 blue (4 solid or end-on-end; 2 striped), 1 pink and 1 lilac.

    I have nothing against light brown stripes, but I wouldn't put them in over pink and lilac in a 10 shirt wardrobe unless you prefer them yourself. You could replace a pink or lilac shirt mentioned above with light brown stripes with no issue, though.

    Of course, you could also be extremely well dressed with something like 2 white shirts, 6 blue solid or end-on-end shirts and 2 blue striped shirts. Anything beyond white and blue is more for variety and because you like it more than being essential or necessary.
     
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    I considered both of those, but in the end I felt that they were not top 10 material. Maybe 15-20. Ymmv.
     
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    I'm interested in making all my future shirt convertible cuffs now =P

    I imagine your first 10 shirts depend entirely on what other clothes you have... my first shirts were mostly poor choices in dark solid clubbing type shirts that I never wear. Oh well.
     
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    Don't do it with the convertible cuffs Iso. They are neither fish nor fowl IMO.
     
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  15. Murlsquirl

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    Here are some of mine...others are dirty. Most of them get worn and a couple need to get tossed...lots of casual shirts too. I think I see 10 white, blue, and blue stripes in there. There is definitely more of those types ready for the wash too.

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    ^ Interesting, you seem to have more variety than I do:

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    Okay - I thought I would put a photo of all my shirts to see what you all think - which ones are keepers and which are throwers?

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    Edited to say that these are my best thirty - there's another thirty in the garage that even I consider revolting!
     
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  18. Murlsquirl

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    That's because a lot of those are worn casually without a jacket. I don't wear a jacket or suit but once a week, if that.

    Jfrater, I would wear less than half of those with a jacket and tie. Not because the others are bad shirts, but because they should be worn casually.
     
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  19. Claghorn

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    Please note that he numbered the hangers.

    This is how you Noodle.

    (also note that the original Noodles, rather than Noodle properly, had picnic attacks and threatened to quilt, much to the merriment of all)
     
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  20. EliodA

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    @jfrater , from the first pic I'd ditch 9 (don't like the texture) and 10. The shirts in the other pics, I can only imagine them in casual fits. With the possible exception of #21.
    You really need some solid shirts, especially white. But then again, you probably knew that already.
     

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