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Non-Rule "Rules"

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Jul 27, 2012.

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  1. R.O. Thornhill

    R.O. Thornhill Well-Known Member

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    Yes, I either wear a dress watch or no watch

    Again, this is not a rule I would apply to others - but I have relatively small wrists, and big chunky watches with metallic bracelets look absurd on me

    R-O-T
     
  2. fritzl

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    :D

    you can't have it all... you have a good list.
     
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  3. fredrikkm

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    - I don't wear black socks, ever (I guess black tie would be the exception, but that's not something I do very often)

    - I only wear FC shirts with dark, solid coloured suits, and the shirt has to be white

    - No button downs with a jacket/suit

    - No oxford shoes with odd jackets

    - I never wear socks that match my trousers or shoes

    - No fun socks

    - No solid pocket squares except white linen
     
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  4. NOBD

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    :)



    • No dark green in spring/summer
    • No cream silk pocket squares
    • No cream/beige shirts
    • Yes suede in summer
     
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  5. sugarbutch

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    • Ah, I misspoke. Should have said "No longwings"
     
  6. JPHardy

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    LB and the dreaded charcoal trouser again. As well as grey sports coat.

    [​IMG]
     
  7. mafoofan

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    LB fail.
     
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    msulinski Well-Known Member

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    You shouldn't read these as rules, hence the title "Non-Rule rules." These are just individuals' personal guidelines, and do not make the wearer more stylish. If you tried to observe all of the rules in this thread, you would not be able to wear anything.
     
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  9. cbfn

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    Of course, but when some of the highest ranking members here post "rules" I clearly breach, the feeling of "unstylishness" is impossible to stop. I didn't say I cared, it was just (at least tried to be) a satirical comment on all the "rules" in the thread. I personally don't follow any strict rules, even though I probably should, if I like what I see in the mirror - that is what I wear. One rule I never break though is the "no black sock"-rule of Fredrik above, but that's because it just don't looks good.
     
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  10. mmkn

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    Great illustration of my non-rule rule of light on top and dark on bottom - a very stylish day outfit.

    Note how the true light gray of the jacket brings forth the pale beige skin tones of his hand.

    Also, the higher contrast of his shirt, jacket, and tie brings forth the man more than his assistant.

    He probably doesn't care about the existence of color theory, but instinctively he's arrived there on his own.

    A true Style Master.

    [​IMG]

    - M
     
  11. sugarbutch

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    Not 100% sure about this one, but repeating figures on a tie should be on the diagonal.
     
  12. fritzl

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    you're welcome. i wasn't intentional nitpicking :happy:
     
  13. Manton

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    dah@394: brown cavalry twill, khaki or olive moleskin. Dark green cords, maybe.

    Hardy: those jackets have a windowpane. The prohibition is SOLID gray odd jackets. I doubt I buy either one but they don’t look terrible. Re: charcoal trousers, I am not in the foo camp on that one, I think they can be OK provided there is sufficient contrast between top and bottom. E.g., they should never be worn with navy blue.
     
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  14. mafoofan

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    Another rule: motifs other than stripes and checks should not repeat in an outfit.

    In fact "dotted" patterns should not repeat either, even if the motifs are different.
     
  15. Manton

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    ^^^ that is a good rule, like Keller's "no repeat ingredients from dish to dish in the same meal."
     
  16. mafoofan

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    I follow it religiously. Nothing bothers me more than the very frequent combination of a floral medallion tie with a floral medallion square. It's awful. But it would even be bad if one were dots or little diamonds or whatever. That both things are dotted is a sin, no matter what they are dotted with.
     
  17. NOBD

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    Are you serious? The hand looks dead. Nice outfit, though.
     
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  18. GusW

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    I never combine checks in an outfit. It so rarely works why bother? There are so many better alternatives.
     
  19. mafoofan

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    Checks include things as diverse as glen plaid, gingham, graph paper check, etc. Add in scale variance, and it becomes quite easy.
     
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    Never loafers with socks
    Always socks with non loafers
     

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