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Non-Rule "Rules"

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

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  1. romafan

    romafan Well-Known Member

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    I bought a package of nice Irish linen squares (I think for Press, but maybe BB or PS) that were just too big - perhaps 17 or 18". I've seen others w/ the same dimensions - is this a usable size? :confused: Can they even fit in any breast pocket ? Silk yes, but I can't see a linen square this size working...
     
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    DocHolliday Well-Known Member

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    I like cotton in certain applications. Have a white cotton square with blue embroidery along the edges that's possibly my most worn. But then, I don't like white linen for puff purposes. And I'm opposed to solid white silk (or solid cream -- sorry, Foo).
     
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  3. sugarbutch

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    I don't get why linen squares are sold as sets. Why would I need three?

    Stitchy's blazer question in the well dressed essentials thread brings me to this addition to my set of non-rules:

    No shiny metal buttons.
     
  4. Fuuma

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    I leave 6-8 in various jackets, makes things easier.
     
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  5. in stitches

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    +1. maybe if i was a country club kid id feel differently, but as it stands, they feel very cheesy to me when i try them on.

    i have seen them work on others, but its a no go for me.
     
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  6. zeero3

    zeero3 Well-Known Member

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    I feel the same with almost all of these. The only one that I don't use as a rule, yet am constantly thinking about, is wearing a BD with a suit. Will be wearing pink BD with charcoal DB for my engagement photos, but I keep thinking about it and wondering if it's gonna fly with me in 15 years looking back.... :facepalm: This is what my nightmares are made of......
     
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    Yes, my friend, but your style is evolving...not more than 6 months ago, you'd never wear a blue shirt with a suit. Now look at you - even considering BD shirts!

    So, I see shiny blazer buttons in your future. :)
     
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    Wearing a BD with a suit evokes a comfortable, relaxed portrayal--if done right of course. It looked so standard in the 20s/30s, how appalling has this become? I admit, a BD looks much better on a DB than a SB suit, so much so that I've never worn them with SB suits. Maybe it's the "casual" pairing of the DB that fits the collar of the shirt.
     
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    unbelragazzo Well-Known Member

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    ?? My understanding is DB suit is more formal than SB suit, but less formal than 3pc SB suit.
     
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    I used to think DB was more formal too, and I still think it is in the American context. But I later learned that in England, it was considered a less formal alternative to 3-piece SB because it allows you to dispense with the vest.
     
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    Right...that's what I said I think...but it is still more formal than the SB worn without the vest, yes?
     
  13. Manton

    Manton Well-Known Member

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    I would say yes
     
  14. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Well-Known Member

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    I believe the DB was originally the less-formal option. Its current rarity may make it seem more formal.
     
  15. zeero3

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    This is my understanding as well.
     
  16. mafoofan

    mafoofan Well-Known Member

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    I think that the DB is certainly considered more formal today, regardless of the historical context. The rarity alone suggests to others that the wearer is doing something extra. In fact, more "formal" may not be as accurate as to say more unusual and less fashionable.
     
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    yes, the tacky ones.
     
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    You can get single ones at Barney's. They're certainly beefy.

    Simonnot Godard
     
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    :fu: nevAr!

    +1 to 3 pc SB > DB > 2 pc SB for formality.
     
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    another rule for me: no wool knit ties. Can't really tell you why. I just don't like them at all.
     

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