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whnay.'s good taste thread

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. bboysdontcryy

    bboysdontcryy Well-Known Member

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    Interesting. Didn't know it was a military tradition to have such embroideries. Will definitely sit on this a bit -- I can see however, why it'd be a little ostentatious.


    Dinner suit.
     
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  2. whnay.

    whnay. Well-Known Member

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    The shirt is out of place with the coat and tie. You've got enough going on with the tie and jacket, keep it simple with the shirt - solid light blue (or even pink) poplin or chambray.
     
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  3. in stitches

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    i went this route. :)

    [​IMG]
     
  4. in stitches

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    thanks, whnay. will try that next time. light blue chambray/end on end most likely.

    btw, if you see the fit in the spoiler, the pattern really is not visible from a little further out, but i understand what you mean about too much going on. thanks again.
     
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  5. Caustic Man

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    Thanks stitch! That gives me a few ideas.
     
  6. dopey

    dopey Well-Known Member

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    That is beautiful, but weird. It doesn't look particularly good to me in situ, which would be perfectly fine if it were meaningful and appropriate to the setting (like if it were a family symbol, to be used at home, or a club symbol, to be worn at club dinners, etc.) But just as adornment, no, unless you live on the black-tie fun cocktail party circuit (as opposed to those of us who wear black tie mostly to weddings, charity events, awards dinners, etc.) or you have a few different black-tie rigs.

    BTW, while I never leave the house with a boutonniere,at a wedding, I usually try to grab a flower from the floral arrangements at the service to wear during dinner. It started because my daughters liked to put flowers in my lapel once they learned that is what the buttonhole is for, but they have outgrown that, so now I just do it to embarrass my wife. I should probably be embarrassed myself, but am not.
     
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  7. in stitches

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    my pleasure, glad to help.
     
  8. bboysdontcryy

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    Yes. I was admiring the beauty of the handwork, that was actually what caught my eye. But I am hesitant because it's a little ostentatious and showy for a black tie coat, given the circumstances (and I do attend more traditional black tie events as opposed to fun stuff) which is why I posed the question on here. Thanks. It's definitely on the back-burner, until I can have it embroidered on something else.
     
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  9. Manton

    Manton Well-Known Member

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    It absolutely looks like something you'd see on a military (or heraldic) uniform. Totally out of place on civilian clothes. Looks "dress up" in a wierd way.

    That is to say nothing of the inherent quality of the work, which is well done.
     
  10. dopey

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    I was thinking about suggesting it as a pin, but I can't figure out how that might work.
    The real problem with it is that while beautiful, it is pointless but permanent. Pointless is fine as whimsy, but not very whimsical when mounted. Then it needs to have a point or meaning or context. At least that is how the aesthetics work in my mind.
     
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  11. dopey

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    Of course. Embroidery with gold wire is how military decorations are made, and why the craft still exists on Savile Row. That is probably done at Hand & Lock, which is a specialist in that sort of work.
     
  12. bboysdontcryy

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    I actually spoke with the folks at Hand & Lock (that does most of such work). A few places like Poole do them in-house I believe -- seem to have seen them stitching away when I walked by, but I might be wrong. It's surprisingly cheap to have such motifs embroidered at Hand & Lock, but it depends on size. Huntsman isn't charging much more to get it done. Still, I shall shelf that idea for now. -- I shall content myself to appreciate the beautiful handwork from the computer.
     
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  13. ThinkDerm

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    nice Rubi suit (fox flannel) and dunhill watch
     
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    Wow, that's, like, ridiculously stupid. Just sayin.
     
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    Don't like that, and definitely not on a business suit (maybe on handkerchiefs). But, well, if the consideration he's offering in exchange for an A & S suit only involves writing a blog post + some ...
     
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  18. Cantabrigian

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    Seems like a pronounced houndstooth calls for either a solid or stripes that aren't exactly the same scale.

    But my time is not Big Time.
     
  19. msulinski

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    I have the same problem. Grenadine is a good option, though your entire collection if ties can't be grenadine. I basically scour the store racks, and maybe find one or two that i like out of over 100.
     
  20. Balfour

    Balfour Well-Known Member

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    Look, amongst other places, here:

    www.samhober.com

    http://www.patriziocappelli.it/
     
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