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  1. lwmarti

    How many suits do you really NEED vs. OWN?

    How many suits do I own? I actually don't know exactly. Lots of stuff is in storage to help prepare for retiring and moving next year. But I'd guess that I have about 100. How many do I need? I haven't worked in finance for over 15 years, and I haven't done any lobbying of Congress for over...
  2. lwmarti

    Friday Challenge: Creative Business Casual

    I know that SF doesn't track Awesomeness Points, but if it did, that would definitely earn a few APs. Maybe I'm just saying that because that's a good example of how I used to dress in college.
  3. lwmarti

    Consensus on Walnut Shoes?

    I hate to admit it, but I followed the advice of SF posters and picked up a pair of AE Strands in walnut a few years ago. They look great and seem to go well with lots of colors, but I almost never wear them. There always seems to be a better alternative. So, at this point, I'd say that they...
  4. lwmarti

    Suits! Suits! Suits! Let's Talk About Suits! - June 25, 2015

    Funny. I had lunch in Annapolis last weekend, where it was 98 degrees F with 95 percent humidity, the result of some passing mass of tropical air. Being one of the few people left who still think that suits are awesome in pretty much every way, I wore a suit to lunch. Seersucker. Holy...
  5. lwmarti

    Rock Your Socks- show your sock, shoe & pant combos

    It's that time of year again - when the red and green Neumoks get worn for pretty much the whole month.
  6. lwmarti

    Anyone happy with itailor.com?

    I think that the I think that the lesson to be learned from your experience is that you simply don't have the same level of protection when you use PayPal that you get when you use your credit card. I once had a vendor intentionally send me a wrong size because he was out of the size that I...
  7. lwmarti

    Pocket Squares: A Discussion Thread, Questions, Opinions, Suggestions.....

    I just ordered one of these. If the quality of their products is as good as their customer service, this could become my go-to place for pocket squares. Not that I really need any more, of course, having over 100 now, but you never know when you'll see one that you somehow decide that you really...
  8. lwmarti

    Pocket Squares: A Discussion Thread, Questions, Opinions, Suggestions.....

    Just checking to see if anyone has any experience with these guys: Pochette Square, a French company that seems to sell some interesting squares. http://www.pochette-square.com/en/ I hadn't heard of them before and if I didn't have a $1600 repair on my car to pay off this month, I'd be...
  9. lwmarti

    The State of Black Tie: Your Observations

     Thanks. That's the first time I've laughed today.
  10. lwmarti

    The State of Black Tie: Your Observations

    Totally irrelevant to this thread: their ties aren't black. But at least pictures like this one make me feel better about the Tour-de-France-themed stuff that I've been wearing the past couple of weeks.
  11. lwmarti

    The State of Black Tie: Your Observations

    Holy cow! That's giving me flashbacks to fraternity parties that happened more than a few years ago.
  12. lwmarti

    What's the difference between Khakis and Chinos?

    Do you have a reference for that more general interpretation of "khaki?" My Oxford English Dictionary limits the use of the word to a single color. So it seems to say that you can have, for example, khaki chinos but not navy khakis.
  13. lwmarti

    What's the difference between Khakis and Chinos?

    Khaki is a color. "Khakis" are pants that have this color. Chino is a kind of fabric. "Chinos" are pants made from this fabric. But I think that this distinction is unknown to so many people that the incorrect usage is getting as common as the correct usage. Maybe I'm too uptight about...
  14. lwmarti

    Rock Your Socks- show your sock, shoe & pant combos

    Most excellent socks. Mine got lots of wear during the recent America's Cup, of course.
  15. lwmarti

    Tuxedo Shoe Options

    I say show up wearing one of these http://uglyshoes.com/category/top-10-ugliest-shoes to scare people, and then change into the real shoes right before the ceremony. One of my wife's friends did a similar thing at our wedding, although not as extreme.
  16. lwmarti

    The Great J. Crew Suit Experiment

    A while ago, while shopping for some clothes on the J. Crew web for my college-aged sons, I noticed that they sold a suit made from Oxford cloth. Probably intrigued by the possibility of such a suit, I bought one for myself, probably thinking that such a more casual suit might be a good way to...
  17. lwmarti

    Rock Your Socks- show your sock, shoe & pant combos

    If you're referring to the green shoes, they're made by Antonio Mauritzi and I picked them up at the Palo Alto Neiman Marcus. On a very, very deep discount. When it comes to colorful shoes that I might need for wearing on days like St. Patrick's Day, I've found that you can find shoes from...
  18. lwmarti

    Rock Your Socks- show your sock, shoe & pant combos

    Not-so-subtle hints of green. Not visible: hideously-green shirt, SPD-themed PS and tie, which are also nowhere close to subtle.
  19. lwmarti

    To the SFers that don't work in a field which requires suit and tie: When do you actually wear your

    I'm thinking the sort of stuff you see pictures of posted here. Some of the outfits are extremely elegant, but might not fit in in many offices while more casual outfits that include a suit might fit in just fine. That's based on my single data point (me), of course. I wear suits, yet in a more...
  20. lwmarti

    To the SFers that don't work in a field which requires suit and tie: When do you actually wear your

    Perhaps part of the problem is wearing SF-approved get-ups. That's clearly far, far from what your average people wear. I wear suits on a regular basis in a place where they're rare (Silicon Valley) and rarely get any comments asking if I had an interview that day (etc.), but the suits that I...

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