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Are coloured leather goods acceptable for men?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by thirteenth, Sep 2, 2007.

  1. thirteenth

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    I was browsing through Pickett and Smythson yesterday, and saw many coloured leathergoods. While it would not be advisable for a man to seen with any pink or light blue leathergoods, are darker shades (such as dark green, dark purple) acceptable for a gentleman or will he do well to stick with tan, brown and black?

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    I like my briefcase to match the colour of my shoes. For businesswear this naturally means that both are black.

    If you have a job in which you can wear green shoes - jazz musician perhaps - then kudos to you. In which case you are considering a lizard skin briefcase to put your jazz standard scores in plus matching shoes, this the thread for you:

    http://styleforum.net/showthread.php?t=42171
     
  4. Ivan Kipling

    Ivan Kipling Senior member

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    My things are on the neutral side, but I think it might be fun to carry a hidden leather piece, 'in color.'
     
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    I have a denim blue alligator credit card pouch thing that's lined with orange calf. I've seen another elegant man who has relatively colorful leather accessories as well, and I think it works well, but everything has to be done in moderation and in the right context. April in Paris in San Francisco has a really nice range of leather goods. Check out the pictures and swatches in her online shop: http://www.aprilinparis.us/shop/ --Andre
     
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    If it's not for business why not. Brown, black are a bit boring. Dark blue and green look good.
     
  7. rach2jlc

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    While it would not be advisable for a man to seen with any pink or light blue leathergoods,

    Why not? I definitely think something more conservative is better for daily use or if you work in a conservative setting, but a colored leather item can look great with the right outfit. For example, I think light blue can look great with grey, so I often use an Hermes agenda in "Blue Jean" leather with a grey suit or sweater. Likewise, I have a canvas tote/brief that has piping in mint green and it looks great with the right outfit.

    Same can be done with pink. If you can wear a tie or scarf in that color and it looks great with the outfit without being "inadvisable," why can't you do it with a leathergood? If it works for silk or cashmere, why not leather?
     
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    I agree that something that's not often showing can be done in a wide variety of colors and look good.
     
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    Go for it. It's just a colour.
     
  10. itsstillmatt

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    I have a belt in light green alligator that is fantastic and also one in a deep red alligator along with some other colored small leather goods.

    To be totally honest, most pictures that I see in the WAYWT threads would not work with colored leather, but it really works with some styles. I think that with a big knot, woven tie or a brash colored dress shirt it will look like crap, but with something very sedate it can be terrific.
     
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    Yes, they work well as, much as I hate to use the term, an accent piece.
     
  12. GoSurface

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    I've got a gray leather bag.
     
  13. LabelKing

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    I also like a conservatively colored exterior with a colorful, light-toned interior.
     
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    Yes, they work well as, much as I hate to use the term, an accent piece.
    I wouldn't call them so much "accent pieces" as much as they are very strong pieces that blend well into a simple environment rather than as something to which you would like to call attention. For example, the green belt works very well with a light gray suit because you almost do not see it at all. They are luxurious and when mixed with too much flash, they give off the appearance of trying too hard. Also, if the quality is not high, they are awful. Here are some: [​IMG]
     
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    Yes, that's the thing of exotic leathers. They have to be of high quality, otherwise it just becomes tawdry.

    I have a natural tan ostrich skin watch strap that on its own, might be kind of flash, but when combined with the yellow gold, it's harmonious.
     
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    As mentioned above, here's the bag I use on certain occasions, especially when wearing light grey. This would be the one point of color and, with an otherwise simple outfit, I think works pretty well. If I weren't carrying it, then I think a belt in that color blue or some item in that color really works well with grey. Tan or khaki would probably work with it as well, but I tend to stick to gray tones.

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    Orange is another color I really like in small leather goods, although I have a tough time finding occasions to wear it. I like this belt because it's quite thin (about 1/2 inch).

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    ...and a pair of red shoes. Doubt these will be to everybody's tastes, but paired with the right outfit, I really like them and they aren't as loud as you might think.

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    I was browsing through Pickett and Smythson yesterday, and saw many coloured leathergoods. While it would not be advisable for a man to seen with any pink or light blue leathergoods, are darker shades (such as dark green, dark purple) acceptable for a gentleman or will he do well to stick with tan, brown and black? [​IMG]
    If you are concerned enough to ask ,than perhaps the dark rather than the pastel are for you.
    Yes, that's the thing of exotic leathers. They have to be of high quality, otherwise it just becomes tawdry.
    Without the quality, they might as well be made of plastic.
     
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    As mentioned above, here's the bag I use on certain occasions, especially when wearing light grey. This would be the one point of color and, with an otherwise simple outfit, I think works pretty well. If I weren't carrying it, then I think a belt in that color blue or some item in that color really works well with grey. Tan or khaki would probably work with it as well, but I tend to stick to gray tones. [​IMG] Orange is another color I really like in small leather goods, although I have a tough time finding occasions to wear it. I like this belt because it's quite thin (about 1/2 inch). [​IMG]
    I like the bag. I haven't been able to convince any of my accounts , just how cool half inch and three quarter inch belts are.
     
  19. Cantabrigian

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    Yes, that's the thing of exotic leathers. They have to be of high quality, otherwise it just becomes tawdry.

    I have a natural tan ostrich skin watch strap that on its own, might be kind of flash, but when combined with the yellow gold, it's harmonious.

    I'd say that ostrich skin in any color but a natural tan looks tacky.
     
  20. LabelKing

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    I'd say that ostrich skin in any color but a natural tan looks tacky.

    I think ostrich in black looks unusual and interesting.
     

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