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Ask A Question, Get An Answer... - Post All Quick Questions Here (Classic menswear)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Master-Classter, Sep 28, 2008.

  1. peanut

    peanut New Member

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    Hey guys( and girls?)!

    I'm new to this forum so I'm not sure if this is the right place to post this... Here goes

    Basically I started working at a local Starbucks and would like help with different combinations to wear for work!

    I am limited to black or white collared tops (polos, shirts etc...)

    Black or brown coloured pants (no jeans)

    And absolutely black or brown shoes. (I suppose a mix of the two colours is fine)

    I already have a basic idea of what I will be wearing however, I feel that wearing the same old outfit everyday would bore me to no ends. Being the pretty fashion un-savvy guy, I would like as much help as I can get!

    Looking forward to hearing from you guys! (And girls) haha.. Thank you
     
  2. XKxRome0ox

    XKxRome0ox Senior member

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    Gap
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    Forever 21
    Land's End/Land's End Canvas

    take your pick
    wear polo shirts and khakis
    some cheap canvas shoes
    you don't want to wear anything too nice because you could easily spill coffee on your clothes and shoes
     
  3. JohnnyGalt

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    Related to all this tie talk... How is it that the points of some ties get all lopsided and asymmetrical after a while? Is this the sign of a poorly crafted tie? Is fixing it as simple as ironing it back into the right place? I have several ties that I used to like that I no longer wear now because the tips have lost their balance.
     
  4. AmericanGent

    AmericanGent Senior member

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    I've never had that happen so I can't say. But, if you can't wear them anyway you might try to lightly iron them. Use a cloth over the tie though so you don't burn it. It it gets hot it will melt the fibers (if it's silk). If the ties are of value (sentimental or monetary) I would look into professional help.
     
  5. TheloniusDrunk

    TheloniusDrunk Senior member

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    For someone building a wardrobe for mainly business casual wear, but who likes suits enough that I'll probably dress up in a suit as frequently as I can, is this a bit too bold of a pattern for a first grey suit?

    http://cdn.styleforum.net/7/77/776d1f6d_IMG_1093.jpeg

    Also, if I only have a navy blazer for odd jackets right now is this too unique and loud to buy as a second jacket, a seasonal one for spring/summer? Or should I not be buying a seasonal odd jacket yet considering I only have a navy blazer? Sorry if this wasn't coherent enough, it's late.

    http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee144/topshelfapparel/Mar 2013/SartGreen-1.jpg
     
  6. 12345Michael54321

    12345Michael54321 Senior member

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    Typically, one is well advised to make a first grey suit a solid grey, in either medium grey or charcoal. A solid grey tends to be most versatile both in terms of being appropriate in the widest range of situations, and in terms of working with potentially the broadest array of shirts, ties, etc.

    I don't dislike the suit you indicated. I just don't think it's as strong a choice, particularly for wear in a business environment, as a solid grey suit would be. If you'd indicated that you already owned a solid grey, a solid navy, and a navy pinstripe,, and were looking for a fourth suit, well, that might be a little different.
     
    A green, patterned jacket is definitely a bit unusual and not exactly "quiet." It's the sort of item people will remember you having worn in the past. If you have several other jackets, and buy this one because you really love it (which I don't, but that's not the point), so be it. But if you're going to be getting by with just a navy blazer and one other jacket, seriously reconsider any decision to make this one the other jacket.

    It's not necessarily a mistake to buy a seasonal jacket as your only non-blazer jacket, although geographic considerations do apply. (ie. A spring/summer jacket might make more sense if you live in Miami, than if you live in Maine.) But the jacket in question here is both seasonal and odd. And perhaps because I just don't find much about it to be particularly attractive, I have no problem suggesting you not buy it.

    Buying an odd jacket as your 6th jacket is one thing. Making it your #1 non-blazer jacket is something else entirely.
     
  7. bingo

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    First post here - go easy on me if I don't follow the etiquette... [​IMG]

    I'm considering to buy good pair of shoes that I can wear to office. We don't have a strict dress code, business casuals are perfectly accessible and I will be wearing those almost all the time. So I'm looking for shoes that aren't overly formal and not too casual. I never bought shoes that cost more than $100, so I'm completely clueless when it comes to what good shoes there are. Can you guys suggest me which brands and models I should try? My budget is around $400-500. If it matters, I live in very warm climate - Central-North Florida. Thanks in advance!
     
  8. AmericanGent

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    ^ great guidance Michael.

    When building a wardrobe it's hard to keep focused on the basics, but I think it will be the best. The Prince of Wales grey check suit is a classic choice and would be the perfect 2nd mid-grey suit to own. Unless it is a great deal that you can't pass up I would wait. If it's being offered at a good price and fits well then grab it and get another solid grey later. The green will be hard to pull off. I'd wait to buy that one.
     
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  11. eqcitizen

    eqcitizen Well-Known Member

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    Look into allen edmonds as very decent, readily available, low cost option (there are a few more low cost, decent quality shoes like loake and meermin but look into edmonds for your first foray into the shoe game). Browse the allen edmonds site and see what catches your eye. For semi casual shoes, bluchers (aka derby's) work as do monk straps; wingtips and brogues are good styles as well as Norwegian toes. Try to stick to the darker shades of brown. There is a lot of info out there if you really wish to find out more about the subject. There has been a lot of digital ink spilled on the matter of shoes and affordability; just search here for "affordable" and "shoes".
     
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  12. VAMC

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    I am a size 9 in shoes. Sometimes a 9.5 fits me but I don't know how wide
     
  13. 12345Michael54321

    12345Michael54321 Senior member

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    Then first step is to go to a shoe store and have someone measure your foot on a Brannock device. Not that this is a substitute for actually trying on a pair of shoes, but if you don't even know your foot's width, it's a reasonable place to start.

    Sadly, even in many high end shoe stores, all too few salespersons know how to use a Brannock device to its best advantage. Some basic instructions may be found at http://www.brannock.com/cgi-bin/start.cgi/brannock/instructions.html
     
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  14. VAMC

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    Thanks Mike, I'll try the men's warehouse.
     
  15. TheloniusDrunk

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    First of all, thank you for this well thought out post, it definitely helps a lot for me. However, I am curious, given that you mentioned getting a navy, solid grey, and then a pinstriped navy suit I was wondering if your advice would change for someone who plans on being a professor, and therefore living in a less formal environment? I only ask because I feel like that line of suiting is quite formal and traditional, and a professor who needs to maintain a minimum of business casual (though I do like to dress more formally) might not need the traditional range to start off?

    What do you think about this jacket for a second odd jacket?
    http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee144/topshelfapparel/Apr 2012/CanaliOrangeBlu-1.jpg
    http://i231.photobucket.com/albums/ee144/topshelfapparel/Apr 2012/CanaliOrangeBlu-3.jpg

    Thanks again for your response!
     
  16. 12345Michael54321

    12345Michael54321 Senior member

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    You're welcome.

    Might not even a professor occasionally wear a suit to the theater, symphony, weddings, church, funeral, cocktail party, awards ceremony, judicial proceeding, etc.? What I mean is, suits shouldn't be thought of solely as one's "work uniform." And for the aforementioned activities, along with many others, a certain "core" wardrobe consisting of some traditional suits such as those I mentioned would likely serve a professor well.

    Moreover, a solid navy suit, or a solid medium grey suit, needn't be so overly formal as you seem to suggest. Worn with the right shirt, tie, and accessories, it can definitely be far less "serious" than with other pairings. The solid navy which is a "power suit" when worn with a white point collared dress shirt, burgundy silk necktie, and AE Park Avenues, can be downright friendly when worn instead with a pink OCBD, madras bow tie, and penny loafers.

    (I would also ask whether your plans to be a professor are likely to be realized in 10 weeks, or in 10 years. Timing matters, and buying clothes for current and near term needs, rather than needs which may materialize at some unknown time years down the road, is often the wiser course. But that's perhaps more of a side issue.)

    But assuming you will be a professor in the near future, and you choose to dress relatively informally (academic business casual, if you will), you could probably get by with a "work wardrobe" consisting largely of chinos, a couple of pairs of cords (for the cold weather, assuming you're someplace that experiences winter), some OCBD's, and maybe a few sweaters. If an occasional sport coat is desired, some inexpensive lightweight thing (warm weather) and one in tweed (cooler weather), would cover those needs.

    Still no real argument for a less than optimally versatile plaid suit (which, again, I rather like - so long as you've already taken care of those "maximum versatility" suits constituting the core of your suit wardrobe), and especially no argument for the weird green jacket.

    I like it a whole lot better than I do the green jacket you previously referenced.
     
  17. Touching Cloth

    Touching Cloth Active Member

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    I'm looking for words to describe the cut and styling of this suit. Halp?

    [​IMG]
     
  18. Yianni

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    Looking for black Rick Owens Mollino calf leather jacket size 46, is this the right place to post this?
     
  19. Yianni

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    Hi, don't worry about the clothes and instead perhaps ask the question whether the World needs one more Starbucks?

     
  20. NotoriousMarquis

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    Xpost from MC General Chat:

    If i have a pair of tan grain shoes, such as the C&J coniston, could I use brown polish and wax to help darken the color (not to dye it brown or anything, but to just get a slightly darker color on it), or will the texture of the leather just make it so the valleys are dark and the hills remain tan? Or worse, will the polish just rub off and look streaky?
     

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