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

  1. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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  2. dah328

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    I think you have the right idea with a tonal/shade complement between belt and shoes. As you said, a reddish brown belt looks off with a honey brown shoe, but they need not match exactly. I don't wear belts in exotic materials, but if I did, I would want a closer color match between belt and calf shoe given the already significant difference in texture between the two.
     


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    My recommendation for blazers, in terms of increasing choices, uniquness and prices: Ralph Lauren or Brooks Brothers, Made-To-Measure, bespoke.

    For shoes, Ralph Lauren, Brooks Brothers, C&J (all on sale).
     


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    QUICK QUESTION:
    I'm a J.Crew shopper through and through > I have lots of well fitted chinos and button-downs that I wear with AE brogues/chukkas/Alden boots. I'm upgrading my wardrobe and am looking for opinions on where to start looking for nicer/cleaner, but still stylish pants and shirts. I'm not crazy about J.Crew's selection on this front, so I'm trying to branch out. I feel confident that I can find good sportcoats and I know shoes well, but I'm at a loss as to where to go for the next level of business casual (barf) attire that fits well, is versatile and understated but stylish. Thanks gents.

    Sorry I wasn't as clear as I thought > I'm looking for recos on pants and shirts specifically. I'm good on shoes and jackets.
     
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  7. Dingusberry

    Dingusberry Senior member

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    What's the difference between dress belts and casual belts?

    Is it okey to wear dress belts to jeans? Specifically this Alden dark brown MB 0105 belt
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  8. dah328

    dah328 Senior member

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    There are a number of characteristics that contribute to the formality of a belt. Width -- dress belts are usually in the 1.25-2" range. Much wider or narrower than that is more casual. Leather finish -- most dress belts in calf leather have a pretty plain finish. A rough textured or "oily" finish is more casual. Buckles -- dress belts typically have brass or silver colored buckles in an understated design of approximately the same height as that of the belt. Oversized or elaborate buckles are more casual. You should be able to get a pretty good sense for this by looking at the belts in the pictures in the Men's Clothing forum versus those in the Streetwear & Denim forum or considering the kinds of belts that Brooks Brothers or Paul Stuart sells versus the belts sold by Levi's or [insert streetwear vendor of choice here].

    Generally speaking, wearing a dress belt (= more formal) with jeans (= more casual) looks as mismatched and off as wearing a casual belt with dress trousers.
     


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    What color pants and shirt to wear with this sport coat? I will be using it for a wedding


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    Assuming you are not the groom or are in the wedding party, you have lots of options because that is a fairly versatile jacket. Medium gray trousers, a light blue shirt, and a solid navy or solid-ish tie with a navy ground would be among the more sophisticated pairings for that jacket.
     
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    Anyone know where I can find a black/yellow gold reppe tie like this one for under $100? Having trouble finding one-

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    That particular belt is fairly dressy. It will look less out of place if you are wearing "dressier" jeans (not overly faded, stylized, etc.) with a BD shirt than if you are wearing faded and torn jeans with a t-shirt. Personally, I wouldn't wear it with jeans at all.
     


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    Glasgow University is what its labeled as on the Ben Silver site.
     
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    You can get the flush metal toe taps on brand new shoes. In NY, they cost around $40 - $45. I use the rubber heel taps on my shoes, because I'm too cheap to replace the whole heel ($20 - $45) or pay for flush metal heel taps.
     


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