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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. cptjeff

    cptjeff Well-Known Member

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    Just as a matter of color theory, earthtones go more naturally with brown then gray does. I virtually never opt to wear gray with brown jackets- brown sweaters sometimes, but I almost always wear khaki, dark brown or olive with the jackets. And my outfits are not unsuccessful. Navy gets worked in there on occasion (actually quite a lot if you count jeans), but a lot more than gray. The long running wisdom on matching earthtones is "any other earthtone". It's not bad advice. Olive goes with khaki goes with brown goes with green.

    Gray will go inoffensively with anything. If inoffensive and unspectacular dressing is your goal, great! If you want to limit yourself to only one color of odd trousers, that's the one. Don't know why you'd want to do that, but hey. Wear gray with browns and earthtones. You'll look like a guy who's been wearing suits all his life and doesn't own pants more casual than gray flannels, but it won't offend. Or you could instead choose to actually wear colors that compliment the outfit.
     
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  2. aravenel

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    I don't think we're ever going to see eye to eye on this, and the trouser color thing has been done to death on this forum. I'll just say this--if the below pictures look like "a guy who's been wearing suits all his life and doesn't own pants more casual than gray flannels", then I am 100% OK with that.


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  3. eviltimeban

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    Not sure if this is the right thread for this... two ties I have my eye on, I'm wondering what people think.

    First one is a Drakes, reduced to €25 which is a pretty good bargain. I've often had trouble with purple ties though, but its so soft and textured... would work with a grey suit and white / lilac check shirt perhaps? The second is a bold tartan... feels amazing and would certainly be a statement tie.

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    Which would you get, if either?
     
  4. Churchill W

    Churchill W Well-Known Member

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    I think the Orange Monster is too extreme if you were to have one watch. I think a thin diver or a pilot's watch would be better. In that price range I would go with something from the Swatch Group, e.g., Tissot or Hamilton.
     
  5. mimo

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    I think the idea that you'll only want one watch is extreme.

    If you want to feel you got a lot for $200, and don't have a knockabout sports watch, the Monster is the way and orange is the colour. The original, not the newer one with the ugly shark teeth.

    As RTC said, $200 can also get you something interesting used. My 1970 Omega has family sentimental value, but in the market is not far north of that.
     
  6. Churchill W

    Churchill W Well-Known Member

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    I'd rather have the Omega > the Orange Monster and I prefer Samurai > Monster.
     
  7. mimo

    mimo Well-Known Member

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    My point is that once interested, people generally like to have ALL OF THEM...
     
  8. All Tatters

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    On the question of paisley and plaid: Does houndstooth qualify as paisley? What about large houndstooth, or huge?
     
  9. abl

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    For men with smaller wrists (such as myself), check out the Seiko 5. It's a budget mechanical watch ($75-150), but is generally well-regarded in the watch world. I got mine a couple months ago and paired it with a hadley-roma leather band ... and love the thing.
     
  10. cptjeff

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    I think all three would be better with different pants. The top half of those shots are great. Wonderful jackets and great fit. The pants do very much say "I didn't know what else to put on" to me. I'd have gone khaki with the top one, and olive or chocolate with the bottom two. You really need to branch out with your pants.

    The main reason I'm getting on you is that this is an advice thread, and you are giving very narrow advice in a very strong way. If you want to wear nothing but gray pants with brown, whatever. But when you tell somebody looking for advice that that's his only option and that a staple pant for many men is entirely useless, that I have problems with. Even if it works for you, it's really misleading advice.
     
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  11. Churchill W

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    I agree, but as a first watch, I would look for something more versatile than an Orange Monster.
     
  12. cptjeff

    cptjeff Well-Known Member

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    No. Houndstooth and paisley are entirely different patterns.

    This is Houndstooth:

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    This is Paisley:

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  13. All Tatters

    All Tatters Well-Known Member

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    But how about combining houndstooth with plaid? Or with paisley?
     
  14. mimo

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    But....why?!!!!
     
  15. All Tatters

    All Tatters Well-Known Member

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    Combining patterns is mostly not advisable but I could use some input on hat difference in scale (of the patterns involved) could make it work.
     
  16. gerbilunit

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    anyone know the name of this style tie with the frayed ends?
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    It's very tricky, but not always absolutely impossible. Show me a picture of the houndstooth, and a picture of the plaid or paisley, and I'll tell you whether I'd combine them. Without pictures, if you're just asking in the abstract, I'd suggest that you avoid it.
     
  18. J011yroger

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    Two quick questions.

    1) How do you guys with 200+ ties keep them organized? I have racks nailed up everywhere, and it is getting a bit out of hand.

    2) When wearing higher waisted trousers with braces I always still tie my tie so that it touches the top of the waistband, is that correct since I've seen pictures on here with the tie much lower, like in the same spot it would be on modern lower rise trousers and no one called foul (which is what got me thinking since it doesn't take much to get someone to call foul in the WAYWT thread)?

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  19. J011yroger

    J011yroger Well-Known Member

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    1. Tan/Camel/Khaki (whatever you want to call it) is my clear #1, I usually wear them with jeans (is that a lynch mob I hear forming?), a lot of people will say medium gray but I really don't think that looks great. The medium gray and brown always looks to me like they are the only color of nice trousers you own, so you wear them with your brown jacket too. I know people swear up and down that it is a great look, and it can be nice with a brown tweed that has some black woven into it, but I generally don't like it so I don't do it, I don't poo-poo others who chose to since it doesn't look awful though.

    2. Khaki and Navy look great with olive, light blue too. If it is a light olive you can wear it with brown, but that is easy to fuck up if you don't have an eye for it.

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  20. J011yroger

    J011yroger Well-Known Member

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    It can be done and look good, but odds are if you are asking you don't have the eye for it yet.

    One of the patterns has to be more subtle, and there has to be a big scale difference, if the patterns are all bold, or all on the same scale, it gets confusing, and your eye doesn't know where to look.

    It could be good, but it will more likely be really really bad. High risk, low reward.

    You don't want to look like you just robbed a thrift store, or like you only dress up once in a while and want to wear all your favorite stuff at the same time.

    J
     

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