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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. Konstantinos343

    Konstantinos343 Well-Known Member

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    I have two questions. I hope someone can give me his opinions/advices.

    I'm thinking of buying a navy blue blazer. I want to wear it with black dress pants and a white blue dots mandarin shirt. Can this be an OK look in your opinion?

    Another thing I want to ask now. If I want to buy navy blue dress pants and a navy blue vest in the future (along with the blazer I might already have and a new white shirt and a tie), will there be a problem if there is a slight divergence among the pants'. vest's and blazer's navy blue colour?

    I'm really new to formal looks.. [​IMG]
     
  2. Isolation

    Isolation Senior member

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    Yes, don't do it. Either exact same, or clearly different color and/or clearly different texture.

    ie, blue jeans can go with blue jacket, but not blue wool slacks.

    Generally it's recommended to go for me gray or tan trousers instead of black to go with navy blazer. If appropriate I also recommend cream (linen/worsted/flannel/chino/denim all viable). Light brown in tweed/linen are also options.

    If you must wear black slacks, which are faux pas on these boards, I recommend a light gray blazer for a grayscale/monochrome outfit. I'd go for solid white shirt in this case. This would not be a very CM outfit though, and more a sw/d type thing.
     
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  3. Konstantinos343

    Konstantinos343 Well-Known Member

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    That's very helpful! Thank you..

    I might think about buying a cream pair of pants to suit with my blazer. It sounds more attractive indeed.
     
  4. 12345Michael54321

    12345Michael54321 Senior member

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    The dark blue blazer with the black pants is usually a bad idea. The fact that the two colors - dark blue and black - are too similar. It's almost a sartorial "uncanny valley," where they neither match perfectly enough to be tolerable, or are sufficiently different to be acceptable.

    I'd add that black pants, in and of themselves, tend not to get too much love on SF. But even if one likes black pants, they're enormously better paired with, say, a light/medium grey jacket, than with navy blue.

    Getting a perfect match will be nearly impossible. Go ask anyone who wants to get a replacement pair of pants for a suit whose jacket is still good.

    Anyway, the navy pants, with navy vest, and navy blazer, all of almost the same shade of navy blue, will be awful. It's that "trying to sort of resemble a suit, but not doing it well at all" look. Avoid.

    If you want to wear a navy blue suit, wear a navy blue suit. Navy blue suits are fine. The combination you describe isn't a navy suit. And it's not fine.
     
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  5. 12345Michael54321

    12345Michael54321 Senior member

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    That can work.

    Lots of choices of pants to go with a navy blazer. Just try to steer clear of black pants or navy pants.
     
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  6. KNG24

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    Quick question: I have a dark blue blazer that I'm pairing with some tan/ khaki slacks. I have a grey shirt that seems to go really well with the two but I can't think of a color for a tie. Any suggestions?
     
  7. Konstantinos343

    Konstantinos343 Well-Known Member

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    One more question. I am not sure if what I tried out in the store is a blazer, sport coat or suit coat. How can I learn identify them? What are the solid differences? I'm asking because if what I want is a suit coat, I know that I can't wear it with different colour pants. Or can I? [​IMG]
     
  8. Suetonius

    Suetonius Well-Known Member

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    Collars and cuffs:

    I'm starting my first proper job in a few weeks and I'm buying some new shirts because I only own a few dress shirts at present. Right now I'm thinking two white and two light blue to add to my arsenal of two white, one lilac and one light blue.

    I'm thinking I'll get one of those new shirts with double cuffs for extra-formal days/occasions. Should I pair it with a classic style collar, or with a cutaway collar, and should I bother getting any cutaway collar shirts with single cuffed sleeves? I want to avoid anything that's going to make the shirts (other than the double cuffed one) too formal for weekend wear (with dark wash jeans and a lightweight wool V-neck jumper).

    TL;DR

    White cutaway collar + double cuffs

    OR

    White classic collar + double cuffs?

    Cheers
     
  9. Jim Chu

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    It's a tricky operation, but if she is skilled enough, you can ask if she knows how to shorten from the top of the sleeves, that is, the shoulder.
    But I wouldn't want to provide the first jacket on which this is being tried out by her. Make sure she did this before.

    I've also seen the bottom moved to the top of the other three buttons in the adjustment, although I didn't like the way it looked with the top button (the one that was moved there from the bottom) having no fake button hole beside it (although her sewing machine may be able to copy the fake button hole stitch?). I guess you could just asked if she's done any of these things before and ask for recommendations or references from people for whom she's done any of these things.
     
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  10. Jim Chu

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    I guess it's a personal choice, but I think a cutaway looks better open with no tie than a classic collar.
    Now that I think about it, I am not even sure if either collar (classic or cutaway) is considered more formal than the other. Someone else may be able to confirm that for you.

    Of course, not knowing what you are thinking when you say classic and cutaway, we may not be thinking of the same thing - given that there are all kinds of spreads (wide, medium, etc) and when I think classic I may be thinking something different, although I think I know what you mean.
     
  11. Churchill W

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    Burgundy or navy.

    I think a blazer will usually have gold buttons and a sport coat will have matte buttons that are wood or plastic. Sports Coat and blazers will also be made in fabrics that are not worsted and may or may not have patch pockets. Suit jackets will usually be worsted and will usually not have patch pockets, but they are out there.


    For the collar selection, I would go with whatever works better with your face shape. The cutaway collar is going to look more "fashionable" whereas the classic (i'm going to assume pointed collar) will be more conservative in my opinion. Both are traditional collars, but I just feel like a cutaway collar is going to be less conservative. The cutaway collar may be tougher to wear without a tie.
     
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  12. VirgilVerne

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    When wearing a SB three piece suit, should the jacket remain unbuttoned?
     
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  13. Suntory

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    What should I wear to a Korean dinner date?[​IMG]
     
  14. Kid Nickels

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    Is the dinner Korean or the chick? And not sure what the difference would be.
     
  15. ebayhtl

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    Posted this in the leather jackets thread, but thought I'd try here as well.

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    Does anyone have any thoughts on quality of Gucci leather jackets? Pricing I saw at the shop the other day was about USD1700 (i.e. 50% off), and fits well. Seems like good quality but not a leather jacket expert by any means.

    The mainstream labels I've seen (Burberry in particular) at a similar price point have been at best mediocre. Gucci seems like a step up in quality though clearly I wouldn't buy at RRP.

    There's so many labels out there - so am happy to take recommendations for any price point of leather jackets as well <USD1500ish. Thanks.
     
  16. VirgilVerne

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    Why do I feel like this is a troll post...
     
  17. Konstantinos343

    Konstantinos343 Well-Known Member

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    But wait a moment. Can I not wear a suit coat as a blazer? Some people say you can't, but I don't get it. Technically, without the pants, it's a blazer. I am very confused.. [​IMG]
     
  18. VirgilVerne

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    You want to have your suit coat and your pants to match exactly, and if you wear one more than the other the dye will most probably fade more than the other and in the end you end up losing the suit.

    A suit jacket will also most likely seem more formal because the material is more delicate/neat.

    So essentially you absolutely CAN, but you shouldn't.
     
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  19. Konstantinos343

    Konstantinos343 Well-Known Member

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    Wow!! That was s informative! I can't thank you enough, sir..

    [​IMG]
     
  20. Suetonius

    Suetonius Well-Known Member

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    Depends on the jacket. If it's a solid colour it's harder to work, though it is usually fine with light greys and other colours you don't normally see suits in.

    If it's a bit funky like the jacket on this Ted Baker suit then it can be pulled off.

    [​IMG]
     
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