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

  1. Acer

    Acer Well-Known Member

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    Yes, white shirt--there are so many other colors, I think anything but white would be disorienting.

    I see what you mean with the navy suit, too...a shame I haven't got one. That is something that needs to be fixed (next up on my to-buy list!) Though perhaps a pale blue would serve to tie the colors together as a navy suit would...


    edit: or I could just go for a navy blazer / khakis, with the above combo. though a blazer / sportcoat & khakis is what I wear nearly every Sunday :confused:
     
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  2. Acer

    Acer Well-Known Member

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    Also, should cotton / linen ties be worn with wool suits? Something about that seems odd to me, not sure why. Never really been one for non-silk ties :embar:
     
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    Where is a good place to buy fitted clothing (I live in Kansas)?

    I have been buying clothing from Express, but I suspect it wasn't that great of quality; everyone on these forums seems to think that, too. I've seen some suggestions of H&M. They seem really inexpensive, but perhaps they are nicer..I've never visited one. They don't have a lot of options on their site. I've been buying the fitted 1MX shirts from Express, and I think they look pretty good when I'm standing, but when I sit they bunch up a lot at the buttons. If I try wearing a jacket with them, the collars seem to get pushed down and look terrible. I've bought one extra slim shirt from Brooks Brothers. They had me get a 15/33, although I think a 34 would have been better. When I bend my arm at all, my sleeve goes and stays down. It also seems a little bunchy at my waist. Maybe I'm overly picky? I'm 6ft1, 160lbs.

    Thanks for any advice.
     


  4. Essential

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    So I have a wool sweater and some Allen Edmond cedar hangers. The hangers fit pretty tight in the sweater. Will this stretch it out greatly?
     


  5. D.B.Cooper

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    It might. Don't put sweaters on hangers for exactly that reason. Fold them and stack them.
     


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    Hello everyone I'm a new member and I need some shoe advice. I'm going on vacation to Hawaii in a few weeks and I've bought a pair of straight white jeans to wear with some light colored polos (pink, light blue) but I have no idea what type and color shoes to match these jeans. Any advice is welcome. Thanks in advance.
     


  7. 12345Michael54321

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    Right. I just wanted to make sure, since you didn't explicitly state that it'd be a white shirt.

    Hey, if you haven't got one, you haven't got one. So many items of clothing worth buying, and only a finite quantity of money, right? But you say it's next up on your "to buy" list, so no need to fret over the lack.

    A pale blue shirt, you mean?

    I don't know... Sometimes, it's possible to think of a pale blue shirt as almost an "honorary" white shirt. As in, very simple, unobjectionable, suitable in a wide variety of business or social settings, etc.

    But it's not actually a white shirt. And there are some times when a white shirt is a better choice than a blue shirt. And with all the color you've already got going on, I don't see how adding additional color - even a pale blue - to your shirt is a plus.

    Nothing wrong with wearing them again. Just because it's Easter, doesn't mean you have to go for something completely different. The tie and square would be new elements, right? That ought to be enough of a difference.

    And a charcoal suit tends to be very much on the conservative side. I mean, even compared to most suits, a charcoal suit is usually on the conservative side.

    Whereas your tie and pocket square are decidedly not staid and conservative. They're colorful. The pocket square in particular is almost light-hearted. (Which is fine for Easter. Easter is more about life and joy and rebirth and renewal, than it is about the somber and sober. It's more like a wedding than a funeral, in a sense.)

    The contrast between the very conservative - almost somber - charcoal suit, and the colorful, happy accessories, might strike some as unsettling. Yeah, contrast certainly has its place, but like anything, it also has its excesses.

    A navy blazer and khakis, on the other hand, are much less serious than a charcoal suit. They represent a level of sobriety that just about perfectly matches that of the tie and pocket square you want to wear.

    It's your call, but if it were up to me, I'd give very serious thought to going with the blazer. Unless this is a church wear almost every man will be in a conservative suit on Easter Sunday (a rarity these days), the blazer just seems like the obviously better choice.

    Well, just my take on it. Even if you utterly reject my opinions, I dare say you won't be the worst dressed man in church, in a charcoal suit and the square and tie in question.
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  8. 12345Michael54321

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    +1
     


  9. 12345Michael54321

    12345Michael54321 Distinguished Member

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    There's a "rule" (obeyed by some, ignored by others - like many other rules involving how to dress) that the only silk neckties should be worn with business suits. (And business suits should be wool.)

    But what this rule really means is that the formality of the tie should match the formality of the suit, which should match the formality of the occasion/situation. (And the formality of traditional business practice calls for a conservative wool suit.)

    Once we move outside the traditional business setting, the options open up considerably. In certain social settings, linen suits or cotton suits may be entirely appropriate. Sure, they're more casual than the typical worsted wool suit, but if - for example - I'm meeting friends for lunch at an outdoor cafe, in the summer, "more casual than traditional business attire" is a totally correct standard. Heck, I've been known to wear a seersucker suit with not just a cotton tie, but a cotton bow tie, at summertime social events. No way that I'd ever wear that combination if I were interviewing for a position at a conservative law firm, but horses for courses, and all that.

    So, if your wool suit is something casual or "summery," and it's a less than tremendously formal setting, feel free to wear a cotton or linen tie. Heck, go madras, if that's your thing. Well, at least you sometimes could.

    'Course, if you're asking specifically about the aforementioned charcoal suit, well, a charcoal suit doesn't usually say "casual" to me. I suppose some charcoal suits might. I guess. Maybe. But most won't. Sorry. (A charcoal wool suit's a fine suit to own, mind you. For most men, a charcoal suit and a navy suit could be staples. It's just typically not the best way to go if you want a casual, less formal, spring/summer suit.)

    BTW, you previously mentioned a navy blazer. A navy wool blazer can generally work pretty well with a cotton/linen tie. I mean, it depends, of course. But on average, it'll work better with such a tie than will a charcoal wool suit.
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  10. dragon8

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    The tie is very nice touch but the pocket square not so much..
     


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    Welcome!!! I'd pick a brownish color pair of shoes.
     


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    Thank you


    Despite the interesting look, I have a feeling they are not very practical.
     


  13. bullswin

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    The shirt and combo seem good to me.

    But I don't hang out in the WAYWRN thread, so I'm far from an expert on this sort of question. Cheers.
     


  14. bigtimebuck4

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    I have a taupe suit I was intending to wear to a rehearsal dinner in May. A friend of mine told me I couldn't wear that light of a color after dark. Is he right or is taupe dark enough to get away with?
     


  15. Velazkez

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    Hello,

    I would like to get a nice suit. My jacket size is 44L and my waist size 33-34. Can anyone recommend any OTR brands?

    I checked at one of the MTM makers (thick as thieves), and they don't really like going up to my size in the chest apparently. I am by no means thin or athletic (I weigh about 192 or so), but I'm having a hard time finding things that fit. I wouldn't really want to spend more than $2500, but if I had to, I guess I could. I cannot afford the 4-8000 it would cost for bespoke, unfortunately.
     


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