Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Foxhound, Feb 10, 2016.
Wear without care brah, #wearwithoutcare
Any chance the guy wearing the light gray double breasted flannel suit with blue windowpane along with brown Double monks who was at the Collins/William St tram stop today at about 1:30 pm is a Styleforum member?
Well, if you're "dropping into Vass" that would surely imply that you'll be in Budapest at some point.
In which case, don't rule out Buday. I just picked up these from Ed at Panta:
(Only the first photo was taken in direct sunlight - shows the true colour of the "oxblood" shell)
These are so awesome it's ridiculous.
Oh, and you no get no steenking U last. Budapester all the way, gringo. Otherwise, why bother?
There's another Hungarian shoe store, Rozsnyai Shoes, just a couple of doors down from Vass, too. Like Vass, they offer a combination of "classic" (ie fairly chunky shoes in a Budapester style) and more contemporary styles.
Interesting read. Also, the use of Wordpress is quaint, to say the least...
Speaking of being late to the party and all that...
I'd like to get some thoughts on what style would make a good winter coat for Adelaide wear. I work in a fairly informal office environment - trousers and a shirt with no tie is pretty formal in this place - so I'm looking for something that can be worn over a shirt. I'm not big on sweaters and don't see the point in buying a suit when trousers from MJ Bale suffice for everything except the walk to and from work (and a suit seems extravagant for that when you multiply the number of garments).
How hot do trench coats / overcoats run? I like the look of Peacoats, but reckon they'd run too warm for an Adelaide winter.
Depends on the overcoat fabric but I'd say still quite hot. What about the Barbour Chelsea jacket?
Barbour Bedale ore one of its derivatives, M65, or a cotton safari jacket would all fit the bill.
My opinion - I just can't understand the waxed Barbour-over-nice-clothes (or a suit) look. I find it a really jarring contrast. Same goes for militaristic jackets like the M65. Works for fashion bloggers, but whenever I see someone in the city trying to pull it off, I just find it odd.
To me, this look doesn't work at all for most people:
In terms of outerwear than can walk the line between formal and casual, I'd go for:
A navy Barbour Liddesdale (bit of a step up in formality from the waxed jackets, not too hot - works with odd trousers/jeans, great for layering if it gets colder)
A navy mac (works with odd trousers or a suit or even dark jeans - bonus points for getting a waterproof version)
Suitsupply have a couple nice versions at the moment, their quality is always very good for the price:
A peacoat (works with odd trousers or jeans - will be hotter):
Suitsupply had a very nice one which I bought last year: http://eu.suitsupply.com/en/coats/blue-peacoat/J414.html
The quilted ones like Liddesdale eskdale etc are ubiquitous in London, you'll see all kinds of well dressed guys with these on over the suits rather than an overcoat. Much lighter not as formal but not funny contrast like the oiled ones you mention.
One of my favourite looks.
I didn't have the courage to say it first, but I agree.
Very personal opinion, YMMV etc.: having grown up in a mix of London and the Alps, to me a Barbour is strictly a country/casual piece; mostly country, and for a specific subset of society that likes to ride horses and shoot pheasants on their estate (or of a certain generation). Even more so than tweed.
The waxed cloth was a groundbreaking solution to wetness and cold... at the time. Today, it's heavy, and less performant than more modern materials at keeping you warm and dry at a much heavier weight penalty, and without actually looking interesting or pleasant. The only times I've willingly worn anything resembling a Barbour is when going shooting, as a shooting jacket, and then only because of the large pockets in which to put the shells.
I think one should either celebrate the opportunity to wear warm clothes with a well cut double breasted overcoat, maybe in navy, grey herringbone, or camel - and yes, these are expensive to do well, sometimes a multiple of your suit - or give up on "looking good whilst outside" and go practical with a ski jacket or shell jacket made of something modern, ultralight and that can withstand 20 minutes of rain and wind without drenching what's underneath. Both of these with breathe better, the first will look better and the second will say "I admit it's bloody cold today and I give up on trying to look good and protecting my suit". I'm personally an overcoat kind of guy, I love the opportunity to wear DB without attracting attention (as you would with a DB suit just about anywhere) and there is a particular satisfaction to the warmth of the double layer of clothing in front of you when the wind hits you hard. I ski jacket it when it's snowing and many degrees below zero (not a problem in Australia) at which point absolute warmth is the deciding factor.
Does Barbour make a oilskin suit? Or Driza- Bone?
Do they make a Puffy one?
Spoiler: On second thoughts - Oil skins can often look great
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