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"barnyard chic"

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by keys, Oct 3, 2004.

  1. keys

    keys Senior Member

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    Just got an invitation for some upscale charity function to take place later this month in downstate NY.

    The premise of this event is a gourmet dinner paired w/ some rather fine wines followed by an auction. The festivities will take place in an old barn on an even older estate that, presumably, will be turned into something grand for a rather affluent crowd [w/ the exception of my wife and I of course]

    The invite specifically states the dresscode is "cozy barn chic with practical shoes". Needless to say I am rather stymied as to what would be appropriate.

    I'm thinking something along the lines of dress jeans w/ a Jantzen shirt along w/ a woven tie from someone like Ben Silver. As for practical shoes; perhaps something like one of the more casual designs from the Polo Ralph Lauren collection would suffice.

    Would some of the style mavens here would be kind enough to help me decipher this dresscode?

    Your assistance would be greatly appreciated.

    V-
     


  2. Brian SD

    Brian SD Moderator

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    Barnyard chic = Prada overalls.
     


  3. VMan

    VMan Distinguished Member

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    Make sure you go with lots of browns, olives, and checks. In the words of Ernest, a 'Gentleman Farmer'.

    If the above doesn't make sense, please disregard.

    Seriously though, I'd go with the combo you suggested, but I might substitute flat-front slacks for the 'dress jeans'. What exactly are dress jeans?

    For shoes, I would suggest something in suede (especially since it's both 'country' themed and autumn), either with a lug or a crepe sole. Maybe even some ankle boots.
     


  4. dorian

    dorian Senior Member

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    Olive, maybe brown, corduroys, tattersall shirt possibly, sportcoat, nicely polished and constructed oxfords with a rubber sole.

    That is the gentleman farmer....
     


  5. Huntsman

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    Well, there are far more barnyards than Prada out my way. Chicks, too, but not in Prada, either. Feathers, in fact. When I'm in a barnyard or on a farm, my attire would typically be jeans, Red Wing boots (cordovan in color, actually), tee shirt or flannel depending on season, and a Western hat or a cap with a tractor company logo. Yeah, really (but at least it isn't John Deere [​IMG] ). To make that chic, hmmm... ankle boots, yes definitely, along with jeans, a nice Chambray shirt, and a jacket of some sort -- corduroy, moleskin, or perhaps, tweed? Ditch the tie, especially with the 'cozy' qualifier. It does seem awfully affected, though -- sham slumming, as it were. I'd probably turn it around on them and toss my black, single-breasted leather jacket over my actual farm attire, grab my favorite black leather cowboy hat and go. Been there, worn that. Actually looks quite good. Regards, Huntsman
     


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    Careful about your footwear, you never know what you might be stepping in on the way to dinner. [​IMG] There's a reason the horsey set wears boots. That said, what about a pir of breeks (or khaki pants tucked in) with a button-down plain dress shirt (or tattersall pattern), finished off by a superbly practical pair of rubber Wellies? Sorry, I tend to turn everything into a Shooting Party.
     


  7. keys

    keys Senior Member

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    That's what worries me. I've got a nice pair of Moreschi suede oxfords that would go quite well w/ my RFPL corderouys but I can't imagine that this event could really be that farmlike. I'm thinking that the mention of "practical shoes" is more intended towards the women that will be attending; to wit they should refrain from high heels and such.

    In regards to my shirt, I suspect a nice button down w/ autumnal colors could work well but is it a given that I should refran from wearing a tie of any sort? I was thinking that a solid color cotton weave *might* be appropriate.

    Thanks for the suggestions so far; you guy's are great.
     


  8. STYLESTUDENT

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    IMO, you'd need a jacket if you're wearing a knit tie with, say, a flannel tattersall shirt. Maybe tweed or even a quilted jacket or vest. The English riding/hunting references from TCN and Huntsman are on the mark.
     


  9. LA Guy

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    Donegal tweed jacket over a Barbera style (i.e. would never be realy worn for farmwork) olive/maize/pumpkin plaid shirt (you could probably get one from Lance's www.virtualclotheshorse.com or Ian's World's Finest store for "cheap" and medium to dark brown medium to wide wale corduroy pants . Distressed leather (but expensively so) shoes - think John Varvatos. Distressed calfskin belt. No tie. Pretend you are slumming in the Tuscan coutryside or something.
     


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