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Basic Fashion Do's and Don'ts

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by jsinnola, Oct 9, 2006.

  1. Ivan Kipling

    Ivan Kipling Senior member

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    When in doubt. Wear black.[​IMG]
     
  2. VMan

    VMan Senior member

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    4. Keep the shirt lighter than than the suit or suffer the Borat, never striped shirt with striped suit, if you mix patterns use one big and one small. Alan Flusser has a good run-through of these.


    I actually think a striped shirt with a striped suit can look very nice. You have to be sure that the stripes don't match, though, and stick with a solid tie.
     
  3. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    I actually think a striped shirt with a striped suit can look very nice. You have to be sure that the stripes don't match, though, and stick with a solid tie.

    I think striped tie and striped suit with semi matching patterns can be cool. I saw a look like that in the movie "In Good Company" that looked pretty cool, actually.
     
  4. Artisan Fan

    Artisan Fan Senior member

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    Quite a bit of truth there. Lots of great dress in those films.
     
  5. Liberty Ship

    Liberty Ship Senior member

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    ...and monograms, too.

    Basically, no "legible" clothing.
     
  6. twblalock

    twblalock Active Member

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    I didn't see this yet, so I'll post it here:

    Men need to stop wearing their pants too long. This is NOT HARD. Hemming is cheap.
     
  7. VooDooATL

    VooDooATL Active Member

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    I disagree about the french cuffs without a suit. Some of us always buy french cuffs and its not practical to wear a coat in every office settings.

    I also disagree about the loafers and suits, good shoes are good shoes that is much more important then the style. You will find that MANY members of this forum are just looking for a reason to buy more shoes.
     
  8. javyn

    javyn Senior member

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    i have to second that. i hate the full break. way too long
     
  9. Rolo

    Rolo Senior member

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    The most important rule to remember is that there are always exceptions to the rules (except this one).
     
  10. designprofessor

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    I think you have to be carefull with flat front pants.
    They are unforgiving to some body types, and they can
    bring the whole outfit down. And good shoes won't rescue
    it.
     
  11. Parker

    Parker Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Not sure these are technically Rules, but how about:

    - No sports watches with suits
    - No watches worn outside the cuff
     
  12. drizzt3117

    drizzt3117 Senior member

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    Some traditionalists frown on wearing sports watches with suits, but I don't think it was ever really a rule. Personally I'll wear whichever style of watches I'm in the mood for, although I'll try to match the face color to my ensemble in the case of a metal watch, and of course the strap color for a dress watch.
     
  13. clownmitts

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    My opinion, and by no means is it definitive, is that dressing well is a balance between individual tastes and social context. Meaning that you're always trying to find a middle ground between personal whimsy and conformity.
    Sometimes it is best to dress in a way that doesn't draw attention to one's self out of decorum or courtesy, other times it simply doesn't matter what other people think.
    Therefore the trick to dressing well is understanding when it's appropriate to let yourself go with your personal taste and when you should play it safe and fit in.
     
  14. clownmitts

    clownmitts Active Member

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    Not sure these are technically Rules, but how about:

    - No sports watches with suits


    Personally speaking, I'm impressed whenever I see a well dressed person with an inconspicuous sports watch on. To me it says that they value utility.
     
  15. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    Keep reading the forums. Post some pictures of your outfits. Develop your own personal style.
     
  16. acidboy

    acidboy Senior member

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    thou shalt not believe what giorgio, miucci, louie, salvatore, tom, thom, hedi, and even ralph as what thy should wear.
     
  17. Aureus

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    No french cuffs without jacket
    Match watch metal with belt buckle and cufflinks


    Bollocks to both of those; French cuffs can be perfectly fine without a jacket of any kind. The second is just far to impractical. That would require at least two different wedding rings. At least 2 or 3 belts per color in order to get an adequate number of differnt buckles. Any number of dress and sports watches... And what do you do when you have a horror of horrors, two-tone anything?

    Bollocks, monochrome can be a nice look. Assuming they match in color, not shade.
     
  18. Nantucket Red

    Nantucket Red Senior member

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    Sartorial rules generally have reasons for existing, whether aesthetic or practical. Then there are the social shibboleths and anachronisms.

    Aesthetic rule: Make sure everything fits well and the colors don't clash. This requires some basic sense and assumes that you even care how you look in the first place. Some people don't.

    Practical rule: Shirt cuffs should extend slightly beyond the suit jacket cuff. This ensures that your jacket cuffs don't get grimy with dirt from your bare wrist. You're going to launder your shirts far more often than you're going to get your jackets dry cleaned.

    Social shibboleth: Visible logos, conspicuously chunky sports watches, and self-consciously fashion-forward clothes tell the world you're a peasant who's trying very hard to convince everybody you're "classy." To the sartorially knowledgeable, these things scream "insecurity."

    Anachronism: The rule about not wearing a wrist watch with formal wear dates from the time the well-heeled used pocket watches. Pocket watches are now largely considered an affectation. If you can use a pocket watch without coming off as affected, you've honed your style to the point that you don't need to be asking about the rules on Style Forum.
     
  19. Ramses

    Ramses Senior member

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    Always wear alligator, croc, lizard, or stingray skins. Wear bright bold colors no matter the season. Style and profile and walk the aisle. Be FLAMBOYANT IT IS THE BEST CHOICE YOU WILL EVER MAKE.

    [​IMG]
     
  20. Newton

    Newton Senior member

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    Never wear a polo with a suit. Fullstop.

    And..

    Never ever buy a black double-breasted suit from a thrift shop. Or borrow one from your Dad

    It looks horrible and cheap.
     

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