Critique my outfit!

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Catchcall, Jun 22, 2006.

  1. kitonbrioni

    kitonbrioni Senior member

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    This outfit would work perfectly for jury duty.

    LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! [​IMG]
     


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    I like your rings. However, I think this man is very individual.
     


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    Is it just me, or is that a gold tooth?
     


  5. Sator

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    Folks lets come clean and really seriously critique the look. I think that sniggering underneath our breath like this is rude and above all unhelpful. To dismiss the fellow as beyond hope is terribly unfair - give him a chance.

    I think you are trying too hard. The overall look is too busy and there is way too much going on.

    The only thing I like is the colour of the jacket. It suits your complexion. It's a crying shame everything else clashes so violently with it.

    Please get rid of the kangaroo pouch or whatever it is on your belt. It sticks out like a sore thumb. Part of the problem is that it is black. To match the pouch you have worn a black belt which is fair enough. But to match the black belt you have worn black shoes. Now if are really serious about getting that jacket to work you should be wearing brown shoes eg brown suede lace ups.

    To further exaggerate the colour clash you have worn red trousers. By itself you can with great care pull it off - but not when you put black and red together. I have heard it said that a woman should avoid the combination of black and red as it looks like she is a hooker. On a man it is just as disastrous.

    To top things off you have worn a loud print tie. I suggest you read Manton's book where he advises that you avoid print ties at all cost. I suggest getting rid of all of your print and novelty ties. Have a ritual burning this weekend. It matters little who the painter is or where you got them. Paintings are for art galleries. All novelty ties belong in the same basket as Mickey Mouse ties. Start with a solid tie. Consider yourself grounded until further notice as far as ties with anything on them are concerned.

    Next, the check pattern on the shirt is by itself fine. However, on your body the horizontal lines in the pattern are widening and make you look rather portly. Mix it with a jacket that in the picture looks like it needs taking in at the waist (as well as shortening to show more shirt sleeve), a tie as busy as a Christmas tree (all it lacks is flashing lights), plus red trousers and you kind of look like Father Christmas. You are better off wearing either a solid shirt or one with conservative stripes as they are both more slimming.

    Lastly, wear socks that are the same colour as your trousers. In this case you should wear brown trousers, socks and shoes. Never wear white socks unless you are playing tennis or are at the gym.

    Apologies for the devastating candidness. I hope to one day see pictures of you sporting the lessons you have learned either here or on AAAC. The before and after shots will be most interesting.
     


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    [​IMG]

    This is me and don't be too tough!

    Suitjacket: 120 ounce Barbera Kilgour bespoke
    Shirt:Mimmo Siviglia
    Pants: Bernard Zins
    Tie:Old Dunhill
    Shoes: E.Vogel N.Y.
    Socks: Nordstrom brand


    As individual components, the garments are fine, but it seems that little care was taken to integrate them into a harmonious look .
     


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    Sator, that was a helpful reply; however, I disagree with eschewing print ties. We should not dispose of print ties because a book tells us so.

    It seems to me Catchcall's individual pieces are actually high quality expensive garments in an odd ensemble.
     


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    Even Manton owns printed ties. The good ones are not common, but is that not true of all clothing?
     


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    Sator, that was a helpful reply; however, I disagree with eschewing print ties. We should not dispose of print ties because a book tells us so.

    It seems to me Catchcall's individual pieces are actually high quality expensive garments in an odd ensemble.


    It just happens that I personally avoid print ties. I had previously come to the same conclusion as Manton but independently of him. Manton's book just helped to thoroughly vindicate what I had learned over the years. I have made my mistakes too but I have learned from them.

    In this case, the advice I gave was as an antidote to excessive busyness to emphasise the eloquence of understatement. You could argue I went overboard in the opposite direction but I think it is still thoroughly sound advice. I had been thinking whether I should have qualified the statement by saying that you should start with solid ties and then graduate onto a conservative tie with subtle dots on a dark background - but only after mastering solid ties.
     


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    As individual components, the garments are fine, but it seems that little care was taken to integrate them into a harmonious look .

    Exactly. It actually took quite a bit of time to untangle the knots to figure out exactly what went wrong.
     


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    Even Manton owns printed ties. The good ones are not common, but is that not true of all clothing?
    The only acceptable print ties are those with extremely simple geometrical patterns that look scarcely any more complicated than a dot or stripe tie. Any more than that and you are asking for trouble. Big trouble.
     


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    Should match your shoes to your socks y'know.
     


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    Should match your shoes to your socks y'know.

    No....
     


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    It seems to me Catchcall's individual pieces are actually high quality expensive garments in an odd ensemble.
    Are they? This is the caption on the original picture:
    Shirt: Gimbel's "sportif" collection
    Tie: J. Garcia
    Bespoke socks
    Shoes: Red Wing Bluchers
    Jacket: Sears house brand
    Pants: Fell to earth, presumably from space.

    I'll believe the tie is an original Dunhill limited edition if you show us a picture of the label. I would believe it was a limited edition designed by J Garcia for Dunhill, though.
     


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