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Double monk straps with a suit?

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by CharlesAlexander, Aug 9, 2011.

  1. CharlesAlexander

    CharlesAlexander Senior member

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    How do double monk straps look with a suit? I am thinking about pulling the trigger on these from Paul Stuart:

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    Please note: I am going to buy them and wear them with suits anyway
     
  2. MalfordOfLondon

    MalfordOfLondon Senior member

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    :laugh:
    I wear my double monks with heavier cloth. Aesthetically I think they are a bit too clunky for use with lightweight suits - but that's just my preference.
     
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  3. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    Hey Foo, looks great. Wouldn't hesitate doing so. Some of the more conservative folks will probably tell you how bad it looks, but I think it is generally SF approved, if it all matters.
     
  4. stylesbitchly

    stylesbitchly Well-Known Member

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    I, and the people that compliment me on mine when worn with a suit ,think they look awesome.

    I like the advice given here, and I've learned a shit load, about dressing better (correctly), but there are exceptions to every rule. Including that one.
     
  5. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    Wait, you smell that?
    

    That's a fairly sleek last and with the simple cap toe, I think it would be fine with light weight fabric. In fact, I think it may look a bit off with heavier flannel or so.
     
  6. bourbonbasted

    bourbonbasted Senior member

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    I plan on buying a pair of chocolate suede dub monks to wear with navy pinstripe and chalk stripe suits. Saw a pair on a dude in Rome a month ago with a navy suit and they looked pretty effing awesome. I think they are a cool way to put a spin on the suits that everyone else around you is wearing (as if the fit, construction, coordination with tie and PS, and materials of an SF member's suit wasn't enough). :D
     
  7. CharlesAlexander

    CharlesAlexander Senior member

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    I am glad you guys agree. That way if anybody says anything I can go "It's SF approved, bitch!" Nothing else matters.
     
  8. bourbonbasted

    bourbonbasted Senior member

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    If someone gives you shit just say: "Fucking grazie, bro."
     
  9. godofcoffee

    godofcoffee Senior member

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    It's obviously not CBD, but for a night on the town do whatever you want.

    As a side note, I give that toe shape another 5 years, tops.
     
  10. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I've worn double monks with suits for many years including lightweight and heavier cloth. I also wear them with jeans. Double monks are classic but are enjoying a recent rise in popularity. I think the Paul Stuart ones will look smart and also retain a certain classic style even after the fashionable trend fades. The two shoes where wI get the most compliments are brown suede cap toes and brown or black double monks. I like that I can wear them with anything. Get them!
     
  11. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I think toe shape, within reason is a personal thing. If you are a heavy, stocky guy a fuller, rounded toe seems to work best. If you are trim a narrower toe seems right. However it must be in harmony with the scale and cut of the rest of your clothing. If you suddenly want to wear full cut pants, a larger, rounder toe will look better.
     
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    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I do it all the time.
     
  13. bourbonbasted

    bourbonbasted Senior member

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    This reminds me of a 2002 post I saw when I first started creeping on SF saying that dub monks were played out and soon to exit the style/iGent realm.

    As pocketsquare comments, as long as things stay in proportion to flatter one's figure and cut of clothing, I don't think it's possible to say when something will no longer be seen as stylish. Especially when it is a classic like dub monks.
     
  14. godofcoffee

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    I absolutely agree that that toe shape will be capable of objectively agreeing with certain body types regardless of time period; I just don't think it'll be fashionable, and I think it'll be sufficiently played out that people won't want to wear it.


    It certainly is difficult to forecast trends, especially in higher-end men's clothing. I'm certainly no arbiter elegantium, and naturally it's all a matter of opinion. But I suspect that this kind of very thin, near-chisel, extreme-Anthony Cleverley-esque thing won't have a long shelf life.
     
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  15. Yachting Man

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    Hahaha. That's brilliant.

    As per your question though, they look good with a nicely cut suit. Enjoy them!
     
  16. ThinkDerm

    ThinkDerm Senior member

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    Works great with Flannel.
     
  17. teddieriley

    teddieriley Senior member

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    Well, thankfully this is a forum about style and not fashion. That one is comfortable wearing something beyond what "other people" are willing to wear speaks to one's own preferences and style. I couldn't give two shits if GQ or Esquire endorses what I'm wearing 10 years from now - but chances are, because things are cyclical and they run out of things to write about, they will come back "in fashion" in no time.
     
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  18. MyOtherLife

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    Sleek lasted monks + Suit = win.
     
  19. Saturdays

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    I have a pair of Black Ballys with double monk strap. Looks decent with a suit.
     
  20. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I am aware of fashion and style because evaluating style trends in the marketplace has been a significant part of my career for 30+ years. There is classic style, but if you lag in how you can best present yourself in a contemporary context you can appear to be older and clueless. It will be extreme examples of color and fit that will look dated after 5 years and won't age well. Not a big deal for a T-shirt but certainly a major decision for fine tailored clothing.
     

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