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Discussion in 'Streetwear and Denim' started by LA Guy, Apr 1, 2009.
Business casual? Buttondowns are your friend and Epaulet has plenty!
I see that and they look very nice. For me business casual is dress with no tie or jacket required.
Being that I'm style challenged, I wondering about which collar to get.
Is the collar type just a personal preference?
Looking forward to seeing the new Aldens.
There are no real hard and fast rules, especially in biz-casual 2013. Generally the button down collar is the most casual. Many people on StyleForum will tell you never to wear one with a suit. From there, the wider the spread of the shirt the more formal it typically is. Point collars are more classic (and many will tell you outdated). Cutaways are pretty cool but very "on trend" for the times. Spread or semi-spread collars are more formal without being as attention-grabbing as a cutaway.
My recommendation would be to start with a buttondown and then look for something with a slight spread. And, yes, Epaulet buttondowns are amazing.
Can we just all agree that the british are right and buttondowns should not be worn with ties?
It's OK though as long as you make sure to wear brown shoes
OMG, why do you hate America?
Just kidding. The button down and tie look does bug me with suits and 95% of the time is done terribly (though maybe you can say this about most mens' clothing in the wild). Even when done well I do a double take because something seems off. But I have no problem with, and actually like, an OCBD with a tie and odd jacket.
SeanMarcellus, collar type is generally a personal preference, can say something about where your style comes from, and also can depend on your face shape and body type if you want to get nerdy about it.
Thanks for all the advice, I was undecided on the shirts so got this one Buttondown Collar Lavender Sunwashed Chambray and this one Point Collar Blue Pinpoint Oxford, I think I can wear either to work or play.
Since I just learned there is some new pants I've never heard of (Chino) I got these Rivet Chino Brushed Hazel.
Nice to find out about epaulet, can't wait to check out my new stuff.
Ties with button down collars work if you do it casual enough, eg. knit tie w/ a corduroy sport coat/blazer. I think "rules" like this come into being in some part b/c enough people get sick of seeing something look shitty so they try to guide away from it.
Was going to say basically this. I hate the broadcloth shirt with a button-down collar paired with a business tie look, but an OCBD with a knit tie (especially a wool knit tie) kicks ass.
Personally I only like BD's with ties if (i) you and your outfit have a Wes Anderson vibe, or (ii) if the collar and lapels have big 70's style proportions
OCBD with repp, knit, club, or other similar ties are great.
It gets tougher to pair them with finer silk ties, but it is done well by many.
Showing my support for buttondowns with ties, here's what I'm wearing today:
Spoiler'd because items are non-EP:
Wow, these guys are really on the ball. I ordered some pants yesterday, 2 shirts and pants a couple hours ago, just got noticed it's all been shipped.
I see EPLA shirts and jeans listed as categories on the site.
Should I find something better to do with my day...?
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