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Fancy dinner and a broadway show, need some help with my clothing selection

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by aberrant, Jul 31, 2011.

  1. aberrant

    aberrant Member

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    I just purchased a BB Fitzgerald blazer (the one with pewter buttons) and some medium gray trousers. I'm trying to find a shirt that takes this away from the traditional look and I'm thinking about a striped shirt on a white background. I REALLY like this shirt, and I'm curious if it would look good or not: http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCat...lor=BLACK&sort_by=&sectioncolor=&sectionsize=

    I would also add a touch of flare with a linen pocket square, but I'm not sure how that would look sans tie. Any advice?
     


  2. aberrant

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    I also considered a purple shirt, but I think a paterned over a solid shirt will add more pop. I'd like a point collar as well, I'm not a fan of button collars.
     


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    cptjeff Senior member

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    Looks nice, though a button collar would be wiser sans tie. Others have a tendency to flatten underneath your jacket unless you're careful.

    Yes to the pocket square, it'll be fine sans tie.
     


  4. aberrant

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    Do the black stripes standout in a bad way since there's nothing to tie them into the outfit? Also, what is the thought on french cuffs with just a blazer, no suit?
     


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    Since this is will be a fancy dinner, you can show a bit of class with cufflinks--maybe silk knotted ones. But you should be wearing a tie--like a dark gray one with that striped shirt.
     
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  6. aberrant

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    As far as a pocket square, solid or paterned color? Also, I'm worried the black stripes on the shirt aren't going to match the navy blazer and will look out of place, can I tie the shirt in with cuff links or a pocket square?
     


  7. SkinnyGoomba

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    Though I'm wearing a multistripe at the moment there are few that call out to me. I much prefer a bengal stripe for the aforementioned look than the shirt you've picked.

    Try this one http://www.brooksbrothers.com/IWCat...BLUE&sort_by=&sectioncolor=&sectionsize=#null

    The burnt orange stripe is cool if you want to have a little fun without going overboard. No need for French cuffs if the occasion only calls for blazer.

    I tend to avoid mid grey slacks with a navy blazer, look to much like you're the security guard for the event rather than a spectator. Try a stone color or a light tan. Unless you are feeling particularly bold just wear a White pocket square in a casual fold (just stuff it in the pocket).

    For future reference black does go perfectly well with navy and you don't need to anchor it with anything.
     
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  8. GusW

    GusW Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    That shirt would be awful with a blazer and no tie.

    Wear a colorful pocket square like either one of these and a solid pink or blue shirt.

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    or this


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  9. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    Probably a stupid question but....why?
     


  10. SkinnyGoomba

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    Mostly because it's a somewhat formal dress shirt with a spread collar and French cuffs. It does not lend itself well to being worn casually.
     


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    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    Spread collar? Doesn't look too spread to me...the wide stripes seem to me to give a somewhat less formal look also. The french cuffs are somewhat formal, but I don't think that prohibits wearing the shirt with a blazer and no tie
     


  12. SkinnyGoomba

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    You asked why and those are some of the reasons. Nothing can 'prohibit' the shirt from being worn with a blazer, it's just far less optimal than other more casual options.
     
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  13. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    OK, I agree with your french cuff point, but I'm arguing even that it is a spread collar or a formal pattern. It's described as a point collar on the site, and the many-stripe pattern doesn't seem that formal to me. I thought generally the less "clean" the pattern, the more informal?
     


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    On the website for the restaurant (Daniel) it says Jacket required, tie suggested for gentlemen. Could I pull off the multi-color shirt in my original post with a tie, and add some cuff links?
     


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    unbelragazzo Jewfro Dubiously Honored

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    Of course
     


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