Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by TTO, May 27, 2014.
Hurrah! Sadly, my suit needs more alteration than I thought, and is not yet presentable.
Well shaving one's back is really an exercise in futility.
It is indeed "on like Donkey Kong"...thanks for the reference, haven't heard anyone say that in ages.
Now then. Today, the thermometer was at 50C. That's 122F in American. So the choice to wear a three piece suit is perhaps questionable. Especially as I also have a navy linen suit. But linen isn't formal. I did eschew the heavy flannel chalkstripe I might otherwise have worn, and settled for a medium worsted. Anyway, quit moaning about the weather. This is a challenge, and time to man up! I might fairly be accused of having taken this seriously.
So, the most formal, traditional, conservative attire within the realms of SF decency - according to me at least - went like this:
- had to be three piece
- navy, traditional formal lounge suit
- would have gone white shirt, but light blue for SF Harmony, tidy medium spread, double cuff of course
- perfect contrast for tie is therefore (in my book) burgundy; no grenadines, knits, etc, so picked a Drake's challis neat
- white PS, required maximum restraint, fold-side up, no sprezzy edges
- smooth MOP cufflinks, not too flashy
- black cap toes, considered a wholecut but that's really quite dandy, cap toes are tasteful conservatism personified, and English ones at that, because everyone knows being more English is the same as being more anal formal
- tie bar, but hidden under the waistcoat so as not to be flashy; serving its functional purpose of keeping the tie vertical only
- braces > belt, woven braces more formal, normally for evening but can't be seen anyway, so I can just feel more formal
- socks; grey or navy just too dull, a formal fine stripe in muted blues, OTC of course
- quiet vintage dress watch of understated size on simple black strap
Here goes: It is 122F. It is midday, so there is light. The camera is steaming up on the phone a bit. I am steaming up too. All for you.
Am I really wearing this today, all day?
Yes I am. For TTO. For The Challenge. For Styleforum.
Tie bar functional only, not for flashy display.
Woven braces. Comfortable and gentlemanly.
This is a gentleman's modest formal watch. And modest formal cufflinks. No garish gold or sparkle here. Move along.
Navy wool, burgundy wool, Harrison's vs Drake's, England in harmony. With big fuck-off lapels. And a non-wool white PS, just a little peek mind. N.B. super-formal for me requires a symmetrical knot so no HW or FIH/DFIH coquetry here. No need for the hated FW, though: this meaty challis sits just nicely in a Pratt/Shelby.
Indoors for lunch. Shoes. No contrast laces here. Socks long, tasteful. Bresciani fil d'Ecosse.
Home time. Can I take my jacket off now?
I would like some votes this time, if it's not too much trouble.
That's pretty fucking great, mimo. Count on at least one vote.
I concur. Shit.
Mimo is going to have battle scars for this one.
But think of men 100 years ago who would have to dress like that in major heat waves with no air conditioning.
no. trouserless is just fine.
I thought it only happens to me, leaving home without trousers.
They would have worn white linen and at least a sun hat, right?
@mimo 's look is great, but I'm afraid his big fuck you lapels (his own words) make it not as formal as could/should have been. Anyway, hat's off to him (sorry, lame pun...)
I'm out. Pants are too long, and a second look at the jacket suggests some work could be done.
You are quite, quite, mad! 50 degrees, midday! [VIDEO][/VIDEO] [VIDEO][/VIDEO] I hope you had a nice cooling libation waiting for you! -TTO
I have decided that 'Land of Hope & Glory' is the official '[email protected]
I do hear it as my internal soundtrack for the day - unhappily, I'm hearing it sung by Dame Clara Butt.
"Double-dipping" on this week's challenge - today's attire . . .
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