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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, Jan 6, 2014.

  1. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Distinguished Member

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    I'm going on a self-imposed clothing/shoe purchase ban until September, but went out with a bang by ordering these beauties from Carmina. Pictures courtesty of @Gerry Nelson
    Between these and my Islays, I think I'm pretty set for boots.


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  2. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Distinguished Member

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    Shipton and heneage seem to have some pretty rad british made shoes, esp for the price.
     


  3. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    Ime, cuffs definitely affect drape on certain fabrics.
     


  4. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Distinguished Member

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    Last pre-interview question!

    I'm packing right now and wondering which shoes I should go with. Dark brown or burgundy (similar to color newshoes1 posted above). Both are captoe oxfords.

    Navy suit. Green pindot tie. Navy socks.

    Thoughts?
     
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  5. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Distinguished Member

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    Dark brown, we've discussed this already. Be as conservative as possible.
     


  6. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Distinguished Member

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    Huh, really?

    I guess it's weird to me that green tie with white pindots is formal while burgundy shoes are not. Green tie with pindots over herringbone grey, red blue repp grenadine, and navy/green thick stripe repp.
     


  7. losrockets

    losrockets Senior Member

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    White pindots on a solid b/g are considered formal, even w/ the b/g being green. I can see a herringbone grey working but for medical school interviews, I wouldn't push it. Repps? Nope. Go with dark brown shoes and don't think twice about it. Good luck!
     


  8. Monkeyface

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    Interviews aren't about what you wear, they're about you. That's why you want to take away anything that can distract from that. You don't want them to remember your burgundy shoes, you want them to remember you. Once you have the job you can wear other things, but for interviews you should always be conservative. You've asked this before and many people have said this already.

    Good luck!
     


  9. DonRaphael

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    I'm somewhat confused here. Cappelli charges €25 for shipping (within the EU, Sweden). All good. I've contacted another tie maker from Italy, and asked them for a quote on shipping cost for 3-4 ties. They're saying €40-50!? What am I missing? Is Cappelli taking a loss?

    Anyone from Italy that cares to explain this variation? At €40-50 I'd be better off trying to find someone willing to proxy.
     
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  10. Pliny

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    not from Italy but AFAIK merchants aren't obliged to charge you only what the carrier charges them. Often include a handling fee. Maybe Cappelli doesn't

    e.g. Rubinacci charges > €50 for shipping ties
     


  11. DonRaphael

    DonRaphael Distinguished Member

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    Thanks. I understand some merchants take out a fee, but I just thought the variation between the two was to big to be explained by a fee. Obviously not, though, as Rubinacci charges the same.

    Standard fold (3 I believe) tie: €70
    7-fold tie: €90
    Shipping: €50
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  12. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Bearded Prick Dubiously Honored

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    I am surprised by the certainty re brown v burgundy shoes. Actual burgundy (as opposed to something like cherry) is completely unnoteworthy. He's having a med school interview, not one with a bank.
     


  13. davesmith

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    Are the shipping methods they use the same? €50 sounds a bit ridiculous unless it is next day.
     
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  14. DonRaphael

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    I didn't ask further after receiving the quote. But Cappelli ships with DHL/UPS and the package usually arrives at intended destination the day after he ships it. I don't require faster shipping than that. And certainly not for an additional €15-25. At €50 I'd require express teleport.
     


  15. EFV

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    Wow, that's ridiculous. A very big chunk of that shipping is "service cost" I take it, because DHL don't charge more than half of that, at most, for 3 ties.
     


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