Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. jcmeyer

    jcmeyer Senior member

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    Stupid work got in the way of responding for a while, and the thread has moved on, so this is more to say thanks for the feedback :D


    Word. Will go with this type of more substantial shoe with future fits in the realm of this one. Need some actual chinos/brown pants of some sort too. Wondering


    It wouldn't be fun if there wasn't an element of personal taste in all of it. I do think it's better in the first fit for sure - and context is everything. But I appreciate the rundown of what made it tough on your lookers. I do find it's a difficult tie to actually choose to put on, and more than agree that it's a spring/summer affair by its very nature. Polarizing piece of cotton!


    Yep, makes sense to me. A lot more going on in the new one though I'm not sure exactly where the contrast was in relation to the first fit, since effectively they are both blue shirt and navy jacket. Interesting!


    Confirmation bias fistbump! :fistbump:
     
  2. ridethecliche

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    +1 to ubg. I love that first one kulata proposed.

     
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  3. kulata

    kulata Senior member

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    Leaning towards the first one too. Rust/copper that will go with a lot of fall colors...I think I already have a jacket that looks like the last one. Come to think of it
     
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    I'm at a conference this week and am particularly looking forward to hearing one of the guest speakers! :)

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    Since founding his company in 2000 (www.suitsupply.com), De Jong has continued to take on a prominent role within the company. As the CEO he determines the company’s strategy, global development, comes up with innovative (and sometimes provocative) marketing campaigns and is leading Suitsupply to a rapid
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    The manner in which De Jong leads Suitsupply is the quintessence of Dutch entrepreneurship through untraditional thinking, creative leadership, and a pioneering spirit. The company is expanding globally with stores in Europe, USA and China.
    “Creating the best fit without fitting in”, is De Jong’s daily mantra.
     
  5. ridethecliche

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    He was in law school? Ugh, that explains their ads.

    Would only be explained better if he was in b school.
     
  6. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    I have one navy SC and that is all I need.
     
  7. heldentenor

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    I agree with ArchibaldLeach and others that it's donegal, herringbone, and some kind of check, but I think the gap between the first two options and the third is substantial. As in, I would get two each of donegal and herringbone in some combination of dark brown, rust, green, and blue before I would get a tweed check.

    For me, flannel looks so much better in checked patterns than tweed, whether it's a shepherd's check like the beautiful fall melange you wore recently, a guncheck like NMWA and others are selling from Eidos, or a larger windowpane.

    On staples generally, the reason we overload on them is because with staples, minute differences matter most. I'll never have two grey PoW check SCs in my wardrobe at the same time because they aren't versatile enough for me to make fine distinctions between them. If I like one better than the other, one's got to go. Yet I have five solid navy jackets and two patterned navy/blue jackets, and will likely add two more in the not-so-distant future, because to me there's a world of difference between a herringbone navy flannel with flap pockets and a super 120s navy blazer with patch in terms of how they affect a look. That doesn't even account for differences in quality, which shine through loudest when variables are kept to a minimum.
     
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    Your ability to keep your wardrobe manageable does you a great deal of credit in my book and speaks to the value of versatility, but how many navy or blue suits do you own and wear regularly? For those who don't play the suit game regularly, one navy ain't gonna cut it.

    Also, you don't count your Eidos guncheck as a navy?
     
  9. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Bearded Prick Dubiously Honored

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    jcmeyer, I don't find the tie as repellant as others seem to. I think it would be lovely in a spring/summer combination (including a blue linen or fresco suit). It's horrible with the recent combo, though.
     
  10. jcmeyer

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    You're horrible with the recent combo!

    :nodding: Appreciate the helps.
     
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    sugarbutch Bearded Prick Dubiously Honored

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    Okay, perhaps that was a bit forcefully stated. :)
     
  12. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    Thanks for the compliment, much appreciated.

    While I am a known koppaholic, with little to no self restraint, I also keep a pretty tight wardrobe, and I sell a lot. For three reasons.

    1. Im not in a financial position to have everything I want.

    2. It bothers me to have things that I wear with great infrequency, it feels wasteful. That is partially related to the above.

    3. I have limited closet and dresser space.

    That being said, my wardrobe consists of the following.

    5 suits.


    • Solid navy birdseye - SB
    • Gray PoW - SB
    • Light blue - SB
    • Chocolate brown - DB
    • Gray donegal-ish - DB (in the works)


    6 SC's (all SB)


    • Solid navy birdseye (not optimal and probably out at some point)
    • Solid navy perfect SC (in the works)
    • Solid brown (semi-optimal will probably head out next year if I have a better one made up)
    • Solid gray/brown/purple
    • Navy/light blue with orange overcheck gunclub
    • Gray/blue gunclub


    Maybe 10 pairs of pants, grays, tans, browns, a navy and a green.

    About a dozen pairs of shoes.

    10 coats (truly excessive but that is my real weak spot)

    But I have a lot of shirts and ties, probably 50 of each, and about 10 PSs

    I feel that due to the fact that most of my suits/SCs/pants are solid and pretty much staples, together with the larger sized shirt and tie collection, I can create a lot of different looks. I also have a fair amount of sweaters, casual pants, and SWD ish.

    With all that in play, I really never get the feeling that I am wearing the same thing over and over again. More often I actually feel like I have too much.

    I have no illusions that for a normal person I have a small wardrobe, but I think for an SFer, I keep it pretty tight. Im in a spot where I dont really feel I need to add anything, and the only thing I think I really want to add is a flannel navy wide chalk stripe peak lapeled suit. Not for necessity but because I want to indulge in one.

    Thanks for giving me the opportunity to share that. :)
     
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    QFT. :teach:
     
  14. archibaldleach

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    I sympathize with your second point (being bothered by having stuff that you don't wear often), @in stitches. Where do you draw the line for too infrequent use? Just curious.
     
  15. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    I don't have a number, it's really just more of a feeling of non useage or if I feel Im only wearing it to justify having it or if I feel the use is limited and the piece is not amazing enough to justify the limited use.
     

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