Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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  1. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    I've tried medium gray and light gray flannels, neither of which are ideal. I also have a pair of dark gray trousers I've tried it with.
     


  2. MGD83

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    Charcoal or black or cream - I have a similar sc. Truthfully I wish I would have chosen something more versatile but when I wear it, it always gets complimented
     
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    archibaldleach Senior member

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    Yeah. I can't make myself do black trousers, but I do think dark grey works best among the options I've tried. I may try my new pair of cream flannels with it at some point too. We're in the same boat re: wishing we had something more versatile but also getting a lot of compliments on it.
     


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    Mandela says you should let it go. Don't throw good money after bad
     


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    I think Nelson actually looks pretty good in that.
     


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    An intelligent person and one of outstanding character always looks smart no matter what they are wearing.
     


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    Nelson Mandela was indeed a good dresser. I have a saved folder on my computer with several great outfits from him.

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    N.B. I lived in Botswana (neighboring country to South Africa) the year Mandela was released from Robben Island. People were out singing and dancing in the streets. That overwhelming feeling of general happiness and hope among the people stuck, even though I was only 11 or 12 at the time.
     
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  10. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    Thanks, guys. I think I'll keep the jacket for now and just wear it on a few rare occasions with dark grey trousers.
     


  11. MGD83

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    Arch, I'll try mine with dark grey or cream as well. I can see it with a white shirt and black knit.
     


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    Cream trousers are my favorite thing. I have said this before already right? I bought a pair of Iron Heart whites since I can't get white flannels easily right now. Think they'd go quite well with gray textured/patterned jackets like houndstooth.
     


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    I'm having such a hard time caring about clothes right now. I just want to wear scrubs to work everyday, but the bottoms are too damn thin for the winter.
     


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    I wish I could dress like this everyday

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    I care less about clothes sometimes, too. Been in a phase of not caring nearly as much, lately. I will say that having a casual wardrobe I feel good about is a lot more useful for me than having a tailored wardrobe I feel good about, if that scans. Gay Talese once wrote something about the importance of having clothes you can wear to the dentist -- or any time when you just don't want to get dressed. Now, for Talese, that was like a Brioni sport coat and an Hermes tie, but I put the same idea in practice with a couple pairs of more casual shoes, ride-or-die jeans, and a selection of sweaters.

    Also, I mean, isn't the point of scrubs that they're kept clean in the hospital? The closest I come to an operating room is spilling fake blood, so I really don't know.

    archibaldleach, I can't help but think, given your restrained tastes, that a suit as bold as that houndstooth wouldn't be in keeping with your overall style, which strikes me as quite reserved.

    That said, I do think a houndstooth jacket like that is ill-suited to the shiny silk tie/blue spread collar. Mandela's white shirt/repp tie is much better. I also think it could work with something more complicated than either -- some kind of striped shirt/large paisley tie contrivance, in the tradition of southernstyle or Paul Stuart. Again, that would be bolder than you typically wear.

    I also wouldn't see anything wrong with tan trousers.
     


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