Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. Darkside

    Darkside Senior member

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    Quick question: Is there a general consensus on whether wearing a button-down collar under a suit is appropriate or not? I know not to wear it in the most formal of situations, but how about otherwise? Internet sources seem to vary on this topic...
     
  2. Ianiceman

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    As does SF.

    Its more acceptable in America than in England / Europe, but you'll see well dressed people on both sides of the water who adopt this look (including style / sprezz icon Gianni Agnelli) and an equal number who dislike and ridicule the look, so good luck hoping for an SF consensus.

    I believe its a bit of a Trad look so those who are into that theme will like it. If you saw 'The Bishops Wife' on TV over Christmas you may have noticed Cary Grant adopting the look throughout the film.
     
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    ^^ Ianiceman got it right, in my experience, at least.

    I'll just add that to some extent there are differences depending on profession. Buttondown collars with suits are very common in northeastern US university settings, but less common, in my experience, among investment bankers in the same region (though not unknown, I'm sure).

    Cheers,

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    Cheers,

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    You hit reply one-thousands times? I could be wrong....you're the academic. Congrats?
     
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    Re. Gianni Agnelli and BD collars: he always wore them unbuttoned, basically turning them into regular collars with a couple of superfluous buttons.
    Button down collars with suits were last popular in Europe during the 'glorious' 1980's.
     
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    Given you are asking for a general consensus, I would not wear a button down with a suit. Safer bet.
     
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    Depends on the type of suit. A fresco or linen suit...especially if it has patch pockets, then sure. A grey nailhead suit, nope. Those are just some examples...
     
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    Personal preference. I like everything else.
     
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    A harder english flannel like a Minnis would alleviate this. I have a blue flannel suit in Minnis that doesn't attract lint at all. I have a navy flannel suit in very soft Scabal cloth and it's a nightmare, even for someone like me who doesn't really care that much about lint.
     
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    Thanks for all the input everyone. Though some of you are stronger with your opinions than others, what I have gleaned is that the "rule" is a soft one at best, with non-button-down being the fallback choice. I'll make it a gametime decision for NYE.
     
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    2015 To-Do: grow some balls.
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    Some like and some don't. If you wish to err on the conservative side, no. Otherwise, fine. Better in the US than Europe.
     
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    This
     
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