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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. simian

    simian Active Member

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    I recently bought this tie from Henry Carter. I'm trying to think outside navy suit, burgundy shoes. Suggestions about pairing - suit, shirt - would be much appreciated.

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  2. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Senior member

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    That tie is so versatile. You can wear that tie with any suit colour except for brown. Same for odd jackets. Light blue shirts will look best, but slightly darker blue or white is fine too. A pale pink can work too, but a bit more tricky. When it comes to shoes medium brown, dark brown would work best, and tan sometimes. Black and navy shoes very, very rarely. Best to avoid with this tie.
     
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  3. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You can wear it with brown as well, provided the jacket is dark enough. The tie is a little less brown IRL.
     
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    EFV Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Yup, congrats simian, you've just got yourself the closest thing to a One Tie[​IMG] that you can find.
     
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  5. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    Indeed.

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    DB looks good to me, Elio.
     
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  6. bmwahba39

    bmwahba39 Well-Known Member

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    "Wells" is the model name of that shoe.
     
  8. bmwahba39

    bmwahba39 Well-Known Member

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    Are the Wells a good shoe? How do they differ in comparison to loake aldwych?
     
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    I have a pair of shoes from Andrew Lock, and they're fine. Goodyear welted, made in Spain, similar quality to the basic Loakes I linked. By coincidence, I'm wearing them today. But I'd take that sale if I were you: the Loake last looks nicer and they're cheaper for now.
     
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    Yes I agree that you've done well at that price. I don't know the wells model but the Loake 1880 range is generally well-regarded as solid quality and good-looking shoes.

    I have a few myself including the Aldwych in dark brown; so I don't think you'll be disappointed.
     
  11. bmwahba39

    bmwahba39 Well-Known Member

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    Ok great, I was just having trouble finding the wells model online, no searches show up anything under that name. It looks a lot like the Aldwych to me though.
     
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    Why? They're part of the fun.
     
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    sugarbutch Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    BTW, I went to SuSu, and the prices were about the same as in the US.
     
  16. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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  17. Monkeyface

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    Unless they've upped their prices in the last week, it's a big difference. You know about the big move in FX over the past 6 months, right?

    299 euros for a suit is 340 USD, while that suit in the US is $599. I'd say that's a big difference. The same thing goes for all their knitwear and accessores.

    Hell, you can get a fully canvassed MTM suit made for the same price an OTR suit would be in the US/UK at suitsupply. They'll ship it to your local store as well for final adjustments, which is what I did.

    My MTM suit ended up costing £640, while their fully canvased RTW La Spalla line is £699 in the UK/$999 in the US. So I got a suit that's MTM, with a nicer fabric, and all the details I like, for less than what a RTW suit from SuSu would cost me in the UK. I saved about £350 on that suit, which is pretty nice.

    Sounds like you had spent a bit too much time in the coffeeshops before going to suitsupply.
     
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  18. sugarbutch

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    I guess I didn't look at the right suits. The one I used for comparison was 399 euro and $499. I confess that I didn't perform an in-depth comparison because I had little intention to buy.
     
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    The 399 ones will be 600+ or even more expensive. Anyways, it doesn't matter. Hope you had a good time in Amsterdam!

    As much as I like London, I do miss how laid back my hometown is, which is why I go back for a weekend every 2 months or so. It helps that the flights are very cheap, and with the strong sterling going out for dinner and drinks is so cheap that it more than makes up for the cost of the flight.
     
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  20. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    It's a fantastic city. If I could easily visit, I would certainly do so.
     
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