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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. GuP

    GuP Senior member

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    Tying the knot soon and need input on black tie accessories.

    1. waistcoat vs cummerbund?

    2. wing collar vs turn down collar for shirt? 3/4 inch vs 1/2 inch pleat on shirt?

    3. bowtie: semi butterfly

    4. patent leather pumps or oxfords?


    Also, where can I get above?
     
  2. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    Are you restricted to black tie? I wouldn't wear formal wear to a wedding.
     
  3. GuP

    GuP Senior member

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    What would you wear if you were getting married?
     
  4. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    Depends on if it was a daytime or nighttime ceremony.
     
  5. GuP

    GuP Senior member

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    Evening. 6PM.

    I already had a tux commissioned.
     
  6. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    Well then by all means, stick to it. I don't think anyone will say it's "wrong", however I never saw weddings as formal events. If I had my preference I'd probably wear something more exuberant.
     
  7. GuP

    GuP Senior member

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    As much as I would like to be dapper and channel my inner iGent for total 0wnage, I figured it would be best to go with something timeless and let my soon to be wife steal the show
     
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  8. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Senior member

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    Shoe customs tax is 8.5%
     
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  9. Monkeyface

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    Wing collars are for white tie or waiters. The other options depend more on your personal taste. The black tie guide website is pretty good.
     
  10. jcmeyer

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    I just got a pair of UK6 Forest and wear US7 on the AE5 - can confirm the fit is good. The carmina outsole length on the forest is surprisingly short. Not so small that it bugs me, but noticeably smaller than the AEs or Meermins.


    Just got a pair of Meermins too - UK6 on the Olfe last. Longer outsole, the overall shape isn't as pleasing as the carmina forest, and the leather is STIFF. Wrecked shop on my feet the first time out but they should soften up, god willing. They were half the price of the carminas so it's understandable.

    I'll do a comparison post one of these days.

    But in terms of customer service for Meermin I must disagree - they've been really responsive. They actually sent the wrong belt in the size I ordered (their fault) but the belt was too small (my fault). I told them of the issue and they've shipped me the right belt in the bigger size at no cost. I'd say that's pretty cool.
     
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  11. Monkeyface

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    Meermin takes forever to soften up. Maybe 10-20 wears, if not more. You can bend the sole by hand dozens of times to break them in without blisters.

    You could also put the end of a broom or any stick in the heel area and push down in all directions to soften up the heel. Obviously I don't buy meermin anymore because of this. The only exception is their suede shoes, which tend to break in much faster.

    Their regular line suede shoes are good value for money. Their regular line leather or their LM line leather shoes are not. You're better off buying Carmina. It's nice that Meermin LM is handwelted, but it doesn't offset the fact that shoes take forever to break in and the lack of quality control.
     
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  12. jcmeyer

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    To the band aid store!
     
  13. GuP

    GuP Senior member

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    Ya I was leaning away from wing collars.

    Any good place that will have all these accessories?
     
  14. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Get black oxfords. Nice ones. Go somewhere and get a high shine on them. Pumps are a waste of money. Unless you're Crusty.
     
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  15. Academic2

    Academic2 Senior member

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    Up to the couple. I was once a groomsman in a wedding party where we all wore tailcoats and top hats.

    It was bloody hot ...

    Cheers,

    Ac
     
  16. GuP

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    Any particular brand? Are these worth shelling out a good amount of $ for since they will rarely be worn?
     
  17. EliodA

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    Congrats GuP! I agree with you, let the bride be the center of attention. Every woman has dreamt of her wedding day since she was a little girl, so let it be her day.
    But, no cummerbunds please. I also wore a tux at my wedding (albeit a brown one...) and opted for a waistcoat that subtly referred to my wife's gown. Of course, with her looking so spectacular, none of the guests had the slightest interest in how the groom looked. :D

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  18. justinkapur

    justinkapur Senior member

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    Wow what culture is that?

    Her outfit is very intricate and detailed. Beautiful
     
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  19. EliodA

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    Thanks, it's Indonesia. The dress is a modern interpretation of the traditional kebaya.
     
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