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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. Joenobody0

    Joenobody0 Senior member

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    Mid grey.
     
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    EFV Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Thank you for the kind words. Personally, I like flat fronts just as much as pleated trousers. Flat fronts can look super clean in some outfits.
     
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    EFV Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    This. Then light grey, tan & mid brown (IMHO).
     
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    Yoox's don't have as much hand work and the collar points are a bit shorter, at least IME.

    Grey v-neck undershirts, because I find it more comfortable. If I'm warm that's not the cause.

    Don't remove pleats from trousers. No matter how good the tailor it's unlikely to turn out great because the trousers were cut to have them.
     
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  5. The Noodles

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    Diehard Samsung fan. It was a performance. I even went to Samsung.com on an iPad and left.
     
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  6. The Noodles

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    In general, do suits make you look old? Or is the more appropriate description mature? My wife is 8 years younger than me at 26 and she says my suits make me at least 5 years older whereas the casual wear does vice versa.
     
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    So your wife prefers you in bootcut jeans, sneakers and a polo? If so, it's up to you whether you want to start dressing more for her in your free time, as you have to wear suits for work anyways. Maybe you can find a happy medium?

    Instead of light wash bootcut jeans you wear some nice darker indigo selvedge jeans or chinos, and instead of sneakers you wear chukkas or loafers or longwings, and instead of polo shirts you wear OCBDs or some nicer, higher quality polos or popovers?

    FWIW, I don't think wearing a nice blazer or sportcoat in your free time makes you look old. It's quite a common look from 20 onwards.
     
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    Dat SoKo lyfe, yo!

    Noodles, it is undeniable that a traditional suit will impart the grown-ass man vibe. Your wife is married to a 34 y.o. man who wears suits. She's gotta come to terms with that. You can improve your casual dressing, though, dressing like a grown-up, yes, but a stylish grown-up.
     
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    Maybe PM CottonDockers and have a heart-to-heart. I think you could go in that direction and look more youthful without falling into the trap of mutton-dressed-as-lamb.
     
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  10. The Noodles

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    No, she's been doing a makeover. The bootcut jeans are not her work.

    I have expressed strong rejections at her suggestions for casual wear. But she recommends stuff from jcrew. I asked why don't I wear a nice patterned pale blue dress shirt roll up the sleeves and wear with a grey trousers? She said that would still make me look old. So I am putting on t-shirts and polo shorts. Sigh
     
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    Hey Noodlers, I have a question regarding lapel pins, with a long pin back. Is it a matter of preference to have the lapel pin terminate above the lapel or even make a short and brief appearance on the top of the lapel? I see this from time-to-time and it makes me wonder if I am wearing mine properly.

    Personally I always hide the pin on the back side of the lapel. However I'd like to get the what the vibe is amongst some of the best dressed.
     
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    Do you have input into how your wife dresses?
     
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    I'm very happy with my pleated trousers, which are mostly double forward pleat by Polo Ralph Lauren (Corneliani). Posted a couple of pictures about a month ago in this thread when Noodles was considering them/suspenders. With a jacket, nobody can tell except me, who is very happy to have the comfort and appearance they provide.

    It's gotten to the point that I'm rather quickly trying to phase out my low-rise wool trousers (think Banana Republic, J Crew, etc.) for mid and higher-rise pieces, and even with those I often wish they had a single forward pleat (which I have never worn but seems like a tremendous idea) because with my bigger thighs and posterior a standard flat front trouser doesn't look as good IMO.
     
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    The best dressed don't wear lapel pins.
     
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    I have a good amount of input as to how my wife dressed. The reverse isn't true, though she's developed very good tastes in squares and ties (to the extent that she can purchase gifts for me without worry)
     
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    She dresses well since she studied fashion in Paris for 3 years. But I do have my input via frowns and shaking my head in disapprovements.
     
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    In general a conservative suit will make a younger guy look more mature and authoritative. In my late 20's and early 30's I use to notice how I was treated differently when dressed up.

    But, you can also dress up and look like an frumpy old guy or a security guard.

    As, one of the more "mature" guys here, I try to avoid certain default looks of ancient Baby Boomers (Blue blazer, brass buttons, full cut medium grey trouser with rubber soled loafers) because everyone who is 80 is wearing that when they dress up. With a bit of flair, style and updated tailoring, a navy blazer or navy suit mixed with a few interesting items can actually make you look younger. IMHO. It's all about how you do it. But it isn't just your suit. Its also your hair cut, your eyeglasses (or sunglasses) , the style of your shoes and the attitude you project that gives people an impression of your age.
     
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  19. The Noodles

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    I use a clamp hanger and hang my trousers upside down straight.

    Thx for the feedback. I think it just is my wife. Wonder what she will say to JCrews suits.
     
  20. The Noodles

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    Walked into a NM.
    I was happy that no one botheres me until I had a question. I tried on the usual Zegna and the Isaia suits and they looked bad. So I asked a SA if they had suits with British influence. He said Tom Ford. First off, is he right? Anyways, I was surprised to hear this and quickly ran over to Tom Ford section to try on a size 41 D line and here is what I have to report back. The shoulders are awesome. The tapered waist kills any hints of a pear shape. Thoughts?

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