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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. AJL

    AJL Senior member

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    Must be the burgers n' brew.
     


  2. jrd617

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    Sharp eyes, egeusey, sharp eyes :nodding:
     


  3. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    L2B re: ties

    The ideas behind each are pretty solid. Olive wool is a bit of an unusual choice, but certainly defensible. After all, this isn't about the 5 tie wardrobe, just yours. Blue knit, for you, might not be a great choice. I don't recall how many non-country odd jackets you have, but I don't think there were many. Knits come across as very spring/summer and cool colors like navy especially so. If you've the jackets to work with this, then navy knit is a great choice. I'll say this--of all my solid knits, navy gets worn the least behind black.

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    Stevent

    What context (clotheswise) are you look to insert these ties into?
     
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  4. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    jrd617 Senior member

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    Steven, those ties sound fine.

    Shantungs can be used to rusticate a CBD suit fit on Thursdays, Fridays. They're also more of a seasonal material for spring, summer.
     
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  6. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    Would anyone like some homework assignments? Please get in touch with Prof. Claghorn or me. Or our TA for the semester, betelgeuse :D

    :teach:
     
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  7. luv2breformed

    luv2breformed Senior member

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    Thanks for the great feedback, Clags. I had no clue that knits were spring/summer. That helps A LOT, as I thought they were more fall/winter just due to normally being in wool. That would maybe change my list a little bit, but as I said it's probably moot as I am going to have plenty more than that. Glad to know my thinking is getting better in these areas.
     


  8. luv2breformed

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    I would love more homework, jrd. I feel like I have learned a lot about shoes and ties, but know almost nothing about shirts. Also, I posted the tie purge you were hoping for. Did you have any follow-up? Thanks!
     


  9. jrd617

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    Ok, log on to Shop the Finest or NMWA and find me shirts for each of the following occasions. Give justification for why you chose a certain color, collar type, material, etc.


    -Formal Wedding: charcoal or navy suit with a black/white houndstooth or glenplaid tie, black laceups
    -CBD: charcoal or navy suit with a navy neat tie, dark brown laceups
    -Business Casual: Navy blazer and grey flannels/khakis, tie optional, brown laceups or loafers
    -MC Casual: Brown or grey tweed jacket and flannels/chinos/denim, no tie, brown wingtips
     
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    How about wool or cashmere knits? Or those flecked donegal knits? They seem fit for winter/country outfits.
     
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    Jungalo and Noodler, you can do the assignment too if you want :D
     
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  12. sugarbutch

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    I think this is idiosyncratic to you. If I were to recommend one knit tie, I would suggest either a navy or black.
     


  13. luv2breformed

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    -Formal Wedding: charcoal or navy suit with a black/white houndstooth or glenplaid tie, black laceups

    White is formal and evening appropriate. It will contrast well with the dark suit. Additionally, I feel that it will match the tie well by picking up on the color in it rather than being a too jarring new color. The collar seems high on this one and is wide spread to tuck those points away (3" points). The weave is listed as "plain" which seems like it might be synonymous with broadcloth (which is what I was going for). Finally, the rounded cuff seems more formal to me than it's angled brethren. Alternatively a double cuff seems appropriate.
    [​IMG]-CBD: charcoal or navy suit with a navy neat tie, dark brown laceups
    I'm inclined to do similar to the above, but in light blue. I would avoid stripes as I am wearing a neat, but it may simply be that I'm afraid to mess up rather than it being inherently in bad taste. I would probably opt for something slightly less spread, and not quite as fancy as broadcloth. Perhaps a pinpoint oxford or some sort of twill? Also, angled cuffs. The following is listed as an oxford, but doesn't look too rough:
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    -Business Casual: Navy blazer and grey flannels/khakis, tie optional, brown laceups or loafers
    My gut wants to go to go to a blue OCBD, but I feel I may rely on this shirt too much. Instead, I opt for a spread collar, but keep the oxford fabric. I pair it with a tie ofc. Finally, I am sick of wearing solids 2 days in a row, so I choose a nice "candy" stripe.

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    -MC Casual: Brown or grey tweed jacket and flannels/chinos/denim, no tie, brown wingtips
    To me, this one screams blue OCBD. This isn't from either of the websites you told me to use, but since I was looking at kamakura earlier:

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    A+ to L2bRF
     


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    ^ Well, done.

    Grade: 94/100

    The one nitpick I have is the wide spread collar on the CBD fit. Seems very formal. I'd go with a more moderate collar spread or a button down.
     
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