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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

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    I'd have the trousers shortened a bit as the lines are all broken. Maybe a bit more noticeable pattern in the shirt and or pocket square. Jacket looks great.:fistbump:
     
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  2. EliodA

    EliodA Senior member

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    Anybody here with experience of Ring Jacket's shirts? Can't find much info on the Ring Jacket thread other than that the fit is slim (which was to be expected). I kinda like the look of these in cotton/linen:
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  3. dazedstate

    dazedstate Senior member

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    Thank you for your thoughts.

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    And Braddock with another excellent usage of forest green knit
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  4. CaptainTohm

    CaptainTohm Senior member

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    Gents, I'm currently building my business shirt wardrobe. Currently I have the absolute basics, white and light blue dress shirts, white and light blue OCBDs, and a white and sky blue Bengal striped shirt.

    Any suggestions for what I should purchase next?
     
  5. venividivicibj

    venividivicibj Senior member

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    Collars look nice. If you can get the shirts from the source, I'm sure theyre worth it. With the middleman mark-up, IDK
     
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  6. Veremund

    Veremund Senior member

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    One pink, one chambray.
     
  7. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Why bother? Don't you have a trusted shirt maker?
     
  8. Academic2

    Academic2 Senior member

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    (1) Do you always wear a tie?

    (2) What is the climate like where you live?

    (3) Do you wear mostly suits or mostly odd jackets?

    Cheers,

    Ac
     
  9. EliodA

    EliodA Senior member

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    Here in Jakarta? Only for batik shirts that fit like tents.
     
  10. CaptainTohm

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    My job does not require me to wear a tie, but I often opt to wear one simply out of preference and my love of Kent Wang's grenadines and knits. I order all my shirts through Proper Cloth, and I'm planning on trying the Roma cutaway collar for my next order due to advice I've received on this site regarding its versatility with or without a tie.

    Kentucky is a true four-season state. Our summers are in the 90s and our winters' snow. Most likely, I'll eventually need a handful of seasonal shirts in my rotation, but currently my closest is lean enough I haven't set that as a priority.

    I almost always wear jackets and trousers as opposed to a suit. I've been considering introducing a fully suited look into my weekly rotation, but I'm already the only person besides my boss who wears a jacket or tie to work.

    My main concern with shirts is patterns, colors, and versatility. I'm not sure where to start regarding stripes, checks, ginghams (I'm sure a few people just shuddered), etc.

    Thanks for inquiring/reading!
     
  11. mimo

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    That's the spirit. More of this sort of thing. Yes.

    #grandpawasright
     
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  12. jamiemcp

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    I think with the exception of linen, which isn't really formal shirts are four season. If it's cold, wear a jumper.

    As you don't have to wear I tie I'm guessing your work isn't that formal so you can get away with gingham? Personal I think a plain knitted silk tie goes really well with one. One of my go to "dress down" Friday outfits is a blue gingham shirt and green knitted tie.

    A patented shirt by it's very nature isn't as versatile, but other than a plain tie I think one with a print on it goes reasonably well (colour dependant), a regimental tie, maybe not so much, but as with most things, it can work sometimes.

    Something else to consider is collar shape
     
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  13. MrTRC

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    I think point 2 is particularly important. Not just seasonal climate; environmental and social climate is vital here too. Having never been to Kentucky or its environs, do you reside in a major city? A suburb? Country or equivalent?

    I only ask because whilst variety is important, the context is too. If my environment was in NY city for e.g, i wouldn't even own a tattersall shirt in my rotation- even though there are handful of people that do, do not reside in the environment for it and skirt around the edges of 'rus in urbe' (many do it very badly btw).

    YMMV.

    Caveat: i am generally a conservative dresser so perhaps not an apt arbiter.
     
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  14. CaptainTohm

    CaptainTohm Senior member

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    @mimo Hashtags for grandpa!

    @jamiemcp Very solid advice. I own mostly grenadine and knit ties currently, so it sounds like matching wouldn't be too difficult.

    @MrTRC Excellent point! I work in Louisville, which is the 'Big City' for Kentucky. Working in this urban environment (or as urban as you can get in Kentucky) allows my favoring of jackets and ties to look more natural and at-home. You say you're a conservative dresser, do you normally wear solid colored shirts?

    @veremund I have never owned a pink shirt, but I bet it would look excellent against my skin tone! I do have a button down collar chambray shirt, but i wasn't sure if I should count that as a business shirt.
     
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  15. MrTRC

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    @CaptainTohm, i am in the unique but unenviable position of having three main residences one of which is in London. In London, during the week, i wear solid shirts 4 out of five times (pale-blue, white and the occasional pink). Boring? I can understand the charge but not to me as i like having a uniform of sorts and if need be, i express myself further via ties, socks and ofc i let loose more during the weekend.

    In Reyjkavik and its surrounding areas where i spend some of autumn on the other hand, i rarely wear solid shirts because a) it is a city where 'rus in urbe' very much applies and it is also very very casual b) Solid white/blue shirting give off the banker/ politician look here and that demimonde is looked at in profound askance here
     
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  16. Academic2

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  17. ericgereghty

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  18. ericgereghty

    ericgereghty Senior member

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    With respect, shirts won't be what you need from a seasonal perspective. That said, I LOVE linen so popping a few in there for summer would get my approval!

    Also, PC introduced some new flannels, one in particular being a cream one. I'd be extremely curious to try that out as a business-esque shirt.

    This certainly should be ignored if it is not to your style, but I would say you've essentially got all that you need (design wise, because can one ever have too many white shirts?!). I'd just expand the depth, rather than the breadth of the collection.

    On another note, take care not to come off as aloof or above others by the way you dress. I had a similar experience to you a few years back where the standard (I will NEVER understand it) dress code was shirt/slacks/tie/"dress" shoes (though dress should be taken lightly...some were truly heinous). I always wore an odd jacket and trousers, and was eventually explicitly told to nix the jacket, for the reason that it might seem a bit stuck up to so consistently out-dress the accepted dress code.
     
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  19. semperexcelsius

    semperexcelsius Senior member

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    I've decided that I dislike ties without tipping and with those silly handrolled edges.
     
  20. CaptainTohm

    CaptainTohm Senior member

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    Thanks for all for the continuing advice, everyone! I'll be applying all this information to some new shirt purchases in the near future.
     

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