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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. Academic2

    Academic2 Senior member

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    Bloody colonials, eh?

    Cheers,

    Ac ([​IMG])
     
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  2. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    The whole "keep your jacket on at all times thing" is great in theory. I do it at most social functions, but I'm not going to keep my coat on while sitting behind a desk.
     
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  3. ter1413

    ter1413 Senior member

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    I do it every day.
     
  4. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Same. I also don't mind looking a bit unkempt
     
  5. Academic2

    Academic2 Senior member

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    My jacket stays on when I'm at work, standing or sitting.

    The only exception would be if I'm wearing a vest, and then only if I'm in my office.

    Cheers,

    Ac
     
  6. Cao Cao

    Cao Cao Senior member

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    I take my jacket off like a stripper who needs cash real bad.
     
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  7. Newcomer

    Newcomer Senior member

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    I take my jacket off when I'm at work. Not a single person in my office works with a jacket on, and I don't want to be the exception.

    If I am outside the office, I prefer to keep it on. But sometimes it is very hot outside.
     
  8. lordsuperb

    lordsuperb Senior member

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    Be the exception.
     
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  9. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    So, I don't think I'm going to jump on the Massdrop x Panta buy.

    I'm not feeling the neat patterns with tweed SCs. They will be very nice ties with flannel suits, but I'd prefer a larger medallion challis, herringbone, striped wool, or PoW check with tweed.

    Crazy? Do you have examples as counterexamples?

    Helden's post in that thread is probably the right way to do it, namely navy SC. But I guess I want something to go with tweedy coats.

    Edit: only time I take my jacket off at work is when it's really hot outside and I need to quickly cool down when I get into the office. But once I've cooled down, it goes back on.
     
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  10. Newcomer

    Newcomer Senior member

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    You know, I have put forth my theory elsewhere, but I am a big fan of adhering to social norms and working within those norms. I am a junior associate, and not a single person wears their jacket when they are in the office. I think it would be imprudent to go outside of the norm. I love clothes... But I need my job :).
     
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  11. EliodA

    EliodA Senior member

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    You'll get fired for wearing a jacket in the office?
     
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    Of course not, but I have never seen the point of standing out for the sake of standing out.
     
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  13. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    Agree with Newcomer. Standing out to stand out also seems to be the modus operandi of those who don't want to wear proper black tie / want to wear a pink "tuxedo" to prom. I think it wise to look one's best while being cognizant of relevant social norms.
     
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  14. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl Senior member Moderator

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    There are a lot of days when I only wear my jacket for about an two hours of the workday.....and that's fine by me.
     
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  15. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Obviously, do what's comfortable for you wrt jacket on indoors.

    Found this as I searched for madders (Cappelli, worn by RDiaz who seems to have gone on to better internet pastures).

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    I'm finding the pattern to be a bit too flat in some of the fabrics that were chosen in the Massdrop run (and yes, I voted for some of these).

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    From a distance, looks a bit flat to me, not enough differentiation in the elements (green and brown) cf. the rust below (and the brown too) where the elements are more distinctive.

    [​IMG]

    I'm glad it seems like a success (58 units sold, it seems). Still not sure about it myself.
     
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  16. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl Senior member Moderator

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    ^ You academics....stop overthinking it! That's the one I bought and it's going to be great.
     
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  17. EliodA

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    Well, I can't speak for your line of business nor your office of course, but as an employer I'm always on the lookout for guys who dare to stand out a little. Just sayin'.

    @RDiaz is a man with good taste. IIRC, he was fairly limited in his budget, but that didn't stop him from looking very stylish indeed.
     
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  18. Bill Dlwgosh

    Bill Dlwgosh Senior member

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    If you guys didn't wear Suits/SC's to work, if you only wore them during your personal life, I wonder what you'd be content with in terms of the size of your wardrobes? I've been slowly putting together a small wardrobe over the last couple of years. I need a couple pairs of pants, a few shirts, a few ties, a couple pairs of shoes (I'm figuring ~$3K all together as the shoes will be Vass) and then I'll feel like I've hit the plateau of a small but complete (I'll have shoes, pants and ties that go with my 5 SC's and 1 Navy Suit) wardrobe from which I can plug in a new SC/Suit from time to time.

    I like the idea of 3 S/S 'city' SCs, 6 F/W 'city' SC's and maybe 1 'country', and 3 suits, 1 navy and 2 grey with all the corresponding trousers, shoes, etc to not be wearing the same outfit every time I take the Missus out to dinner downtown. After the above shopping list I'll have about half of that in my closet and may stop at just that until I'm sure that I'm getting use out of what I own now.
     
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  19. lordsuperb

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    You'll never be free with that type of thinking.
     
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  20. turkoftheplains

    turkoftheplains Senior member

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    I love neat-print madders without reservation. It's Brummell in reverse-- bringing the town to the country.

    My own humble example:
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