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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    What watch are you looking at?
     
  2. upr_crust

    upr_crust Senior member

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    Get the watch, as it will be a daily reminder to you whence it came, and for her, a daily reminder of her generosity to you, and validation of her choice - will make her happy.
     
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  3. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    Get the watch. It's something you can wear most days and I find pieces like watches have a lot more sentimental value than something like a sport coat. It's also immune to you changing sizes (you can always add / subtract links if metal and get a different band / use a different hole if leather. Plus it sounds like your wife likes the watch idea better. Normally I'd say to get what you think is best, but since it's a gift from your wife, I'd go along with her wishes.
     
  4. GuP

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    That is what she says.

    Rolex Sea Dweller.

    Edit - The damn thing is very expensive and it makes me wonder whether it is worth it. I can put that money in a IRA and watch it grow and be happy. Wife does not like the idea
     
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  5. Academic2

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    Or you could be struck by lightning tomorrow.

    Ah, the choices we all face ....

    Cheers,

    Ac [​IMG]
     
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    Cleav Senior member Moderator

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    Get a watch! No question.
     
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  8. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I am not a watch guy. I own three museum Movados because I think they are beautiful, but I never wear them. I don't see the point since they are always hidden by my sleeve. I understand that if you love watches, there doesn't need to be a point.

    As you've mentioned, it is an expensive purchase. It also seems like you are on the fence about it; I don't think dropping a bunch of money on a luxury you aren't sure of is a good idea.

    I took a negotians class some time ago. I remember very little, but what stuck with me is this: always understand what the other party truly wants.

    Your wife may not want to get you a watch. Your wife may want to get you something meaningful (which neither clothing and an IRA are...though I admire the practicality of the latter). So think of a meaningful alternative, perhaps.

    For the price of that watch, I imagine the two of you could spend a week or two in Europe. A trip is as ephemeral as it gets, but the memories and feelings are something you can share forever. Pick a place that you have always wanted to go (so she still feels it is a gift to you) but that she will also enjoy.
     
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  9. GuP

    GuP Senior member

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    I am not a watch guy either, but I understand why the watch is being recommended by many. I will see if I can figure out the wife's true intentions (easier said than done).
     
  10. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    As a happily married man (of almost three years): just ask what about the watch appeals to her. I doubt anything is as important to marriage as establishing a norm of communication.

    But that probably depends on the marriage.
     
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    While we're on this topic. Anyone wear anything else on their wrists? I've never been a watch type of guy, and I don't think I will in the future, but I do like the look of some wrist accessoiries.
     
  12. sugarbutch

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    I'm totally on board with Clags on this one (from immunity to watch lust to the need for open communication). I'd want to understand why my wife was insistent on spending thousands of dollars on a gift that she knows I would not actually appreciate that much.
     
  13. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I occasionally wear a black rubber "cause" bracelet for Korean sex slaves kidnapped during Japan's occupation of the peninsula. My wife and I donated to them a few times a year when we were living in Seoul.

    Thankfully, that mess has almost been sorted out as of a few days ago. Still not happy with the wording of Japan's apology (never directly taking responsibility (e.g. "What happened with the military occupation was horrible...we feel a deep responsibility"), but I think that that's as good as it'll get and everyone should move on.
     
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    I would appreciate anyone's thoughts on the relative utility of olive colored wool cavalry twills. I bought a pair in "British tan" last winter and love them despite being, at least in my neck of the woods, definitely seasonal.

    . The twills are a nice change of pace from flannels and a second pair interests me. However, if they would only pair well with a narrow range of jackets, I will direct my attention elsewhere.
     
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    Green trousers can be worn with grey jackets, blue jacket, brown jackets....they are versatile. I prefer a dark hunter green though.
     
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  16. ericgereghty

    ericgereghty Senior member

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    Viola Milano bracelets...if you're not wearing 20 (at least) per arm, you need to reassess your wrist game.

    [​IMG]
     
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  17. GuP

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    Well let's not get carried away here. I would appreciate the watch - just a matter of picking one's vice
     
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  18. archibaldleach

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    Olive trousers can be very useful. I personally prefer dark green (and have a pair of cords in this color), but I think having at least one of the two is valuable.
     
  19. New Shoes1

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    I love watches, but not enough to have a very expensive one. I just think about everything else I could use the money on, similar to what you mention. It may be that part of your dilemma is that you would like a watch, but do not want to spend such a significant amount on a watch at this point in your life. What about agreeing on a simpler watch that will allow your wife to give you a sentimental keepsake without the corresponding guilt? Perhaps there might be a little left over for some clothing as a result.
     
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    Do you actually rock viola milano bracelets though?
     

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