Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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  1. Rudals

    Rudals Senior member

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    Rudals Senior member

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    This whole time I should've been wearing a 40 but I've been wearing a 38, hence the pull at the mid-section. Bummer.

    Much appreciate your help in shirts and ties. We shall revisit suits later.
     
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    Cleav Senior member Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    Nice colors...compliments.
     
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    I really like the 3rd tie. That deep dark red is very nice.
     
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    I'm a bit drawn to this tie:

    http://www.nomanwalksalone.com/inde...brown-beige-gingham-self-tipped-wool-tie.html

    I can see wearing it with a dark brown or navy flannel jacket with either light blue solid shirt or very light and thinly spaced stripes (light blue or light gray). But the gingham + wool sort of throws me a bit: summer + winter as I see it. I am thinking early fall and transition from winter to spring as the thematically appropriate times to wear it.

    Thoughts?

    Some of you might have Calabrese ties (Stitch? Claghorn?), so thoughts about their construction (lining, knoting etc.).
     
  7. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    When to wear it sounds right, but I'd be most concerned about whether it resolves to brown (buy) or tan (don't buy)
     
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    I bet it resolves to tan, although I'm not sure tan is a deal breaker (I've been looking out for a tan raw silk, actually, for summer). Certainly, not the first tie you should buy, but in the right contexts it can work. Similar issues arise for light gray such as this:

    http://www.conradwu.com/collections/neckties/products/grey-melange-raw-silk

    In fit pics, it comes off pretty light (looks more mid gray there). Curious as to your thoughts against tan. Too light for winter?
     
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    Tan is a pretty country color, so it's likely to work best in the context of a country jacket. Which means blue or ecru for the shirt, if blue, the tie will either be too light or match the shirt in brightness. Ecru, it'll blend. It's a tie that, if it resolves to tan, probably looks best against a white shirt. It could work with a slightly rustic flannel suit or a navy blazer with a white shirt. Anyway, just a word of caution against tans--hry are harder to work with than their darker cousins in brown. Which isn't to say there is no call to own one.

    Light gray has the same problem. This is why Rudals is looking for a darker gray in addition o his light gray grenadine. He wants something that works with blue and white, not just white.
     
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    all excellent. you have learned well.
     
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    I like all 3.
     
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    A few ties. Which do you think should remain in my minimalist wardrobe?

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    archibaldleach Senior member

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    First Picture: Keep the 4 on the left.
    Second Picture: Keep the 3 in the middle (though not 100% sure about the blue and red one)
    Third Picture: Not sure about the one 3rd from the left; others seem fine
    Fourth Picture: Keep

    My two cents. Others may differ.

    Re: the NMWA jackets, I think the green one may be a bit less versatile but will also be sufficiently differentiated from a brown herringbone tweed jacket should you choose to get one for your F/W wardrobe. Versatility is important to consider, but when you are only going to own a few odd jackets, you also want to make sure you are not buying something too close to something else you might end up owning. So if you have 3 F/W jackets, I'd try to find 3 that are versatile and differentiated from each other. Navy blazer is going to be one of these of course, which leaves you with two jackets (adjust for your actual purchase plan) for F/W.
     
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    Keepers
    (Left to Right)
    1st pic - 1, 2, 3
    2nd pic - 2, 4
    3rd pic - 1
    4th pic - none
     

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