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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

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    I have a really nice one (I think!) from Smythson (http://www.smythson.com/men.html?cat=751&limit=all). They usually have a bunch of different styles from the quite large (holds 12 or so cards) to the much smaller. Mine is basically a 3 + 2, though I rarely carry more than three (think it's the "Mara", but if not, it looks like that). Nice leather, fits perfectly into the breast pocket of a jacket, minimal bulk.
     
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    In my experience buying shoes online, quality control is superior for Herring branded shoes compared to Barker, which I've also purchased from Herring. From what I've seen, Barker's finishing standards can be a little sloppy. While Herring isn't perfect, they'll usually bend over backwards to ensure you're happy with Herring branded shoes, providing of course your expectations are comparable with money paid. Personally, I don't risk buying Barker shoes online anymore, since I've not yet seen a pair I'm happy with (have had to return twice in the past). If I could buy in a store, where it is possible to see a pair prior to the purchase, I wouldn't necessarily have the need to avoid Barker.
     
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    Thanks for sharing your experience. I was leaning slightly towards them for their looks already, but this is the type of feedback I was hoping for. Sounds like you have confirmed my choice.

    From what I've read, those shoes are made for Herring by Loake anyway, so import ban, eat your heart out.
     
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    Indeed.

    From the Herring website: "On the 1st November 2015 we had to stop supplying Loake to several countries but we can supply our Herring by Loake styles. The affected countries were: Australia, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, New Zealand, Russia, South Korea and Switzerland. From the 1st Feb 2016 this list has expanded to include the USA and Canada."

    From the consumer perspective, Herring branded Loakes are a win for GYW shoes on a budget. Typically, I think they're a little better than the shoes Loake sell under their own brand, presumably because Herring is one of Loake's best customers (whether you measure by volume or time). Herring can afford to be a little more exacting in terms of what they want, because it could be quite damaging if Loake were to lose them. Quid pro quo, and all that.
     
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    I finally have an occasion to wear a suit tonight. Haven't really decided what I'm going with yet, and I'd like some thoughts. For some context, the event is at an upscale hotel in downtown Boston. The occasion is a graduation banquet from my professional academic program (I am not the one graduating). All of my colleagues will be there (ages 25-35), as well as our senior constituents (ages 40+). A 2-3 drink cap would probably be a good idea.

    Options are: dark blue or mid gray worsted wool suit, light blue or white shirt (+/- French cuffs) with a semi-spread collar, and black captoe oxfords. I'll probably go with a white linen square. The ties I want to choose from are below.

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    I realize knits are not exactly on the right spectrum of formality, but I was thinking of emulating the look below. Also, with the age demographic, there will undoubtedly be people wearing plaid ties with tie clips and tan brogues with dark suits, so I could probably pull this off without looking too out of place.

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    First reaction is I'd go mid-grey, white shirt, green solid tie. Could you do brown shoes instead? Black knit would be fine, too - looks a little skinny but to your point, no one will really think it's out of place.
     
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    I'd agree with brown shoes, but if you are committed to black shoes, I'd swap the green tie for the lightish navy grenadine. That seems beyond reproach to me.
     
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    Mid-gray suit, black shoes, and black knit tie. White shirt. An unimpeachable look

    If you go blue suit, green striped Vanda with brown shoes.

    White linen square for both. I think the latter might be best, though part of me favors the former.
     
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    Aren't non-skinny knit ties still almost impossible to come by? Even the much loved (circa 2012?) German knit ties with the crunch are usually 6cm at best. Only those pointed Italian ones are usually 7cm.

    Edit: http://www.styleforum.net/t/311842/the-source-of-drakes-knit-ties/0_100 - classic thread, particularly post #51
     
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    The Knottert's pointed knits are 3.15" x 59". That is as wide a knot as I know of.
     
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    I'd go mid-grey suit, light blue shirt no french cuffs, and the solid dark green tie.
     
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    Thank you all for the input. I let the black shoes drive my decision and went with this. This is a 7cm pointed end from Kent Wang. I find the weave to be denser and the texture crunchier than the Knottery ties. I normally don't like going under 8cm, but it doesn't bother me for knits.

    So many people were amazed at the concept of a knit tie and even a white linen square. [​IMG]

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    First wear for these. Carmina from GF.
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    Yeah knit ties, especially pointed ones, get a lot of attention. Same with grossa grenadines.
     

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