Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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  1. sugarbutch

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    Cufflinks are best when they're simple. I also prefer that they have "show" faces on both sides rather than a toggle on the back side.

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    The last ones are from Brooks Brothers, and they're what I wear most days.
     


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    Thanks! I think something like the 2nd one would be great.
     


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    Gorgeous, but at least and inch too short for me. Sigh.
     


  5. Gianni Cerutti

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    BEAUTIFUL colors
     


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    Meermins do look good, though, while AE will always look like crap.
     
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    I just found out there's Alden store in dc. How are those compared to c&j???
     


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    Rudals, what's wrong with the Carminas? Not in your size? Don't like the forest last?
     


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    Meermins do usually look better than AE, but I'll take AE for durability. In the end, I'll happily wear both.

    C&J looks much, much nicer than Alden.
     
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    Lol @ anyone on SF thinking of their wardrobe as "near complete" for more than 48 hours at a time. Anyway it's true that you may want to consider the various things you could buy in the future and not just what you have and wear currently. But I think for people on here, there's basically only one crossroads in terms of fabric types and colors and that's whether or not to dress seasonally. A random item in linen isn't going to be that useful without a few other linen items around it. Same for tweed. And once you get a seasonal wardrobe, you won't want to wear your 3-season worsted stuff anymore except maybe the suits.

    Other than that, there are fairly few directions a typical SFer could take that would make large parts of your wardrobe obsolete. Sure, maybe a few navy ties here as in your example, a few of the more "business" or "casual" accessories that you use less as you move your taste in one direction or the other, but these are not drastic changes. Take, for instance, Will Boehkle of A Suitable Wardrobe and Gus/pocketsquareguy (easiest to compare people who live in the same climate). Their styles are about as different as you can get within the SF landscape. But if you forced them to swap accessories, they would do fine putting together outfits, at least in terms of colors and patterns and fabrics.

    What's underappreciated is the difficulty and importance of having the silhouette of your items fit together. Maybe you found a maker of slim trousers that you like a lot because they fit you well, the price is right, and you like their selection of fabrics. Then later you notice how nice drape cut coats look in Apparel Arts illustrations and try to replicate that. Your coats and your trousers now look ridiculous together. Likewise if you build a wardrobe in a relaxed fit and then insist on elongated lasts and chiseled toes. The range of silhouettes is much wider, and the areas of incompatibility larger, than the range of commonly (at least within our world) used colors. It's also harder to see and harder to explain the virtues and aspects of different silhouettes, so it's less discussed on fora and whatnot. But if and when you think about what "direction" your wardrobe is going to take, I would recommend spending at least as much time thinking about this as whether you will wear more gray suits or more navy suits.
     


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    How very dare you!
     


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    Rudals, from what I've seen of your tastes, you should go with a European cap toe. I would look at either the Rain or Forest last from Carmina, Meermin's Hiro or Olfe last or something from C&J.

    Gentlemens' Footwear will have black cap toes on both Carmina lasts soon. I also suspect Cleave can recommend some specific C&J options.
     


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