Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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  1. Academic2

    Academic2 Senior member

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    Many thanks, sugarbutch and archibaldleach.

    What would you suggest, then, for a reasonably versatile sport coat in a blue that's not as dark as navy?

    Cheers,

    Ac
     


  2. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    RAF blue is a very useful color here IMO. You probably want to decide if this is going to be a S/S or F/W jacket, though. Fresco or linen would work well for S/S (linen more for the summer). A hopsack or similar blazer fabric would work well for F/W. If you want something heavier, a blue Harris tweed could be very nice as could a Donegal. Both might be a bit more attention grabbing and not wearable as often as a blazer-type fabric but would still be versatile.
     


  3. Rudals

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    Monkeyface Senior member

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  5. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    ill reply with this:

    oxfords are more CBD and easier to wear often than DMs. if you dont have proper cap toe oxfords, buy those first, DMs later.
     


  6. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Bearded Prick Dubiously Honored

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    Pardon my foul language, but SO MOTHERFUCKING FALSE. For your environment, Noodles, buy the oxfords. Period.
     
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  7. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl The Moral Squirrel Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    I'll reply to your question with one question, one demand, and some advice:

    1. Where can you get those for $600?

    2. Buy them for me...they are top of my shopping list.

    Based on your typical fits, I agree with the Stitch.
     


  8. Rudals

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  9. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Senior member

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    Haha, I wanted Rudals to realise that on his own instead of spoon feeding him the answers [​IMG] He'll have to start developing a feel for this, and the only way to do this is to put some thought in it.
     


  10. jssdc

    jssdc Senior member

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    Rudals I own these shoes and like them a great deal (wore them yesterday, in fact). I wear DMs with suits and don't see a problem with that. That said I don't own a pair of (plain) brown oxfords, but wish that I did and hope to decide on a pair over the next few months. If you work in a fairly CBD environment then I would get the oxfords first and then the DMs later.

    The StyFo conventional wisdom of conservative but flexible beginnings (e.g. black then brown captoes, solid navy and charcoal suits) is something I've really come to appreciate over time.
     


  11. Rudals

    Rudals Senior member

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    Sir SugarButch has spoken.
    Some freaking misinfo I was fed.
    Guess I should load up on oxfords first. Brown is next on my list.
     


  12. Rudals

    Rudals Senior member

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    Back to the drawing board.
    I am awaiting on this to arrive at my local store.
    [​IMG]
    I have the black version of this. I think the above in brown is much better.
    [​IMG]
     


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    ellsbebc Senior member

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    A general rule, especially for your work environment, is to start with a brown/burgundy and black oxford captoe. They should be a mandated prerequisite before considering other shoes.

    [this all assumes you are in professional dress]
     


  14. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    top one is punch cap, so less CBD, but a fine option. all things considered, i do like that top one more of the two.
     


  15. luv2breformed

    luv2breformed Senior member

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    Rudals, this doublemonk with suits thing seemed to have 2 camps, some saw them as equally as formal as a bal and others saw them as less formal than a bal. SB clearly delineated which camp he is in and I happen to be in the same camp. I don't think DM with a suit is nearly as bad as say a loafer with a suit, but it is certainly sprezzing a bit IMO. When this was discussed somebody posted that Monks were a "halfway house" between loafers and bals, and I think that makes sense to me.

    To me, they seem to be the perfect shoe for "city" odd jacket and trouser combos, and I think are roughly the city equivalent of the country's brogued derby. This last little piece is entirely conjecture on my part, but that is how I intend to use my new DM's. YMMV
     


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