Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. Rudals

    Rudals Senior member

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    Or a brown belt with black shoes...
     


  2. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    Noodles, the dark brown Hallam is probably the smart buy. Like you, I'm CBD and in suits most days and I wear brown captoes significantly more than I wear black. I wear the dark brown captoes with all my navy and gray suits, with black only coming out for charcoal suits.

    I may also nudge you to get a pair of lighter brown wingtips or semi-brogues for Spring and Summer, instead of the Westbourne. The Westbourne is a beautiful shoe, but perhaps it's time for something a little different for your third pair of shoes. I know you're a suit guy, but they would look great with a navy blazer and gray pants or other odd jacket combinations. I'm thinking something like this:

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    or this:

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  3. LEVOOSH

    LEVOOSH Senior member

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    Might I recommend Berg and Berg for wonderful belts that are an incredible value. I have 2 and they are comparable with most high end italian belts that I've handled.

    I think these 2 would be excellent staple dark brown belts. There are a number of other great colours and materials. If you ever get to this level, their tubo suede belts are incredible.

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    http://bergbergstore.com/leather-goods/belts.html?___store=world&p=1&p=1
     


  4. Rudals

    Rudals Senior member

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    stupid random question but if I want to ship a suit from USA to Europe is USPS the cheapest?
    Anyone know what type of box I need to choose?
     


  5. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    excellent suggestion.


    do not do that.

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    also, brooks brothers has some decent belts. have a look at barneys warehouse as well, i have picked up some good ones for cheap over there.

    at present i have the following belts.

    black smooth calf
    brown almost burgundy smooth calf
    dark brown farnese tubo, kinda has a grain to it
    tobacco suede
    smooth tan
    brown flat kinda rugged-ish for casual wear

    covers all my needs.
     


  6. New Shoes1

    New Shoes1 Senior member

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    Stitches, I take it you wear a suede belt with suede shoes? I've got a pair of snuff suede MTO's on the way and am on the fence about whether to wear a tan belt with them or get the suede belt. Any thoughts?
     


  7. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl The Moral Squirrel Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    I know you asked for Sir Stitches advice, but I'll give you mine too. I always wear a suede belt with suede shoes and I purchase the belt from the maker of the shoes....exact match.
     


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    jrd617 Senior member

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    noodles, buying that light colored Westbourne makes little sense given your color preferences.

    You said you don't like the color grey and other light colors? And are buying all navyand charcoal suits from here on out?

    If so do not buy those wesbournes
     


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    kulata Senior member

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    Regular brown won't go with the direction of your wardrobe. Just stick with darker shades of brown and black.

    I try to match belt and shoes or get them close enough FWIW.
     


  10. jrd617

    jrd617 Senior member

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    What the ephh @Rudals?

    If you didn't like the cut of the grey zegna suit and thought it was "too baggy," you're DEFINITELY not going to like a Formosa. Neither is skin tight like you say you prefer...
     
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  11. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The Formosa has the lapels and quarters the Zegna lacked, so the fuller cut is going to look a lot better
     


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    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    My concern is that the shoulders will be just too big for him: there's a fine line between "extended" and "looks like it's your dad's".
     


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    Thanks, Murl. I remember from a thread a few years ago that opinions on this issue were split down the middle with some sharing your view and some believing a suede belt took the whole match your belt to your shoes thing a step too far. I'm hesitant to try one because I fear a snuff suede belt would be an even more obvious disruption between pants and shirt than a light/medium brown calfskin belt.
     


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    Rudals Senior member

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    Awesome! [​IMG]
    Brown Hallam it is then!
     


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    The cut of the Zegna and Formosa is still not skin tight. Rudals seems to like his jackets so tight that the lapels bow. (Hence why he think he looks better in 38R... facepalm)

    38R is some kind of magic number to noodles. It represents the pinnacle of "fitness" or something to him. Anything over that number is "fat"
     


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