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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. Mr. Six

    Mr. Six Senior member

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    The SC is from Epaulet. They occasionally get good deals on limited runs of fabric and offer sport coats made with them at significant discounts. They call it "Factory Finds." They just closed a round last week that included that fabric. But keep an eye on out, since it could pop up again.

    Regarding the combo, I put it together for a Friday Challenge and received, I think, a highly competitive two votes. So, it seems that the collective wisdom of SF agrees with you that it was a miss. I thought it looked nice in person, though. Generally, I agree that solid grenadines or wool ties probably should be higher on the list for Jungleroller while he's rebuilding a tie collection to go with patterned sport coats, since they're easier to pair and versatile. Nothing wrong with a couple of neats, though. A wide block regimental also might have worked with that coat, but I don't have one that's a good color match, and it's a more complicated pairing.
     
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  2. jungleroller

    jungleroller Senior member

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    I may get away from all these patterned sc's. Idk. I need some calmer ones but I need to get rid of some of the ones I have first. It'll be a process.
     
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  3. Rudals

    Rudals Senior member

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    Gentlemen,

    I cannot afford another suit when I am planning for a wedding but please do shoot me if I get another effing navy blue suit. I shoot be shot on the spot. I am done with solid suits so I will most likely go after patterned grey suits.
     
  4. Cleav

    Cleav Senior member Moderator

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    :rotflmao: Great Answer!

    My man Doodals, you've just made me laugh no end...

    1. When you are ready, your first choice suit in grey should be plain imho NO Patterns, yet.

    2. What shoes do you wear? ( Just joking)

    Keep on Dood, tough times here at home, but you've cheered me up no end.

    Happy new year man!
     
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  5. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    For sure. [​IMG]
     
  6. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Noodles, if you like navy suits, get navy suits. Maybe a nice birdseye next for some textural interest.
     
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  7. Nine Miler

    Nine Miler Senior member

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    I don't think abandoning solid grey suits, as long as they have a surface texture, or interest of some sort is a great idea. For grey- ideal set up IMO:

    Woolen flannel DB in mid to charcoal, one plain, one with a chalkstripe. A cream chalkstripe looks great on charcoal.
    Herringbone, or POW (subtle) in a heavier cloth of your choice
    Worsted in birdseye, mid to dark grey
    Shark skin in a mid grey tone
    Something in a mid to light gray tone in a lighter weight/open weave. Maybe a wool/silk/linen blend, or something with some mohair?

    There are six here. Heh. If three, I would go with solid woolen flannel, worsted birdseye, and shark skin. If I had to pick one- worsted birdseye, but I would be saving for the flannel.
     
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  8. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Sure, but he likes navy. He could do all those variations, but in navy, and he'd have an excellent suit wardrobe that makes him happy.
     
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  9. Nine Miler

    Nine Miler Senior member

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    Quote:True, but with grey he could wear some of those navy ties. :p The real answer is just to do this combination in navy variations, and grey variations.
     
  10. Rudals

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    I am afraid I have none of them navy ties left. All returned.
     
  11. Nine Miler

    Nine Miler Senior member

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    I stand by my concept, and still proclaim the real answer is as listed above. ^^^ :D
     
  12. Cleav

    Cleav Senior member Moderator

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    Doodals, remiss of me (or one of us) not to ask but how do you feel about that ^^^ tie? And of course your other new kops.

    Lots were advocating a 'i seen the light' moment' did you get that? Convinced?

    Much respect to you man either way man
     
  13. Rudals

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    I am still not sold on the tie but I asked my fiance and she thought it looked mature without looking out of fashion.
    Personally, this tie does not tie a good knot!
    My Conrad Wu tie is on its way right now. Hopefully, that is a bit thicker.
     
  14. Nine Miler

    Nine Miler Senior member

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    When I wear a tie that I just can't seem to dimple well, instead of folding the blade through the knot in the typical "M" fashion to achieve the dimple, I create sort of a "faux dimple" by folding the blade through the knot in a way that looks more like an "S" if it were to be flipped 90* on its side. hard to explain, but it is like one half of the dimple isn't completed but it still gives that look. I think GDL posted a fit a while ago in one of the WAYWRN threads where he had the knot dimpled in this fashion. Actually, I don't remember if it was there or in the NMWA thread. Maybe I can find it, or someone can link it. I'll look.
     
  15. TweedyProf

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    You shouldn't have a problem with the Wus. They dimple easily and tie larger knots (so much so that I asked Conrad about not lining them, at least the Shantungs...don't you already have a Wu Shantung, the repp?). See many of Betelgeuse's photos. I have one a week ago in WAYWRN.

    Is your Drakes an 8cm? It's a lovely tie, but I find my one 8cm Drakes to be somewhat small on the knot side (actually, it might be a 7cm which I got on super sale at Mr Porter...but they have skinny Drakes there). Anyway, nothing wrong with a Double FIH. You'll find the ideal dimple point.

    Will order only 9cm Drakes, for various reasons but they are special order (Shaya carries a number of them fortunately, at 58 inch lengths; A Suitable Wardrobe only has them in longer lengths). I posted a picture of a herringbone yesterday. You can see the knot there (it's wool, though).

    Still, others here sport 8cm Drake's with decent knots. Stitch?
     
  16. Nine Miler

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    [​IMG]

    This is the method I describe.
     
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  17. Rudals

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    Honestly, this Drake tie does not make a nice knot. I did a double loop 4IH and it still looks like shit. Why can't every tie create a knot like a 6 fold Sam Hober?!
    [​IMG]
     
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  18. Nine Miler

    Nine Miler Senior member

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    Edited to show the photo, try that ^^^
     
  19. Rudals

    Rudals Senior member

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    9 mila, I think you're tightening up way too much. I don't think it is the thickness of the tie that is causing it.
    Where's Clag when you need him. He's the Tie Knotzi.
     
  20. Mr. Six

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