Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    Either can work. Depends on the fabrics, colors, constructions, details.... Impossible to answer without pics.
     
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    Isolation Senior member

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    Why not cream/tan chinos? I think denim better if not possible.
     
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    Navy SB suit is such a basic staple that it really is a gap that should be corrected. You don't necessarily have to wear a solid suit in a conservative manner. For summer, I actually think a lightweight navy wool / mohair blend could be nice (the mohair blend helps the jacket wear cooler). Just make sure the fabric doesn't have too much of a sheen to it. My summer "navy" suit is actually a RAF blue navy / linen blend (doesn't wrinkle so it works). If I truly must be conservative, I suck it up and wear a navy suit I have in 10 ounce wool.
     
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    Isolation Senior member

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    Alright alright, so no black db, what about dark brown? I was thinking I could pair it with light linen trousers or cream and it'd be okay.

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    Yeah, it's just I have or plan to have in blue:
    Herringbone Tweed SC
    Blue Linen/blend casual jacket x2
    Blue Flannel DB
    Blue Glen Plaid SB
    Blue Check Hopsack SB
    Blue Solid Mohair blend

    So while I don't have a strictly navy solid, I kind of do have a bunch of solid blues in both sb and db, as well as sb suits in the color, so idk.

    I do agree though I should probably figure out the clothes I have just got now and learn from it before getting more. I am just excited about clothes.
     
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    archibaldleach Senior member

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    My issue with the whole navy blazer and jeans look is that a navy blazer occupies a level of formality above that of most odd jackets and below that of a suit. As a result, I find the formality difference between top and bottom to be particularly jarring. I think it is easier to wear tweed and linen (and similar odd jacket fabrics) casually and that a navy blazer looks best with trousers that at least in theory could be worn with a tie. I think cream / tan chinos or moleskins are a better bet here.
     
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    Dark brown DB suit in either flannel or linen could be awesome. I'd do a dark brown linen DB odd jacket but would not do a dark brown DB odd jacket in winter weight.
     
  7. Isolation

    Isolation Senior member

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    Oh and how can I forget I have this thing:

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    Not a blazer. It's an unstructured jacket.

    I'm trying to put something together for the challenge and I've seen AAS do the blue jacket blue chino's look well, but I'm not sure how it would work for me. If I had light blue pants, I'd do those, but I don't. I have jeans in a different hue of blue, but I think it would look a little off. I'll have to figure it out in the mornin!
     
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    Quote: I think if it's darker blue then light blue linen's nice, otherwise looks like denim is the best bet.
     
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    ^ Must have missed the unstructured jacket part. Wear with jeans in good health, then.
     
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    Isolation, get a midnight blue suit. It's perfect for what you're describing.
     
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    I'm actually not sure is midnight blue lighter or darker than navy? I've heard contradictory things.

    Also the french blue I got from Fox was really dark as well, and I was expecting lighter. Wanted to get a more slate-blue kind of patch pocket flannel jacket. All these shades of colors are confusing me.
     
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    You would say that. ;)
     
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    You cray.


    Not if I have to go to Baltimore to get in on it. Stitchy, you should come out to SF.
     
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    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    Fuck off.

    Anything but blue. And that includes denim, which is in any case the cloth of Satan. Khaki chinos are obvious, in the dressed down "California Tux" genre, or to make it even more casual, jeans with some kind of colour contrast. If not the khaki/beige scheme, then either lighter e.g. cream, white, or more contrasting, like terra cotta. But I don't know what you have in that department.

    But really. No blue chinos, no denim jeans. Not with this at least.
     

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