Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. jssdc

    jssdc Senior member

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    Selling booze in Dubai is legal, but to purchase you need a license. Getting one is no problem but it takes a few months so I don't have one yet. There's places in other emirates that don't require licenses, but their legal status is a bit murky as is the whole issue of getting your stuff home.
     
  2. Pliny

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    need some ideas for these cognac bals- I bought these ages ago thinking they look great on their own, but I don't know what to wear them with so that they don't dominate a fit. LIte grey summer suit with matching belt perhaps and casual tie?


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    Tan cotton suit/trousers, light grey suit/trousers. Khaki/green may be in the cards. Don't go for high contrast with the trousers. Don't overlook the (bad) effect high-contrast socks will also have - don't wear dark socks with those shoes.
     
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  4. Monkeyface

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    Pliny, the best look would probably be off white trousers, a light blue/pink shirt, a tan jacket and a brown tie.

    Just gave this print a place in my apartment. Am I the only one who's nuts enough to have menswear inspired art?

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  6. Pliny

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    Thanks Greg- great ideas. I was thinking with something like Adrien Brody's wearing here. the trick is it has to be casual enogh for the cognac, but formal enough for the bal [​IMG]


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  7. TweedyProf

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    Pliny I have shoes in that color and I pair them spring/summer with off white/white or light to lighter mid gray trousers, odd jacket, with beige or light brown socks. So pretty much as Greg and MF are suggesting, keeping contrast low. I guess you'll be inclined towards a more casual, lighter suit since these are oxfords, and not odd jacket?

    People will automatically be drawn to the shoes visually even with the low contrast, or so I have found, perhaps because of the less common color. I love the color. NMWA has a single monk AS shoe in this color I have been admiring.
     
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  9. Pliny

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    this is it. Has to be low contrast IMO. Did a search and came up with these. hope Vox doesn't mind- they all look great. I have a suit like the first, but the hem is just a fraction too tapered on mine for the round toe.

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    There's the cotton tan solaro suit from NMWA that could go very nicely with your shoes.

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    Little late on the uptake:

    Boston restaurant: go to spot for casual dining in Boston is Coppa in the South End. Non-traditional rustic Italian, utilizing some offbeat ingredients in unusual combinations, almost always to good effect (Sweetbread and mustard green stuffed raviolis, ricotta and summer savory; Wood-oven roasted pig’s bones and tails with mostarda glaze-- snout to tail thing may be old news, but for Btown still a little edgy I think). Always some great variation of a fish crudo (currently fluke).

    Beer: Second on the Sculpin IPA. Favorite style lately is Belgian sours, and current go to is Cuvee Des Jacobins Rouge: tart, full bodied Flanders Red, delicious. I'm notorious for leaving a bit of ale in the glass, this stuff is good to the last drop.

    Cost no object: Drie Fonteinen Oude Geuze, Golden Blend or Vintage. Tart, crisp and dry, like a fine champagne. I'd drink this every day if I could afford to.

    Like to try: Heady Topper, anything from Russian River (mentioned earlier, yes?)
     
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    I am reminded how Vox's fits are nearly flawless. Look at the line on those trews. Sheesh.
     
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  13. DonRaphael

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    Please correct me if I'm wrong. While I agree that the best match for cognac/tan shoes is light grey, I believe cognac/tan shoes has potential that other shoe colors lack. The/my rule of thumb is to always wear shoes that are darker than the trousers and cognac/tan shoes seems to be the exception that proves that rule. If executed correct, I believe they look spectacular with navy, despite the high contrast that the make up provides: http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-um_UzJs0VHc/Uo-ub6aDxOI/AAAAAAAAEJE/3CJRRLBqkrM/s1600/022B1442.jpg (picture is member j ingevaldsson's, I hope he doesn't mind). Shoes are Bestetti.

    Thoughts?
     
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    I see this look a lot but personally I really don't like it.
     
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    Care to explain?

    I agree that there're always more optimal options than pairing tan and navy. But I also believe it's a fairly good option at hand. You will remember the look as it's high contrasting, and thus you wont be able to wear it as often as say navy suit & brown shoes or light gray suit & tan shoes, but I like it for variation' sake in-between times.
     
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