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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. thenitwit

    thenitwit Well-Known Member

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    Could you link me a picture or web link to what sort you are talking about and does it follow that the British variant are the stripes reversed of the US ones in direction?

    Thanks!
     


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  3. thenitwit

    thenitwit Well-Known Member

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    I forgot Repp was a weave, :S.

    I will pick up my navy tie to match the suit colour in that weave.

    Thanks for your feedback :)
     


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    Hober wishlist increasing in 3...2...1...forgot about some of those gems. I think I already have 4 different solid navy ties, so it's not like I need that one specifically, but I definitely see a few things that could be nice additions to the collection.
     


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    I'm actually considering either the reppe weave or the navy diamond weave... Not sure which one to go for. Opinion?

    https://www.samhober.com/diamond-weave-silk-ties/navy-diamond-weave-silk-tie-4.html
     


  6. ridethecliche

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    I know I've probably asked this before, but the AE boot MTO thing recently discussed has me thinking about a pair of navy and/or merlot boots.

    How versatile are navy boots? It almost seems like they're best suited for jeans. I do get some wear of my navy suede shoes with lots of pants in the summer, but that's in the summer...

    I know merlot is more formal/versatile, but just wondering what the extent of this is. I should probably just pick one of the two to be honest. I'm guessing grain is just totally informal, though it might stand up to the elements better and I wouldn't worry about color change if i treated it with leather protectant.

    Side note: Is dainite really slippery in the wet/snow/ice? If so, then that might be a deal breaker. Is the commando that much better? I'd buy these boots to wear out in the winter and I often walk a mile or two and it's sometimes snowy or icy out.

    Thanks!
     
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  7. mimo

    mimo Pernicious Enabler

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    I'd say you could wear any of navy, merlot or brown grain with chinos or jeans and enjoy them. The merlot or brown grain would work with a wider variety of colours though, I think, and if you're wearing denim then they will contrast nicely. The navy I'd see working best with khakis. But so would the others. Basically the navy is the most novel, but because of that, the least versatile.

    Personally I was interested in the navy in a more formal make up - single dark sole, blind eyelets, etc, in which I think it would fly pretty well with grey flannels etc. for an interesting twist on the business casual. The current make up is casual casual, and I have a casual blue shoe already inbound.

    (I think this answers your PM too!)
     


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    @ridethecliche I don't know what you mean by grain being totally informal. I wish it had blind eyelets and then speedhooks but I still plan on wearing them in the hospital on rainy days with wool trousers, that's what I'm buying them for. They won't work under sleek worsted wool trousers with a worsted navy blazer but for more rugged business-casual days like foul weather accounts for, I think they'll do the job. Remember, you're entering the medical field - as long as you're not on rollerskates you'll be okay in most healthcare settings. If you can afford to buy two, I'd just get the cordovan ones instead. If you don't want them because of the mini lug sole, get merlot and grain options.
     


  9. DonRaphael

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    Thanks for the correction. I don't know the historic accuracy of this or that, but it seems/seemed reasonable to believe that heavier men need fuller cut pants for the sake of ease, which pleated pants are cut like. A thin flat assed man would probably fit into flat front pants, and thus wouldn't need the extra ease that is provided by pleats. It was just my reasoning though, I'm sure you know more about historic accuracy on this subject.

    I didn't say only heavy men can wear pleated pants though, I wear them and I'm an atheltic drop 8-10 build depending on maker.

    I believe you are 100 % correct about the rise, as pleated pants look much better with higher rise, which I was careful to point out to Isolation.
     
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    Hey guys! Can anyone explain to me the advantages/disadvantages of forward vs reverse pleats? Thanks!
     


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    It basically comes down to whether you like the smell of your own farts or not.
     


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    I don't get the joke. =[ Anyway I'm deciding on single reverse pleats and forward for double pleats for my partner.

    I just saw a link to some PUA style/fashion site and the articles are so ridiculous in so many ways, from the advice, the writing, the examples they use, and the horrible mindset. Good for comedy though I guess.

    I can't believe they have their entire philosophy based on the "Alpha" male concept even though the whole idea has been debunked. If you have't heard, wolves only show strict hiearchry/leaders in the traditional dominate "Alpha" sense when in captivity and under duress, and in the wild they are far more cooperative and make joint decisions... like normal animals and communities. Instead of a straight ladder, they have a vague sense of who has more power/influence, which is normal, but there's no strict fight for who is the top who dominates and subjugate others, ie the most powerful individual will work with the second most powerful individual, and only when they are threatened will they start to suppress anyone who threatens their position.
     


  13. New Shoes1

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    RTC, I've been going through similar debate and ended up deciding I can't pick just one boot to run the gamut from jeans/casual to suits. IMO, the brown grain is perfect with jeans and chinos and can work just fine with more casual trousers and jackets. I question how the brown grain will look as you move more to the right on the formality scale. I've also been looking at a pair of burgundy shell boots and see them working great on the dressier side and just being alright with jeans and more casual fare. So, I would get the one that works best for you now and start saving for the second pair.

    On a somewhat related note, I would not participate in that GMTO without being fairly certain the 2 last works for you. Having participated in that thread for a few years, I can say there are very few people that have the long and narrow foot the 2 last is made for. Every year, there is a huge surge of 2 last MTO's or sale-inspired purchases followed one month later by people complaining that their shoe is defective because it has excessive creasing and other wear problems that were caused by buying a shoe that is way too long in order to get the width right.
     


  14. mimo

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    Pleats: as Butch said, it's nothing to do with being a fatty or not. It's partly style (extending the vertical lines of the trouser crease all the way to the waist, when they pull out of a flat front), but also comfort and practicality. When sitting, a pleated front allows a little room for movement: pleats aren't for people with bellies, they're for people with testicles who don't go for the "mangina" look when seated. As for reverse or not, the reverse pleat is just visibly more defined - not just an extension of the crease line, but a more prominent exaggeration of it. I don't think they make any practical difference.

    I also think that flat, low rise trousers make men look like monkeys. Higher waist, single pleat is my personal preference, but each to his own. I may be biased because of my fatness, and also my massive bollocks.
     


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    Yeah I have my pants not too high up, but definitely higher than most people (just above the waist), and it's more comfortable there. I thought reverse pleats are less visible though since you don't see the opening from the front.

    Do you think pleats are apporpriate too for pants that you plan on wearing sometimes without a jacket? Like linen pants and the like? Seems like consensus even amongst pleat wearers is that it's more for dress trousers.
     


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