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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. jfrater

    jfrater Senior member

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    I have one solid white (with french cuffs - bleurgh) and one solid blue. Believe me - they are on the "to buy" list.

    When you say that the rest are casual - do you mean to be worn with odd jackets and ties, or with something else entirely? I wear ties every day.
     
  2. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl Senior member Moderator

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    I wouldn't wear the rest with ties, which I believe is what Elio meant as well.
     
  3. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    For suits/jackets: 1-9, then 24, 26, 27 on infrequent occasion
     
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    EliodA Senior member

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    Indeed, I meant I'd wear them without tie.
     
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    That's a lot of shirts, JFrater, and I'd say that the first eight are quite wearable with jackets/ties. Of the other racks, #20 and #26 also look pretty good. I like a lot of the others, but if you're going to pair jackets with gingham, I think they look great with no tie and jeans. This is not a combination I wear often, but those more comfortable straddling the conservative/casual line pull this look off quite successfully.

    I just did laundry, so with one exception, here is my entire shirt rotation. I wear all but the second-from-right and the blue small PoW check with ties.

    [​IMG]
     
  6. jfrater

    jfrater Senior member

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    I have to say that seeing all of your shirts (everyone) is very helpful - and surprising! A lot of solids there :) I am only buying solids henceforth (at least for a while) though I do have a few Inglese and liverano shirts coming that have patterns - I'll photograph them when they arrive to see what you all think.
     
  7. EliodA

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    @jfrater they don't need to be all solids, you can also use small patterns that resolve to solids from a distance. Take a look at some of @chocsosa's fits, he's a master at combining micro patterns.
     
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    @ jfrater, Elio ain't so bad himself with the micro-patterned shirts--don't let his modesty deter you from giving his fits some serious consideration.
     
  9. jfrater

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    Thanks to you and EliodA - I'll check out all their profile photos :)
     
  10. jfrater

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    Okay - another fit - opinions? Pretty safe choice with the white shirt and pocket square but I probably need to still be considering basics.

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    Suit: Henry Poole
    Shirt: Kiton
    Tie: Hober
    Pocket Square: Kabbaz
    Shoes: Lobb

    I'll try to get a good full length photo later as the suit is one of my better overall fits.
     
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  11. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl Senior member Moderator

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    If that PS is white, it's perfect.
     
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  12. jfrater

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    Woohoo! The pocket square is, indeed, white! Irish linen.
     
  13. Murlsquirl

    Murlsquirl Senior member Moderator

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    Yep, that is some proper CBD. Nice.
     
  14. EliodA

    EliodA Senior member

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    @jfrater that looks great, simple and elegant.
     
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    I have 30 shirts coming back from the cleaners on Tues. I will need to take a pic. You will see blues and whites and blue and white stripes.
     
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    I don't see casual shirts, just a lot of crazy English multi-stripes. Go down great in London but not so popular on this board.
     
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    This one might go too far the other way - you're clearly not shy of a bit of colour, but all grey and white is, to me, always rather flat. Personally I like a white shirt sometimes, but I think that with the (magnificent) charcoal chalk stripe, a SF-standard light blue shirt combined with a nice neat madder, would be just perfect.

    I dream of being worthy of Henry Poole *sigh*

    P.S. Nice tie dimple. Makes such a difference.
     
  18. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    There is exactly nothing wrong with that fit.
     
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    I actually tried it out with a blue shirt (solid) and a variety of different ties - reds, greys, blues, patterned, solid. In the end the silver/grey just felt right to my eyes in comparison. Now if I had a greater variety of SF approved ties the end result may have been different. Expect some changes in the future in that area as I bought all the ties that @Claghorn posted yesterday.
     
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    I am totally thrilled to hear that!
     

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