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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Senior member

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    Patterned trousers have their place but are less versatile than solids as (generally) you can wear solid trousers with both solid and patterned jackets but patterned trousers are best with a solid jacket. Smaller scale patterns are generally easier to pull off. Care should also be taken to ensure said trousers do not look like orphans (most stripes are out, probably a lot of windowpanes too).
     
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  3. Isolation

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    I think a subtle PoW Gray can double as your usual gray trousers exactly to add a bit more variety to the bottom block in a subtle way. I've only done it once but it resolves into a solid from distance anyway, so I think it's perfect for a navy blazer really.
     
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  4. Academic2

    Academic2 Senior member

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    A couple of Glen plaid examples below. In neither photo is the pattern obvious, unfortunately (or fortunately). To follow-up my initial post, amongst other already mentioned constraints I think it’s safest when everything else in the fit is familiar to the point of cliché, as it is here, so that it comes across as just a slight variation on an already widely approved fit.

    Stanley Van Buren from the Epaulet thread:

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    Urban Composition:

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    Cheers,

    Ac
     
  5. heldentenor

    heldentenor Senior member

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    That UC fit is spot-on perfect. I think Timotune has featured glen plaids successfully a few times, too, but I can't find the fits I'm thinking of at the moment.

    [Edit: While looking for Timo's fit, I found this one by DerekS. Little bit lower contrast than the others, but I still think it works:]

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  6. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Cleav Senior member Moderator

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    Looks okay... What might it be paired with Tweeds?
     
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    ridethecliche Senior member

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    I'm guessing she wasn't trying to convert you lol.
     
  9. Academic2

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  10. TweedyProf

    TweedyProf Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    How's the knot AC on that Drakes?
     
  11. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The other issue is that many of those are 3in
     
  12. TweedyProf

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    True but I suspect 8cm. Which is typical of Drakes and many retailers round down rather than up. Anyway, this is the flagship site so returns are possible.
     
  13. Isolation

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    That tie actually looks really cool to me. Oh well, I've got too many things on my wishlist as it is.
     
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    Haven't gotten it yet, thanks. Will report back.

    Regarding width, as you know wool ties can be thick, which can make for a larger knot than with many silk ties.

    This can be an issue for me. I've got a smallish neck (15" off-the-rack, but if I was going for a custom shirt I'd get a 14.75 if I could be confident there'd be no shrinkage), so I need to take care I don't end up with a larger knot than I want.

    Yeah, it's tricky.

    Cheers,

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  15. The Noodles

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    Praise the Lord!
    Today's church outfit.
    This is one of the combos that I am beginning to really like.
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  16. heldentenor

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    Spot on, Noodles.
     
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    Cleav Senior member Moderator

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    Like that doodals :nodding:
     
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    Glen plaid flannel suits are your friend - the pants can always be used (in grey or even brown) as odd trousers blue blazers.

    For any other odd jacket, that's beyond my expertise & I usually go for solid flannel trousers.
     
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  19. TweedyProf

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    @Cleav

    I'm thinking gun checks, shepherd checks, herringbone in brown, navy. Should do good for textured solids (flannels). What do you think?
     
  20. TweedyProf

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    Tis a good point. I have a two Drake's 9cm ties in wool, one ties a beautiful knot; the other is thick. It depends on the thickness of the wool fabric that you start with. With a dainty enough wool, I don't notice a difference between my silks and wools. Most of my wool ties knot very well.

    The thick knot Drake's is a very thick rust donegal. I hope to remove the lining to help decrease the bulk, someday. Thought I'd bring it on my next trip to England to the Drake's shop, tie the knot for them and say, "Fix it!".
     
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