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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. Isolation

    Isolation Senior member

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    If I took quick video of it outdoors would it be more helpful for judging the fit? This is bothering me now :(
     
  2. Monkeyface

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    No, wait till it's light tomorrow. Stand outside, somewhere where the sun shines. Have someone else take a picture of you from a reasonable distance, about chest height camera level. Take a pic from the front as back, maybe one in motion as well. It's not rocket science.
     
  3. The Noodles

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    ...and please stand in your natural and resting position.
     
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    I think I have about 15 wending their way to me. I did pick up a few extra yesterday from the advice here :) For now I am going to hold off until I find a perfect St Crispin's in my size (impossible right now for some reason) or I hear back from one of the bespoke guys.
     
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    I am not as keen on the blue in the second photo as I am on the rest. The rest look brilliant on you IMHO. Picture 3 is gorgeous!
     
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    Murlsquirl Senior member Moderator

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  8. Monkeyface

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    Very wise decision. See how you like your 20 new pairs first before you buy more. Wear them at least twice so you can see what you like/don't like about each particular model and last, and what you can wear it with. Should take you at least 2 months.

    If I'm correct, you're getting close to 60 pairs of shoes here. This means you can wear every pair once every two months, or 6 times a year. It might be smart to start looking at the extra utility you gain by buying even more shoes at this point in time.
     
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    Iso, those are probably the best pictures you've posted since joining StyFo. All of them appear to fit much better than we've been led to believe. Even the RAF blue sportcoat with its excessive suppression ain't bad.
     
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  11. in stitches

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    V nice, but like you said, not sure the derby is going to lend itself to you wearing it with a suit. Probably not.


    Had em and loved em, but I got the wrong size so I had to sell them.


    Well, I know what its like to want a specific brand, so I cant fault you for that. However, the GG St James or St James II in mole suede would be perfect, as would the Vass dark brown suede medallion cap toe, which you can MTO from NMWA. I know because I just did that. : )

    Edit, HANJOY THE CARMINAS!!!!
     
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  12. Newcomer

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    In the same vein as what Monkey and Murl said above, part of the beauty of shoes is wearing them. Although I may be in the minority, I think the most enjoyable aspect of shoe ownership is breaking them in, and wearing them. Having a rotation of 60 pairs of shoes really, really betrays what in my opinion is the whole point of buying shoes of high quality.

    Looking at your shoe wardrobe the other day, honestly, I thought you had a whole lot of bases covered. I did not really think you "needed" anymore. But then again, I have about 20 pairs of shoes, and I haven't bought a pair of dress shoes in around 4 years.

    Only through wear do shoes develop a patina. And only through wearing shoes do you really understand what you like. For example, I haven't worn my AE strands in the better part of a year. I also rarely turn to my shell loafers. And 99% of the time, I prefer wearing suede. In the abstract, it is very easy to apply "rules" and "advice" to your wardrobe. But it is a lot more difficult to understand what you like.

    I echo the advice of others. Go bespoke at this point. However, again, determine whether you have the patience to wait 6 months+ without kopping.

    As an example, these are about 5 years old, and more beautiful than the day they were purchased.

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  13. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    I dont think I will ever have 20 pairs of dress shoes. :/
     
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    Regardless, beyond 60, you are blindly accumulating. If you have the means, and some patience, I just do not see why you would not go bespoke.

    Although I do support some Saint Crispy's.
     
  15. Murlsquirl

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    Awesome. Glad I could help.



    I don't ever want 20 pairs of shoes.

    Newcomer, I absolutely love those Dovers. I've been torn on my next shoe purchase, but have narrowed it down to EG Dover or Ashby. Are those burnt pine?

    Jfrater, you clearly have $ burning a hole in your pocket. Feel free to send some this way!
     
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    It is Edwardian. I just liked the term Edwardian. The Dovers are subline, especially on the 606.
     
  17. Murlsquirl

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    Thanks. I'm back and forth between 606 and 202.
     
  18. Newcomer

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    For the Dover, the answer is 606. I am pretty sure that is the "intended" last for the shoe.
     
  19. in stitches

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    I meant that I cant imagine having 20 even as a max. I have about 12, and the last few shoe kops I made were accompanied by a sale of something from the arsenal.


    888 is the last I want.
     
  20. Murlsquirl

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    That's what I'm leaning towards, although they look good on the 202 too.



    Your on that chiseled last kool-aid.....one of the few preferences we don't have in common
     
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