Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. BespokeKiwi

    BespokeKiwi Senior member

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    - Yeah, birdseye is the sort of subtle textured and/or patterned fabric that you should look at now. I am at a similar stage with my wardrobe refresh too -- thanks to a nudge from @EliodA -- and birdseye is on my fabric shortlist too.
    - Alas, like yourself, I'm still wrestling with fit issues with my HK tailor too. Sigh.
    - Blazer suit is definitely the way to go for a more versatile travel friendly wardrobe or for those on a tight budget. But, you may get flamed by the purists.
    - I will check out your fabrics and respond later. Also, I think you should check out
    @Pliny 's new gun club check jacket fabric, I think it would be an ideal muted toned jacket for hight contrast types like us.
    - Also, as a hip young man, you may be able to rock a black and white sheperd's check jacket too, which is becoming fashionable -- again. Just my 2 cents worth.


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    - Wow, hard choice Iso. Both the worsted and birdseye dark chocolate coloured fabrics are very nice indeed. You have a good eye for nice fabrics. Either one would look great on you, me thinks.
    - If you're already well served for solids, then give the birdseye a try. I expect you may even inspire me to follow your lead. Good luck with your planned new commission.
    - But for heaven's sake, get you existing custom made fit issues nailed down first. Otherwise, just compounding your woes, man. Like you, I speak from experience.
     
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  2. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Senior member

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    The blind should not be leading the blind. Read some posts of Vox about country/city, read the good taste thread, and there are plenty of other old threads that are really good.

    Isn't it about time that we make a thread with links to all the other threads, so we can refer people to them? Maybe something for the moderators, with help from others?

    As bad as reddit MFA is, they do have a sidebar with all the relevant guides for newbies.
     
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  3. losrockets

    losrockets Senior member

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    @Isolation I personally wouldn't use the worsted as separates. They both IMO would look a lot like orphans from a suit, the birdseye less so because of its pattern, though this is particularly subtle one. Maybe a worsted or a woolen flannel or something with a little more textural interest? It just comes off a little too flat to me, something I associate with suits.
     
  4. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Senior member

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    Yeah, I think a 'best of CM' thread with links to relevant threads should be a sticky!
     
  5. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Senior member

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    Don't get a Birdseye blazer suit. It's too much of a suiting fabric. A blazer suit works best with a more textured fabric, such as a flannel. Don't forget patch pockets are essential for this, and the buttons shouldn't be too suity. Swelled edges would help as well.
     
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  6. Isolation

    Isolation Senior member

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    Yeah I think I will stick with the fresco-esque fabric. I think it works okay for blazer.

    I kind of feel like for something like a navy blazer worsted is okay. I guess I'm one of those people who don't really mind the whole odd jacket thing when it looks alright, but I do agree birdseye would probably not be the best.
     
  7. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Senior member

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    Why go for okay when you can go for awesome? Just pick a nice hopsack or flannel or donegal tweed or whatever is textured and not exclusively a suiting fabric.
     
  8. Isolation

    Isolation Senior member

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    Well to be honest I just really like the look, for a blazer that is. There's something uniform-esque about it that I feel like if you go for textured stuff that's more an SC not a blazer.

    Hopsack would be fine though but that's still only slightly textured.

    Flannel is obviously great but I wanted a more summery piece, but not cotton/linen as I want it to be smarter.
     
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  9. Monkeyface

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    I supposed fresco could work, or certain wool/silk/linen blends.
     
  10. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I have nothing against Birdseye as a blazer fabric. Stitchy has one--an orphan in fact--that he wears with great effect.

    As for odd trousers, getting them in the right, not suit-y color is probably more important than they not being worsted. Probably some of my most worn gray pants are worsted.
     
  11. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    WRONG!

    I have not ever owned an orphaned piece. The SC you refer too, which is awesome, and is indeed worn to great effect, and is a birdseye I guess, is a SC. It was bought NWT from NMLC, and no, it was not a suiting separate.

    Take your salacious and fallacious accusations elsewhere!
     
  12. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Senior member

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    I bet there are pants somewhere that go with it stitchy.

    YOU BEEN HAD ORPHAN!
     
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  14. sugarbutch

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    It was at Last Call for a reason...

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  15. ridethecliche

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    Yeah, I bet someone lost the pants!
     

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