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Good Natured Advice Thread (improving a business wardrobe)

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

  1. heldentenor

    heldentenor Distinguished Member

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    If you go charcoal up top, mid-toned tan (slightly darker than khaki) or olive are really the only decent options imho. Grey herringbone or donegal tweed pants, for a reverse of the classic monochromatic look, might work too. I do think charcoal with a pattern (like NMWA's Eidos SC or any of the many charcoal with blue or orange windowpanes that you can find) looks pretty good with tan pants, but it's a pretty limiting look.
     


  2. archibaldleach

    archibaldleach Distinguished Member

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    A charcoal odd jacket IMO is about one of the most useless things a man can possibly buy. Just say no. If you want something in grey, go with a classic Donegal, some sort of herringbone that resolves to grey or a black / white Harris tweed. All of these would be much better.
     


  3. ridethecliche

    ridethecliche Distinguished Member

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    Blazer? I also have a navy sc with peak lapels. No real texture to either of those though. I actually have a navy jacket with a check. Perhaps I'll try that.

    This guy here:

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  4. in stitches

    in stitches Kung Joo Moderator

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    Archi - Agreed.

    RTC - SC/blazer, potato/potahto, just make sure its navy. That check miiiiight work, worth a shot. Make a fit of it, post up, and see what people have to say.
     
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    kulata Distinguished Member

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    Is your dislike for charcoal odd jackets strictly based on personal preference or the aesthetics?

    Your combo ideas is what I have in mind but I don't want patterned charcoal jacket though, I had a check patterned jacket in the past and eventually sold it. I want something plain and I don't mind it being a limiting look. I have tons of jackets so versatility is a non issue to me.


    What if you already have a "classic" grey donegal and herringbone jacket? :D
     
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    ^ If you already have a classic grey Donegal, any of the other two things I suggested work. Other than that, there are all sorts of odd jackets in blue, brown, rust, green, etc. that are much more useful.
     


  7. kulata

    kulata Distinguished Member

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    Basics including herringbone are covered. Green donegal in the works but charcoal is missing.
     
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  8. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Bearded Prick Dubiously Honored

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    Thanks, Greg! I think if the rise had been more generous, you'd have my money right now. (And I'd have some 'splaining to do...)
     


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    ^ IMO charcoal is missing from an odd jacket wardrobe in the same sense that something in hot pink is missing. Yeah, you may not have it and it is "missing" in that sense, but it's not really needed. If charcoal is really the only thing you don't have, than perhaps your odd jacket wardrobe is complete. I'd look into casual suits prior to a charcoal odd jacket too.

    That said, if you must you must and nobody will be able to talk you out of it. I just have no idea what it could be worn with where it would actually improve a look over something else.
     


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    That wouldn't work. And that's why you need to buy a navy sportcoat first, and light to medium grey wool trousers second. Stop buying anything until you have those two items.
     


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    I have a navy blazer and a navy jacket with peak lapels. Both are navy. Both aren't part of suits. I'm not sure what you want lol.

    I have grey pants but they're chinos. I have grey birdseye tweed pants, but they're a bit dark. Getting a pair of grey wool pants next.
     
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    Charcoal will be very useful at night/evening. Hot pink probably useful in outer space but seriously, what's wrong combining charcoal with "Best with brown, tan and olive pants but passable with light grey."?
     


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    If that suit really looks as good as Greg says and from what I can make out in the picture, you're crazy! You will get used to the rise.
     


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    I think you overestimate the usefulness. A navy blazer seems to do pretty much everything better. Buying yet another navy blazer seems more useful.
     


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    I've often thought of changing the buttons of my navy blazer to a color that isn't gold and ripping the besom flaps off the patch pockets...
     


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