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HOF: What Are You Wearing Right Now - Part III

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Mr.K, Mar 25, 2011.

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  1. AJL

    AJL Senior member

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    I'd pretty much concur with most everything Evolve said, though I'd also consider a spread or semi-spread shirt collar for a slightly more elegant look, and a darker brown for the shoes, possibly with a reddish cast. There's nothing particularly terrible about the outfit, nor is there anything that couldn't be improved upon to some degree (presumably that's why you're here). For a first post, it's a far sight better than a lot of train wrecks that derail here on their maiden voyage.
     
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    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    my wife could barely hold the camera still due to the smile. you should see how the whole facial expression looks without the black bar, i look almost scary.
     
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    +1

    The first rule of pocket squares is "When in doubt, skip it."

    I have ditched all pocket squares except my white cotton hankies in a TV fold, and I am even starting to forego those. The PS is the one part of the suit ensemble that's both optional and totally non-functional (ties are non-functional, but also not optional in a conservative setting). I have actually used a cotton hankie to wipe off my shoes when it's raining, but it works much better if you keep it in a hip or inside pocket. I find it really difficult to get handkerchiefs in and out of my outside breast pocket while wearing my suit. So, a white cotton/linen PS at least gives the illusion of functionality, even if it doesn't actually deliver.

    If I were to wear a silk PS and someone asked me, "Why do you wear a pocket square?" I feel that my only response would be, "Because I am vain." If you can't think of a better response, you shouldn't wear a PS.
     
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  4. Monkeyface

    Monkeyface Senior member

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    Because I have a pocket that's specifically made for it?
     
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  5. coldsalmon

    coldsalmon Senior member

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    ^ Good example.
     
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    You're very kind to say so dear heart, thank you!
     
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    Cleav indeed has one of the best smiles. [​IMG]
     
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    If you aren't confident that the addition of the PS is improving your overall look, that may be reason enough to forego one. For someone to question why you are wearing one, either they lack a certain degree of sophistication, or perhaps you really didn't do a very good job in selection or execution, IMO. If it looks great, I don't see why anyone would question it, or why you should be bothered to have to justify it if they do. "Because it looks great and I like it" seems a reasonable response. Of course if you feel too self-concious wearing one, that's a separate issue.

    I would recommend a white linen hank with a colored border as the next step up from plain white linen. Adds a little flair, variety of accent color choices, very easy to wear.
     
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  9. Isolation

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    On the white shirt thing, while I agree it's true in man cases, I just think nothing works better than white with black hair, unless you're gong casual with bold/dark colors or patterns. Similarly while pastels look great it doesn't on me. I have lavender, mint, pale blue, and I never wear them. Similarly I love the look of tweed but I just don't think it looks good on myself personally, I feel like that's just how clothing works, you have to suit what you're working with.

    That said I thnk textured whites, linen whites, off-whites/cream are solid alternatives. I think pale blue looks really washed up, I think it makes send as the color goes well with light or blonde hair and well with brown of other degrees but black is just too sharp with anything else so I prefer to dress it down so to speak with texture instead. Thoughts?

    I do have a white/light green tie today though, spand that would not work with white so I went with a cream/yellow shirt.

    Still I've come to really love white shirts.
     
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    Nobody ever actually asks; it's more about me asking myself why I am wearing a PS. I find it to be a useful thought experiment. If my honest answer is "Because it looks great and I like it," then I go with it. If my honest answer is, "Well, I'm not sure it looks good, but I'd like to try to dress better and people on the internet do it," then I put it back in the drawer. So, yes, it's all about confidence that it's actually improving the look.
     
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    I think the white shirt black hair thing is totally wrong. Where did you come up with that?

    White shirt and black jeans however...
     
  12. AJL

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    Actually I think it is a twinkle of the eye that is Cleav's main attribute, the smile just follows suit (sorry if I'm taking this conversation in an odd direction).

    With HF, hard to say what lies behind the forbidding black band, though I'd like to think his eyes are smiling too.
     
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    Gentlemen, very kind of you. I shall share this with Duchess and see if I can work some magic...
     
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    A joint Trinity/UCD conference.

    Ten-to-one it wasn't anyone from Trinity or UCD, I can tell you that much ...

    Cheers,

    Ac
     
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    In precisely the same circumstances, I've never worn worn a suit or dropped into polochino mode for exactly the reasons you state.

    What you have is, thanks to the shoes, a pretty good play on the 'security guard' navy/grey look. That said, to my mind, you're still *very* conservative for colloquy -- which may be fine, depending on your field and predilections, but it sounds like you're trying to go in a different direction.

    Definitely throw in a pocket-square, at minimum: even just a simple white cotton or linen fold. You could also shake basic outfit up a bit without the 'institutional blue' OCBD; a striped one could work wonders without departing too much from what you have currently. You could also (gasp) lose the tie, which would open things up a touch, though you'd be giving up a useful element.

    Generally though, I'd look for a little more texture. I'm not saying you need to throw on an eye-popping tweed, but something more might help.

    Based on my experience, however, you could wear every stitch as is and look pretty dapper among the scholarly set.

    One other thing: your left cuff is doing something odd...
     
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    In my head, my pant-legs are much shorter. It's good to look at a photo now and then. The shoes are from Allen Edmonds - Players' shoes:

    [​IMG]

    They are now discontinued, and I got them on a closeout sale. They were priced well, and with the broguing and double sole I thought that I could use them in place of a longwing blucher.
     
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    Thanks for the suggestion about the shirt; a spread collar sounds very nice, especially after looking at some of the examples in this thread. My ideal shoes would be a burgundy or dark brown single monk with this outfit, but I have yet to add them to my closet. I have a pair of oxblood oxfords that I think are too formal, but I also have a pair of dark brown hatch-grain oxfords with a storm welt. Perhaps I'll give those a try.
     
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    I've read it but it doesn't really address people of different complexion or hair color.

    Why do you disagree then? I don't think pastels (and tweeds) look good on me that's just my feeling. Can you show me some counter examples?

    Black is just a very stark color unless textured and made casual/industrial/etc. That's why black jeans white shirts work and why swd works IMO.
     
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    Shoes look redder here than in your fit pic. Difference in lighting/exposure, or have you altered the original color?
    Bear in mind some here will say a spread collar (full spread) is too formal to pair with a blazer, but I am not one. Look to Claghorn for inspiration on this front. Single monk sounds nice.
     
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