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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. MGD83

    MGD83 Senior member

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    Cross post from the good taste thread, looking for some good opinions.

    Is it in poor taste to wear a navy double breasted pinstripe suit to a baptism? What's the consensus of some of you gentlemen on this thread?
     
  2. archibaldleach

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    Generally speaking, I believe that striped suits should be worn only in business settings. A baptism is not a business setting so the pinstriped suit really doesn't belong. I don't know that I would go so far as to say it is in poor taste. Perhaps by the very high standards of SF, it would be in poor taste, but this is one of those rules that seems to be followed less and less. I think that is unfortunate, but the upshot is that you can probably get away with it and are very unlikely to offend anyone, even though you may want to avoid similar looks in the future.
     
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  3. 9thsymph

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    +1 on pinstripe 'rule'.

    I love pinstripe suits, but don't own a single one because they simply aren't appropriate for either my work or social environments...
     
  4. Sotiris

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    A few years ago at my wedding, the husband of our matron of honor wore a pinstripe suit (true story). I still haven't forgiven him.
     
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  5. An Acute Style

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    Another lovely spring day in the city so I broke out the tricolor pastel oxford bow. Also, oxford pants and shirt.

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  6. Suit of Nettles

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    +1 to the above. It won't be 'in poor taste', exactly, but even to the uninitiated it will look 'odd' at best, and 'off' at worst; it'll leave an undesired impression, even if nobody at the event can put their finger on it in quite the way an SF goon might. Bear in mind, as well, that this will be heavily photographed, so it won't be a fleeting misstep.
     
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  7. archibaldleach

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    +1. I want a flannel chalk stripe suit really badly, but I just can't justify buying something that is not going to get worn since suit wearing for me is pretty discretionary (church, charity events, sometimes client meetings). Solid suits work anywhere a striped suit would while the reverse is not true.

    In general if one does not wear suits to the office on a regular basis (the main way you'd use and justify stripes), solids and perhaps the occasional more casual suit (POW or similar) is the way to go.
     
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    Glad to see someone articulate this so well.
     
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  10. Suit of Nettles

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    HF's post is excellent, per usual, but I would add a small qualification. It is at least possible for someone to have a sense of whether or not something is 'right' (in the sense of general propriety rather than strict rectitude) without necessarily being able to articulate precisely what has informed that personal preference; I'd even suggest that this less articulate comportment is the more common, and not by a little. This is why 'taste', for all its unsavoury connotations, is an effective if worn-out metaphor for personal style: as a person can tell you what foods or kinds of food they like, without being able to give any real explanation beyond 'I like X', so it often is with clothing -- or, to put it satirically, those who are uncertain about food and fashion don't starve naked. Of course, 'taste' is, as HF says, used to justify all kinds of unpleasantness created when a cretinous oaf asserts his own preferences as inviolable maxims, but it's still generally true that a given population may find certain things more or less palatable for a variety of reasons all over the spectrum of vagaries.
     
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  11. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    SF Family:
    Unipair (C&J, shoes)
     
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  12. EliodA

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    Thanks for the thumbs yesterday, gents! Today's fit inspired by @Sotiris
    Due to the wonderful traffic in Jakarta, I had to get up so early this morning that I was forced to use artificial light, unfortunately.
    Now you can see what a mess my wife's painting room really is.

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    (I'm aware that the jacket is too long, but I'm too scared for a disaster to have that altered. Do any of you gents have had success with such an alteration?)
     
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  13. 9thsymph

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    Jacket is not too long, but you can certainly shorten (though, nothing more than half an inch I'd say...)
     
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  14. 9thsymph

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    sorry...I thought I had spoilered that last post...still learning...
     
  15. Suit of Nettles

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    Gorgeous, and well-chosen shoes!

    My understanding is that you can get away with at most 1/2" shortening to a jacket *without* patch pockets-- maybe a hair more if the flaps sit relatively high, as those appear to-- and practically nothing with patches. You would want to place a lot of trust in your tailor, and give him/her full discretion. That aside, while it is longish, I'm not sure it's a huge problem. It may be 'unfashionable' at the moment, when everyone seems to want (as someone quipped recently) to look like they're wearing their sons' castoff jackets, but yours doesn't look grotesquely out of proportion to me.
     
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  16. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    what color/type leather shoes?
     
  17. Tirailleur1

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    So THAT'S your Fetish
     
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    Many thanks gentlemen for all the thumbs on my last two fits.

    Today it's back to sports coat and trousers. Shirt might prove controversial - it resolves to a very pale teal-green at about four metres.

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    SC - SuitSupply (Soho cut, Drago wool/silk/cashmere)
    Shirt - Oxford
    Tie - Paolo Albizzati
    Random square
    Trousers - Sartoria Castangia (cotton)
    Shoes - Carmina shell (Rain last)
     
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  20. Tirailleur1

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