HOF: What Are You Wearing Right Now - Part III

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  1. tesuquegolfer

    tesuquegolfer Senior member

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    Sorry for the bad phone shots but that is all I got for now. Wonder what people think I am taking pictures of in the men's restroom at work.

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    SC is HSM Gold Trumpeter Loro Piana Worsted spun Cashmere
    Tie is Burberrys Wool
    Shirt is Nordstrom's Label
    Trousers are BB Flannel
    Shoes are AE Fifth Aves
    Belt is Florsheim
    Socks are Calvin Klein
    PC Daniel Cremieux
     
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  3. Orgetorix

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    More messing around in DBs. Trying out an idea I noticed in the "bold suits" thread I started a couple of weeks ago: using a checked shirt & strong tie to counterbalance the eye-catching pattern in the suit. Still not quite right, but the experiments are getting closer to what I have in my mind's eye:

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    HF, while the suit fabric is awesome and I'm envious, the more I look at it the more I think the lapels are too narrow. The proportions of the rest of the suit, including the distance between the buttons, seems to be crying out for a more robust lapel.

    It's still a great suit, though.


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    [​IMG] True. I noticed your tie yesterday - it may well have subtly influenced my choice this morning.
     
  4. Holdfast

    Holdfast Senior member

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    HF, while the suit fabric is awesome and I'm envious, the more I look at it the more I think the lapels are too narrow. The proportions of the rest of the suit, including the distance between the buttons, seems to be crying out for a more robust lapel. It's still a great suit, though.
    Yes, I agree; to highlight the relevant part of my commentary from upthread:
    I really like DBs and how they look on me. But it's difficult to find a good fit in RTW, and even when I do, there are often other style details I'm not totally in love with (today's fit is a good example of this). I still like the look, overall, but it's not ideal.
    It's a compromise I just have to put up with, since I like the suit overall, and I couldn't find a similarly bold fabric in the swatch books I looked through (I was originally going to get a similar DB via MTM). Plenty of grey plaids, but nothing quite as high contrast as this one.
    This is such a great suit, and it needs an equally great tie. I have not liked the ties you have shown with it.
    Yes, I can understand why you say that. As I said, I'm experimenting with a particular concept at the moment with this suit:
    What I suspect could be a more meaningful disagreement between us is the core hypothesis behind the experiment itself. I feel the iterations are slowly moving in the direction I'm after. Thanks for the interesting feedback guys. [​IMG]
     
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    I concede your sartorial acumen far exceeds my own, and I am aware of your proclivity for bold suits, but I think this suit looks really dated/old fashioned. You are a handsome man, and I think rather than complement your appearance the suit competes with it. And it's really no contest. I'm content to be the lone voice of dissent here, as I do not generally care for heavily patterned suits.
     
  6. MrDaniels

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    I never tied a Four in Hand until I came here. I was a Windsor guy all my life, it was all I knew how to tie. I am not against them, if I can get them to come out ina good size, not a huge coconut knot. [​IMG]

    You had said that before. Whoever bullied you into it was misguided, I am afraid...as most of your suits have a fairly wide lapel and your face can carry a bigger knot. Maybe you can try Windsor Wednesdays for a while? [​IMG]
     
  7. sugarbutch

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    Sugarbutch: I like it, but that collar seems a bit wide for the rest of the look. The formality of it just seems slightly off.
    It's a conservative outfit, so I'm not sure why it strikes you as too formal, but thank you for taking the time to comment.
    Self-timer, this one. iLike your fit today, is it a suit?
    Thank you, sir. It is a suit. Fairly lightweight charcoal flannel from Vestimenta. I'm not sure I'd buy another flannel in this weight, but it was purchased about seven years ago before I knew any better. The trousers wrinkle like a sumbitch and the besom pockets gap whenever I put anything in the jacket..
    Some spilled coffee may have ended that challenge today...
    Oh, no! Sorry to hear that, man.
    Can't argue with any of this. Thanks for your thoughts, sb.
    Just one man's opinion, but I'm happy you found it useful.
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    That's the beauty of tailored clothing. Even on an uninspired day, you can look sharp!
    ^This is a classic look. I think I've said this before, but I like the spread collar on you.
    Thanks. I took advantage of Modern Tailor's recent promotion to try out some shirt variations that I thought might be too experimental to justify paying full price from my regular guy. Other than going a little too far in slimming through the torso (easily rectified by removing the darts), I think it worked out. This is my first soft collar, too. I'm happy that I bought three! I think I might go for a slightly taller collar next time, though.
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    I think I see what you were going for, and I think this might work better with a less structured jacket with much less shoulder.
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    I thought someone had hijacked your login...
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    ...but then I saw the self-stripe on the suit! Welcome back, Spoo.
    Yesterday's fit was so awful I didn't dare show my face. Hopefully today's is better. [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
    Nice tie! And even better PS...
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    I need to go find your "bold suit" thread...
     
  8. Holdfast

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    I concede your sartorial acumen far exceeds my own, and I am aware of your proclivity for bold suits, but I think this suit looks really dated/old fashioned. You are a handsome man, and I think rather than complement your appearance the suit competes with it. And it's really no contest. I'm content to be the lone voice of dissent here, as I do not generally care for heavily patterned suits.
    Dissent isn't a bad thing; there's no need to feel you have to defend it with lots of qualifiers! Just feel free to dissent. [​IMG] Your eye is better than you think, anyway, because it IS a very retro suit in cut. There's a very strong 60s - almost neoEdwardian/mod - aesthetic to the shape of the cut, in fact. Squint at it, and imagine it as a 6x3 DB for a moment and you'll instantly see the mod influence I mean (the quite pegged legs are another aspect of this). It is dated and old-fashioned in that sense, though, so your feedback is quite accurate (though the cyclical nature of fashion means these things are never quite cut and dried, and in fact it's from a recent collection). I don't agree with the negative aspect of that, mind. Not every look has to be about looking cool; sometimes it's very enjoyable to play with different aesthetic, just for the fun of being able to do so. In an ideal world, I'd have found that bold a fabric in a book, and been able to get it MTM with somewhat broader lapels and more conventional cut. But in the absence of that, it's much more enjoyable for me to get the fabric I want in an unconventional cut, than it would have been to have just another conventional suit in a fabric I didn't love.
     
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    I don´t think the tie and the sc are matching well...shoe/pants/tie combo is striking, though.
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    Personally i don´t think shirts should be of other colours than blue, red and white (or a mixture of those colours), but that´s just me. Thx for the praise!
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    Now THAT is an awesome ps!
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    Suit yay, collar nay...looks way too wrinkled...
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    Nice tie, like it!
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    Great tie / ps combo!
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    Yay, true with the trou. If i only got one made from wool or sth. [​IMG] ...anyways, i love the way you sport this db. This one´s really flattering on you. Anyway, got fooled by temperature today...too late to get my entry in for the crazy shoes competition, aye? [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
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    ^Really nice combo, Mike. That tie is great.

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    ^Love this tie too. Not sure I like the shirt w/ the SC.

    Perhaps by a tiny, tiny fraction. I'm watching your experiments with different cuts with much interest.

    That's what I felt too. A hair too high. It's difficult to experiment with RTW (and all my SCs are RTW), but I am trying to find what really works for button point, length, cut so I can pinpoint it for future purchases and potential bespoke/mtm endeavors.

    I have already started the MTM experiment with pants and I have a feeling it's going to take more tweaking, time, and patience than I anticipated, but it is very pleasurable to be able to dictate details, features, cloth etc.

    Thanks. I really like DBs and how they look on me. But it's difficult to find a good fit in RTW, and even when I do, there are often other style details I'm not totally in love with (today's fit is a good example of this). I still like the look, overall, but it's not ideal.

    See my above post. I know how you feel. It's an interesting progression because I am typically pretty satisfied with the fit I can achieve with RTW pieces and my focus has shifted more to the details. I can see why people go bespoke or MTM for this reason.

    WRT today's post, I love the strong DB fabric, but I would echo that I'd prefer a larger lapel. In terms of ties/accesories, I would tend towards letting the suit fabric stand out and choosing solid white or blue shirt (or light pink if you are feeling adventurous) and maybe just a solid navy, burgundy (for some color), or perhaps even solid silver twill for a more monotone approach.

    Thanks. I took advantage of Modern Tailor's recent promotion to try out some shirt variations that I thought might be too experimental to justify paying full price from my regular guy. Other than going a little too far in slimming through the torso (easily rectified by removing the darts), I think it worked out. This is my first soft collar, too. I'm happy that I bought three! I think I might go for a slightly taller collar next time, though.

    ^SB, I think it works for you. If you do decide to order more and request a taller collar my word of advice would be to make sure you tweak all of the proportions (point length etc. accordingly) and specify that you want the collar taller in the front (if that's what you want is more "tie space"). I have not used Modern Tailor myself, but I have experimented with local MTM shirts and tweaked my second order just like you, by requesting a taller collar, but without extending the point length slightly and without specifying I wanted the collar higher in teh front as well. The result was a little strange because the collar was taller but the point length was not extended so it looked funny (just my .02 if that explanation makes any sense).
     
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    About the whole thing, or in reference to the direction bit? The direction bit was not related to anyone here.

    Today's chum. I tried out Holdfast's idea of having a concept in mind when constructing the whole thing.

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  12. tesuquegolfer

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    I love the tie and PS. Nice look overall, well done.
     
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    I really like that tie, and the shoes, if they didn't have the tassel.
     
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    Really like the green tie, Doc. What material is that? Wool?
     
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    Beautiful tie, O. Let me guess; you thrifted it for a buck ninety-eight. (Seriously, though; where did you get it?)
     
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