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HOF: What Are You Wearing Right Now - Part IV (starting May 2014)

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, May 21, 2014.

  1. Cleav

    Cleav Stylish Dinosaur Dubiously Honored Moderator

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    Are turtlenecks a Europe thing???
     


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    What wallets are you guys using? on the market for something kind of slim. I've had the same one for like 10 years!
     


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    Thanks for the thumbs and kind words, gents. Here's what I wore today:

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    Long time, no post. Got a new suit, and figured I'd throw it up here. Hope everyone's having a nice start to the weekend.

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    Low gorges look sad.
     


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    Going somewhere (as soon as the batteries are fully charged), all Brooks Brothers except for Allen-Edmonds shoes.....

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    It was from a weekly contest where the requirement was dressing down a suit ...
     


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    Further clarification: "MC" stands for "Men's Classic", so MC Casual refers to a dressed-down, informal version of the classic menswear idiom.

    The key feature signifying informality in these shoes is the level of decoration (wingtip cut and heavy broguing). I would also include the exaggeratedly round toe box - although this can also be a classic styling feature, especially of certain English brands such as Church's and perhaps Cleverley.

    In the bottom pair, there is also antiquing or patination (beautifully done, I might add), a heavier-duty sole thickness, and a chunkier heel. All of these features suggest a sturdier, workmanlike design, for a man who walks long distances for his job rather than sitting at a desk.

    Of course, these details tend to act as signifiers rather than practical design elements (although a shoe with, say, Dainite soles and storm welting is clearly built to a real purpose). You can certainly wear these shoes with a suit in an office. But they will draw attention to themselves - especially the bottom pair. Do you want that? Maybe you do. But be aware of how that might influence the interpersonal dynamic. "Look-at-me" shoes might put a client off. They might also get you laid.

    Another thing to be aware of is that these shoes are Oxford lace-ups rather than bluchers/derbies. This increases the level of formality and hence introduces a kind of cognitive dissonance into the design. In my opinion they are quite fashion-forward, which again increases the level of attention they will get. But I think that can be an end in itself. For this reason, I'd tend towards purchasing the second pair. They seem to achieve their desired aesthetic in a more whole-hearted manner. If you're looking to make a statement with your footwear, may as well do the job with conviction!
     


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    Thanks so much for your thorough response. That's some very helpful information.
     


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    Thanks, brother. I still have a ton to learn, but I feel like I've turned a corner lately.
     


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    I posted this new sports jacket a few days ago. HELP! I need suggestions for a tie that will work.

    The coat is mostly shades of brown with some blue and purple mixed in.

    A white, blue, or even pink shirt would work.
     


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