Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Claghorn, May 21, 2014.
Sander, I agree entirely, fabulous
Are turtlenecks a Europe thing???
What wallets are you guys using? on the market for something kind of slim. I've had the same one for like 10 years!
Thanks for the thumbs and kind words, gents. Here's what I wore today:
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.
Nice suit... please post your fit here: http://www.styleforum.net/t/457597/friday-challenge-february-20-2015-dress-down-your-suit
A nice weekend to you too!
Low gorges look sad.
Going somewhere (as soon as the batteries are fully charged), all Brooks Brothers except for Allen-Edmonds shoes.....
It was from a weekly contest where the requirement was dressing down a suit ...
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!
Thanks so much for your thorough response. That's some very helpful information.
Thanks, brother. I still have a ton to learn, but I feel like I've turned a corner lately.
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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