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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.

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  1. ericgereghty

    ericgereghty Well-Known Member

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    Definitely not on board here. I don't think they're my go to shoe by any means, but I don't think they're "out," though, if they are or are on the way, I don't think I'll follow suit.

    I'm also not too big on split-toes, though there are classic models I do like.
     
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  2. smittycl

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    Double Monks have a 70's vibe to me. Bold, slightly gaudy and not really appropriate for a business wardrobe. Not to be too hard on them but if they look appropriate in a 1970's magazine ad then they're best avoided now. [​IMG]
     
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    From what I've been able to discern from photos of the Noodle and AAS, I believe our little Noodle is not only broader but also a bit taller than AAS, making a potential wardrobe raid rather a sorry affair. Best to not add breaking and entering to your resume, Noodle - as much as I am sure you'd be expert on giving a webinar in such techniques . . .:devil:
     
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    Not so sure with today's blue brown grey combination

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    Suit & shirt: Charles Tyrwhitt
    Tie: Zegna
    Shoes: Meermin
     
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  5. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Well-Known Member

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    I agree that they are not business appropriate (not all of us exist in the business world though) however I don't take them as particularly 70s. Even if they were, a lot of good came out of the 70s (even if the disasters stick out in our minds more than anything else from the decade).
     
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    ...a lot of good...

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    To me this is all fine, but maybe it had been better with a lighter blue shirt; not so much to compliment the tie, but for that suit. (And I know you can do better PS than this.)
     
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  8. ericgereghty

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    This is probably a bit TOO overarching for me, unless we're talking about the CBD business world. My company's policy skews on the casual side of business attire, so I may not have the best perspective, but I couldn't imagine ever feeling inappropriate (even meeting with clients) in a pair of double monks. That said, anything explicitly formal, like an interview of some sort, I would feel a bit "off" wearing them.

    Note: I'm honored and humbled I made your quotes/comment section [​IMG]
     
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  9. Coxsackie

    Coxsackie Well-Known Member

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    Actually I think the shirt is fine here. Your problem lies in the PS, which appears too similar to the shirt. Either a plain white linen TV fold, or even better, a square which references the brown of the tie, would have anchored the fit beautifully.
     
  10. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Well-Known Member

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    I liked the whole thing, Cox. (EDIT: I'm talking about your deep pink shirt)
     
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  11. pravda

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    @sycsyc I know you responded to feedback regarding polishing your shoes. But now I think they are too shiny and make your great fits look too
    planned. I suggest a matte finish. Your fits are awesome btw
     
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  12. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Well-Known Member

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    If you are going to shine the toe it should be shiny. Mirror shine. Perhaps another of the recently mentioned military affectations.
     
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    Just my two cents:

    I thought I liked double monks until I bought a pair. Whether dressing for business or pleasure, they're the pair of shoes that continually get passed by in my shoe rotation. It just seems there is almost always a better choice.
     
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    This has me lusting to add some DB goodness to my wardrobe. :nodding:
     
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  16. sebastian mcfox

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    Is that coral in your pocket @sugarbutch?
     
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    What a find. :)
     
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    Interesting to hear a lot of feedback to this extent. I have found the exact opposite to be the case. I have to stop myself from overwearing them and make sure I use my other shoes.

    I think a lot of this has to do with levels of formality expected in the social situations we each find ourselves in. For myself, I dress well because I want to and I am overdressed fairly frequently. If I wanted to I could get by wearing no ties all year and not have any problems. I find monks to be a happy medium between loafers and lace-ups and really enjoy wearing them.
     
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    Love your style Gerry. Your clothes look 'lived in'

    Classic Crusty. [​IMG]

    I prefer the cuff-less (and pleat-less) look. It's cleaner, less fussy & more contemporary imo, but in practice I generally go for cuffs because the extra weight helps drape. In heavier cloths I go without, but for some cuffed odd trews I reserve for balancing gunboats.

    The DM and the Norweger are two of the half-dozen or so classic men's shoe styles, so so I don't think either's going to disappear. There's a pic of Lawrence (of Arabia) at leisure in an English drawing room wearing a pair of DMs back in about 1910 and the William (DM) is Lobb's signature shoe, just like the Dover (Norweger) is EG's and the Demi-Chasse (Norweger) is JM Weston's.
     
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  20. Epicure

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    I think there is a good deal of merit in the points you make. Maybe this is what is happening on a subconscious level for me.

    Like you, I tend to be overdressed, and always feel comfortable with this. But then, I can achieve this in a well fitting jacket with or without PS (with is my default), a pair of English loafers, and no tie. Far from a formal fit, but considered "dressy" in my non-sartorially inclined locale.

    I specify loafers, because I'm far fonder of these most casual of dress shoes than my lone pair of double monks. I concede double monks could receive more love from me if I'd purchased suede rather than calf, and as such I may trial a suede pair in future to see if that does change my mind.

    If I'm not in loafers, I most often reach for wing tips in calf (oxford or derby), suede semi-brogue oxfords, or suede chukkas, unless a calf oxford cap seems or actually is required.
     
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