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

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@psb great shoes! However, I don't think this pocketsquare goes with this tie and suit, it seems totally off to me. Also, I don't like tv-fold for anything else than plain white linen ps, I think that puff would work much better here.
I decided to take the ps , because the colors in the tie almost match the ones on the ps, but may be it did not work as intended. Anyway, thanks for your comments.
 

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Monday, and a mild, if somewhat humid day is predicted for the weather. My husband and I are meeting friends for drinks after work, a well-groomed posse, as it happens, so choice of attire for today was a matter of some contemplation. As it is to be rather humid, I eliminated my first choice of one of my three-piece suits, and opted instead for this double-breasted suit, in a lightweight super 140's fabric (very comfortable, but with a penchant for wrinkling - everything has its advantages and disadvantages).

Suit & shirt - Brooks Brothers MTM
Tie - Brooks Brothers Golden Fleece
Cufflinks - The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace
Braces - Lewin
Pocket square - Brooks Brothers
Shoes - Bergdorf Goodman house brand

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Today it's par for the course to wear sneakers with a blazer, even with a tie. Sneakers with a suit is much more difficult to pull off, especially with a tie (much easier with a turtleneck for instance). Question is: is it possible?
I applaud you for trying something different, keeps things interesting. I'm not a big fan of suits and sneakers in general, but that is a matter of personal taste, I can see and respect other people trying, as was demonstrated in that thread a couple of weeks ago with some nice shots. The aesthetic of your sneakers fit nicely with the suit here. However, if done I really do think the tie needs to go. The clash between the formality of the tie with the informality of the sneakers is a gap to big to fill in my opinion. Lets take it beyond aesthetics, in which environment would suit+tie+sneakers really work in your opinion? I can totally see someone unwinding after a long day at the office at a bar with some colleagues, and then sneakers add some comfort without needing to change your entire dress, but again, I think the tie comes off as well then.
 

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I applaud you for trying something different, keeps things interesting. I'm not a big fan of suits and sneakers in general, but that is a matter of personal taste, I can see and respect other people trying, as was demonstrated in that thread a couple of weeks ago with some nice shots. The aesthetic of your sneakers fit nicely with the suit here. However, if done I really do think the tie needs to go. The clash between the formality of the tie with the informality of the sneakers is a gap to big to fill in my opinion. Lets take it beyond aesthetics, in which environment would suit+tie+sneakers really work in your opinion? I can totally see someone unwinding after a long day at the office at a bar with some colleagues, and then sneakers add some comfort without needing to change your entire dress, but again, I think the tie comes off as well then.
Unfortunately I completely missed the sneakers and suit thread, but I have looked through the pics now. I think there are a few examples of people doing it well, but I agree that the tie is often the dealbreaker.

I should perhaps clarify that my pics should not be seen as an attempt to make a case for a suit-tie-sneakers revolution of the menswear canon. I remain highly sceptical if it could be done well or not. But I'm curious because I see it more and more often. One specific case that I encounter in my own workplace is that a lot of people wear sneakers with a suit to and from work. Living in a country with weather conditions like Sweden this is nor surprising. Leather sole shoes are not advisable to wear outside for a big part of the year. What happens a lot is that these people tend to continue to wear their sneakers at work as long as you don't have meetings or official business to attend to. Going from your office to get some coffee does not require a change of shoes. This has lead to a situation where I see people with suit and sneakers on occasions where this was completely out of the question not more than 10 years ago.

Therefore I suspect that we in the future will see sneakers with a suit and tie more and more. Not necessarily as a sartorial choice, but rather a combination of practicality and laziness. After all laziness is one of the biggest drivers of innovation for mankind. This is the reason I thought I would explore if it can be done well.
 

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