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I just picked up a NWOT (to me) Spier & Mackay suit as an experiment. This brand is somewhat new to me, but I saw so many examples on this thread that I ordered a linen SC from them this summer. However the cut was not suited to my frame and I returned it.

This suit is a navy DB and I find the cut to be much better for me. However, as a (semi) retired person, my current wardrobe is almost entirely sport coats with trousers or jeans and suits are relegated to the occasional evening event.

I am interested in opinions on just how formal or informal you consider a navy wool DB suit. Furthermore, what do you consider appropriate shoes, ie primarily black oxfords vs walnut AE Strands. I have AE PA's in black, burgundy and two shades of brown, as well as an adelaide (Vernon) in a rich medium brown but thought there might be some derby styles that might be appropriate.

Thanks in advance for your thoughts and guidance.
 

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I am interested in opinions on just how formal or informal you consider a navy wool DB suit. Furthermore, what do you consider appropriate shoes, ie primarily black oxfords vs walnut AE Strands.
Depends on the cloth, I suppose. The other evening I wore this suit, navy with faint red box check, Lumb's Golden Bale flannel. Fairly formal, I think, and suitable for evening wear. I wore burgundy Edward Green Halifax chukkas (essentially Dovers but turned into a boot) as there was both a threat of rain and, being outside, there was sand and gravel underfoot. I would not wear walnut colored shoes nor any light-colored shoe with a navy suit.
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Depends on the cloth, I suppose. The other evening I wore this suit, navy with faint red box check, Lumb's Golden Bale flannel. Fairly formal, I think, and suitable for evening wear. I wore burgundy Edward Green Halifax chukkas (essentially Dovers but turned into a boot) as there was both a threat of rain and, being outside, there was sand and gravel underfoot. I would not wear walnut colored shoes nor any light-colored shoe with a navy suit.
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Thank you. The fabric appears to be a super 130 three season in what I consider a "true" navy. Very traditional. No pattern.

As always, your outfit is impeccable.
 

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Trying this jacket with a patterned tie. I usually only wear a solid tie. I think it’s ok, but the dark navy in the tie looks almost black in photos. I know many people wouldn’t wear this jacket at all. Despite that, what patterned tie would work with this in your estimation? Thanks for your consideration.

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First wear if my new green Amidé Hadelin Super Geelong sleeveless cardigan today. A bit of a ‘country gentleman’ look I guess, but appropriate for travelling to the countryside.

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Trying this jacket with a patterned tie. I usually only wear a solid tie. I think it’s ok, but the dark navy in the tie looks almost black in photos. I know many people wouldn’t wear this jacket at all. Despite that, what patterned tie would work with this in your estimation? Thanks for your consideration.

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Personally, i love the jacket and wish I had one! It is a statement unto itself, so agree with your first instince to stay with solid color. Perhaps play with texture such as knit ,Garza, or shantung material I could see any of these in a deep rich blue ( not necessarily navy).
 

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what patterned tie would work with this in your estimation?
I think your idea of going with a solid tie would be the best choice, however if you must have a(nother) pattern in the tie, I'd choose something that coordinates the colors and does not compete with the high-chroma large-check plaid of the coat. This example pulls the grey up top while letting the jacket do the talking. Maybe something with a little less texture would be better, but nothing formal of course.
 

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Brooks Brothers camel hair jacket, OCBD shirt, BB#1 stripe tie, andArgyle socks, Lyle & Scott Fair Isle sweater vest, Squarextraordinaire pocket square, Vineyard Vines trousers, and Allen-Edmonds shoes.

"C's The Day."

October 22 is Champagne Day.

Wanted the keep things mostly in the "C" Section so had Champagne with chili and cornbread at the Alcove Cafe on Hillhurst Avenue in East Hollywood/Los Feliz and wore a camelhair jacket with a chrysanthemum boutonniere.

A quote from "These Are Our Failures" by Christian Chensvold:

“If ‘dressing up’ were a person, it would not be a boulevardier fawned over by the society pages. It would be an old man in a nursing home, sporting a boutonniere that foreshadows the flowers at his own coming funeral. Ties have literally tied everything together, menswear-wise, for more than 200 years. The very concept of what it means to be well dressed falls apart without the necktie.”

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