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How to dress well in CM without standing out too much

mak1277

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I really liked this thread. Unfortunately it’s pretty close to being ruined by the doggie.
 

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Please tell us a bit more about what kind of look you’re going for, and in what context. And your age would also make a difference. Otherwise our advice will be useless projection.

Also, are you sure about that vertical buttonhole?
Hi,

With regards to the buttonhole: it comes with the jacket. I never use the lapel buttonhole so it probably will not bother me.

I am working in an office where people dress anything from casual to smart casual, usually without jacket. As I don't care what and how they dress (I don't judge), I myself like to dress up (compared to them), but more importantly I like to dress well. Currently 33 years of age and working as an engineer. I myself don't necessarily want to stand out by wearing bright and or colorful items, rather standing out by looking well put together.

I have some basic rules myself when putting outfits together:
- Never jeans at the office (though it is perfectly acceptable at my work place), only trousers and chinos in neutral/light colors like grey, tan, off white, sometimes navy (combined with a lighter blue base color jacket, northern light)
- Never sneakers
- Always a shirt (usually white/light blue/greyish glenn plaid
- Will always wear a jacket when wearing a shirt (hence I need more jackets)

Typical outfit combinations:

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If one is looking for some historical cohesion, this is a pretty good look.

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Hi,

With regards to the buttonhole: it comes with the jacket. I never use the lapel buttonhole so it probably will not bother me.

I am working in an office where people dress anything from casual to smart casual, usually without jacket. As I don't care what and how they dress (I don't judge), I myself like to dress up (compared to them), but more importantly I like to dress well. Currently 33 years of age and working as an engineer. I myself don't necessarily want to stand out by wearing bright and or colorful items, rather standing out by looking well put together.

I have some basic rules myself when putting outfits together:
- Never jeans at the office (though it is perfectly acceptable at my work place), only trousers and chinos in neutral/light colors like grey, tan, off white, sometimes navy (combined with a lighter blue base color jacket, northern light)
- Never sneakers
- Always a shirt (usually white/light blue/greyish glenn plaid
- Will always wear a jacket when wearing a shirt (hence I need more jackets)

Typical outfit combinations:

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Good combos. Conservative to my eye but tasteful. I think you aesthetic would be very well served by following the advice of Simon Crompton of Permanent Style.
 

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Felt pretty successful in wearing CM and not standing out today. The moleskin fabric of the sports coat and subdued colors help a lot.
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It was cold in the morning, so I popped the collar. Most people probably registered it as a nice outerwear jacket.
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Good combos. Conservative to my eye but tasteful. I think you aesthetic would be very well served by following the advice of Simon Crompton of Permanent Style.
Thanks. I am going back to being conservative. I have had my fair share in fancy socks, skin tight tailoring, bright and colorful shoes and what not.
 

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Felt pretty successful in wearing CM and not standing out today. The moleskin fabric of the sports coat and subdued colors help a lot. View attachment 1672621

It was cold in the morning, so I popped the collar. Most people probably registered it as a nice outerwear jacket.
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This look would work for me out in the 'burbs. Saw a guy grocery shopping looking similar this morning. Any 5-pocket pants would probably work, wouldn't necessarily have to be denim. Proper Cloth has some black moleskin 5-pockets that look interesting.
 

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I have been trying before, in vain, to put words on what casual elegance means for me. I now have found, not the words, but instead an whole article with pictures, which describes just that. Written by Tony Sylvester for Permanent Style.

My thoughts:
A relaxed, but not baggy, fit.
Shiny dark shoes.
OTC socks (Not shown, but they need to be there for sanity reasons)
One accessory (scarf, thin belt).
No shirt (Damn I love shirts, but I could try wearing something else once in a while :) )
 

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Thanks. I am going back to being conservative. I have had my fair share in fancy socks, skin tight tailoring, bright and colorful shoes and what not.
I meant conservative more in a political/formal sense as opposed to the opposite of fancy (which I abhor), but yes. Political connotations in dress are more of an Italian/French thing I guess.
 

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I have been trying before, in vain, to put words on what casual elegance means for me. I now have found, not the words, but instead an whole article with pictures, which describes just that. Written by Tony Sylvester for Permanent Style.

My thoughts:
A relaxed, but not baggy, fit.
Shiny dark shoes.
OTC socks (Not shown, but they need to be there for sanity reasons)
One accessory (scarf, thin belt).
No shirt (Damn I love shirts, but I could try wearing something else once in a while :) )
Like this look a lot too. Loden coat, floppy well-worn stuff etc. I'd just switch the shoes to something more like desert boots, to keep it more left wing (I mean, I love Weston 180s, but you just can't wear them in France and be taken seriously, for example). But to each their own.
 

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