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If you do not own the following things, you are not well dressed

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Aug 1, 2012.

  1. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    yes, those who can, must.
     
  2. eg1

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    Is the yard for self-backed? My tailor requested a metre for that, but that may just be the consequence of living in a metric country.
     
  3. cosmic

    cosmic Well-Known Member

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    Nice thread, this helped with deciding what to get next. I would add few more items:

    Navy blazer with metal buttons
    A pair of ankle boots for winter, rugged terrain, and travel
    A travel suit in a crease-resistant fabric (eg fresco), grey or navy
    Driving shoes
    Silver/grey cashmere v-neck sweater
    Black turtleneck sweater
    Polo shirt
    Summer jacket e.g. Harrington Jacket

    Since you mentioned ties, let's list 'must have' accessories:

    Sunglasses
    Scarf (cashmere)
    Leather gloves
    Panama hat
    Umbrella or a rain-resistant hat (trilby,fedora, flat cap)
    Dress watch (thin, leather strap)
     
  4. ykurtz

    ykurtz Senior member

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    According to Will, most men would need .5 meters.
     
  5. cnyman

    cnyman Active Member

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    I think nothingdescribes a well-dressed man than a nice fitting tailor made suit/jacket.
     
  6. Manton

    Manton Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I always get a full yard for a vest but I've been told many times that it's unnecessary. So, I dunno, but to be safe I get a yard.
     
  7. patrickBOOTH

    patrickBOOTH Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    People always tell me that I should get a proper trench coat, but all of the ones I have had in the past I ended up selling or giving away. I just sweat like crazy in them no matter how light.
     
  8. Threadbearer

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    You need to open trench coats regularly for proper ventilation.

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  9. MarkThomas

    MarkThomas Senior member

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    Did pretty well. Don't have a white FC (have a black one and never wear it, hah). No DB or linen suits. No black tie rig. All in all, not too bad!
     
  10. adam-r8

    adam-r8 Well-Known Member

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    Hmmmm, looks like i need to focus on these missing staples! I tend to buy things on impulse with not much structure so some of these should help combine things i already own.
    Great thread Manton, i really appreciate it!
     
  11. dubcbadass

    dubcbadass Senior member

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    what i need:
    -mid gray flannel pants
    -decent, non-chino khakis (bills, but no longer like the fit)
    -a white FC shirt
    -several blue BC shirts, at least one BD
    -black stitch caps
    -some tasteful brown oxfords (exact configuration up to you)
    -a solid black tie, knit or grenadine
    -a solid navy tie, knit or grenadine
    -at least one DB suit, navy worsted or medium gray flannel (the best dressers will have both)
    -at least one linen suit
    -at least one pair of brown suede shoes
    -at least one formal tie, e.g., a B&W shepherd's check
    -at least one wool or cashmere tie
    -at least one linen or linen blend tie
    -An overcoat in navy, charcoal or camel (have a Jos. Bank one that was from their higher end line? looking for something that doesn't look so cheezy, for mid-atlantic/NYC weather)

    i would love some recs on these items for affordable, quality basics (think AE, not Alden) in all the above categories. looking to fill in all the holes until i can kop middle to higher end. it almost seems like there is a gap in the market between mid-grade and premium. this sounds like it could be a business opportunity for those in the menswear industry.
     
  12. unbelragazzo

    unbelragazzo Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    Edited because of reading comprehension fail
     
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  13. RDiaz

    RDiaz Senior member

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    I happened to stumble upon this thread again in a Google search. Let's bump it and ask a question on the way.

    -a blue odd jacket. If you live in a two-season climate, then two, one for warmth and one for the cold Check
    -mid gray flannel pants Check
    -decent, non-chino khakis Check
    -at least one funky (but tasteful!) non-blue tweed jacket Check
    -a mid to dark gray worsted single-breasted suit No
    -a navy worsted single breasted suit No, unless pinstripes count
    -a white FC shirt Check
    -several blue BC shirts, at least one BD BIGCHECK, all of my current solid shirts except a single white one are blue
    -black stitch caps Check
    -some tasteful brown oxfords (exact configuration up to you) Check
    -loafers in medium brown calf, suede or shell or else burg shell No
    -a solid black tie, knit or grenadine No
    -a solid navy tie, knit or grenadine Check
    -a plain white linen hanky Check

    10/14, not bad I guess

    For the "more advanced" players:
    -at least one DB suit, navy worsted or medium gray flannel (the best dressers will have both) Check, but it's a worsted flannel pinstripe
    -at least one linen suit No
    -at least one pair of brown suede shoes No, but is next on my shoe purchase list.
    -at least one formal tie, e.g., a B&W shepherd's check Check
    -at least one wool or cashmere tie Check
    -at least one linen or linen blend tie No, but will have soon

    If necessary
    -A complete, well-fitting, correct black tie rig, including shoes No need
    -An overcoat in navy, charcoal or camel Check

    Now for the question... I'm obviously lacking in the suit department. I only have a worsted navy pinstripe, a DB medium dark grey worsted flannel pinstripe, and a green with tan windowpane tweed. But most of the time, odd jacket or casual suits are more appropiate for me. Obviously, a grey suit is a staple and everyone should have one; but when money can't be spent carelessly and a more casual coat and tie approach is more coherent, shouldn't one prioritize what to get based on what he's going to wear most?

    I'm just wondering because I still don't know if I should start my bespoke "journey" with a casual suit, a nice odd jacket, or a staple grey worsted suit (that I won't wear that often). Can't make up my damn mind...
     
  14. DocHolliday

    DocHolliday Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    The lack of a solid suit is a serious hole -- eventually you will need it, and that moment may arrive unexpectedly. You should rectify that immediately.

    That said, it doesn't need to be bespoke if you'll wear it rarely.
     
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  15. RDiaz

    RDiaz Senior member

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    That seems logical. Perhaps a RTW in the same brand and model of the navy pinstripe suit I already have will suffice; fit is pretty good after tailoring. It would draw some money from the "bespoke fund", but not much...
     
  16. Hacking jacket

    Hacking jacket Senior member

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    ROFL!
     
  17. RogerP

    RogerP Senior member

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    I don't find suede or linen to be remotely essential. Guess I never will be well dressed. Oh well.
     
  18. Claghorn

    Claghorn Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I found that immensely enjoyable. I love lists.
     
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  19. Caustic Man

    Caustic Man Senior member

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    Here's what I have so far. Funny though, I still don't feel well dressed.


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  20. Hacking jacket

    Hacking jacket Senior member

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    No strikethrough through on iPad ... Bold only
     
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