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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. Dewi

    Dewi Senior member

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    Just a touch. It's the enginerd in me, I'm sure of it. :embar:


    My regular ties are around 3.5" at the widest point of the blade. I think the only ties I have that are slimmer than that are either woolens, which are 3.25", or my knits, which are 3".
     
  2. sugarbutch

    sugarbutch Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    My knits are 2.5", but I'd prefer 3"
     
  3. RDiaz

    RDiaz Senior member

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    Turns out my Cappelli knit is 2.6" (6.5cm) wide, not 3". So yeah, I guess between 2.5 and 2.75 is what I like most [​IMG]
     
  4. Oli2012

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    I live in inland Australia. Could I get away with twill cotton for grey trousers rather than flannel?
     
  5. Ivar

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    You'd be better off looking into tropical worsteds.
     
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  6. archibaldleach

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    I'd say you can dispense with flannel if it never gets cool enough for it to be useful and I say that as someone who wears flannel trousers probably 4 times a week except in the summer.


    +1.
     
  7. MilanoStyle

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    Good list, but I think that above list applies to Fall/Winter style.. We (or I) need a separate list for Spring/Summer style. :D
     
  8. Ivar

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    I've strayed somewhat from the common wisdom that the tie width should be determined by the width of the lapels.* I now think that the circumference of your chest is the best indicator to go by. So I, for example, take a size 38 in jackets, and for me, 2.5" is the sweet spot (for knit ties -- regular ties should be wider) and 2.75" is a hair too wide, whereas I'm pretty sure that a guy who takes a size 42 or 44 in jackets would look better with a width of 2.75" or 3.00". Classic menswear is all about finding the ideal measurements for your own particular body.

    * The common wisdom holds true, however, if your lapel width is properly matched to your chest width, which is the case with most bespoke jackets.
     
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  9. David Reeves

    David Reeves Senior member Affiliate Vendor

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    You could go for something like a Dormeuil Ice which has a mohair blend. The mohair's memory retention really helps flannel. You could also stitch you creases in permanently.
     
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    Stitch creases in permanently? Do you have an example of this?
     
  11. LabelKing

    LabelKing Senior member

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    Edward Sexton does that.
     
  12. JubeiSpiegel

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    Wish there were more examples of Edward Sexton's work on this site...
     
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    I can't help but think of Eddie Sexton when I hear that name.
     
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    I need to talk with my tailor about doing that on my crispaire trousers. Damn cloth is so hard to press into a crease for some strange reason.

    Flannel takes the crease just fine if I don't use too much water when sponging...
     
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  16. Oli2012

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    Question - why does Manton include a loafer in the essentials? its not like a brown brogue already in the essentials list couldnt work with a blazer, tweed or odd jacket combination.

    Is it an Americanism, or is there something I'm missing?
     
  17. archibaldleach

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    The idea as I understand it is that you need something more casual than an oxford and that is more summer appropriate than a brown brogue. The loafer qualifies on both points.
     
  18. aravenel

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    Definitely. The loafer is an essential summer shoe.
     
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  19. SkinnyGoomba

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    I realize this thread is now vintage 2012, however;

    I find very few occasions for a navy odd jacket, in fact the only solid blue odd jacket I ever find myself wearing is a steel blue linen. I just much rather wear a pattern sportcoat in any/all scenarios which I would have previously worn a navy odd jacket.

    A navy blue knit seems redundant if you own a black knit. I own navy, brown and black and literally never wear anything other then the black knit. Same reasoning as the above I suppose. If I'm wearing linen dark enough to call for a navy knit I might as well just wear black and if I'm wearing something light enough that black is too dark then I most often reach for a different tie entirely.
     

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