Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Manton, Aug 1, 2012.
Given this, I assume you mean a gray worsted suit, not a flannel?
A well dressed bald guy should have a Homburg and a flat tweed cap.
Yes, did I not specify that?
You forgot "Office pants."
I think your list is also somewhat slanted toward people who live in the NE. For example, in some parts of the south, a tweed jacket is a tough sell. I propose a tweed exemption for people living below the Mason Dixon line. In exchange, these people should be required to purchase a bow tie instead.
Well I am from California and my list would be no different out there.
Tweed is useful in the SF damp and also in the desert at night, when it can get very cold. I could live without one in LA proper but out in eastern LA county, where I lived for a while, it got quite cold at night. Hell, I've even worn Shetland in Santa Cruz.
The logic here is simple. Nobody can be well dressed in the south!
Nope, this was your item:
-a mid to dark gray single-breasted suit
Nope. It was implicit, though, but you had to get to the advanced section to be sure. So when you update the OP, don't forget to add your cal shirt and wine-stained chinos to make sure all occasions are covered.
Hey - what about formal wear? Isn't that a must for your well-dressed man criteria?
I would just add "A complete, well-fitting, conventional black tie rig, including shoes" No need to be too prescriptive.
Don't we all wish.
Well, two minds on this one. Yes, I suppose that any fair definition of well dressed shoud include that. However, there are a lot of guys who could use every single thing on my list but who never, ever have call to wear black tie. So I don't know ...
Moral of the story - I should really have concentrated on the basics first. When you first get into this, even playing around with bespoke, it's so tempting to do some of the crazy things you always wanted to do while ignoring the "boring" things you probably should have sewn up first.
Damn you Manton, for this new shopping list.
I would put myself in this group. I'm 30, have never had a black tie event, and may well never. If I really stretched it I could go to opening nights at the opera and fancy New Year's Eve parties and maybe be able to wear black tie once or twice a year, but even then I'd likely be in a small minority at these events. Hence my search for more dressed down versions of classic evening wear.
I have heard that, but don't believe it. Everyone gets invited to a black-tie wedding at some point.
It makes perfect sense for someone to save the money and not buy black-tie and make do without or rent the one time you need it. But the list should have it. Whether to or how to follow the list is an individual choice, but the list should be complete. Or add "if necessary"
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