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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. Shod

    Shod Member

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    I score 5 out of these 14 as being genuinely required to be well dressed, 7 as useful but unessential, and 2 as "to be avoided".
     
  2. mafoofan

    mafoofan Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    You never think you'll need a dinner suit until you need one. When that happens, there is no halfway or make-do solution. It's either a dinner suit, or it isn't. So, yes, I think it is a must on the list.
     
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  3. forex

    forex Senior member

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    What if one had everything on the list but chose to get rid of things that are not worn? For example FC shirts, I can't stand them and will never wear them.
     
  4. The Thin Man

    The Thin Man Senior member

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    The things I don't have:


    My next big purchase is going to be a blue flannel jacket. I haven't decided whether to get a BlazerSuit or mid-gray pants for it. I will be wearing it to the office (argument for BlazerSuit) but think it's likely within 2,3 years I'll be in a business-casual job (argument for the gray trousers).
     
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  5. Makoto Chan

    Makoto Chan Senior member

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    Manton's list is good. I think he's right.
     
  6. Mute

    Mute Senior member

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    I'm about 75% there, but then, I live in L.A. Not an excuse. Just the state of things.
     
  7. JLibourel

    JLibourel Senior member

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    I hope this would be enough to earn me at least a grade of "B."
     
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  8. CYstyle

    CYstyle Senior member

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    -a blue odd jacket. If you live in a two-season climate, then two, one for warmth and one for the coldcheck
    -mid gray flannel pantscheck
    -decent, non-chino khakischeck
    -at least one funky (but tasteful!) non-blue tweed jacketTweedless, but San Diego :eek:
    -a mid to dark gray worsted single-breasted suitcheck
    -a navy worsted single breasted suitcheck
    -a white FC shirtcheck
    -several blue BC shirts, at least one BDcheck
    -black stitch capscheck
    -some tasteful brown oxfords (exact configuration up to you)check
    -loafers in medium brown calf, suede or shell or else burg shellLoafer Hater
    -a solid black tie, knit or grenadinecheck
    -a solid navy tie, knit or grenadinecheck
    -a plain white linen hankycheck

    For the "more advanced" players:
    -at least one DB suit, navy worsted or medium gray flannel (the best dressers will have both)Got a blue one today
    -at least one linen suitcheck
    -at least one pair of brown suede shoescheck
    -at least one formal tie, e.g., a B&W shepherd's checkDon't even know what this is =\
    -at least one wool or cashmere tiecheck
    -at least one linen or linen blend tieneed some

    If necessary
    -A complete, well-fitting, correct black tie rig, including shoesNo black tie events
    -An overcoat in navy, charcoal or camelcheck
     
  9. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    Given Manton's list, I think brown PTBs or captoe derbys should be included. IMO, people would often be better off wearing some kind of derby with their outfits than being forced to choose between the super causal (e.g. loafers) and considerably more dressy (e.g. brown or black oxfords). Consider some of the items already on the list - odd jackets, odd trousers, khakis, etc. Wouldn't these all be often better served with (non brogued) derbys in most social situations?
     
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  10. Baron

    Baron Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    I'm pretty well supplied on that list except for a navy worsted suit, and my grey worsted suit is on the light side to be a good funeral suit. So in reality, those are pretty big gaps, maybe the worst two things to be without on the whole list.
     
  11. emptym

    emptym Senior member Moderator

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    Same here, except that I wore DB's a couple decades ago. Oh, and I gave away my gray worsted a couple years ago. Will get a replacement soon.

    In fact, I think I owned everything on the list before joining SF (knits, not grenadines. Still not a big fan of those.) But SF has helped me to make better upgrades than I would have in the past few years, particularly in their fit.

    I went to college in DC in the early 90's and wore them 2-3 times a year. But I almost rarely wear one now, maybe once every other year.
     
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  12. cptjeff

    cptjeff Senior member

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    Decent lists, but not all are absolute staples, some are easily skipped with variations in personal tastes.
     
  13. Renton

    Renton Senior member

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    Giving up tweed for bow ties? No thanks


    :plain:
     
  14. SuitMyself

    SuitMyself Senior member

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    I guess that means I am VERY well-dressed! :slayer:


     
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  15. SpooPoker

    SpooPoker Internet Bigtimer and Most Popular Man on Campus Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    BOOM
     
  16. R.O. Thornhill

    R.O. Thornhill Senior member

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    Completely agree with the inclusion of black tie. Surely most people have some occasions every year that call for it?

    I would also propose that we add:
    1. A summer-weight sport coat (not navy blazer) - e.g., a plain linen, a lightweight wool gunclub
    2. A raincoat / mac
    3. A solid-stick umbrella

    A morning suit would be a requisite for those of us living in the UK

    R-O-T
     
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  17. wumingde

    wumingde Well-Known Member

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    Dang. This means I am not well dressed at all. :)
     
  18. sartorialnoob

    sartorialnoob Well-Known Member

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    Forgive my ignorance, but would someone help with the abbreviations? I understand DB for suits, but what are FC and BC shirts? I guess BD is button down but I'm not sure if you mean a button down front or collar. I suppose that will be clear when I figure out FC and BC.
     
  19. fritzl

    fritzl Senior member

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    french cuff, barrel cuff
     
  20. sartorialnoob

    sartorialnoob Well-Known Member

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    Thank you.
     

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