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Khaki suit

Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by Baby Pink, Apr 29, 2005.

  1. Baby Pink

    Baby Pink Well-Known Member

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    I recently got a lightweight tailor-made khaki suit (candy stripes inside) and was wondering what's the best shirt colour to go with this. Light sold blue shirt? Stripes with white and light blue shades? Also, what's an appropriate occassion for wearing this. Casual Friday work wear? Please comment.
     
  2. Carlo

    Carlo Senior member

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    pics?

    Blue sounds nice for the shirt.

    The rest depends on the dress code where you work, where you are located and what kind of work you do.

    Nice summer choice :)
     
  3. vc2000

    vc2000 Senior member

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    Congrats this is a nice suit. I second the call for photos. You always have to agree with Chuck - blue does sound nice. I also like a white shirt with a great tie. Nice combo. (And no it wasn't an ad for Chuck or FIH but if either of you want to send me a tie...) It sounds like this suit is a change for you? I would be careful about pairing the suit with any shirts that are too bold for they can be too memorable? It seems to me that a lighter suit one recalls more or if it is a suit that out of the norm for you. If you put a really bold shirt with it and wear that combo more then once - everybody will recall it. It will look more like a costume then a suit? I would also not always wear the suit on casual Friday as it will become the look it casual Friday we know what you will wear outfit.... I should note I am not a big fan of casual Fridays - I think it puts everyone in the mode of planning for the weekend rather then working...but then I own the company and sit around dreaming how to get more work out of people. Our IT department noted that personal use of internet access doubled on Fridays - for example its Friday now and I am surfing TSF. [​IMG]
     
  4. Baby Pink

    Baby Pink Well-Known Member

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    I'm in Hong Kong (tropical climate). Most people here stick to grey and blue suits. Yeah vc2000, you guessed right, it's an out-of-the-ordinary colour for me and i agree bold colour shirts would be too much. I tend to think blue or white would tone down the suit and not make it look like a costume. I always stick to the maxim of looking nice but without apparently seen to make a huge effort always come of best. I work in an investment bank. We have a relax dress code. Normally chinos, open neck dress shirt with silk knots and a pair of CJ chelsea boots is my usual uniform of choice. Most I banks in HK have gone casual. Grey suits just for meetings.
     
  5. johnapril

    johnapril Senior member

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    You might also try a pale shade of pink. I have a light-colored pincord suit that pink looks wonderful with.
     
  6. Horace

    Horace Senior member

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    I was going to suggest pink too. But whether you go with blue, white or pink, it might look good with a black tie. It might add seriousness to the lighter color.
     
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    johnapril Senior member

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    What sort of black tie? Plain? Pattern? I have never owned one. Please recommend...
     
  8. johnw86

    johnw86 Senior member

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    If it's a lighter shade of khaki, I'd try a French blue or a multi-stripe shirt.
     
  9. tgfny

    tgfny Senior member

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    Have one and often sport a blue or pink gingham (small.)
     
  10. hermes

    hermes Senior member

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    for shirts, anything from blues to pinks to lavender will work
    white is a classic standby

    solid black tie stands out nicely, whether the tie has a texture or subtle pattern to it - nothing shiney though

    you can also look at a subtle but vibrant multi-coloured regiment type striped tie as a bright contrast to the earth tone that the suit conveys
     
  11. chorse123

    chorse123 Senior member

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    If you don't mind my asking, who was your tailor of choice?
     
  12. NewYorkBuck

    NewYorkBuck Senior member

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    I work in a conservative i-bank, and I can wear one during the summers on Fridays or maybe Thurs.
     
  13. Brian SD

    Brian SD Senior member

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    [​IMG] There's one for you. This fabric looks great with khaki-colored suits...
     
  14. Baby Pink

    Baby Pink Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for all the great tips. Chorse, the tailor I used is called 'AT Boutique', a stone's throw away from Jantzen Tailor. I'm not sure if they have an internet site but they provide a great tailoring service plus have RTW suits made in Italy (not sure exactly where but 150s). I paid HK$2,200 for my Khaki suit. This works out to be about US$300. It was a fabulous deal and I'm very please with the outcome/fit/service. My girlfriend got a MTM suit wool 150s for about US$400. They have a great deal on shirts too and a reasonably good selection of 2 ply cloth. About US$42 a shirt.
     
  15. Will

    Will Senior member Dubiously Honored

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    A black grenadine necktie is a classic look for a khaki suit.
     
  16. Bradford

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    This might be too loud, but my wife just got me a watermelon pink shirt and very bright striped tie, pink, orange, blue and yellow - for our wedding anniversary.

    It looks pretty cool with a tan suit.
     
  17. chorse123

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    Thanks. Sounds interesting. I think you, of all people, could go with baby pink. [​IMG] I think Khaki is a color that goes with pretty much everything. The only thing I would stay away from are really dark shirts. So match away with your skin tone and ties.
     
  18. Edward Appleby

    Edward Appleby Senior member

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    Or black Irish poplin- if it's good enough for Indiana Jones, it's good enough for you.
     
  19. spaceman

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    any further info on this "AT Boutique", namely the exact location?
     

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