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Discussion in 'Classic Menswear' started by dieworkwear, Aug 4, 2012.

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  1. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    Keep the anchor buttons, man
     
  2. dieworkwear

    dieworkwear Senior member

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    NOBD, hmm ... perhaps. I don't feel strongly about it either way. On yours, I think the anchor buttons would look better, but in the back of my mind, I'm reminded of this peacoat M. Alden had made. 32oz wool, in a shade just lighter than navy, and finished with non-anchor buttons. I've never been crazy about pea coats, but Alden's is the most superb one I've seen, and something I could see myself commissioning someday (maybe). The buttons on his look great.

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  3. mktitsworth

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    Great. All of this talk and I've gone and put my Dad's old peacoat out to be cleaned and have the button holes repaired so that I can wear it now the weather's gone cold. Thanks guys. :p
     
  4. NOBD

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    What buttons, Tits?



    I was thinking about that: would you put plastic buttons with an anchor on a bespoke peacoat? I would never do that.
     
  5. mktitsworth

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    It's apparently a Vietnam era issue coat (unsurprising since he served), so it has black plastic anchors.
     
  6. NOBD

    NOBD Senior member

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    I wouldn't change those :). Pics of the coat and the buttons?
     
  7. mktitsworth

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    As I said, black plastic Anchors:
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    Here's what I mean about the buttonholes:
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    Inside button seems to have gone missing some time in the last 40 years:
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    The full coat pic is provided with the caveat that once it's cleaned and repaired, I can post an "after" shot.
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  8. Hype1234

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    Hello,

    I'm still working on finding a nice blazer to wear on its own, and still having a little trouble. I would invest in the pants to match these jackets, but I really do not think I would wear them. Please let me know what you think about pairing the following with jeans/chinos/cords:

    http://www.ourlegacy.se/store/product/classic-2-button-blazer-brick-navy?color=3150&size=12806

    http://www.boylstontradingco.com/deconstructed-blazer.html

    http://www.ourlegacy.se/store/product/category-aw12_suiting/control-blazer-pencil-grey-sheep

    http://www.ourlegacy.se/store/product/category-aw12_suiting/rolling-3-button-blazer-midnight-sheep

    http://www.ourlegacy.se/store/product/category-aw12_suiting/rolling-3-button-blazer-light-grey-flock

    Obviously I am leaning a little more towards the first navy ones because they can be worn in warmer weather. After looking into the APC jacket I'd posted earlier, I think it was this same deconstructed one, and I don't think APC even makes pants to match (or not that I've seen anywhere). Wouldn't a deconstructed navy blazer be the ideal casual jacket for someone like myself? Sorry for the long post. Thank you!
     
  9. NOBD

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    I don't see any pics. :)
     
  10. gdl203

    gdl203 Senior member Dubiously Honored Affiliate Vendor

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    mktitsworth - it looks awesome. Some nerdy fools like me pay a lot of money to companies like Buzz Rickson and Real McCoys to get a repro peacoat as close to the pre-war design/materials as possible - and you get one that's handed down to you with family history, etc... that's invaluable.

    I know:

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    FWIW, and with the hope that maybe that will change NOBD's mind (;)), there's a pic of my Rickson peacoat with large bakelite anchor buttons.

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  11. NOBD

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    I remember that pic, gdl. (Didn't remember the anchor buttons.) Bakelite is cool. Anchors not so much. :) Anyway, I will be wearing mine for at least two weeks with the anchor buttons. And the sleeves will be finished tomorrow.

    Btw: I wonder what labels are inside Tits' coat.
     
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  12. in stitches

    in stitches Senior member Moderator

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    mktits and g - awesome coats

    NOBD - i hear what g i sayin, but i still like the replacement buttons better.
     
  13. mktitsworth

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    All I found was this:

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  14. gdl203

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    I don't usually like to shill for my tumblr but I'm putting out a few posts on business casual today - at least my take on it - and thought some here may be interested, or that it could spur some discussion here on the concept and how differently we all view this.

    I put a few minutes into it so someone better read it !! :laugh: :embar:
     
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    I read it. For somebody who has been following your fits for a long while now it is a clear, concise explanation. I still don't like biz caz though. :)
     
  16. bourbonbasted

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    Read it. Liked it.

    IMO you do business casual the best of any of the active contributors here. I say that not only because you pull it off well, but also because it's exactly what I think of when the term "business casual" comes to mind.

    As it stands now my office is completely business casual, with only client meetings and new business pitches left for formal attire. Accordingly, I reach for OCBDs, chinos and more casual SCs 90% of the time. On any given day I'll only be one of maybe 2-3 people wearing a SC, but I don't really understand the whole khakis and polo shirt look that seems to infest my workspace. I generally try to avoid wearing my louder jackets (glenn check, gun club, etc) during the week and instead save those for Fridays. Monday-Thursday I usually opt for a navy SC (fresco, linen, hopsack or flannel, depending on the season), a brown SC (fresco and linen) or conservative tweed (green herringbone and grey herringbone). I also have a few more casual cotton SCs that I wear on really lazy days.

    I used to wear a lot of heavily patterned shirts with more sedate SCs (a decidedly British school of thought). However, as time has gone on, I've begun leaning more towards sedate shirts with a louder SC (or at least a SC in a more interesting texture). The vast majority of my shirts these days are OCBDs in solid whites and blues or university stripes in maroons, pinks, blues, and tans. I prefer wearing a button-down collar with business casual garb, as a spread or English collar generally adds discord to a more casual look, IMO.

    I pretty much only wear loafers these days (please, hold your gasps). Tassels, pennies, bits, really anything aside from Venetian has a place in my rotation. I find loafers make for the most natural pairing with business casual. However, I have my designs set on a pair of split-toe bulchers in the near future. Something in cigar shell would be nice. I find cordovan more casual and easy-going. I also have a couple pairs of boots (one snuff chukka and one pair of moc boots) that I wear when feeling especially casual.
     
  17. Dewi

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    Loving that blue gun club (I think?) SC. Damn, that's nice.

    EDIT FOR THOUGHTS:

    Agreed on most counts, though I don't necessarily agree that business casual demands no tie. I tend to think of business casual as being an SC or blazer, odd trousers, shirt, with an optional tie. I will usually wear a tie, and for some reason I find business casual easier to incorporate bow ties. If I'm not wearing a tie, then it's usually some variation on a blue OCBD, either check, bengal stripe, or solid. My SC wardrobe is sadly lacking, limited to two tweeds, a green flannel, and a blue linen, unless I'm forgetting some.

    And HOT DAMN that orange SC.
     
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  18. in stitches

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    very nice, gdl.

    what i liked best about the post, was that you decided to make it a step by step tutorial, instead of an essay on the topic. i took a lot out of it. especially the no tie step. i think i will try to follow those steps next time i go biz cas.

    thanks for sharing, i probably would have have missed that tumblr post other wise.
     
  19. unbelragazzo

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    gdl -
    nice list. Do you favor a different trouser fit for business casual vs. suit trousers? Most chinos are made with a pretty low rise and I notice you wear chinos a lot. Since I like higher rise pants, I haven't found any RTW ones I really like and not sure if I'm ready to get bespoke chinos quite yet. I end up going more for linen trousers in the summer and flannel in the winter. I want to get some donegal trousers too though. But I get them in a more traditional cut rather than the more jeans-looking things.
     
  20. aravenel

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    Must also say thanks for the great posts. Business casual is very hard, far harder than business formal, and you do it well. I appreciate the breakdown of your thoughts when putting together an outfit.

    Also, serious jealousy of the awesome sportcoats. Are they all Chan?
     

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